Although yoga has been around for thousands of years, it's become increasingly popular recently and has undergone quite the makeover. There are intense, sweaty styles of yoga that make the muscles of even the fittest people tremble; there are gen... 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
Are you always on the run and running out of time to stretch? Try adding a few standing stretches throughout the day. Whether standing in line, waiting for the bus or watching a soccer game, you can squeeze in some quality flexibility training. You c... Read more
Stretching is good for you, and it feels great, too! That's why we created this short and effective full-body stretching routine that you can follow whether you're a beginner or an advanced exerciser. Remember to warm up first and never stret... 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
Hopping back on the fitness wagon today. Could use some encouragement and ideas for working thru chronic pain while exercising..my treatment for the pain used to be food and bed. I've really been working on the food but need help with the other.... Read more
So far I've been losing weight quite quickly at about on average 2lb a week (sometimes a bit more).
I cycle to work 3 times a week, it's just over10km and it takes me 50-60mins. I had my fitness minutes set to account for that to burn 1100cals a... Read more
I've only been on my exercise routine for a week, but it feels great to be able to pedal on the exercise bike for 30 minutes! I was pretty out of shape before then and could barely go for 10. It's amazing how fast my body has adjusted to exercise,... Read more
As long as no one is watching or waiting to come up the stairs behind me, I try and stand on the bottom step, holding the bannister and stretch the backs of my calves by dropping my heels down hard. I don't find that normal calf stretches have much e... Read more
As I drive to and from work I dance to the music on the radio. It started with sucking in my stomach and stretching my back and has advanced to swaying, twisting and contracting my butt. The 45 minute drive doesn't seem so long, my back no longer hur... Read more
Your boss just dropped another project on your desk. Your co-worker spends more time at the water cooler than at his desk. The phone won't stop ringing, your email inbox is so full it's about to burst, and you've got a meeting with a client in an hou... Read more
When I first started running, I thought for sure it would be a bad combination with yoga. Running is repetitive, it can be hard on the body, and it's fast.After my first few runs, I felt sore and tight, despite my thorough stretching session afte... Read more
Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from a regular stretching program:
Reduced muscle tension
Increased range of movement in the joints
Enhanced muscular coordination
Increased circulation of the blood to various parts of t... Read more
Seated spine stretch
Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart. Roll your hi[s forward. Lace your fingers and extend your arms straight up so your palms are facing the ceiling and elbows are locked. Pull your shoulder b... Read more
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