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
Hello everyone so I have been off spark for awhile. I am at my closest heaviest weight which is 308 and I'm at 305. I am 25 and 5 '9. I am ready to make a change. I am tired of always feeling down and depressed because I can't be like normal people.... Read more
I am new to SparkPeople and trying to get back on track. About 4 years ago I lost 15 pounds and kept it off until this past summer. I got lazy wtih my workouts and eating and gained 10 pounds...I am trying to turn it around. I recently had laparos... Read more
Hello (: My name is Torie. I am desperate for a change in my life. I need to lose about 30 pounds, and lose it for good. I play soccer almost every day, but my poor eating habits and lack of strength training prevent me from actually being in shape.... Read more
I've been gone for awhile but I have decided to come back. I do so much better when I am on this site. I lost 18 pounds last time and gained about 12 back. I am ready and feel motivated to get healthy!!!... 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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