The SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/ The SparkPeople Blog is a blog brought to you by SparkPeople.com. Topics included in the blog include the latest news in nutrition, fitness, and health, food features, and more. DailySpark.com http://www.dailyspark.com/images/dsp_logo.jpg http://www.sparkpeople.com/ 18 Ways Anyone Over 50 Can Become More Active http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=18_ways_anyone_over_50_can_become_more_active You're only as old as you feel, right? Building a little activity into your day can make you feel young again, so we've compiled 18 easy ways to stay active after 50 and beyond. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST Plateau Busters: Members & Experts Share Their Tips for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=plateau_busters_members_experts_share_their_tips_for_success You're losing weight, feeling great, and then -- nothing. When you're stuck at a plateau, try these member and expert tips to bust through any get back on track. Mon, 18 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST Grab a Towel for This 5-Move, Full-Body Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=grab_a_towel_for_this_5move_fullbody_workout Forget that basement full of exercise equipment--all you need for a great workout is a towel! Try these five moves for an all-over burn. Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST Are You Focusing on Progress or Perfection? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=are_you_focusing_on_progress_or_perfection In the journey to weight loss, no one is perfect. Discover why Jessica Smith's favorite saying is ''progress, not perfection,'' and learn how to apply it to your own journey. Thu, 7 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST Free Workouts and Tangle-Free Hair in This Month's Go Get It Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=free_workouts_and_tanglefree_hair_in_this_months_go_get_it_guide Sure, you could spend hundreds getting your sweat on each month, but why would you when there are plenty of free workout opportunities? Fri, 1 Sep 2017 00:00:00 EST A Full-Body Bosu Ball Workout That Will Challenge Your Abs http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=discover_the_abburning_power_of_the_bosu_with_this_fullbody_workout The BOSU ball offers a unique challenge for your muscles and body's stability. Pick up a few key moves with this full-body workout guide. Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST Snack Smarter with These 30+ Healthy Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=snack_smart_with_these_30_healthy_ideas Don't become a vending machine victim! To help you become a smarter snacker, we polled members and experts for their favorite nutritious things to nibble between meals. Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST How ''Flaws and All'' Photos Can Be the Ultimate Confidence Booster http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_flaws_and_all_photos_can_be_the_ultimate_confidence_booster There's a movement happening on your news feed: Real men and women are pulling back the curtain on those perfectly posed photos. One member shares why she thinks its courageous. Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST Should You Add Pond Scum to Your Diet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=should_you_add_pond_scum_to_your_diet It might not seem appetizing at the beach, but there are claims that blue-green algae (otherwise known as pond scum) could deliver a powerful health boost. Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways Grocery Stores Are Helping You Get Healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_ways_grocery_stores_are_helping_you_get_healthier Today's grocery stores are more than just food and beverage repositories. Find out how your local supermarket could help you lead a healthier lifestyle! Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST 16 Ways to Grow Your Diet With Plants http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=16_ways_to_grow_your_diet_with_plants Want to ditch the dairy and incorporate more plants into your diet for your health? These 16 tips can help you get started today. Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST What Do You Wish People Knew About Being Overweight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_do_you_wish_people_knew_about_being_overweight People who have never been overweight or obese can't grasp the day-to-day struggles of living with those extra pounds. We asked some members to share their stories. Mon, 7 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST This Video About Healthy Eating Is so Funny Because It's Painfully True http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=this_video_about_healthy_eating_is_so_funny_because_its_painfully_true Frustrated by conflicting dietary news reports that seem to change daily? Fear not--you're not alone. This hilarious sketch about a time-traveling dietitian will brighten your day. Fri, 4 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST 40 Things to Do Instead of Eat When You're Bored http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=40_things_to_do_instead_of_eat_when_youre_bored Ever caught yourself snacking and realized you're not even hungry? If boredom is eating up your goals, try some of these fork-free distractions. Thu, 3 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST Can Sweat-Inducing Methods Really Accelerate Weight Loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=can_sweatinducing_methods_really_accelerate_weight_loss Do products that promote sweating and turn up the heat really help keep those pounds off for good? Let's find out if these four products really deliver and are even safe to try. Wed, 2 Aug 2017 00:00:00 EST 6 Fun-Filled Hula Hoop Exercises for Better Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_funfilled_hula_hoop_exercises_for_better_finess Hula hoops have been around for years, but what was once a child's toy is now taking the fitness industry by storm as a fun way to get in some good exercise. Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:00:00 EST 20 Amazing Zumba Songs to Kick-Start Your Dance Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_amazing_zumba_songs_to_kickstart_your_dance_workout Zumba instructors and enthusiasts, here's your next playlist! Get your groove on while the pounds melt off. Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST Why Friendly Competition Should Be Built Into Your Action Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_friendly_competition_should_be_built_into_your_goals In part two of Chris ''SparkGuy'' Downie's personal blog, he notes the importance of competition in self-improvement, citing one of history's more famous rivalries as an example. Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST 300 Pounds and Counting: Greg's Two-Year Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=300_pounds_and_counting_gpalmers_twoyear_transformation In just a little over two years, Greg has lost more than 300 pounds and gained a whole new outlook on life. How did he do it? It was simpler than he expected. Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST New Updates Bring Fun--and Magic--to SparkPeople Mobile http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new_updates_bring_funand_magicto_sparkpeople_mobile Download newest update to SparkPeople Mobile and access new photo filters, stickers and magic! Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:00:00 EST 8 Low-Impact Barre Moves You Can Do Anywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_lowimpact_barre_moves_you_can_do_anywhere Barre-based workouts are famous for their ability to make muscles quake with teeny, tiny isometric movements. See what they hype is all about with this workout from The Bar Method. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST Why Don't SparkPeople's Images Feature People Who Look Like Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_stock_photo_struggle_why_dont_sparkpeoples_images_look_like_me Perhaps you're wondering why we consistently feature average-sized or even thin models in our article and blog images. The answer might actually surprise you. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Single-Serving Sweet Treats http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=singleserving_sweet_treats Enjoy these fun and tasty single serving treats. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:00:00 EST 36 Easy, Breezy No-Cook Summer Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=36_easy_breezy_nocook_summer_recipes Step away from the stove! You can throw together these healthy, hassle-free summer dishes in minutes -- no oven required. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 12:00:00 EST Get a Boost With This Motivational 1-Mile Walk With Jessica Smith http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_inspired_get_your_steps_with_this_1mile_walk_and_talk Goals and gratitude go hand-in-hand, especially as you work toward weight loss and a happier, healthier you. Join Jessica Smith for a fun and inspirational one-mile walk and talk. Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST Score Big on Amazon Prime Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=score_big_on_amazon_prime_day Amazon is unloading deals every 5 minutes today for its Prime members--time to stock up! Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST Concert Pianist Gets the Spark She Needs to Play Carnegie Hall http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=concert_pianist_gets_the_spark_she_needs_to_play_carnegie_hall When Jeanne got the chance of a lifetime to perform at Carnegie Hall, she turned to SparkPeople for the support she needed to meet her goals and perform with confidence. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST How a Plant-Based Diet Changed My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_a_plant_based_diet_changed_my_life What you choose to eat and how you choose to live is a big part of what makes you, you. Learn how one member changed her diet to a plant-based one to live her healthiest life. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST 21 Ways Alexa Can Help You Lead a Healthier Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=21_ways_alexa_can_help_you_lead_a_healthier_life Got Alexa? If not, it's time to tap into the power of smart fitness technology! Discover 21 high-tech skills that will help you recharge your goals. Mon, 10 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST A Rant Against Unrealistic Diet Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_rant_against_unrealistic_diet_expectations_a_rave_review_for_travelers From the wacky to the unhealthy, celebrity diets always seem to wiggle their way into the news. Read why our editor thinks they're problematic, plus discover a must-have product. Fri, 7 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST 25 Delicious Ways to Use Your Spiralizer for Dinner Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=25_delicious_dishes_to_make_with_your_spiralizer Curious about all the spiralizer hoopla, but not sure how to get started? We've got more than two dozen ways to use this amazing and game-changing kitchen tool. Thu, 6 Jul 2017 00:00:00 EST What a Beach Boys vs. Beatles Rivalry Teaches Us About Competition http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_a_beach_boys_vs_beatles_rivalry_teaches_us_about_competition Does the idea of competition intimidate or inspire you? SparkGuy thinks competition pushes us to be great! Discover how a musical rivalry inspired his blog post this week. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST The 35 Most Popular Products Members Are Buying Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_35_most_popular_products_members_are_buying_right_now You love gadgets, music, food, athletic wear and other healthy living products almost as much as we do. We dug deep to discover your 35 most popular products to date. Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Calorie Comparisons That May Surprise You http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_calorie_comparisons_that_may_surprise_you Even when you think you're making the right choices, hidden calories are lurking in some seemingly healthy foods. Check out these shocking comparisons! Mon, 26 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Does Hypnosis for Weight Loss Really Work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=does_hypnosis_for_weight_loss_really_work Is it a shortcut to skinny... or just a lot of hype? Find out whether weight-loss hypnosis really works, and what to look for if you're considering giving it a try. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST What to Serve with Stuffed Peppers: 16 Scrumptious Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_to_serve_with_stuffed_peppers_16_scrumptious_ideas Is your stuffed pepper meal rotation feeling a little... stale? Liven things up with these scrumptious side dish ideas! Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Changes are Coming to Some of Our Smaller Apps http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=changes_are_coming_to_some_of_our_smaller_apps Today, we'll be taking a few of our older, smaller apps out of the app stores so we can focus on improving the apps you love the most. Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:00:00 EST Find Your Financial Freedom with Michelle McKinnon http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=find_your_financial_freedom_with_michelle_mckinnon Senior wealth advisor and host of the ''$mart Women'' podcast Michelle McKinnon shares her top tips for finding financial freedom through planning, investing and budgeting. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Gaga for Garbanzos: 20 Ways to Cook 1 Can of Chickpeas http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=gaga_for_garbanzos_20_ways_to_cook_1_can_of_chickpeas Looking for delicious ways to pack more protein into your diet? We've got 20, and they all have one thing in common: A single can of chickpeas. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST One Member's Journey from 5Ks to the Boston Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=boston_success_story When Kevin (MOBYCARP) joined SparkPeople in 2011, he never dreamed he'd run a marathon. Six years later, he's completed several, including TWO Boston Marathons. Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST 4 Hula Hoop Moves Your Inner Child Will Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_hula_hoop_moves_your_inner_child_will_love Kristin Benton discovered hula hooping while trying to lose weight after her first pregnancy. Now, the founder of FXP Fitness shares four of her favorite hula hoop fitness moves. Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST 50 Things to Consider Before Giving up on Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=50_things_to_consider_before_giving_up_on_your_goals On the days when everything is going wrong and you can't imagine ever achieving your goals, you'll be happy you bookmarked this motivational list. Never quit on yourself again. Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Why Weight Loss Is Not 80% Diet and 20% Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_weight_loss_is_not_80_diet_and_20_fitness Weight loss comes with a lot of blindly accepted truths, including that success is achieved through 80 percent diet and 20 percent fitness. SparkGuy doesn't exactly agree. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST 6 Incredible Stories of SparkPeople Friendship & Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkfriends_forever_6_stories_of_friendship_and_support Bonds forged through the SparkPeople community happen every day, and, for many, those supportive networks are the glue that holds their ultimate dreams together. Thu, 8 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Low- or No-Calorie Drinks That Won't Sabotage Your Summer Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=Low_or_No_Calorie_Drinks_That_Wont_Sabotage_Your_Summer_Diet These refreshing drinks are safe for summer or any time you want a low- or no-calorie beverage but don't want to wreck your diet. Drink up! Wed, 7 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Relieve, Restore and Reset Your Back with These 10 Products http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=relieve_restore_and_reset_your_back_with_these_10_products Back aches and pains brought on by the rigors of everyday life can become a thing of the past with these 10 products that help you stretch, soothe and strengthen your sore back. Tue, 6 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST 4 Exercises to Strengthen Your Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_exercises_to_strengthen_your_feet Feet are the foundation of your body. And with over 100 muscles in your feet and ankles, they can greatly benefit from daily strengthening exercises. Mon, 5 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Start Summer With Socks, Santa and Squats With Schnauzers http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=start_summer_with_socks_santa_and_squats_with_schnauzers Remember when you hated getting socks as a gift? Not anymore. Meet the sock that your sweaty feet will love, plus an inspiring quote and the greatest, cutest squat challenge ever! Fri, 2 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST Announcing: New User Tagging and Notification Features http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=announcing_new_user_tagging_and_notification_features Now you can be sure to never miss out on a conversation again. With the new user tagging features on our site, it's easy to stay in the loop! Thu, 1 Jun 2017 17:00:00 EST 5 Playground Exercises for Parents (and Kids at Heart) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_fun_playground_exercises_to_better_fitness You do not have to belong to a gym, nor do you have to own any fancy workout equipment to get fit and healthy. In fact your local park may just hold the key to getting you fit. Thu, 1 Jun 2017 00:00:00 EST