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/ 9 Tips to Stick to Your Goals in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_tips_to_stick_to_your_goals_in_2015 How do you make this year different, so that you don’t have to set the same goals again next year? Here are some simple tips for success. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 10 Healthy Tips from a Marathoner Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_healthy_tips_from_a_marathoner_mom Learn how Melody found her healthy balance with the Meta Effect! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST Finally: A Yoga Routine for Bad Wrists! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=finally_a_yoga_routine_for_bad_wrists If you are just starting out, some traditional yoga poses and postures can be a little overwhelming and/or too tough on the wrists. Not in this routine! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 4 Things Nobody Tells You about Your Post-Partum Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_things_nobody_tells_you_about_your_postpartum_body Wondering if your after-baby body is normal? Here are four honest truths about the post-partum body, from a fit mom who's been there! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 8 Ways to Snack Smarter in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_ways_to_snack_smarter_in_2015 When you plan ahead and make healthy choices, snacks can help prevent overeating, give your diet a nutritional boost and leave you feeling more satisfied throughout the day. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 10 Late-Night Snacks for 150 Calories or Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_late_night_snacks_for_150_calories_or_less When late night hunger hits, be prepared! Here are 10 healthy and satisfying snacks that won't blow your calorie budget. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 15-Minute Bodyweight Basics Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=15minute_bodyweight_basics_workout This 15-minute full-length home workout routine helps keeps your heart rate elevated while developing strength and stamina from head to toe. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST Make Your Resolutions a Reality in 30 Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=make_your_resolutions_a_reality_in_30_days Maintain your motivation and help better your chances at turning your resolutions into lifelong healthy habits with the 30-day Realistic Resolution Challenge! Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EST A Zero-Equipment Cardio Jump-Start http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_zeroequipment_cardio_jumpstart Forget slogging through countless miles on the boring treadmill or running outdoors in the bitter cold. You can do this effective cardio routine right from your living room! Mon, 5 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST Kick-Start 2015 with a 30-Day Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=kickstart_2015_with_a_30day_challenge Join the #SmallChanges Challenge to make smarter choices that will make you look and feel your best all year long! Thu, 1 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST How to Make 2015 the Year of Lasting Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_make_2015_the_year_of_lasting_change If you've struggled in years past to make permanent changes to your lifestyle, here are some ways to prevent history from repeating itself in 2015. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST Please Stop Feeding My Kids Junk Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=please_stop_feeding_my_kids_junk_food I always assumed that school would be a place that would support my healthy eating efforts. What I’ve found is actually quite the opposite. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST A Delicious Daily Dose of Superfoods http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_delicious_daily_dose_of_superfoods Here are five reasons why you should make smoothies a staple in your healthy lifestyle. Wed, 24 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST 10 Ways to Socialize Without Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_ways_to_socialize_without_food Although it’s certainly possible to stay on track with your diet in social situations, sometimes it’s nice to have alternatives that don’t revolve around food. Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST The 100 Best Workout Songs of 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_100_best_workout_songs_of_2014 Need a little ''fitspiration'' to lace up those shoes and get moving? Update your workout playlist with these fun tracks and you won't be able to sit still! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 05:00:00 EST New Feature Round-Up: Enhanced Streaks and Photos With Status Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new_feature_roundup_enhanced_streaks_and_photos_with_status_updates Check out the new improvements at SparkPeople! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:00:00 EST We’re All a Work In Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=were_all_a_work_in_progress It’s easy to assume that those who aren't vocal about their weight loss struggles, or even those who have had weight loss success, have it all figured out. But do they really? Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST The Most Popular Low-Carb Recipe on SparkRecipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_most_popular_lowcarb_recipe_on_sparkrecipes SparkGuy is back to share one of his favorite healthy recipes for the holidays. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST 4 Ways to Stay Focused This Holiday Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_ways_to_stay_focused_this_holiday_season The hectic holiday season is in full swing, so is it possible to stay on track with your health and fitness goals? Here's how to stay strong till the New Year and beyond. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST 5 Simple Habits that Help Prevent Major Health Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_simple_habits_that_help_treat_chronic_disease Are you living with a chronic illness? Say "yes" to better health with these simple lifestyle tweaks. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST 12 Healthy Holiday Gifts http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_healthy_holiday_gifts Considering giving the gift of health this year? If you're looking for ideas and need a little inspiration, here are some ideas in a variety of price ranges to get you started. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST 4 Ways to Save Major Money on Healthcare Costs http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_ways_to_save_major_money_on_healthcare_costs Find out how to slash your everyday healthcare costs by making just a few simple adjustments! Wed, 3 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST How to Start Exercising: A 20-Minute Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_start_exercising_a_20minute_routine Ready to start exercising, but not sure where to begin? This workout is for you! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST One Easy Trick for a More Productive Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=one_easy_trick_for_a_more_productive_day Hear how SparkGuy organizes his day--and how you can, too, to reach any goal you set your mind to! Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST 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