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/ 10 Functional & Flattering Black Leggings You Can Buy on Amazon http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_surprisingly_perfect_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=healthy_meals_for_one_50_savory_simple_ideas 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=feel_the_lowerbody_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 Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Sugar Substitute? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=is_there_such_a_thing_as_a_healthy_sugar_substitute 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 Steals & Splurges for 11 Workout Wardrobe Essentials http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=11_wardrobe_staples_every_fitness_buff_needs 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_tips_for_sticking_to_your_new_years_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_ill_never_be_a_runner_and_thats_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sculpt_step_with_this_1mile_upper_body_circuit_walk 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=100_songs_that_will_fuel_your_new_years_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 10 Ways to Organize a Get-Healthy Group Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_ways_to_organize_a_gethealthy_group_challenge Discover 9 new ways to organize a challenge with yourself, a buddy, significant other or coworker to help make healthy habits stick around for good. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 7 Tips to Boost Your Body Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_tips_to_boost_your_body_confidence Body confidence is so important, especially on the journey to weight loss. Learn how to embrace your body, flaws and all, with these seven tips. Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Spark Success Stories: Where Are They Now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_success_stories_where_are_they_now Success stories don't stop after the weight comes off. We checked in with four of our previous featured members to find out where they are now. Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Crowd Control: 10 Tips for Working Out in a Jam-Packed Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=crowd_control_10_tips_for_working_out_in_a_jampacked_gym Nearly half of people make resolutions, and many of them will join gyms. Here are some strategies for conquering the crowds with your workout intact. Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 26 High-Protein Lunches That Aren't a Sandwich http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=26_highprotein_lunches_that_arent_a_sandwich Who says lunches have to be limited to sandwiches? Curb afternoon cravings by thinking outside of the bread with these high-protein, lower-carb lunch recipes. Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Your New Year's Resolution Toolbox http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=your_new_years_resolution_toolbox You don't need fancy or expensive gadgets to get on the path to a healthy lifestyle, but investing in a few useful products can help to remove any obstacles along the way. Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Premium's Advanced Reporting: the Best Tool You're Not Using http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_premiums_advanced_reporting_the_best_tool_youre_not_using The Advanced Reporting options available in SparkPeople Premium is the best part of Premium. Getting to know yourself helps you improve yourself! Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Kitchen Tools That Help You Prep Like a Pro http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_kitchen_tools_that_help_you_prep_like_a_pro Make healthy eating easier with these 10 kitchen items that help you measure, prep, store and perfectly portion. Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST A 5-Step Action Plan for Achieving Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_5step_action_plan_for_achieving_your_goals Everyone has a dream--learn how to make yours a reality in 5 steps! Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Sticking It to the Pain: The Truth About Dry Needling http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sticking_it_to_the_pain_the_truth_about_dry_needling Does a needle a day keep the pain away? Find out what it's really like to get dry needling -- and whether it really works. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Mobile Gets Apple Watch Integration and Premium Data Export (for all)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_mobile_gets_apple_watch_integration_and_premium_data_export The iOS version of SparkPeople Mobile now supports Apple Watch integration! See calories eaten, calories burned, and more. Track water consumption from your wrist! :) Fri, 9 Dec 2016 16:00:00 EST The 10 Best Subscription Boxes Delivering Health to Your Door http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_10_best_subscription_boxes_delivering_health_to_your_door Give the gift of health year-round with these subscription services sure to deliver delight the inner athlete/chef/fashionista in all of us. Fri, 9 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Android App Update: New Design, New Premium Features! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=android_app_update_new_design_new_premium_features Android SparkPeople Mobile Users: welcome to our new design! Plus, Premium members get new data export options! Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST How Gail Lost 100 Pounds and Found Her Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_gail_lost_100_pounds_and_found_her_strength "I had to reach the bottom to come up again, but now that I'm on top looking down, I'm grateful for this journey, for these lessons and for my strength to get here." Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST You Made It to the Gym -- Now What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_made_it_to_the_gym_now_what Getting dressed and driving to the gym is half the battle. But once you're there, what comes next? Here's your cheat sheet for how to get the most out of your first days and weeks. Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Winterize Your Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=winterize_your_feet Dry winter weather can wreak havoc on your feet. Keep your feet in top condition with these tips. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST The 2016 Airing of Health and Fitness Grievances http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_2017_airing_of_health_and_fitness_grievances Taking a cue from ''Seinfeld,'' we're airing out our grievances this holiday season. Join us, won't you? Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Products Designed to Eliminate Fitness Frustrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_products_designed_to_eliminate_fitness_frustrations Love to workout but hate the annoyances that can sometimes come with exercise? These 10 products can help with fitness' most irritating problems so you can workout worry-free. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Premium Has an Answer for All Your Health and Fitness Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_premium_has_an_answer_for_all_your_health_and_fitness_questions Trying to figure out the best path to weight loss can be frustrating. But what if you had an expert right in your pocket? You can, with SparkPeople Premium! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Cyber Monday Bargains for Your Healthiest Year Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cyber_monday_bargains_for_your_healthiest_year_ever To prepare you for one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, we've scoured the internet to find the best Cyber Monday deals to fit your healthy lifestyle. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Before You Sweat: Spinning Cheat Sheet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=before_you_sweat_spinning_cheat_sheet Thinking about signing up for your first spinning class? Check out this handy guide to get you ready for your first ride. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Ready, Set, Rest: 25 Items to Help You Relax & Recover http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=ready_set_rest_25_items_to_help_you_relax_recover Reluctant to take a rest day? With the right gear for relaxation and recovery, you just might start looking forward to exercise breaks. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Black Friday Deals Every Fitness Fanatic Needs http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=black_friday_deals_every_fitness_fanatic_needs We've scoured the ads to find the best Black Friday deals to fit your healthy lifestyle. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST 30 Ways to Make the Most of Every Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_ways_to_make_the_most_of_every_moment_ Want to take a moment--or two or three--throughout the day to learn to be present and enjoy what's going on around you? These 30 tips can help you with that. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Trendy Waters: Worth a Taste, or Just a Waste? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=trendy_waters_worth_a_taste_or_just_a_waste Do the celebs know something we don't, or are today's trendy waters just a bunch of H20 hype? Our nutritionists serve up their take on six popular new varieties. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Get Free Workout Videos on Your Amazon Fire TV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_free_workout_videos_on_your_amazon_fire_tv Starting today, you can get SparkPeople.tv videos on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Follow along with our workouts from the comfort of your living room! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:00:00 EST 10 Gifts That Will Motivate Your Loved Ones to Lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_gifts_that_will_motivate_your_loved_ones_to_lose_in_2017 It's the most wonderful time of year...to start inspiring others! Give your friends and family the gift of health this year with 10 exceptional fitness and nutrition products. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Fighting Diabetes with Fitness: 5 Members' Stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fighting_diabetes_with_fitness_5_members_stories Diabetes doesn't have to be a life sentence. With a nutritious diet, regular exercise and motivational tools here at SparkPeople, these five members have reclaimed their health. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST 20 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes Your Family Will Rave About http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_healthy_thanksgiving_recipes_your_family_will_rave_about Looking to lighten up the traditional Thanksgiving menu? These healthier versions of classic recipes will please the crowd without sending calorie counts through the roof. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST 59 Creative Ways to Sneak Some Veggies into Your Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=59_creative_ways_to_sneak_some_veggies_into_your_diet The secret's out! You don't have to be a ''veghead' to reap the benefits of veggies -- or to enjoy their deliciousness! Discover dozens of ways to sneak them into your diet. Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST A 500-Word Argument for Smashing Your Scale into 1,000 Pieces http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_500word_argument_for_smashing_your_scale_into_1000_pieces You're more than a number so free yourself from the scale this November! Plus, two princesses will leave you happy crying at your desk. You've been warned. Fri, 4 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Outrunning His Age: How Orville Rogers Is Breaking Records at 99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=outrunning_his_age_how_orville_rogers_is_breaking_records_at_99 Think you're too old to exercise? Orville Rogers says, "Nonsense." This 99-year-old is still running strong, and breaking records along the way. Thu, 3 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Stir, Sear and Sauce With These 10 Non-Toxic Cookware Items http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stir_sear_and_sauce_with_these_10_nontoxic_cookware_items What cookware is the best for you and your family? We picked the healthiest pots and pans on the market so you can feel good about serving healthy meals all around. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Connect Apple Health to Your SparkPeople App and Automatically Track Your Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=connect_apple_health_to_your_sparkpeople_app_today Share the Fitness Data You Already Have with the Healthy App You Already Trust. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 13:00:00 EST 6 Tips for a Zen Holiday from Celebrity Trainer Juliet Kaska http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_tips_for_a_zen_holiday_from_celebrity_trainer_juliet_kaska Fitness expert Juliet Kaska shares her tips for taking care of yourself and getting through the holidays stress- and guilt-free. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday in 30 Days with the #ZenFitness30: Fit in Fitness for the Holidays Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=enjoy_a_stressfree_holiday_with_the_zenfitness30_30day_fit_in_fitness_for_the_holidays_challenge Don't let the stress of the holidays get you down. In just 30 minutes (or less!) a day, in 30 days you can be on your way to a much calmer holiday season. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Fit to Be Tied: Our Favorite Hair Ties and Headbands http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fit_to_be_tied_our_favorite_hair_ties_and_headbands Sweat in style and keep your hair in place and out of your face with our favorite hair ties and headbands--we've put these to the test, so you can forget about the rest! Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 25 Incredible Instant Pot Recipes for Busy Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cooking_under_pressure_25_incredible_instant_pot_recipes Slow cookers are great... except for the slow part. Meet the Instant Pot, for those times when you're under pressure to serve up a delicious, flavorful meal on the quick. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST