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
‘Tis the season for sharing and caring—not maxing out your credit card—but during these still-uncertain economic times, amid a culture of "more, more, more," it's hard not to stretch beyond your means, especially when you... 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
I am 60years male & severely overweight. And of course unfit. After much googling I have invested in a kettlebell (30lbs) for weight loss exercise - specifically deadlifts & swings. So far with a calorie diet alone I have lost 35lbs, 285lb down to... Read more
Hi. Needing motivation and didn't know if there is or will be a group of sparks that is in the 91030 area or very near what I have searched up is not close. I will be moving this summer to that zip or very near that zip. Thanks Snifne... Read more
524 I have been a member for several years; however, I had to drop for awhile. I have been exercising and logging my food for a couple of months. Recently, I got more serious about it. I had gained back what I had lost, but I am motivated to feel b... Read more
Due to an injury, I am stuck with low to no impact stuff right now but I don't want to get out of my grove. Ideas for cardio? I'm using teh bike and the arm bike and mixing it up with strength training and yoga right now... Read more
When I try to do the stretch where you lift your foot behind you and then grab your ankle to stretch the front of your thigh, the back of my thigh cramps up before I can even get my foot in my hand. Any way to make that not happen?... 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
Now that summer vacations are in full swing, many of us will be heading off to destinations that may not allow us access to equipment to help us maintain our strength training routines. Finding ways to integrate cardio activities into our time away... Read more
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