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
When you think about working out—or even see it on TV, in movies, or at your own gym—does stretching come to mind? Probably not.
Stretching is easily ignored, even in commercials for gyms. Yet it's an important part of any fitnes... Read more
When I tell people that I'm a master Pilates trainer, I get a lot of interesting reactions. People who practice and love Pilates are quick to ask their burning questions or express their envy at my "dream" job. But many people who are l... Read more
When you first start making room for healthy habits in your busy life, being a stickler can be beneficial—setting a workout schedule, planning your meals in advance, saying no to things that get in the way of your goals. Without giving yo... 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
I work out after work and sometimes eat dinner before, sometimes after, depending on my hunger level. But I feel bad eating a big meal right before bed knowing I won't be working any of it off. I'm still inside my ranges, so is this an issue or not?... Read more
I have an hour at lunch time and would like to start doing something active during that time. I went walking yesterday, at a fairly brisk pace in a winter jacket. The challenge I have is how to avoid coming back in from my break sweaty and especially... Read more
If I work out too close to bed, I have this issue. However, allowing more of a "cool-down gap" between working out and going to bed solves it. I usually allow about 4 hours between end of workout and bedtime (I eat supper and read during this time).... Read more
Several times in the past week I've been rudely rebuked for saying "happy holidays". I'm told "it's not happy holidays, it's Merry Christmas". My response, not if you don't celebrate Christmas. Why is this such a divisive issue? Why do people car... Read more
Working nights and getting home late, I sometimes find it hard to sleep. I've taken to putting my yoga mat out next to my bed before I go to work. When I get home, instead of sitting on the couch watching TV until I'm tired enough to sleep, I get in... Read more
Last week I started a new series about my Journey Back to a Fitter Me. I’m trying to get back on track after having my third child, and I’m hoping that anyone who’s struggling to start and maintain a regular fitness routine wi... Read more
Although not everyone agrees about when to stretch, how long to stretch or what to stretch, most people include stretching as a regular part of their exercise routine. Research has shown that flexibility and range of motion decrease as we age. Regu... Read more
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