Proper breathing is an underestimated, but critical building block of good health. Slow, deep breathing gets rid of carbon dioxide waste and takes plenty of clean, fresh oxygen to your brain and muscles. More blood cells get the new, oxygen-rich air... Read more
When people begin a fitness program, they understandably have lots of questions, from how to perform certain moves to which exercises are most effective. One question that everyone seems to ask is how to breathe properly when working out.
I know... Read more
What fun is being laid up with a stiff or bad back? What good is a perfect body if you are feeling less than perfect?
As far as your back is concerned, more fun comes from more functional fitness. The simplest, easiest, most basic moves are usua... Read more
Running may be challenging, but it is an activity humans were designed to do—and it's something nearly everyone can enjoy if we allow time and patience for our bodies to adapt to the demands of the sport. But that doesn't mean that prop... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is a Cool Down?
A cool down is the act of gradually lowering body temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate following exercise.
The... Read more
I feel really stupid for asking this, but I know it will be easy for someone to answer! :)
I've been here for years and several times have run across a list of exercises that can be added to my tracker but have always ignored it. Now I want to a... Read more
I think I got it ... can I get a Friend now? I am hoping to hook up with an exercise accountability buddy. I will be moving more into food accountability later. One major life-change at a time ...... Read more
I have been doing really good. I have lost six pounds in three weeks. But now next week I having hernia surgery. This scares me because I will not be able to work out for a while. My food will have to be right in mark for a few weeks.... Read more
I've been doing great until this past week. I just started a new job and the stress is unbelievable. My new supervisor is VERY unreasonable, I haven't been able to sleep well and I've been eating horribly, due to anxiety. I know I'm doing it but i... Read more
Learn some deep breathing techniques to help you destress and relax. SIDE NOTE:Many people say smoking calms them down. Think of the action they are doing: breathing deeply. Smokers should eliminate the cigarette, and practice the breathing they know... Read more
Yoga Deep breathing is a great way to cut the stress. Practicing breathing in Yoga, and during exercise engraves proper breathing on our beings. Then, when we are faced with stressful situations, we can easily fall into proper breathing to help us de... Read more
Over the last few years, yoga has evolved from a relaxing fitness pursuit to a passion and way of life for me. I practice daily in some form, I teach classes, and I live my life by the principles of the practice.I emphasized "in some form"... Read more
For my students, breathing is the topic in yoga that prompts the most questions: How do you breathe in yoga? Should it be loud? How do I make that "noise" when I breathe? When the poses get too hard, I become out of breath. How can I keep b... Read more
Today was a great day. I kicked ass, took names, and kept to the program. However, once I had tallied veggies into my dinner I found I was over my calorie count...by thirty calories. No, this isn't a big deal, but the old me would have added an ex... Read more
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