A fitness trend is sweeping the nation that involves balancing oneself on an oversized ball while performing functional resistance movements. The ball is referred to as a "physio" or "Swiss" ball and has grabbed the attention of n... 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
Yoga, which comes from the Sanskrit yuj word meaning "union," originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. There are many forms of yoga, but in general, yoga focuses on breathing techniques (pranayama), postures (asanas), flexibility, and... Read more
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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
I did my regular workout today and I did a yoga stretch routine for back after (15 min)
I worked all day cooking and baking and washing dishes and now the middle of my back is tired and sore.
I found the yoga routine that I did today really re... Read more
I recently finished treatment for lymphoma, and have a lot of scar tissue inside me. The worst is at the top of my leg, from where a lymph node in my groin was 19 cm, and a few others were almost as big. I can't have surgery as the scar tissue is wra... Read more
I exercise daily and when I sit down with legs in front of me, I feel pain in the back of both thighs. My doctor told me to stretch my hamstrings because its causing my back pain, but I can barely even sit like that. I have to lean my upper body back... Read more
I have a home gym and treadmill. I used to spend 45 minutes doing flexibility/stretching. Then 5 minutes slow on treadmill, 15 moderate, 5 minute cool-down. Then I would do a series of sets on the home gym for 30 minutes, All of this on Monday, W... Read more
Quick question, after I run (between 1.5 to 3.5 miles) I always like to walk and cool down for at least 10 minutes, do I really need to stretch after the cool down or does the walking do the same thing? 252... 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
I am NOT a yoga person, but needed something to help stretch me out as I have had trouble with back/hip/hamstring that kept me from being able to exercise at all. This DVD feels so good on those tight areas and many things are what my physical therap... Read more
Tight hamstrings are a common complaint not only amongst runners, cyclists and rowers, but for those who tend to sit most of the day, whether at a desk at work or school, spend a lot of time on the couch watching TV, sitting at the computer, even for... Read more
Medicine Balls provide a great alternative to the standard free weights and resistance bands many of us own and use for strength training at home. Not only do medicine balls provide us with a larger range of motion compared to other workout equipm... Read more
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