Walking comes naturally to humans. It’s one of the earliest skills we develop, long before we learn how to talk (or invent excuses to avoid walking). And given good, basic health, it’s something you can do throughout your life without wor... Read more
The phrase "shin splint" is a generic term that describes pain in the lower leg, either on the medial (inside) or lateral (outside) side of the shin bone. This pain usually begins as a dull ache that can't be pinpointed; it can be felt... Read more
When you're short on time, proper stretching can be the first thing to go! That's why we created this short and effective full-body stretching routine that you can breeze through in fewer than five minutes. Remember to warm up first and never... Read more
When you stretch regularly, you will become more flexible and better able to handle more involved, complex stretches. This flexibility routine includes more advanced stretches, so make sure you've mastered the basics before trying these moves. Re... 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
I have flat feet, so they hurt easily. I walk about 2 miles everyday about 5 days a weeks and by the time I've walked a mile my feet are killing me. I want to keep up the good work but I don't know if my feet can keep taking this. Advice?... Read more
I had an emergency c-section October of 2012 and had a very long recovery. I've been trying to build my core muscles which have always been weak. I avoided doing this for over a year afterward to give that area extra time to heal. Anyways, I've been... Read more
Ok guys I have had spark on my phone and signed up for a few years now. My weight keeps moving the wrong direction and I still have not been 100% in yet. Never post anything on the boards neither so thought I would start here. Need some motivations a... Read more
Hi, I started a walking program 2 weeks back. I walk for about 90 minutes 3 times a week. I have a bad left knee from 3-4 years ago, when I had started running. I don't know what it was about that running program, maybe bad form or something else, bu... Read more
When targeting a specific muscle for fitness there are two key guidelines for how to stretch or strengthen:Stretch - perform the opposite action of that particular muscleStrengthen - perform the movement of the muscle against resistance... Read more
I keep a golf ball in my desk at work. When I have tight feet from running all those miles, I place my bare feet (at the arches) on the ball and roll it around for about a minute on each foot. I do this while sitting on conference calls, so no one ca... Read more
Over the past three decades, fitness shoe manufacturers have developed advanced technology to cushion and control motion in our feet and ankles. While this advanced support can feel great, it doesn't allow our joints and soft tissue to artic... Read more
The Internet--including the SparkPeople Message Boards--have been abuzz for the recently with talk of barefoot running. Member CAMPB528 wrote me, asking to review her beloved Vibram Five Fingers barefoot running shoes. A few weeks later, she tracked... Read more
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