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
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
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
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
Exercise beginners usually try to make up for lost time by going all out their first week. The result? Injury or intense soreness. Pain does not necessarily mean gain.
Many injuries occur at joints, where bones meet and provide motion. An enormo... Read more
I'm seeing a number of articles suggesting to make sure you are working all the major muscles when doing strength training ... but I haven't found (and don't know) what they are ... and if the exercise videos i'm using are covering them all
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Muscle does NOT "weigh more" than fat. It is more dense. A pound is a pound, whether blood, brain, bone, muscle, or fat. Muscle takes up less space because the cells are closer together. Make sure your food is tracked accurately.... Read more
OK, I've tried every stretch known to man kind and I can't get my calf muscle and Achilles to loosen. It's so tight I'm afraid I'm gonna rip it trying to do things at the gym. Any suggestions other than flexing against walls?... Read more
Has anyone tried stretch mark creams and could recommend one they liked best? I think I want to start now that way they'll be a little lighter when I lose the rest of my weights. Pros and cons and experience with it is welcomed!... Read more
Inspiration for women focused on increasing lean muscle mass and lowering body fat through strength training and having FUN doing it. Some come on aboard and join up with us. You will not regret it!... Read more
Tight hamstrings are a common complaint not only amongst runners, cyclists and rowers, but for those who tend to sit most of the day, whether at a desk at work or school, spend a lot of time on the couch watching TV, sitting at the computer, even for... Read more
When I first started running, I thought for sure it would be a bad combination with yoga. Running is repetitive, it can be hard on the body, and it's fast.After my first few runs, I felt sore and tight, despite my thorough stretching session afte... Read more
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