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
One thing while looking at my food tracker is I'm ALWAYS going over the sodium content for the day, which I think is detering weight loss efforts. We eat a lot of processed foods (like boxed meals, frozen pizzas, etc) Can anyone make recommendations... Read more
I've recently gotten back into exercising more regularly. Of course, my "I'm going to exercise 6 times a week" ends up with a reality of twice per week. I actually enjoy it a little while I am there & feel so good afterwards. It's the getting ther... Read more
Hello everyone. My name is Yvonne. I am a 46 year old wife, mother and full-time employee. I am the epitome of yo-yo dieting. All of my growing up years, I was thin - so thin in fact that I was accused of being anorexic. Which was funny because... Read more
I was on SparkPeople at one time some years ago but then time passed. I had 4 kids, I gained weight, family life got stressful and I started working a full-time job. Then on May 30, 2014, my fiancée passed away. It was devastating but something very... Read more
Yesterday I did it all...
Logged all my food
Went to the gym before work
Drank 8 cup of water
Stayed within range
Ate 5 servings of fruits and veggies
Today I am on the right track
By 10 am I have...
Logged my b... 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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