Pain is a real, well, pain! How many times have you been gung-ho to start a new workout routine only to feel like you've been hit by a ton of bricks on day two? Something as simple as walking down the stairs can feel like torture. Most of us have... Read more
For two years I was a sex-ed teacher. One of my favorite subjects to teach was puberty, which required me to ever-so-gingerly reveal the story of the birds and the bees to a room full of red-faced fourth graders. Over the course of three days, I&rsqu... 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
Achooo! Is it a cold? Is it the flu? You may not know what you have, but you know you feel terrible. When SparkPeople members feel under the weather, they usually have the same questions: "What should I eat? Should I still count my calories? If... Read more
An estimated 18 million adults use herbs in some form, and the sale of these products continues to increase.
Herbal supplements, which come from plants that have medicinal properties, claim to cure, treat, or prevent disease.&n... Read more
Lately - the last week or so - every time I exercise, I get cramps in my calf about halfway through. It's almost always in my left calf. To avoid them turning into full cramps, I have to stop and rest my foot flat and stand still so my foot is exac... Read more
I started my plan today and I'm on fire but I am concerned about exercise. I pulled my groin muscle and it hurts to walk, do leg lifts etc. I've actually fallen because of the pain and the fact that it will "catch" out of the blue. I am headed to d... Read more
I joined Spark people in May and got started. Then as a result of a two month hospital stay in March and April, I am now on four medicines that cause weight gain and I have been discouraged, low mood, unable to walk due to back pain, and I am 57 this... Read more
If I eat at 5 - 6 am a bowl of cereal. usually cheerios with smart balance milk and 1/2 a tsp of splenda, by 10 ok I am shaky, weak, and feel like I am going to pass out. however if I don't eat I feel fine until around lunchtime and still do not fe... Read more
I know it sounds crazy, but eating some plain old yellow mustard when you get a leg cramp will relieve that cramp in a matter of seconds. Don't ask me how it work but dip a teaspoon in the jar and eat about a half-inch worth from what sticks to the... Read more
Around 80% of diabetics have low magnesium. Gloucose cause magnesium to be flushed from the system. Magnesiun can improve insulin sensitivity and also help us to absorb Vitamin D, calcium and potassium. If you have poor sleep, leg cramps, fatigue... Read more
When you're constantly plowing through mile-long to-do lists and putting out family fires (the kids are fighting...again; the dog left you a "present" in the living room; you're out of OJ), it's easy to blame stress for whatever... Read more
Before I begin my blog, I noticed in the news that much of the country is experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures. I wanted to link you to another blog I wrote last summer titled, The Heat is On: Taking Precautions When Exercising Outdoors.
Bec... Read more
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