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/ Why Breakfast for Dinner Is Always a Good Idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=have_breakfast_for_dinner_this_week Breakfast meals tend to be fast, inexpensive and relatively easy to prepare, making them a great choice for busy households. Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:00:00 EST 10 Ways to Spring Clean Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spring_cleaning_your_life Spring ushers in the opportunity to help us let go of all the clutter in our lives that keep us from moving forward. Thu, 30 May 2019 00:00:00 EST The Great Debate: Cardio or Strength Training? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_asked_is_it_true_that_strength_training_burns_more_fat_than_cardio_if_i_can_only_do_one_should_i_pick_weight_training Is strength training really superior to cardio when it comes to fitness and weight loss? Or is it the other way around? Here's what we really know about both forms of exercise. Wed, 29 May 2019 00:00:00 EST Do Your Homework Before Hiring a Personal Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_find_a_qualified_personal_trainer Ever wonder how you'd even begin to find a personal trainer who really knows their stuff? Here are quick and easy ways to start your search. Fri, 24 May 2019 00:00:00 EST 13 Easy Ways to Add Moments of Joy to Your Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_easy_steps_to_find_happiness We all face struggles and setbacks, but pursuing more moments of happiness throughout the day can help you lead a healthier, more productive life. Thu, 16 May 2019 00:00:00 EST 8 Gym Bag Essentials for 9-to-5'ers http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=gym_bag_essentials_for_every_woman A well-packed gym bag could make all the difference when it comes to squeezing in a workout on your way to or from the office. Tue, 14 May 2019 00:00:00 EST 10 Things to Keep at Your Desk for a Healthier Workday http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_things_to_keep_at_your_desk_for_a_healthier_workday By keeping these good-for-you items on and around your desk, you'll ensure that your seated hours are spent as wisely as possible. Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:00:00 EST How to Make Exercising in Glasses Less of an Annoyance http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_make_exercising_in_glasses_less_of_an_annoyance While they might make it easier to see the treadmill monitor or your Zumba instructor's demonstrations, frames and lenses aren't exactly conducive to a hard-core sweat session. Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:00:00 EST The Missing Link: Valuable Failures http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_missing_link_valuable_failures Failed? This isn't the end. Find out why learning from past failures can be a valuable tool in your pursuit of success. Fri, 12 Apr 2019 00:00:00 EST This Full-Body Strength Workout Uses Only a Towel http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_terrific_towel_exercises Strength training doesn't have to be complicated or scary. In fact, a very simple routine using tools you already have in your home may be just what you need to get started. Thu, 11 Apr 2019 00:00:00 EST Brighten Your Brunch With 20 Rejuvenating Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=better_than_brunch Next time you find yourself hunting for a not-quite-midday meal idea, try one of these simple brunch recipes designed to highlight delicious fresh produce. Mon, 8 Apr 2019 00:00:00 EST 20 Weeknight Meals That Are Ready in 20 Minutes or Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_weeknight_meals_that_are_ready_in_20_minutes_or_less Short on time and sick of takeout? These 20 simple, speedy recipes come together beautifully (and deliciously) in 20 minutes or less. Wed, 3 Apr 2019 00:00:00 EST Why EMOM Workouts Are Perfect for Anyone Short on Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=whats_an_emom_workout_and_why_should_you_try_it Every minute counts -- which is why we love the EMOM workout. It's a different exercise every 60 seconds, and you control how much rest time you get. Ready to start the fun? Thu, 28 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST 9 Ways to Beat the Afternoon Slump That Have Nothing to Do with Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=beat_the_afternoon_slump Besides napping, what can you do to stay energized all afternoon? Plenty! Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Robin (RASAYLOR) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_robin_rasaylor Robin has lost weight and increased her ability to walk multiple 5Ks! Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST 9 Things to Do Sunday To Set Yourself up for a Healthy Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_things_to_do_sunday_to_set_yourself_up_for_a_healthy_week With the work week on the horizon, how will you set yourself up for success? Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST 20 Meat-Free Recipes That Won’t Leave You Feeling Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=39_meatfree_recipes_for_world_vegetarian_day Including the occasional meatless meal can help to boost heart health, energy and weight loss. Get started with one of these satisfying, meat-free recipes. Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Jen (JENNMT) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_jen_jennmt After using SparkPeople for one month, Jen is celebrating her weight loss (and inches lost)! Mon, 18 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST The Benefits of a Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_missing_link_routine A well-organized routine could be the difference between success and failure. Discover how you can strengthen your own routine. Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST When Exercise Burnout Sets In, Here's How to Get Motivated Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=when_exercise_burnout_sets_in_heres_how_to_get_motivated_again If you've been a regular exerciser for a while, it can be difficult and even frustrating when your workout suddenly isn't working for you. Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST What You Need to Know About Safe and Successful Microwave Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=youve_never_used_your_microwave_like_this_before When used correctly and safely, the microwave can be a time-saving and convenient way to defrost and cook certain foods. Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Nico (NICO_2023) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_nico_nico2023 Nico is celebrating the fact that she was able to resist the temptation to overeat! Mon, 11 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST 8 Challenging Bodyweight Exercises for When You Can’t Hit the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_challenging_bodyweight_exercises_for_when_you_cant_or_dont_wanna_hit_the_gym Don't have the time, money or inclination to spend hours at the gym each week? You already have everything you need to get a full-body workout right from your living room! Fri, 8 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST 25 Healthy Recipes Absolutely Anyone Can Cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=25_healthy_recipes_absolutely_anyone_can_cook Take a spin through some of our favorite easy-peasy, hassle-free, virtually failproof meals that you can whip together without breaking a sweat (or a dish). Tue, 5 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Deb (DLREYNOLDS2000) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_deb_dlreynolds2000 Deb is creating new fitness habits by starting out with exercising just 10 minutes a day! Mon, 4 Mar 2019 00:00:00 EST 20 Satisfying Slow Cooker Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=lowcalorie_slowcooker_recipes The next time you find yourself in need of a recipe refresh after you’ve exhausted your core favorites, check this list of flavorful and nutritious slow cooker ideas. Wed, 27 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST Run Longer and Faster With 2 Workouts from Jillian Michaels http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=run_longer_and_faster_with_2_workouts_from_jillian_michaels For many, running is their first introduction to fitness. These two low-intensity interval workouts from celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels are a great introduction to the sport. Tue, 26 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Lisa (1EVIL_ANGEL) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_lisa_1evilangel Lisa dropped the habit of smoking for the last month and is continuing to go strong with healthier habits! Mon, 25 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST This 30-Day Challenge Is All About Improving Workplace Wellness http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=workplace_wellness_challenge Balancing work, exercise, nutrition and other obligations isn't easy. But with the Workplace Wellness Challenge, you can learn to incorporate healthier habits on the job. Fri, 22 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST 30 Things Exercise Can Teach You About Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_things_exercise_can_teach_you_about_life Beyond whittling away pounds and inches, did you know that daily activity can also impart some inspiring life lessons? Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Jessica (JESSALELO) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_jessica_jessalelo Jessica is creating healthier habits for herself and currently celebrating a 20 day streak of not drinking soda! Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST 13 Things You Can't Expect to Magically Change After Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=13_things_you_cant_expect_to_magically_change_after_weight_loss Weight loss is an amazing journey and an amazing accomplishment. What is it not? A magic pill for solving all your problems. Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST Cancer Couldn't Stop Jane from Losing More Than 140 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cancer_couldnt_stop_jane_from_losing_more_than_140_pounds After a diagnosis of endometrial cancer, Jane knew it was time to take control of her health and lose weight. Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Beth (BETHLYN84) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_beth_bethlyn84 Beth didn't feel like exercising, but did a 30-minute workout because she knows all choices add up! Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST 5 Fitness Benchmarks to Abandon http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_fitness_benchmarks_to_abandon We all have different bodies, different goals and different preferences -- so why should we all aspire to reach the same benchmarks of success? The short answer: We shouldn't. Mon, 11 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST A Thank You and Well-Wishes after 18 Years http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_thank_you_and_wellwishes_after_18_years Becky has been with SparkPeople almost since the beginning, so the number of members she's helped is immeasurable. Sat, 9 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST The Power of Positive People http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_power_of_positive_people Negativity is a powerful thing—and it's extremely contagious. The good news: so is positivity. Learn to cultivate more of the latter. Fri, 8 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST Why You Need to Be Eating Chia Seeds—And 23 Ways to Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_ways_to_use_chia_seeds Curious about chia seeds and how to use them? Start with these delicious recipes! Wed, 6 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Annette (NETTY129) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_annette_netty129 Annette is celebrating a fitness success when she made the time to do a 1-Mile walk indoors! Mon, 4 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST Looking for Inspiration? Look No Further Than These 2 Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=looking_for_inspiration_look_no_further_than_these_2_women No lie--we want to be these women when we grow up. This month's Go Get It Guide is sure to inspire you! Fri, 1 Feb 2019 00:00:00 EST This 1 Change Helped Lori Transform Her Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=this_1_change_helped_lori_transform_her_body Although she was never severely overweight, Lori knew she was unwell. The time had come to start making changes to improve her health. Thu, 31 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST 10 Bodyweight Training Exercises You Can Try at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_bodyweight_training_exercises_you_can_do_anywhere Who needs a full home gym? You can get a full-body workout without a single piece of equipment, from the comfort and privacy of home. Tue, 29 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Marcie (MARCIE18) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_marcie_marcie18 Marcie is changing her habits for the better and currently celebrating that she now skips the coffee creamer and instead drinks her coffee black. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST What a Healthy 300-Calorie Breakfast Really Looks Like http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_a_healthy_300calorie_breakfast_really_looks_like Let these six healthy, hearty breakfasts designed by SparkPeople’s registered dietitian Becky Hand serve as examples of what a healthy breakfast looks like. Mon, 28 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST The Importance of Confidence in Reaching Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_missing_link_confidence In the inaugural edition of The Missing Link, trainer Justin Ochoa breaks down why building up your confidence is essential in any journey to healthy living. Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Becca (BECCALOU09) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_becca_beccalou09 Becca has been improving her fitness and can now hold a pike for a minute longer than her first attempt! Mon, 21 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST How Real People Learned to Actually Enjoy Exercise (Really!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_real_people_learned_to_actually_enjoy_exercise_really Discover the secrets of real people who have turned exercise from a dreaded chore into the highlight of their day. Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST 9 Things Registered Dietitians Tell Their Clients on Day One http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_things_registered_dietitians_tell_their_clients_on_day_on Wondering where to start? Find helpful ideas in the advice that registered dietitians give to their clients who are just embarking on the first day of their journeys to health. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST 8 Exercises for a Full-Body Bosu Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_bosu_trainer_exercises Looking for a more challenging workout? Try adding a Bosu ball to your routine to help engage your core while working on balance. Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Rebecca (COUNTRYGAL1975) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_rebecca_countrygal1975 Rebecca is noticing how her health is improving when she walks with her grandchildren! Mon, 14 Jan 2019 00:00:00 EST