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
I’m the first to admit that stretching is not high on my priority list. When I’m crunched for time, the last thing I want to do is spend an extra 5-10 minutes stretching after a workout. Consequently, my body has paid the pric... 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
I was reading an article in a fitness magazine that was talking about beginning a walking program. The suggestion was that before walking you should be stretching so that your muscles were ready to walk; then walking at 80% of your planned speed for... Read more
I have worked my way up to walking about 5 miles each morning. Most days my legs seem to be tight and hurt, which is slowing my time down. Other days, they are ok. I am wondering if I should stretch before I start my walk? I take the dogs with an... Read more
The link below is the SP "exercise of the day." Please let me know why or how it especially pertains to being at the computer. Something to do with preventing carpal tunnel, perhaps?
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercises.asp ?exercise=27... 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
The Truth behind Stretching
Throughout the nation, continent, and even world, athletes everywhere are being informed that stretching has many positive effects. Coaches are instilling in their athletes that stretching is a meaningful part of practi... Read more
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