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 you think about working out—or even see it on TV, in movies, or at your own gym—does stretching come to mind? Probably not.
Stretching is easily ignored, even in commercials for gyms. Yet it's an important part of any fitnes... 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
When you spend a lot of time sitting, especially at a desk or computer, it's important to take stretch breaks. A couple of breaks each day will help you stay alert and keep stiffness at bay. This set of stretches is perfect for people who are alr... 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
When I try to do the stretch where you lift your foot behind you and then grab your ankle to stretch the front of your thigh, the back of my thigh cramps up before I can even get my foot in my hand. Any way to make that not happen?... Read more
My left leg is weaker and less stretchy than my right. I have broken a bone in that foot twice which is probably where the issues come from. It doesn't affect my everyday life until I am running, and I am training for a marathon. During my long runs... Read more
HELP!!!!!! I have degenerative disc disease in my lower back and bursitis in both hips. Since my mobility is limited by both my weight and years of sedentary lifestyle, I want to start moving again. Any ideas for exercising and stretching that won... Read more
Hi all. I was on Sparkpeople on and off a few years ago. I just came back from finals (grad school, mostly writing papers) and vacation (Belize! very beautiful) to find myself ten pounds heavier than I've ever been and my stomach with a purple mark I... Read more
I have incorporated stretching into my daily route of cleaning. When I go to make the beds I place my legs one at a time up on our bed and stretch. As I go through the day I stretch while doing my daily chores, when vacuuming I stretch my sides, reac... Read more
I was not blessed with natural flexibility. Unless I stretch on a regular basis, I have no hope of reaching down and touching my toes. My tendency to skip stretching after runs (I know, shame on me) has come back to bite me in the past.&n... 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
SO this is the type of exercises I do at home, mainly RA (sitting exercises) because my Left ankle is non-weightbearing AGAIN...
I don't know how much more of this I can take. I want to scream "Just amputate and give me prosthetic leg!" I've se... Read more
I am trying to add five to ten minutes on elliptical and some stretches to my morning routine this week. I will be back to working 40 hours a week. Monday is the ct scan, temp tattoo tuesday or wednesday then final check. The doctor said working out... Read more
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