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
Just diagnosed with Meniere's disease (an inner ear issue that causes extreme vertigo and hearing problems). One of the ways to manage it, according to my dr, is by eating a low-sodium diet.
Now, I've always been a big fan of salty foods :-( so... Read more
I touched my toes today! I was stretching after cardio and was finally able to touch my toes. I almost cried!
Also, I learned that just because you weigh 267, that doesn't mean you can't run suicides, and like them! (At least a min at a time!)... Read more
Hoping that this time I can achieve my goal. This is the third time using Spark People. The previous two times I started losing weight but didn't stick with it. This time I am determined to do it and am hoping that the community forums/message boards... 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
In today’s world, we all sit for too many hours each day. We drive instead of walking. We take the escalator instead of climbing the stairs. As a result, our posture suffers—and our necks get tight because we spend hours looking down at o... Read more
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