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
I did my regular workout today and I did a yoga stretch routine for back after (15 min)
I worked all day cooking and baking and washing dishes and now the middle of my back is tired and sore.
I found the yoga routine that I did today really re... Read more
I recently finished treatment for lymphoma, and have a lot of scar tissue inside me. The worst is at the top of my leg, from where a lymph node in my groin was 19 cm, and a few others were almost as big. I can't have surgery as the scar tissue is wra... Read more
I exercise daily and when I sit down with legs in front of me, I feel pain in the back of both thighs. My doctor told me to stretch my hamstrings because its causing my back pain, but I can barely even sit like that. I have to lean my upper body back... Read more
I have a home gym and treadmill. I used to spend 45 minutes doing flexibility/stretching. Then 5 minutes slow on treadmill, 15 moderate, 5 minute cool-down. Then I would do a series of sets on the home gym for 30 minutes, All of this on Monday, W... Read more
Quick question, after I run (between 1.5 to 3.5 miles) I always like to walk and cool down for at least 10 minutes, do I really need to stretch after the cool down or does the walking do the same thing? 252... 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
Gotta love it! I love to challenge myself in new and amazing ways ;-) Today I ride!!!! Back in the day (that would be about 7-8 years ago) I would ride at least 10 miles a day. My cars were pretty flaky back then so sometimes it was the only way to g... Read more
I tried SparkPeople's Basic Stretches today after I did my strength training. The stretches were simple enough for me to do without a lot of studying, and I felt great afterwards. I also worked on my balance by doing some of the stretches while sta... Read more
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