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. 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 New: Get Daily Motivation from Our Facebook Group! Introducing our new Facebook group, where you can get daily motivation and support from people like you! Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 of the Best Leggings for Every Shape and Workout Just as there are no two identical pair of legs, one pair of leggings do not fit all. Before you go on your next quest for leggings, take a spin through this handy cheat sheet. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Celia (LAWLI56) This week, Celia was excited to donate a bag of clothes that are now too big for her! Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Class of 2008 Celebrates 10 Years! The Spark class of 2008 is proud to celebrate 10 years of working toward living a healthier, happier life! Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Your Guide to Washing, Drying and Replacing Running Shoes Once you've found the perfect shoes, it’s important to protect your investment. We asked some experts to share their tips for cleaning, caring for and protecting your sneakers. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 of the Most Inspiring Plus-Size Athletes You're Not Following Get inspired by these strong, confident ladies who are all about making the most of their bodies, not the least of them. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Jackie (JSTETSER) This week, Jackie is proud of herself for knocking out 22 push ups! Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST A Sports Doctor's Secrets to Warming Up for Cold-Weather Workouts Don't let cold temps freeze your progress! Use Dr. Tim's strategies to properly warm up and stay safe no matter how low the temperatures dip outside. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST 20 Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Recipes A healthy breakfast is even more important for those who have Type 2 diabetes. Stuck in a rut? Try adding some of these diabetes-friendly day starters to your morning rotation. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Diane (DIANEDOESSMILES) When someone is overweight or obese, even common activities can seem like a struggle. This week, Diane felt strong and confident enough to go bowling. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST How Helene Stopped Drinking & Started Living Her Best Life For Hélène, getting healthy was about more than just eating right and exercising -- it was also about bidding goodbye to the booze, once and for all. Fri, 9 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spare Us a Minute, We Could Use Your Help Facebook is changing their newsfeed, but you can help us make it better for you! Thu, 8 Feb 2018 14:00:00 EST Annie G. lost 40 Pounds,* Feels "More Positive About Everything" When Annie was down to her last audition dress that fit, she knew it was time to make a serious lifestyle change. Thu, 8 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Are Air Fryers the Next Big Thing—or Just Full of Hot Air? Have your fries and skip the oil, too? That's what the air fryer promises to do. Find out if this kitchen tool is worth the hype or just a bunch of hot air. Tue, 6 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST The Power of Weight Loss and Positive Influence Erin found friendship, lost weight and enriched her life by finally opening up to change. Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Jessica (JESS0000) This week, Jessica is proud of not letting a tough couple of days derail her long-term goals. Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Self-Care & a New Leg Day Move in the Go Get It Guide Storm into February full of drive and purpose with some new tools and tips from our editor-in-chief. Fri, 2 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Amanda Lost 40 Pounds* and Gained Confidence Amanda, a real estate broker and mom of two lost 40 pounds by trying a new way to lose weight. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Find Your Ideal Activity With the Exercise Flowchart Not sure whether to spin, step, stretch or sculpt? Start here! Our handy fitness flowchart steps you through what could be the most important decision of your day. Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Doris (PRIMEOFMYLIFE) In this week's Spotlight, we congratulate Doris for pushing through a plateau and sticking with her nutrition and exercise plan. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Knock Out Your Next Workout with a Fitness Boxing Class People of all ages, sizes and skill levels can benefit from a fitness boxing class. Before you go, take a crash course with our cheat sheet. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 6 Spin Essentials to Get You Through Your Next Class Whether you're attending your first (or your 50th) class, these products can help you stay comfortable--and get more out of your indoor cycle class! Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST How Losing 200 Pounds Helped Kathy Walk Again Learn how Kathy overcame a food addiction and MS mobility challenges to lose 200 pounds, ditch the wheelchair and get a new lease on life. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Get Improved Fitness Reporting in the App! Connect a supported fitness tracking device or app to generate easy-to-understand charts that will give you insight into our progress! Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:00:00 EST Why I Don't Do Cardio For years, cardio has been king, known as the holy grail of exercise. One writer thinks it's time to dethrone the king. Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Don't Miss Out on This Year’s 10 Most Healthy Foods Dietitians dish on the 10 healthy foods that you can't afford to miss out on this year. Are you eating enough of them? Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 16 Plank Exercises for a Stronger Core The plank can be one of the most effective exercises we can do in helping us develop a stronger core so that we have better stability and posture. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Saedah (LADYSAE) This week, Saedah is proud of herself for making the time for early-morning exercise. She's down eight pounds and counting! Mon, 22 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 Challenging Chair Exercises You don't have to have a membership to a gym or own lots of home workout equipment to get fit.If you have a chair, you too can gain the health benefits of resistance training. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:00:00 EST Tips and Recipes for Successful Sous Vide Cooking Not sure how to get started with your new sous vide cooker? We've got some delicious ideas. Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST SparkChallenges: Fun for Personal Goals or With Friends! Use our new Challenges platform to set your goals and exceed them. Start a personal challenge or invite your friends for a little friendly competition! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:00:00 EST 15 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Jenny Craig It's not your mother's weight-loss center. The many facets of today's Jenny Craig might surprise you! Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Reap the Benefits of Bite-Sized Exercise Don't have an hour to spend at the gym? Fast-track your workout and still see results. Here's why (and how) you can reap the benefits in far less time. Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Crystal (SHESHNA) As a mom and full-time student, Crystal's biggest challenge has been juggling being a mom and a full-time student while trying to stay active along with eating healthy. Mon, 15 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST How Matthew Is Beating Depression With Healthy Living & Weight Loss After years of depression and binge-eating, Matthew is 80 pounds lighter in weight, and immeasurably lighter in his outlook on life. Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST What Our Members Are Saying About SparkPeople Premium Wondering if SparkPeople Premium is right for you? Check out what some happy members are saving about our upgraded, ad-free service. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways Meal Prepping Can Help You Lose Weight If you want to get serious about weight loss, then you need to learn to prep ahead. Meal prepping can help you keep track of your food and make losing weight a whole lot easier. Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 9 Resolutions That Make You Happier, Not Skinnier Love them or hate them, resolutions go hand-in-hand with the new year. In addition to the same old weight loss promises, consider choosing goals that focus on happiness instead. Tue, 9 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST