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
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
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
Since I gained back the 80 pounds I lost and then some, I am now at my highest weight ever. I am finding that getting motivated to exercise is extremely stressful. Its not the exercise but the overwhelming fear of failure that is stressful.... Read more
Trying to get back into the swing of things. After t week in my knee a couple weeks ago I'm trying to start back up into my workout routine. I've missed it but goodness I can tell I haven't done it in a while!... Read more
I really need to get back on track. I see my doctor again for a 3 month recheck at the end of November, and I haven't been trying at all. I didn't try during the last 3 months either. I need to get my head in the game.... Read more
I am back after years of neglect. I HAVE to get my life together once and for all. I started with a new profile to signify the beginning of a new me. My health has deteriorated to where it's now or never. I know I can do this. I am happy to be back... 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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