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/ Your Own Personal Nurse Is a Phone Call Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=take_control_of_your_life_with_a_personal_health_nurse Find out what a Personal Health Nurse does--and how they can change your life and your health! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST 7 Reasons Parents Should Feel GOOD--Not Guilty--about Exercising http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_reasons_parents_should_feel_goodnot_guiltyabout_exercising Is guilt about leaving your kids stopping you from getting to the gym? Learn why fitness will make you a better parent! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:00:00 EST These Adorable Sleepy Chickens Will Make You Smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=these_adorable_sleepy_chickens_will_make_you_smile SparkGuy talks about what it's like to raise organic chickens in his backyard! Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST 10 Trainer Tips That Will Transform Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_trainer_tips_that_will_transform_your_body These must-read tips are like a free consultation from the top personal trainers around the globe! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:00:00 EST The 12-Minute Better Posture Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_12minute_better_posture_workout Stand up straighter and look slimmer in 12 minutes flat (no Spanx required) with this easy-to-follow routine! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST 'Tis the Season: How to Cope with SAD http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=tis_the_season_how_to_cope_with_sad SparkGuy breaks down what Seasonal Affective Disorder is all about--and gives a few ideas for how to cope. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST Get a Team of Personal Health Professionals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_a_team_of_personal_health_professionals_for_free Have you ever wished you had a team of personal health professionals available just a phone call away? Now you can! Find out how here! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST The Best Abs Exercises (that Won't Hurt Your Back) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_abs_exercises_that_wont_hurt_your_back If traditional abs moves like crunches and twists bother your back, don't suffer! Protect your back and work your core with this full-length workout routine! Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST The Most Motivating Video You'll See All Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_most_motivating_video_youll_see_all_week SparkGuy talks about the most motivational video he's seen lately--and why teamwork is so important for reaching major goals. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST Which Halloween Treat Would You Rather Eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=which_halloween_treat_would_you_rather_eat You only have so many calories to spend on Halloween candy, so choose wisely! Which would you rather splurge on--chocolate candy or fruity candy? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST The Best Ways to Stay Motivated for Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_ways_to_stay_motivated_for_good We asked two Humana Health Coaches how to get and stay motivated to live a healthy lifestyle for the long haul. You're bound to find something that will work for you in this list! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:00:00 EST Get Fit before You Feast: A November Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_fit_before_you_feast_a_november_challenge Join our #Fit2Feast challenge for the month of November to kick off the holidays the right way. Join in for support, motivation, tips and more! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Michael Strahan's 5 Best Tips for a More Balanced Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_simple_tips_for_a_more_balanced_life Check out Michael Strahan's best advice for living a more balanced life (even when things seem out-of-control crazy!). Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:00:00 EST An Easy Step to Reach Big Breakthroughs http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=an_easy_step_to_reach_big_breakthroughs SparkGuy is here to talk about an easy technique he's discovered to help you reach big, life-changing goals. You might be one step away from your biggest breakthrough yet! Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST How to Get Back Up When You're Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_get_back_up_when_youre_down SparkGuy checks in to tell you his favorite motivating quote of the week! Plus, get updates to our mobile apps, check in to get motivated to reach your goals, and more. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Memphis and Meta Take Small Steps for Big Health Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=memphis_and_meta_take_small_steps_for_big_health_changes Learn about what the unhealthiest city in America is doing to help make better health attainable for everyone, one step at a time! Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Scare Away Candy Calories with the Halloween Workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=scare_away_candy_calories_with_the_halloween_workout Boo! This 10-minute cardio circuit workout is a frighteningly fun way to burn off all that Halloween candy. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Quiz: What's Your Breakfast Food Personality? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=quiz_whats_your_breakfast_food_personality Which breakfast food are you? Take this fun quiz to find out! Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Peek Inside the Mind of a Health Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_health_resource_youre_not_using Should you hire a Health Coach? Here's a peek into what these professionals do--and how they can help you reach your health goals for good! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Michael Strahan's Top 5 Motivational Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=michael_strahans_top_5_motivational_tips Get Michael Strahan's top tips for staying motivated to reach big goals! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST 5 Smart Exercises to Support Your Knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_smart_exercises_to_support_your_knees No cartilage in your knees? No problem! Here are 5 exercises that will help strengthen your legs and the supporting muscles around your knees. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Sync All Your Recipes to Our Healthy Recipes App for Android! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=all_your_favorite_recipes_now_sync_to_our_healthy_recipes_app Find out what the new version of our Healthy Recipes app has to offer for Android users! Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:00:00 EST A 15-Minute Lower-Body Workout for Bad Knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_15minute_lowerbody_workout_for_bad_knees This full-length, low-impact workout doesn’t include a single squat or lunge! It's designed to be gentle on the joints, but tough on your hips, thighs and glutes. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST 20 Ways to Eat Better On the Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_ways_to_eat_better_on_the_go Think you don't have time to eat healthy? Here are 20 excuse-busting snacks, plus Michael Strahan's favorite go-to healthy option when he's pressed for time! Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST You've Never Used Your Microwave Like This Before! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=youve_never_used_your_microwave_like_this_before Now that school is back in session, save time (and your sanity) with these easy hacks and recipes using your microwave! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways Health Insurance Companies Can Reward Your Healthy Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_ways_health_care_companies_can_reward_your_healthy_habits Health insurance isn't all about paying co-pays and deductibles! Here's how to earn amazing incentives from your insurance provider for healthy habits you probably already do. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST The Best Health & Motivation Resources You Aren't Using http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_health_motivation_resources_you_arent_using Not doubt about it: getting (and staying) motivated is hard. But don't worry--these cheap and effective tools make it infinitely easier to live a healthier life right now! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST 10 Ways to Fit in Fitness When There's No Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_ways_to_fit_in_fitness_when_theres_no_time We had a chance to sit down and chat with former NFL football player Michael Strahan! Here's how Michael manages to fit fitness into his jam-packed schedule. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST The Best Diet for Long-Term Weight Loss Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_diet_for_longterm_weight_loss Which diet is the most effective for weight loss? The answer might surprise you! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST Are Low- and No-Calorie Sweeteners Really Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=are_low_and_nocalorie_sweeteners_really_safe Are low- and no-calorie sweeteners really safe for us to consume? Here's what the latest research says. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST Get SparkPeople Community & Coaching On the Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_sparkpeople_community_coaching_on_the_go Check out the latest updates to our Nutrition and Weight Loss App! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST Sculpt Your Legs in 8 Minutes (at Home!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sculpt_your_legs_in_8_minutes_at_home Sculpt your legs from your living room with this quick and effective 8-minute routine! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST UPDATE: Join SparkPeople On the Road This Fall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=join_sparkpeople_on_the_road_this_fall SparkPeople is coming to a city near you! Find out how you can meet some of our staff, get a chance to win prizes, score free product samples and more! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST 5 Reasons Why It's Okay to Drink Diet Beverages http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_reasons_why_its_okay_to_drink_diet_beverages Confused about whether or not it's healthy to drink diet beverages? We've got the truth right here--with the research to back it up! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST What Nobody Tells You about Getting Back into Shape after Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_nobody_tells_you_about_getting_back_into_shape_after_baby If you're pregnant or have recently had a child, you might be gung-ho about getting rid of the ''baby weight'' ASAP. Here's how to view your post-baby body more realistically. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Message Board and Site Header Changes Launched Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=message_board_and_site_header_changes_launched_today Check out the newest changes on SparkPeople! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:00 EST Do Diet Sodas Really Help with Weight Loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=do_diet_sodas_really_help_with_weight_loss Do diet sodas really help with weight loss? Find out what one study has to say! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Happier Meals: Cool School Lunch Strategies http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=happier_meals_cool_school_lunch_strategies Get your kids to eat everything in their lunch boxes with these products that make healthy food more fun! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST New Changes to SparkPeople Articles and Resource Pages! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=big_changes_to_sparkpeople_articles_and_resource_pages Hear about our latest site updates! Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:00:00 EST It’s Here! The Best App for Eating Better On the Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=its_here_the_best_app_for_eating_better_on_the_go Check out SparkPeople's Nutrition Lookup App--the best app for eating better wherever you are! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST 12-Minute Indoor Power Walking Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12minute_indoor_power_walking_workout Trying to rack up a few more steps today? Try this quick, powered-up walk that is easy to do at home (or even at the office!) in a small space. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST The Truth about the Paleo Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_truth_about_the_paleo_diet Is the Paleo diet built on sound research, or is it all just hype? Here's what the science says about this booming diet trend. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Back On Track: A Consistency Challenge for August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=back_on_track_a_consistency_challenge_for_august Need a boost of motivation to help you reach your goals through the end of the summer season? We've got a challenge to help you out! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:00 EST 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