Both running and walking are simple ways to get a great cardiovascular workout with no equipment beyond a sturdy pair of athletic shoes. But these common activities can lead to pain and injury if you're not careful. Here are five of the most comm... Read more
When you're short on time, proper stretching can be the first thing to go! That's why we created this short and effective full-body stretching routine that you can breeze through in fewer than five minutes. Remember to warm up first and never... Read more
Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to incorporate regular exercise into your healthy lifestyle, and take advantage of the its numerous benefits. Smart move.
But like many good things, exercise can also be risky—especially if i... Read more
A fitness trend is sweeping the nation that involves balancing oneself on an oversized ball while performing functional resistance movements. The ball is referred to as a "physio" or "Swiss" ball and has grabbed the attention of n... 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
I have been away from good habits and Sparkpeople for a bit of time now and it is definitely showing on the scale. I am feeling really stressed with life in general and need to get back to the drawing board here. Being over 50, not only is the scale... Read more
About 4 years ago i started a journey and this site was my saving grace. I lost almost 60 pounds and kept it off for 2 years. Then i changed jobs and I slowly put on 45 pounds again. I am here to get myself back down and be healthy again. I created a... Read more
Yesterday I went for a powerwalk but when I was cooling down and walking very slowly, I twisted my ankle on uneven ground. Fortunately I did not have long to walk to the car and get home, to apply and a cold compress and support.
Should I only d... Read more
What are some good exercise for a healthy person who sits at a computer all day, 8+ hours, for work? Looking more for specific strength training exercises that can be done in the evening to help alleviate the pain caused from sitting at a computer a... Read more
I have knee, ankle, and back problems. My husband has shoulder pain. Nordic walking is perfect for us. It takes pressure off joints. It relieves tension in the neck & shoulders, The bonus is that it burns 20-40% more calories than regular walking. It... Read more
My ankle has been bothering me and I've learned about the importance of recovery. If we continue to "push through" pain, our bodies cannot heal and we set ourselves further and further back. Now, I'm not using my pedometer to measure how far I can... Read more
Knee pain can come on suddenly: a sideways blow in athletics or a nasty fall while stepping off a curb. But many knee issues creep up after years of poor alignment, which results in wear and tear and arthritis. No matter the cause, knee issues d... Read more
For many of us, exercise is the part of the day we look forward to. But for those who struggle with chronic pain, working out isn't enjoyable. It hurts. Knees are particularly vulnerable to pain during exercise (and afterwards). There... Read more
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