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/ The Natural Benefits of Ginger http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_natural_benefits_of_ginger Ginger is both delicious and good for you! This post takes a look at the top benefits of Ginger. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:00:00 EST 3 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=3_tips_for_healthy_summer_hydration Staying well-hydrated not only quenches your thirst, but it can also help keep you energized, control hunger and enable you to stay the course to lead a balanced, active life. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST A 6-Step, Full-Body Barre Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=challenge_every_muscle_with_this_barre_workout "BarreAmped" creator Suzanne Bowen offers a quick total body barre workout that can be done right in your own home. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST 9 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Dancing Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=unleash_your_inner_dancing_queen Celebrate National Dance Day by adding some of our favorite dancing workouts to your routine. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Breakfast, the Most Important Meal (for Weight Loss) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=breakfast_the_most_important_meal_for_weight_loss Get tips on how to make sure your breakfast is helping--not hurting--your weight-loss efforts. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:00:00 EST Simple Tweaks for Summer Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=easy_tweaks_for_summer_weight_loss Losing weight and keeping it off can be a challenge, especially in the summer months. But with a few small lifestyle changes, it's far from impossible! Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST 8 Easy Ways to Move More http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_easy_ways_to_move_more Get up and get moving with these tried-and-true fit tips! Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Get Moving with the #Find30 Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_moving_with_the_find30_challenge Sometimes, it can be easy to forget the simple act of moving more in our daily lives. Join the #Find30 Challenge to help you make regular movement a bigger priority for you! Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Get a Sneak Peek of Our Updated Challenges Feature! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_a_sneak_peek_of_our_updated_challenges_feature Take a look at our new and improved SparkPeople challenges! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:00:00 EST The Surprising Link Between Weight Loss and Diet Beverages http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_surprising_link_between_weight_loss_and_diet_beverages Can diet beverages really help you lose weight? One study sheds light on the subject. Thu, 9 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST New Workout Playlist: A Sugar Rush for Your Ears! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_ultimate_energizing_bpmenhanced_playlist We teamed up with Yes! Fitness Music to create a bumping, addictingly sweet 135-BPM playlist for your next workout. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST A 30-Day Health and Happiness Boost http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_30day_health_and_happiness_boost Find your happy balance point with the Balanced Life Challenge! Tue, 7 Jul 2015 16:00:00 EST The Best Post-Run Recovery Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=best_post_run_recovery_foods This post looks at a few great foods to eat after a run to help aid recovery. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Find the Blood Glucose Meter That's Right for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=find_the_blood_glucose_meter_thats_right_for_you To avoid becoming overwhelmed with all the different glucose meters out there, it might help to start with this simple criteria. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST The Many Benefits of Honey http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_many_benefits_of_honey What is one food that was eaten thousands of years ago, is still eaten today in probably the exact same form, and is just as good for you today as it was then? Honey! Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:00:00 EST Jump Into July with a New Boot Camp Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=jump_into_july_with_a_7day_boot_camp Get a jump-start on your fitness this July with a fun 7-day Facebook challenge! Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:00:00 EST 30 Days of Happy, Healthy Pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_days_of_happy_healthy_pets You make sure you eat right and live a healthy lifestyle, so why shouldn't you do the same for your four-legged family members? Take our 30-day challenge just for pet lovers! Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:00 EST 9 Fun Family Fitness Activities http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=family_fun_fitness Make a commitment to unleash your inner child and spend valuable quality time with those you love by trying these nine family-friendly activities. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways to Make Walking More Wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_ways_to_make_walking_more_wonderful Whether you have been walking for years or are just getting started, making your walking time more enjoyable can help you stay more motivated to stick with it over the long haul! Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:00:00 EST 9 Ways to Get Healthy Fats Into Your Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_ways_to_get_healthy_fats_into_your_diet Learn how to take advantage of fats by incorporating healthy fats into your diet. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:00:00 EST 12 Hot-Off the Grill Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_hotoff_the_grill_recipes Fire up the grill and try one of these new, healthy recipes this summer. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST DVD Review: BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=dvd_review_barreamped_cardio_fat_burn The BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn DVD promises extreme results, through high intensity intervals and body changing barre exercises. Find out if it could deliver. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST Vote for the Best Running Songs of All Time (Volume 2!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=vote_for_the_best_running_songs_of_all_time_volume_2 Let your voice be heard: Vote for the Top 100 Running Songs of All Time (Volume 2)! Sat, 6 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST 4 Essential Walking Posture Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_essential_walking_posture_tips Did you know that simple things like standing taller, engaging your abs and even walking sideways can help you walk further and faster, all while helping you burn more calories? Thu, 4 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST 3 Money-Saving Tips for People with Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=3_moneysaving_tips_for_people_with_diabetes If you're living with diabetes, you know that out-of-pocket expenses can add up fast. Here's how to keep costs down while managing your diabetes as effectively as possible. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST 21 Days to Your Healthiest Summer Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=21_days_to_your_healthiest_summer_ever For 21 days, we'll give you one simple daily action to help you get on the fast track to a healthier, happier you this summer. Come Streak Into Summer with us! Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 EST The Mobile Update You've Been Waiting For! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_mobile_update_youve_been_waiting_for Find out about the newest changes on SparkPeople Mobile! Wed, 27 May 2015 11:00:00 EST The 1-Mile Indoor Power Walking Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_1mile_indoor_power_walking_workout This one-mile indoor power walking workout will help you stick with your walking routine no matter what time of day or night it is--or what the weather is like outside! Sun, 24 May 2015 00:00:00 EST The 6 Best Foods for Runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_6_best_foods_for_runners Incorporate the following foods into your diet to reap maximum running rewards! Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 EST Kick Off Summer with a Fun Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=kick_off_summer_with_a_fun_fitness_challenge Join Jessica Smith in her #5MileChallenge and get motivated to walk at least five miles per week in June! Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 EST The 6 Best Foods for Glowy Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_6_best_foods_for_glowy_skin Feed your skin the right way with these super foods that will leave you glowing from head to toe! Wed, 13 May 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Essential Moves for a Stronger Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_essential_moves_for_a_stronger_run Run longer and stronger in no time with these 5 must-do strength moves! Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 EST Treat Mom to a Healthy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=treat_mom_to_a_healthy_day Skip the brunch crowds this year, and make a real memory with mom instead with one of these healthy, active Mother’s Day ideas. Tue, 5 May 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways Your Mirror Can Boost Your Self-Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_ways_your_mirror_can_boost_your_selfconfidence Contrary to popular belief, your mirror can be a tool to help you gain self-confidence--whether you need to shed some pounds or just want to work on loving your inner self. Mon, 4 May 2015 12:00:00 EST Go Gluten-Free in 30 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=go_glutenfree_in_30_days Join the 30-Day Goodbye Gluten Challenge to get tips, meal ideas and a plan to help you quit gluten for good! Fri, 1 May 2015 10:00:00 EST Get a Great Workout in 8 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_a_great_workout_in_8_minutes Work your entire body and burn maximum calories in minimal time with this effective CrossFit-style routine! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST How to Stay in the Game When You're Under the Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=down_but_not_out_staying_in_the_game_when_youre_under_the_weather Uh-oh... it seems like you're getting sick (ugh!). Should you push through your planned workout or take it easy? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST FDA Snack Attack: Are Kind Bars Unhealthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fda_snack_attack_are_kind_bars_unhealthy The FDA has claimed that some varieties of Kind Bars are not healthy, demanding that the bars change their labeling. Will you continue to buy them? Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:00:00 EST Strengthen Your Core Without Wrecking Your Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=strengthen_your_core_without_wrecking_your_back Decrease the probability of injury and increase your posture and abdominal strength with these back-friendly core strength exercises. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EST 30 Walk-Up Songs from Baseball's Superstars http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_walkup_songs_from_baseballs_superstars Get pumped for your next cardio workout with 30 Major League Baseball walk-up songs. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST 6 Must-Try Isometric Moves http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_musttry_isometric_moves Are these isometric movements missing from your routine? Try them out to switch up your strength training! Sat, 4 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST Why You Should Have an Affair at the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_you_should_have_an_affair_at_the_gym Are the people surrounding you at the gym faithful...or cheaters? You'll never look at them the same after you read this story! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:00:00 EST 5 Better Bites for Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_better_bites_for_easter If you're looking for some alternatives to the usual Easter fare, here are some small tweaks you can make to lighten up your baskets this year (while still having fun)! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST 10 Tips to Live Better Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_tips_to_live_better_right_now Learn how SparkPeople member Rebecca fuels her healthy lifestyle--and how you can, too! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST 14 Rainy Day Songs to Get You Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=rainy_day_songs_to_get_you_moving Embrace spring’s rainy days with this eclectic rain-inspired playlist. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Must-Learn Yoga Poses for Beginners http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_yoga_poses_for_complete_beginners The following five yoga postures will help you build the foundation for a strong practice as a beginner! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST 12 Real-World Tips from a Celebrity Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_realworld_tips_from_a_celebrity_trainer Celebrity fitness guru Latreal ''La'' Mitchell knows what it takes to get into tip-top shape! We've picked her brain to find out how to get healthy and fit in a realistic way. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST Out Today: New Changes to the SparkPeople Mobile App! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=out_today_new_changes_to_the_sparkpeople_mobile_app We’re excited to announce that we’ve made another update to the SparkPeople Mobile app! Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:00:00 EST Sane & Easy Ways to Stay Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_sane_tips_for_staying_healthy Donna has struck her perfect balance with an everything-in-moderation approach. Here are her secrets of success! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST 8 Spring Tune-Up Tips for a Healthier You http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_spring_tuneup_tips_for_a_healthier_you Are you ready to come out of hibernation and recommit to your healthy habits? Here are some of our favorite ways to get back on track after a long, sedentary winter. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST