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
As I write this, the 2008 Summer Olympics are just around the corner. Athletes from around the world will gather in Bejing, China, to compete in their respective sports in hopes of honoring their countries and fulfilling lifelong dreams of winning Ol... 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
If you love running as much as I do, you know how frustrating it is when an injury puts the activity you enjoy on hold. Many runners face injury at one time or another, which isn't surprising, given the strain that running can put on your jo... Read more
What are the different running plans on sparkpeople? I am trying to find one that's 12 weeks long or a longer version of the c25k. I tried the 8 week one last year and couldn't keep up with running one minute one week to two minutes the next. Somethi... Read more
I had a pretty nasty cold that began Monday night, and missed work Tuesday and Wednesday. At some point between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, the inside of my left knee started to feel as though I had injured it. I'm completely at a loss... Read more
I have to track my pain level each day...maybe even have a way to track the level up to 4 times a day (first get up, lunch, dinner, bedtime or some such). Some with other ailments may have the same issue/need. Is there a way to set this up. I know... 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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