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/ Easy Freezer-Friendly Foods for Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=easy_freezerfriendly_foods_for_kids Here are two unexpected ways you can use your freezer to create fun and healthy treats for your kids! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST Cool Summer Workout Gear http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cool_summer_workout_gear Refresh your workout wardrobe with these new styles that will keep you looking (and feeling) cool in the summer heat. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST The Best Inner Thigh Exercises Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_inner_thigh_exercises_ever Strengthen your inner thighs and burn major calories with this 10-minute power workout! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EST 13 Inspiring Instrumental Workout Songs http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=13_inspiring_instrumental_workout_songs Looking for more variety in your exercise playlists? You'll love these upbeat and empowering songs! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST 5 Cool Indoor Workouts for Hot Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_cool_indoor_workouts_for_hot_days Is the summer heat getting in the way of your fitness goals? Don't sweat it! These workouts will help you stay in shape all season long! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST A 5-Minute Wake Up Call for Your Whole Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_5minute_wake_up_call_for_your_whole_body Start your day the right way: with these 10 exercises that will energize your body and mind! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EST Hotel-Friendly Exercise Ideas for Travelers http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=hotelfriendly_exercise_ideas_for_travelers No gym? No problem! These travel-friendly exercises don't require any special equipment and can help you stay fit even when you're away from home. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:00:00 EST A Note about Recent SparkPeople Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_note_about_recent_sparkpeople_changes We've made a lot of changes to the website recently. Here, Coach Jen explains why. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:00:00 EST Target Your Entire Lower Body in 14 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=target_your_entire_lower_body_in_14_minutes Tone up your thighs, hips and butt fast with this quick and easy-to-follow barre routine! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST Father's Day Success Story: 'I Want to Be There for My 3 Kids' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fathers_day_success_story_i_want_to_be_there_for_my_3_kids On Father's Day, we're sharing the story of Brad, who once weighed in at more than 500 pounds. Find out how this 6'7" single dad of three lost almost 200 pounds! Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST Jawbone UP Now Syncs with SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=jawbone_up_now_syncs_with_sparkpeople Learn how to connect a Jawbone UP activity tracker to your SparkPeople account! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:00:00 EST People 'Half Their Size' Issue Features SparkPeople Member's 177-Pound Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=people_half_their_size_issue_features_sparkpeople_members_177pound_weight_loss Brandy is an awesome SparkPeople Motivator who lost 177 pounds and has kept it off for several years. Check out her debut in People magazine! Fri, 6 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EST New & Improved SparkRecipes App for iPad http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new_improved_sparkrecipes_app_for_ipad Make healthy cooking even easier with the Healthy Recipes iPad app! Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:00:00 EST 10 Fit Gift Ideas for Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_fit_gift_ideas_for_fathers_day Give dad the gift of health and fitness this Father's Day! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EST A Sale to Spark Your Fittest Summer Ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_sale_to_spark_your_fittest_summer_ever For June only, get $10 off your purchase of the Spark Activity Tracker--and get a FREE Coach Nicole workout DVD! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST Contest Closed: Win a Full Year of Access to Streaming Workout Videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=giveaway_win_a_full_year_of_access_to_streaming_workout_videos But any exercise excuse with this awesome prize that lets you work out any time, any place and at any fitness level! Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:00 EST The Best Tool for a Healthy, Happy Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_tool_for_a_healthy_happy_pregnancy SparkPeople's new Pregnancy Health & Fitness App is here! Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 EST Easy & Healthy Ways to Grill Indoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=easy_healthy_ways_to_grill_indoors Did you know your oven can double as a grill? Here's how to get that smoky summer flavor all year long. Fri, 23 May 2014 00:00:00 EST Clean Eating 101: Healthier Eating Made Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=clean_eating_101_healthier_eating_made_easy Is the ''clean eating'' trend right for you? Here are some simple tips to cleaning up your diet without breaking the bank. Thu, 22 May 2014 05:00:00 EST Eating to Fuel Different Race Lengths http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=eating_to_fuel_different_race_lengths Are you fueling your body correctly for your upcoming race? Find out what to eat from now until race day so you can feel--and run--your very best! Wed, 21 May 2014 05:00:00 EST Get in Shape with a New Workout Set from SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=save_up_to_56_on_sparkpeople_workout_dvds_for_a_limited_time Get the scoop on a brand new DVD set from Coach Nicole! Mon, 19 May 2014 12:00:00 EST 'After Losing 100 Pounds, I View the Entire World Differently' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=success_story_i_view_the_entire_world_differently Seeing her 275-pound self on TV at a football game motivated Jan-Marie to get serious about her health. Read on to learn about her journey to an amazing 100-pound loss! Sun, 18 May 2014 00:00:00 EST How a Roller Coaster Led Erin to Lose 117 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_a_roller_coaster_led_erin_to_lose_117_pounds You know how most of us have life experiences we compare to a roller-coaster ride? Erin's life-changing moments were quite literal--and brought her happiness and better health. Thu, 15 May 2014 00:00:00 EST The Hidden Exercise Risk No One Talks About http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_hidden_exercise_risk_no_one_talks_about This habit is so commonplace that hardly anyone knows just how dangerous it really is. Keep yourself safe by heeding this warning. Wed, 14 May 2014 05:00:00 EST SparkPeople's Diet & Fitness Tracker App: Now Free At Last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeoples_diet_fitness_tracker_app_now_free_at_last BIG NEWS: SparkPeople's popular Diet & Fitness Tracker app is FREE. Get the updated version for Android and iPhone! Tue, 6 May 2014 16:00:00 EST Get 'The Spark Solution' in Paperback—and Get in Shape for Summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_the_spark_solution_in_paperbackand_get_in_shape_for_summer Our critically-acclaimed book 'The Spark Solution' is now available in paperback at an everyday low price! Tue, 6 May 2014 06:00:00 EST The 11-Minute Miracle Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_11minute_miracle_workout Torch 150 calories and get your heart pumping with this quick and sweaty workout! Tue, 6 May 2014 00:00:00 EST 6 Exercises That Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_exercises_that_prepare_your_body_for_pregnancy Thinking about getting pregnant? Then it's more important than ever to get your body fit and ready! Here are some must-do moves to keep you feeling great in pregnancy and beyond. Mon, 5 May 2014 06:00:00 EST DVD Review: Get R.I.P.P.E.D. in Less Than 50 Minutes a Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=review_torch_major_calories_in_under_50_minutes Interval workouts keep you from getting bored--and deliver serious results! Here's the scoop on one of our new favorite fitness DVDs that incorporates calorie-torching intervals. Thu, 1 May 2014 00:00:00 EST Check Out Our New SparkTeam Features! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new_sparkteam_features_coming_tomorrow We're making some updates to SparkTeams. Find out what to expect! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:00:00 EST The Top 5 Myths about Women and Strength Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_top_5_myths_about_women_and_strength_training Could a false belief in these pervasive myths be preventing you from reaping the benefits of strength training? Here's the real truth about women and weight lifting. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 05:00:00 EST Step into May with a New Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=step_into_may_with_a_new_challenge Join our "Mile a Day in May" challenge to flex your fitness consistency muscle! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST 6 Pre-Race Food & Fitness Blunders http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_prerace_food_fitness_blunders You've trained hard--and race day is almost here! Don't fall into the trap of these common pre-race fitness and fuel mistakes... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Download Our New & Improved 'Healthy Recipes' App for Free! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=download_our_new_improved_healthy_recipes_app We're excited to announce a brand new version of our popular SparkRecipes app. It's free (as always) and better than ever! Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:00:00 EST Health Magazine Shares 3 'High-Tech Diets That Work' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=health_magazine_shares_3_hightech_diets_that_work If you haven't tried our new and improved Diet & Fitness Tracker app yet, you're really missing out! Find out what an independent review said about our program. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST 13 Healthy Ways to Eat Leftover Easter Eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=13_ways_to_use_leftover_easter_eggs Here are seven super recipes that highlight the humble egg, plus another six ideas for using hard-cooked eggs in new ways. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST 4 Tips to Stop the Fat Talk for Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_tips_to_stop_the_fat_talk_for_good Stop beating yourself up about every little flaw! Here's how to accept your body right now--not 10 pounds from now. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Radio Is Taking a Pause http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_radio_is_taking_a_pause Wondering where SparkPeople Radio has gone? Here's an update on the state of our radio show. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:00:00 EST 3 Symptoms Your Husband Shouldn't Ignore http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=3_symptoms_your_husband_shouldnt_ignore You may put up with dirty socks on the floor and even ignore the raised toilet seat, but there are three things you should always speak up about... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST A Quick, Zero-Equipment Cardio Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_quick_zeroequipment_cardio_workout Ban treadmill boredom with this easy-to-follow, effective cardio workout! Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST 9 Body-Positive Quotes to Boost Your Self-Esteem http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_bodypositive_quotes_to_boost_your_selfesteem When you need a little boost of self-esteem (and who doesn't), here are 9 of our favorite quotes and mantras. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST 2 Easy Tips for a Great Workout Every Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=2_easy_tips_for_a_great_workout_every_time Get more out of your workouts with these two simple tips to re-focus your mental energy. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST Rise and Shine: 8 Stretches You Should Do Each Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=rise_and_shine_8_stretches_you_should_do_each_morning Start your day the healthy way with this feel-good routine of eight easy stretches! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:00:00 EST 6 Ways to Try New Recipes for Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_ways_to_try_new_recipes_for_less Travel around the world in just one bite--without spending a fortune! Here's how to try new, exotic recipes for less at dinnertime tonight. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST 13 Smart Snacks to Keep at Your Desk http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=13_smart_snacks_to_keep_at_your_desk Save yourself from having to hit the vending machine by keeping your desk (and the office fridge) stocked with healthy snacks! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Getting Started with Strength Training in 5 Easy Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_asked_how_do_i_start_a_strength_training_weight_lifting_program Confused about how to start a strength training plan? Coach Nicole breaks it down into five simple steps so you can reach your goals! Tue, 8 Apr 2014 05:00:00 EST Watch HSN April 10 to save $15 on a SparkPeople Fitness Bundle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=watch_hsn_april_10_to_save_15_on_a_sparkpeople_fitness_bundle Get an exclusive deal from SparkPeople and HSN while supplies last! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 11:00:00 EST How to Keep Your House Clean in 15 Minutes a Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=clean_up_in_minutes Got a few minutes? That's all you need to keep your entire house clean all week long. Here's how. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST Kim Changed Her Eating Habits and Made a Commitment to Exercise to Drop 95 Pounds! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=kim_changed_her_eating_habits_and_made_a_commitment_to_exercise_to_drop_95_pounds Kim dropped 95 pounds and reduced her blood pressure by learning to love herself and make healthy choices for her body. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST Declutter Your Home in 30 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=declutter_your_home_in_31_days The thought of decluttering the entire house is overwhelming. But we've got a process to help you break this massive task into manageable pieces: a 30-day plan to less clutter. Sat, 5 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST