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 really need to work on some upper body strength. I cannot stand for any long period of time without my upper back hurting between my "wing" bones (and I mean horribly). The muscles are so weak that they don't like to try and support my upright posi... Read more
Hey everyone. My name is Angela and I've been an on and off member of SP for a few years now. Hoping to meet some new supportive friends on here. Please feel free to add me.. I would love some extra support and will do my part to support you as well.... Read more
I beg you! Please bring back the toolbar!
I'm finding my experience using the site has really deteriorated since it was turned off. I don't spend as much time on the site because it's just a pain to move around it and get to the areas I want t... Read more
Hi all, I'm just rejoining SparkPeople because I'm out of control with my eating. I just reread / relived my first experience of joining back in 2009 (before wedding, before baby). It was actually extra motivating (and nostalgic) to read my old goa... 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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