Although barefoot running has been practiced in some parts of the world for hundreds of years, the concept has only recently gained popularity as an alternative to traditional running shoes in the Western world. The book "Born to Run,"... Read more
It’s a common problem for many who exercise. It makes everyday activity difficult, and scares a lot of people away from any physical activity. It’s lower back pain. For those of you who suffer from it, there is hope. While there... 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
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
Your feet work hard every day, carrying you through your daily tasks while you walk, stand, carry, lift, climb, clean, work, and exercise. If you neglect your feet—especially during a workout—then your feet with have to deal with swelling... Read more
I've got some races coming up, and I'd love to learn some new running mantras to encourage me when I'm out there getting it done.
A current fave of mine is "today is a great day for a run."... Read more
HI I am new on SP. Just joined today. I will be training for a marathon in 2016. I need all the support I can get. I would like to train for weight loss and maintain the muscle I have. I have tried various ways and nothing seems to stick. I am very a... Read more
I do TaeBo at least 4 times per week. I can keep my balance while doing kicks as high as I am tall. I put on my roller skates this morning and my core is now strong enough to keep me upright and skating. I can do a full squat with no problem (think... Read more
I recently started doing those exercise DVD's by Leslie Sansone. Since I am partially paralyzed from my knees down due to a spinal cord injury, I maintain my balance using forearm crutches during her exercise programs.
I have noticed that eve... Read more
I started running about two months ago (3/9/15). For the first week or so, my left calf muscle was very sore and cramped AFTER I ran. I had been going about 1 mile a day, alternating between 2-3 minutes running and 5-ish minutes walking. After... Read more
Small movements I've found that relieve the pain. I"ve been in pain for the last week, and found that if I moved my hip, (the one on the side of the painful knee) the way Cancan dancers do, -- it looks like they're moving their knee, when in fact, th... Read more
The Internet--including the SparkPeople Message Boards--have been abuzz for the recently with talk of barefoot running. Member CAMPB528 wrote me, asking to review her beloved Vibram Five Fingers barefoot running shoes. A few weeks later, she tracked... Read more
Over the past three decades, fitness shoe manufacturers have developed advanced technology to cushion and control motion in our feet and ankles. While this advanced support can feel great, it doesn't allow our joints and soft tissue to artic... Read more
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