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
This is a Post for others to reply if you stretched after your muscles in your body is warmed up and it's better to stretch when your body has been moving around and won't strain... I thought that this was a good idea for others to keep in mind to st... Read more
I am recently active in the last couple years. I have always been about average at 5'7 and 165-170 pounds. In the past few months I'm down to 155-160 and I'm finding it hard to reach my goal weight of 140ish. I'm running/IT two miles almost daily.... Read more
I am not limber At All! I need a simple stretching routine for my whole body. Most of the ones I have tried have moves I just can't do yet. Also, getting pain in my right lower back & hip. Doing bent knee cross overs (laying on back) helps...any... Read more
If you have regained your flexibility through a stretching routine, how long did it take you to see those results? How often, and for how long, did you stretch?
I know I won't see results immediately, but I feel like I haven't gained any flexib... 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
I hadn't noticed that my body was sore until I was trying to sleep. I was so restless and feeling as if I was in pain. I think next time I will just knock back some IB while my muscles get used to getting used again.
Yesterday it was my heart t... 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
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