The SparkPeople Blog The SparkPeople Blog is a blog brought to you by Topics included in the blog include the latest news in nutrition, fitness, and health, food features, and more. 10 Full-Body Strength Exercises Every Beginner Needs to Know Did you know that you can get an effective strength workout, right in the comfort of your own home? Creating a balanced routine is easier than you might think. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Plus-Size Leggings for Women Who Love Their Curves Long live the legging! Long or short, fit or flared, there's a legging look for every curvy girl out there. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Balance Work and Life with Tips from the 'Mom Boss' Nicole Feliciano, author and founder and CEO of Momtrends, gives us her best tips and tricks for discovering your own inner 'Mom Boss.' Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST These Are the Most Motivating Workout Songs of All Time These songs combine the best beats with the most inspirational lyrics to motivate you to exercise! Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 65 of the Most Motivating Mantras Do you have a mantra? Whether it's mental, verbal or written, the right message can be a powerful tool in motivating you to become the best version of yourself. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Stay Safe And Be Seen With These 7 Fitness Accessories Don't get caught in the dark during your workout. Stay safe and be seen with these affordable accessories for outdoor exercisers. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Induce Sleep Naturally With These 5 Tips Sometimes sleep is hard to come by. Before turning to prescription sleep aids--try a few natural remedies right at home. These 5 sleep aids can help you drift off fast. Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Tips to Keep from Overeating at a Party Do you know how to stay on track, even at a Super Bowl party? Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 EST Why Every Kitchen Needs a Cast Iron Skillet Get your iron in the fire with these amazing skillets. We also threw in a few sizzling skillet recipes to get your creative cooking juices flowing! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Study: Socializing on SparkPeople Helps with Weight Loss A second study bolsters what our experts and millions of members already knew: The support provided by our community is invaluable. Pass it on! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:00:00 EST Shelli's Journey from ''Shame Yourself Thin'' to Body Acceptance The body positivity movement is alive and well. Find out what one SparkPeople member has to say about the movement and how she learned to love herself over the years. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 60 Scrumptious Spring Salads If spring had an official food, it would have to be salad. If you still think of salad as boring, we have 60 exciting reasons to adjust your expectations! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Exercises You Should Steal from Your Kids With a little imagination, you can turn your workout into child's play! Steal these 10 exercises from the kiddos and you'll barely notice as the calories melt away. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Check Out SparkPeople's New Community Goal Feed We're excited to launch a new feature, designed to help you celebrate success, get a boost of support when times are tough and engage more easily with other members just like you! Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:00:00 EST 12 Sports Bras for All Shapes & Sizes Available on Amazon Underneath every good workout is a great sports bra. Here's a dozen of our faves, for all shapes and sizes. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST The 3 Best Shoes to Pack for Vacation Heading out of town? Make sure to pack the best travel shoes that will support your feet all day long. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST The Case for Stuffing Your Sorry's in a Sack March into March with a smile on your face and determination in your heart. We've got some words of encouragement and an empowering video to start your month off right. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 4 Soothing Stretches for Cold and Flu Relief Congestion and soreness symptoms due to sickness are no fun. Next time you catch a bug, try these four simple yoga poses for some comfort and hopefully a little relief. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 27 Members Weigh In on What They Gained After Losing Weight Our members lost weight and feel great and are especially happy about enjoying their favorite activities again! Wed, 1 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST What to Know Before You Row Your Way to Fit Thinking about trying an indoor rowing class? Check out this handy cheat sheet to ensure that your first session is as fun and effective as possible. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 Ways to Eat More Mindfully Multi-tasking is great, but it has no place at the dinner table. Discover these tips for eating mindfully and tuning into your hunger. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00:00 EST 40 One-Pot Dishes with Less Than 500 Calories If you've got one pot, a few ingredients and not a lot of time, you CAN enjoy a satisfying yet sensible meal with 500 calories or less per serving. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST How a Brain Injury Awakened My Creativity An accidental brain injury changed Ann Zuccardy's life. Now a keynote speaker and an 'accidental neurologist,' Ann challenges the conventional ideas about creativity and self-care. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 15 Surprisingly Healthy Restaurant Dishes Just because you're trying to eat healthier this year, doesn't mean you can never go out to eat with your friends or family. Here are 15 great choices. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Banish Dry, Winter Workout Skin With These 10 Essentials Is dry skin caused by winter keeping you from enjoying your favorite activities? These 10 products can help you soothe irritated skin and get you happily back on track. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Release Stress Right at Your Desk With 5 Chair Yoga Moves If sitting at your desk all day is leaving your shoulders sore and your back out of whack, sprinkling in a few targeted yoga poses throughout the day could be just what you need. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Members Share Their 20 Favorite Health & Fitness Purchases Members tried and tested various health and fitness products over the past year--discover their top 20, five-star purchases. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 SparkTeams That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals We rounded up seven active, supportive SparkTeams for members who are looking to achieve seven common healthy lifestyle goals—one of these teams might be your perfect match! Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 5 Reasons to Make Time for Walking Learn why integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil suggests walking as the best form of exercise. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Is Jackfruit the Next Big Meat Alternative? Don't judge a fruit by its (prickly) cover: Find out why vegans and non-vegans alike are turning to jackfruit as a surprisingly delicious meat alternative. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST The Fuel You Need to Go After Your Goals This February February, also known as the month where New Year's resolutions go to die. Reignite your drive with a new move that will challenge your calves and a GIF you won't soon forget! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 20 Essential Items the Fitness Pros Never Leave Home Without What items can the fitness pros not live without? We took a peek in their bags, and we think you'll enjoy these products, too! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 04:00:00 EST Mix-and-Match Your Own Portable Mason Jar Soup Nothing says comfort food like a warm, satisfying soup, and nothing says convenience like a Mason jar filled with delicious, nutritious ingredients. Mix and match to create yours! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Ditch the Gym & Invest in These 10 Home Strength Training Essentials Is life or lack of motivation keeping you from the gym? Build your own strength-training studio with these 10 home workout essentials. Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST A New Way to Earn SparkPoints, by Sharing Recipes You Love Today we announce a new way to earn SparkPoints, while discovering new recipes you'll love! Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:00:00 EST 20 Member Ideas for Eating Healthy on a Budget Need tips on eating healthy on a budget? We've rounded up a variety of resources to help you learn all you ever wanted to know about eating healthy on a budget. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:00:00 EST Reward Hard Work With 25 Goal Gifts Under $25 Reward yourself for all the "wins" in your life--losing weight, walking a little farther, giving up sweets--with these awesome, non-food goal gifts. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Finding Inspiration with Juliet Kaska The Spark Your Life Series connects you to powerful, inspirational women whose stories can help you lead a better, healthier more thoughtful life. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Functional & Flattering Black Leggings You Can Buy on Amazon Forget the little black dress--we're all about the perfect black legging! This workout staple doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. We rounded up Amazon's best buys just for you. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 50 Simple and Savory Single-Serving Meals When you have a single mouth to feed, it can be tempting to grab takeout—but with these 50 scrumptious and simple recipes, you can whip up a single-serve meal in no time. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Feel the Lower-Body Burn With This Quick Circuit Workout Jessica Smith is at it again with this tough, at-home workout that will challenge every muscle in your lower body. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST How 4 Natural Sugar Substitutes Stack Up Against the Real Deal Want to cut calories without cutting out your favorite foods and drinks? Find out if our nutritionist recommends today's trendy sugar substitutes. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Build Your Perfect Workout Wardrobe on Any Budget Every fitness buff's closet can benefit from these 11 wardrobe staples. From sports bras to shorts, we have you covered. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year's Fitness Goals Make New Year's resolutions you can stick to all year long with these 10 easy-to-follow tips. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Why I'll Never Be a Runner and That's Okay After years of putting running on an exercise pedestal and feeling frustrated by failures, one writer decided to embrace her strengths and see training in a whole new light. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Walk a Mile & Sculpt Your Arms, Right at Home Stay fit and toned with this low-impact, moderate-intensity workout from Jessica Smith, which combines aerobic walking with upper-body strength training moves. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Keep Your Resolutions with These 15 Health & Fitness Essentials You have the motivation, but do you have the tools? Boost your chances of success by stocking your New Year's resolution toolbox. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Experts Predict 29 Health Trends for 2017 What will be the hottest health and fitness trends this year? Industry experts share their predictions. Which do you agree (or disagree) with? Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 15 Resolutions Health Experts Wish You Would Make Tired of making and breaking the same resolutions every year? Here are the top goals that trainers and nutritionists wish their clients would set. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 100 Songs That Will Fuel Your New Year's Resolutions Bored with the same old music? This curated list of 100 heart-pumping, fast-paced songs is just what you need to fuel any workout. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST