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
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
If you think that you're too busy to fit in a full workout, think again. Plenty of research shows that small bouts of exercise can add up and provide just as many heart-healthy benefits as longer workouts. You don't even have to be at the gym... Read more
Congratulations on purchasing SparkPeople's Fitness Starter Kit! You've taken the first step in making fitness—and all the benefits that come with it—a priority in your life. So you've got the kit…but where do you begin... Read more
Are you always on the run and running out of time to stretch? Try adding a few standing stretches throughout the day. Whether standing in line, waiting for the bus or watching a soccer game, you can squeeze in some quality flexibility training. You c... Read more
Does anyone out there in Spark Nation have some ideas on low carb and low glycemic index foods and diets? This was suggested by my Doctor and what I've found on-line so far hasn't been that informative or they want a price $$$. Any ideas would be g... Read more
It has been almost one year since I damaged my old computer, so that is why I have not been online much. I now have a new iPad so I hope to be on more. It feels good to be back. I am struggling to lose last 20pounds and I need all the help I can get.... Read more
I have worked my way up to walking about 5 miles each morning. Most days my legs seem to be tight and hurt, which is slowing my time down. Other days, they are ok. I am wondering if I should stretch before I start my walk? I take the dogs with an... Read more
This morning I went for my run and while I was doing my 1/4 mile warmup walk I felt a pop in my right knee. Pain shot down my leg. I stopped and rubbed my knee a bit and the pain subsided to a dull ache. it might not have been the best decision, b... Read more
As a double lung transplant recipient, it is not always possible to "plan" ahead for the future, but one thing we do have control over is making the decision to establish goals for the future. I started Spark People 2 years ago in an attempt to he... Read more
I have recently incorporated stretching into my daily routine. How beneficial! Flexibility helps me more easily perform routine chores & reduces injury. The stretches for my lower back, including piriforms and hamstring, reduce lower back pain, w... Read more
Like so many of you, I suffer from back pain, which I keep in check by taking care of my body with daily yoga, weekly Pilates classes, and being conscious about my posture. And though my job is pretty awesome, I do spend my days in front of a compute... Read more
One of the best ways to start your day in a healthy way is to take a moment to ground your thoughts by stretching and intentionally breathing. It's amazing what you can accomplish in less than seven minutes to set your day on the right path... Read more
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