Exercise beginners usually try to make up for lost time by going all out their first week. The result? Injury or intense soreness. Pain does not necessarily mean gain.
Many injuries occur at joints, where bones meet and provide motion. An enormo... Read more
The phrase "shin splint" is a generic term that describes pain in the lower leg, either on the medial (inside) or lateral (outside) side of the shin bone. This pain usually begins as a dull ache that can't be pinpointed; it can be felt... Read more
Pain is a real, well, pain! How many times have you been gung-ho to start a new workout routine only to feel like you've been hit by a ton of bricks on day two? Something as simple as walking down the stairs can feel like torture. Most of us have... Read more
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 joined and followed SparkPeople about 5 years ago and it worked great for me! Gradually, I slipped back into old habits and now I am starting out all over again. I have returned for the support of fellow Sparkers!... Read more
Hello., My birthday is coming up an it got me to thinking I need to lose weight and eat more healthy. So I need to lose 50 lbs. My biggest problem is my eating habits and my husband. Like most husbands he loves eating out and doesn't watch what he ea... Read more
I used SP last January and February to start getting healthier and lost about 20 lbs. The weight started creeping on again, so I'm back with the commitment to make lifestyle changes. Isn't the feeling you have after a workout one of the best feelings... Read more
It is sometimes really hard to workout when you have back pain. But I find that doing some light stretches be it Yoga or Regular is good to do too. Stretching helps keep you flexible and my even help with the pain.... Read more
My arthritis is mild, but I have pain from sciatica and bone pain from cancer. This workout is easy and gentle on the joints, and it's for any age. The gentle stretching really helps with my back pain. You can do the workout standing, seated, or stan... Read more
Having a tough time motivating yourself to go for a jog? Just imagine if exercise was your job. Welcome to the life of a professional athlete, or in the most elite cases, an Olympian. Even though they might seem superhuman, they too have to employ tr... 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
Seated spine stretch
Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart. Roll your hi[s forward. Lace your fingers and extend your arms straight up so your palms are facing the ceiling and elbows are locked. Pull your shoulder b... Read more
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