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. Spark Spotlight: Sue (SOUTHTXXRNNR) It's amazing how trying something new can boost your motivation! Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 EST 6 Yoga Poses That Can Soothe Menopause Symptoms The stages of menopause can be overwhelming, to say the least. With the right practice, yoga can be an amazing tool to help with your body's transition. Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Now You Can Tag Your Friends in the Community Feed We just made it easier to have a conversation with your best SparkFriends. Introducing: Community Feed tagging. Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 Chain Restaurants with Diet-Friendly Options When you make the right choices, restaurant doesn't have to be a four-letter word. Check out these healthier options at a chain near you. Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Enhance Your Performance With These 15 Essential Running Items Runners, we have you covered. Discover 15 of the most essential items you need to make the most of your runs. Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Melissa "Milly" (MILLYMAE1) This week, Milly is thrilled to be 15 pounds lighter, with the help of SparkPeople's nutrition and exercise tracking tools! Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Living a Fit & Healthy Life Just Got Easier We've just made it easier for you to get your favorite health and wellness items sent right to your front door with our new SHOP section. Fri, 11 May 2018 14:00:00 EST 50 Ways to Improve Work-Life Balance Does that elusive work-life balance really exist? Try these tips to make sure you're giving the most important items the attention they deserve. Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 EST How Beth Lost 230+ Pounds and Reclaimed Her Life Losing 230 pounds doesn’t just change how you look—it also changes how you think and feel. For 53-year-old Beth, the road hasn't always been easy, but it's certainly been worth it. Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 EST How Yoga Taught Me Not to Fear New Things I'm hesitant to try new things. I either convince myself I don't have time, or the anxiety of something new is more than I want to deal with. That is until three years ago. Tue, 8 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Enya (TANNERZ) Congrats to Enya on losing 60+ pounds through exercise, SparkPeople's nutrition tracker and earning SparkPoints! Mon, 7 May 2018 00:00:00 EST How to Make Facebook Healthier in Two Easy Steps Feel like you're not getting enough of your SparkPeople fix while you're on Facebook? We agree, and there are a few things you can do to Spark a little health in your feed. Fri, 4 May 2018 10:00:00 EST Some Summer Inspiration and Laughs in This Month's Go Get It Guide Warmer weather means sunshine, poolside fun and...insecurities? If you're struggling with bikini anxiety, this month's Go Get It Guide will inspire you to do you no matter what! Fri, 4 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Gear Up for Spring With These 12 Fitness Essentials Take your activities outside this spring with the help of some essential workout gear you'll love. Wed, 2 May 2018 05:00:00 EST 7 Best Running Apps to Keep You Moving Smartphones can double as fitness devices, putting your running stats at your fingertips while keeping you engaged, entertained and motivated. Mon, 30 Apr 2018 14:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Teresa (TEXASHSMOMOF3) Congrats to Teresa on hitting the 40-pound mark, and feeling stronger every day! Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Stock Up on These 12 Spring Workout Wardrobe Essentials Get ready for the warmer days ahead with colorful workout gear in a range of sizes. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Upcoming Changes to SparkPeople.TV We're making some changes to the website and, as with anything we do, we like to give you a heads up to what's coming. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:00:00 EST 8 Workouts for Anyone Who Hates Morning Workouts Lots of people who never thought it was possible have found a way to make exercise a regular part of their morning routine. Try these exercises to ease you into the day. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Get Fit With Biking Bikes are, in many places, nearly as popular of a form of transportation as cars or trucks. This post looks at how you can get fit with biking. Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:00 EST 35 Meatless Monday Meal Ideas Where’s the beef? Not here. We’ve given you a head-start to a plant-based diet with 35 mouthwatering meatless recipes. Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Pele (PELESJEWEL) Pele is beating the odds by remaining cancer-free and maintaining her 100-pound weight loss! Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST 100 Healthy Habits to Add to Your Life What specific habits constitute a healthy lifestyle? To help get you started, we collected 100 healthy habits from members, friends and coworkers. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Resource Guide for Runners This post compiles a detailed list of resources for runners. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Sandra (SILVERSPARROW04) It's not easy waking up before sunrise to squeeze in a workout--but Sandra has discovered that the payoff is definitely worth it! Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST You're Never Too Old to Hike: Trail Tips for Seniors It’s never too late to connect with nature while improving your fitness. With smart planning and precautions, hikers of all ages can discover the wonders of the trail. Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Rise and Shine: 8 Stretches You Should Do Each Morning Morning stretches are the best way to start the day. Kick of your day the healthy way with this easy routine of eight stretches! Great for beginners, perfect for flexibility. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 05:00:00 EST 6 Places to Find Cheap, Healthy Groceries You've probably heard money-saving tips like "buy in bulk" and "shop in season," but are there really certain stores that provide deeper discounts than others? Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Michelle (SHELLEYMCELROY6) Michelle says the key is making exercise so much fun that you'll actually want to do it. Mon, 9 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Fitness Feats and Foodies in This Month's Go Get It Guide This month, I want to convince you to pick up this jump rope and get that heart rate up! Plus, why I struggle with the fact that you can't outrun a bad diet. Fri, 6 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 Exercises That Work the Most Muscles in the Body Compound exercises work multiple muscles or muscle groups in a relatively short period of time, making them an efficient addition to your workout routine. Wed, 4 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST A New Workout Challenge With Limited Mobility in Mind The new 30-day Limited Mobility Challenge has something for everyone: tips to stay motivated, seated workouts, info on how to deal with pain and advice on how to modify workouts. Mon, 2 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Dawn (PENNYLANE15) A big congrats to Dawn for reaching her 5-year anniversary of losing 100 pounds -- and keeping it off!! Mon, 2 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Get Fit In Less Than 5 Minutes a Day With These 4 Proven Tips This is it: The definitive guide to getting in the best shape of your life. Four steps is all it takes. Sun, 1 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST 7 Ways to Slim Down Your Waistline Although you can’t bust belly fat with targeted exercises, there are some things you can do to help strengthen your stomach, reduce bloating and accelerate overall fat loss. Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST 30 Meals You Can Prep in 30 Minutes or Less It’s time to bust the myth that meal prep is only for diehard chefs who have plenty of hours to spend shopping, chopping, seasoning and slicing. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Monty (MIRAGE727) Monty is proud of completing his first duathlon of the year! Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST How 3 Formerly Overweight Trainers Started Careers in Fitness Fitness trainers can push you and motivate you to be your best, but they're nothing like you, right? Wrong! Meet three formerly overweight people who became trainers. Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST The Ultimate Country Music Workout Playlist Who says country music is slow and sad? These up-tempo tunes will have you two-steppin' your way through your next workout! Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 Essential Core Exercises to Help You Tackle Everyday Activities Having a strong core helps us maintain better posture and balance, and to live our everyday lives injury-free. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST 6 Ways to Maximize a Short Workout Did you know that exercisers are more likely to stick with a workout plan when their workouts are shorter? Make the most of a few minutes with these smart fitness tips! Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Candy (CANDYL41) This week, Candy is proud of having walked for heart health with her daughter. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST An AMRAP Workout That's Perfect for Anyone With Limited Mobility The word ''can't'' doesn't need to be in your vocabulary. With this seven-move workout designed with limited mobility in mind, anyone can get a great workout right at home. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST How to Transition from Dieting to Healthy Living Bridging the gap between rigorous dieting and healthy living is essential to making your results stick for sustained, long-term success. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Trista (CTMOM) Trista is celebrating hitting the 45-pound weight loss mark! Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST This Heart-Pumping, 15-Minute Workout Is Perfect for Small Spaces The thought of cardio make you wince? If the word conjures up hours of running, it's time to reset your mind! This 15-minute cardio blast with Jessica Smith is quick and effective. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Lori (LORI_LIFTS) This week, Lori created a vision board to help keep her motivated along her journey. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST 30 Days of Quick & Healthy Lunch Ideas If you’re eating the same thing every day—or, worse, if you’re skipping your middle meal altogether—use this handy lunch planning graphic to break out of your lunchtime rut. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST Will Smith, Beets & Beats in Your Go Get It Guide What can Will Smith teach you about fear and failure? Turns out, quite a bit. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST It's Time to Stop Feeling Guilty About Relaxing Life can be really stressful when you're trying to juggle so many commitments. Often, the commitment to yourself takes a backseat, but does it always have to be this way? Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST