The phrase "shin splint" is a generic term that describes pain in the lower leg, either on the medial (inside) or lateral (outside) side of the shin bone. This pain usually begins as a dull ache that can't be pinpointed; it can be felt... Read more
The only way to become a better runner is to run, but the more running replaces other exercises in your fitness program, the more likely you are to become injured, suffer from burnout, or develop muscular imbalances. So what's a runner to do (bes... Read more
Medicine balls are a great way to exercise any area of your body, whether upper, lower, or core. There are different sized exercise balls from 2-12, that you can use for numerous different exercises.
Medicine ball training is suitable for... 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
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 understand that I 'can' eat more calories, but does it necessarily mean I HAVE to? I, personally (at least now), am not exercising so I can eat more. I'm exercising to create more of a deficient. Is this harmful to my goal?
Without exercise I... Read more
It's not hard to exercise, but to eat right.I make healthy food choices all day, but around dinner time and later I mess up and blow all my calories!! Yesterday was the first time ever I had 400 calories left. Hate to feel hungry!... Read more
Figure I got to start some where. So why not here? I'm back and ready to keep myself accountable. Goal is to post at least one time a week along with progress pictures and status. So here goes: Current weight 105.8lbs; % of BF 17.85; Waist: 24.5 Nave... Read more
I have been on a great exercise streak lately. 6-7 days a week. But, I'm worried that I am becoming obsessive about going to the gym. How can you step back but still keep the same results?... Read more
I use my exercise ball to increase the intensity of hamstring stretches. First I get into a yoga position called "legs up the wall". (Back and head on floor, legs at 90 degrees up the wall.) Then I place the exercise ball between the wall and the b... Read more
I read a recent Spark article where I think the writer forgot about some of our Sparkers. In the piece, it said cleaning your house and keeping your yard in good shape really wasn't exercise. Since this is contrary to what Spark has said before. I th... Read more
Exercising regularly can be a challenge for many people even when they are healthy and injury-free. To maintain your fitness level, you have to be committed—and consistent—in your exercise routine. In my new book, The Art of Fitness: A Jo... Read more
February kicks off the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's American Heart Month along with the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign which focuses on heart health awareness for women. Heart disease is still the leading ca... Read more
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