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
I think I wrote on this forum some time ago, but I was not logging in for a while, so this is the time to say ”Hello” again. I am in my late 40's and I am trying to deal -- not with my age, that I still ignore, but -- with the goals of the moment; a... Read more
I've been trying to take off 100+ lbs. gained quickly due to medications, and that took me from size 6 to 20 in a few years. (Domperidone and Lexapro) Have tried many diets, but didn't stick to them due to stress, cravings, lighthe... Read more
I lost 65 lbs. on Sparkpeople in 2013 and got off track for several months, gaining 17 lbs. of it back. I started at 310...got down to 245...gained back up to 262 where I started on Monday...and I've already lost 3 lbs.
After... 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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