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
If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then posture is a lens to our health. Sit and stand with proper posture and you will physically look 10 years younger—and 10 pounds lighter. Psychologically, good posture conveys confidence, poise and le... Read more
Stretching is good for you, and it feels great, too! That's why we created this short and effective full-body stretching routine that you can follow whether you're a beginner or an advanced exerciser. Remember to warm up first and never stret... Read more
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
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
This is a Post for others to reply if you stretched after your muscles in your body is warmed up and it's better to stretch when your body has been moving around and won't strain... I thought that this was a good idea for others to keep in mind to st... Read more
I am recently active in the last couple years. I have always been about average at 5'7 and 165-170 pounds. In the past few months I'm down to 155-160 and I'm finding it hard to reach my goal weight of 140ish. I'm running/IT two miles almost daily.... Read more
I am not limber At All! I need a simple stretching routine for my whole body. Most of the ones I have tried have moves I just can't do yet. Also, getting pain in my right lower back & hip. Doing bent knee cross overs (laying on back) helps...any... Read more
If you have regained your flexibility through a stretching routine, how long did it take you to see those results? How often, and for how long, did you stretch?
I know I won't see results immediately, but I feel like I haven't gained any flexib... Read more
If you are having troubles doing stretches, particularly quad stretches, try doing them in the pool. Use a noodle to capture your foot, pull it to the side and then twist it behind you and use the noodle and the water to help you stretch the front o... Read more
Break your two minutes of brushing time into 30 second segments. Do a wall sit during the first 30, rest during the second 30, wall-sit during the 3rd segment, and rest during the last. It makes sure you brush your teeth long enough, too!... 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
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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