Stretching is an important component of any fitness routine. Although it can be tempting to finish a run and skip the stretches, you know better. Stretching has many benefits, including increased range of motion and improved muscular coordination. Re... Read more
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then posture is a lens to our health. Sit and stand with proper posture and you will physically look 10 years younger—and 10 pounds lighter. Psychologically, good posture conveys confidence, poise and le... Read more
I’m the first to admit that stretching is not high on my priority list. When I’m crunched for time, the last thing I want to do is spend an extra 5-10 minutes stretching after a workout. Consequently, my body has paid the pric... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Stretching comes naturally to all of us. You might notice that if you have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unco... Read more
When I first started running, I felt sore and tight, despite stretching thoroughly afterwards. I started thinking that running wasn't meshing well with my yoga practice. Yoga helped me loosen my muscles, but running only seemed to tighten them. A... Read more
I'm in a funk tonight..I can't get myself back on track, I don't feel supported-just enabled. I want to be healthy..quit smoking..lose weight..get fit. But I keep failing. ((Sorry for the pity train--just needed to clear the voice in my head))... Read more
I am back after a very long break from SparkPeople and enjoying reading and getting psyched up to get to my goal weight! I had surgery in June and am still on restricted activity, but am doing a little more every day! I actually lost 2 lbs!... Read more
Stretching, in its most basic form, is a natural and automatic action. People often stretch instinctively after waking from sleep or after long periods of inactivity.While the benefits of daily exercise are numerous and well known, the benefits of a... Read more
Take a painkiller and take it easy. Aspirin or ibuprofen, gentle massage and bed rest may be the best thing for the first couple of days after you hurt your back. No aerobics, jogging, or tennis until the pain goes away. Just lie in bed on your ba... Read more
Tight hamstrings are a common complaint not only amongst runners, cyclists and rowers, but for those who tend to sit most of the day, whether at a desk at work or school, spend a lot of time on the couch watching TV, sitting at the computer, even for... Read more
The hip flexors are the group of muscles that allow you to lift your knees toward your chest and bend forward from the hips. What is collectively referred to as the hip flexors is actually a group of muscles that includes the iliopsoas, the thi... Read more
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