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. 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 "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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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! Starting today, you can get 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 It's the most wonderful time of 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Start Strength Training After 60 With These Targeted Moves We get it--all the weights and bulky muscles and machines can be intimidating. But weight training after 60 is essential and we've got the tips you need to get started today. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 13 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Afraid your best of intentions will be blighted by a packed social calendar and a bevy of cookies, cakes and cocktails? Start holiday-proofing your diet -- TODAY. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Ding, Dong! Turn Halloween Into a Calorie-Busting Workout Fun-size Twix and pumpkin Reese's and bite-size Snickers, oh my! Avoid the scariest part of Halloween with this cute trick-or-treater-inspired workout. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST How I Ditched My 'Fattitude,' Lost 200 Pounds and Found My Self-Worth After 60+ years of riding the weight loss roller coaster, Carl was ready to get off the ride. With the help of SparkPeople, he lost 200 pounds and found his self-worth. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST The Military Diet: Shortcut to Weight Loss, or Health Hazard? Ready to go beyond boot camp and try the military diet? Experts weigh in on whether it's effective or unrealistic (or possibly even dangerous). Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 28 Amazing Apple Recipes to Spice up Your Weekly Meals An apple a day becomes much more appetizing with these awesome recipes. From breakfast to dinner to dessert, these mouth-watering meals will inspire you to get your fruit on. Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 6 Solid Tricks to Help You Get the Sleep You Need Having trouble sleeping? Try integrating one or more these 6 tips into your daily routine and see if you aren't sleeping more soundly soon! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Is Apple Cider a Miracle Cure-All or Just an Old Wives' Tale? Although apple cider vinegar has many purported uses, is it really the miracle cure-all it's claimed to be? Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 4 Great Reasons to Steal This Toddler's Morning Pep Talk "Legends are Born in October." What will you do? Fri, 7 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Diet-Friendly Dough: Experts Weigh in on Cloud Bread Looking for a low-carb alternative to traditional dough? Find out if cloud bread lives up to its lofty name. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Your Cheat Sheet to Finding the Best Shoes What to look for in a shoe for plantar fasciitis, plus find stylish women’s shoes with arch support. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 33 Mouth-Watering Ways to Enjoy Garlic at Every Meal Ga-ga for garlic? Go beyond garlic bread, and discover 33 unique ways to infuse the fabulous flavor into every meal. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 17 Tips for Dealing With Stress From a Working Mom of Four Are you looking for simple things you can do right now that will make daily life a little more relaxed? These ideas take just a few minutes, but the benefits can last a lifetime. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 8 Hardcore Core Workouts Every Level Will Love Everyone has a favorite day--ours is abs day. Tough as it can be, working your core yields health benefits that go way beyond a six pack. Check out eight of our favorite workouts. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 7 Ways to Survive and Thrive in Cooking School Have you always wanted to learn to cook but weren't sure if you would benefit from a cooking class? Learn what to expect and the right questions to ask before you go. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Hit the Gym Before Sunrise With These 11 Trainer Tips If the snooze button is your BFF and you're listed as "In a Relationship" with your bed on Facebook, these tips are for you. Trainers offer their favorite morning workout tricks. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 8 Clever Products for the Determined Desk Dweller Turn ''Cubicle, Sweet Cubicle'' into the active, goal-oriented space of your dreams with a few office additions. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Premium Puts a Personal Trainer in Your Pocket Want personalized advice to help you lose weight and get healthy? Look no further than SparkPeople Premium! Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Fall into Great Taste: 31 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes 'Tis the season for pumpkin to pop up in everything from coffee to candles. We found some especially scrumptious ways to work it into your diet. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Freezin' for No Reason? Demystifying the Cryotherapy Craze Can you really freeze away the pain, or is cryotherapy just a bunch of hot air? We took a closer look at this controversial cold treatment. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST See the Nutritional Makeup of Every Meal with SparkPeople Mobile! Get the newest update of SparkPeople's Mobile App. It's easier to use than ever before! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:00:00 EST 8 Ways to Clean the Fitness Gear You Always Forget to Clean We wash our sweaty tanks and fancy leggings on a regular basis, but what about the items that don't fit in the washing machine? Learn how to easily clean eight fitness items! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 12 Signs You're in a Relationship with Your Gym Do you prefer weight night to date night? If any of these signs sound familiar, you might be in a committed relationship with your gym. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 4 SparkTeam Challenges That Will Help You Reach Your Goals Research shows that social support is a key factor in weight loss and weight maintenance success. All of the support you need can be found in the SparkPeople Community. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST