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 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 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 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
It has been almost a year, but I've lost 40 pounds on a low-carb, high protein diet. This has been slower than I wanted, but steady, without any weight gain during the whole time, and I'm almost to my goal weight (10 pounds to go).
A n... Read more
So I had my first strength training session yesterday (Monday) evening. We focused solely on legs/glutes and the trainer taught me how to do some different weighted exercises and we worked out pretty hard. My legs felt like jelly about halfway throug... Read more
Just wanted to ask re: advice for calf pain after running. It's not terrible and I don't think I have an injury after researching it a bit but it's very sore after running but does get better in a couple of hours and at most a day. I think I have to... 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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