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
I’m the first to admit that stretching is not high on my priority list. When I’m crunched for time, the last thing I want to do is spend an extra 5-10 minutes stretching after a workout. Consequently, my body has paid the pric... 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
By now, you're probably no stranger to the notion of step counting and wearable activity trackers. If it seems as though everyone you know is wearing one version or another, that could be the case, In fact, one in five U.S. adults wears a fi... Read more
So, I was feeling down. I've been stretching, dieting, & exercising. I've lost nearly 20 lbs. Then, I walked up a steep, but short hill & my back killed me. So, I didn't want to workout. I wanted fudge. But, I did it anyway. Feel so much better.... 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
The quadriceps muscles, located in the front of your thighs, make up the largest muscle group in your body. The quadriceps, often referred to as "quads," are a group of four muscles that run from your hips to your knees. It's important to keep thes... 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 equipment... 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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