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
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
Stretching comes naturally to all of us. You might notice that if you have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unco... 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
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
I really like sp and it helped me lose 25 lbs a few years ago. Ff to now: stressful year on the job with a new boss. It will all be fine but it was rough at times. Family issues, menopause...anyway, I'm off for the summer so I can take time for m... Read more
I'm Linda of L.A. I just started on SparkPeople about 3 days ago and am excited to have found the site!!!
I've been stress eating and taking meds in which side effects are weight gain (not happy). I have been eating so much a... Read more
My dad died a month ago and in the weeks leading up to his death and after, all the momentum and energy I've had into my weight loss has gone out the window. Fortunately I've only gained 6 lbs back, but having a hard time re-engaging in the rigors of... Read more
Committing to this is everything. I stopped for no good reason. Left Hip flexor injury and right sprained ankle made me miserable. Got back into the water for therapy and now back to this.... Read more
I am very excited about this time...this is the longest I have ever tracked my calories. And I have to say I am under 170 pounds!!! it's been a long time since I have been under 170...My husband is doing this with me and it has helped him doing it wi... 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
The hip flexors are the group of muscles that allow you to lift your knees toward your chest and bend forward from the hips. What is collectively referred to as the hip flexors is actually a group of muscles that includes the iliopsoas, the thi... Read more
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