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. Here's the Thing About Getting Older One member looks back on her goals in her 20's versus her goals now that she's turned 50 and boy have they changed Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Helpful Items to Take on a Spring Hike Hiking season is here! Here's what you need to bring to stay safe and comfortable on your outdoor trek. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:00:00 EST Regain Agility and Reduce Pain with the Alexander Technique Instructor and author of the book "Agility at Any Age" offers an introduction to the Alexander Technique, a mindfulness practice that brings balance and poise back to your life. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST 8 Incredible Healthy Cookbooks You’ll Devour Need some inspiration in the kitchen? Check out these 8 amazing cookbooks for some of the most popular diet plans. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST 25 Healthy Outdoor Dishes for a Perfect Picnic There's no reason your nutrition plan has to wilt in the sun. For smart picnic planning, think outside the bun with these healthy, outdoor-friendly recipes. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST You're NOT Too Heavy for Yoga! Think you're too heavy for yoga? There's no such thing. "Curvy Yoga" expert Anna Guest-Jelley shares her tips and favorite poses. Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Better in Business and Beyond, Learn Why Image Is Everything Learn how to portray a positive image for business and life as well as how to be a successful employee with image expert Jill Haney. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Find a New Workout Buddy in the Community Feed Want to find a new workout and accountability buddy? Why not give the Community Feed a look? Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST How Many Steps in a Mile, Solved Curious how many steps you take in a mile? While the answer is dependent on a number of things, we can help you get the answer! Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Little Lifestyle Changes Add Up to Big Wins with SparkPeople's Small Successes 30-Day Challenge Have fun learning to cook nutritious food for you and your family and learning small ways to integrate healthy living over the course of 30 days. You're going to love it! Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Why You Should Embrace Humor and Your 'Thunder Thighs' Baseball is upon us and you would be smart to insert some of their goofball humor into your spring training plans. Plus, an inspirational video that will make you feel flaw-free. Fri, 7 Apr 2017 12:00:00 EST 6 Healthy Donuts You Can Make at Home Donuts can be a delicious treat. These more sensible recipes deliver all the flavor without wrecking your health goals. Thu, 6 Apr 2017 12:00:00 EST 33 Unexpected Ways to Use Your Muffin Pan Put your muffin pan to work with these simple, surprising and scrumptious recipes! Each is perfectly portable for an on-the-go breakfast, lunch or snack. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Podiatrist Tips for Treating the Top 5 Foot Problems Podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera identifies the top five foot health problems she sees at her practice and how to treat them non-invasively. Mon, 3 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST Do Essential Oils Live up to the Hype? Essential oils may smell good and look pretty, but do they really have any health benefits? Mon, 3 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST 12 Entertaining Podcasts to Get You Through Your Next Workout Having trouble dialing into your motivation? Plug into one of these entertaining podcasts and your next walk, run or workout will fly by! Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Essential Tools Every Beginning Gardener Needs Always wanted to give gardening a go, but afraid your thumb's not green enough? With the right tools on hand, you CAN tend a thriving herb, vegetable or flower garden! Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 Hiking Essentials for Beginners We love spending time in the great outdoors (aka the grown-up playground). Today we're sharing some of our favorite hiking essentials. Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00:00 EST 8 Amazing Goals You Can Achieve in the Next 8 Weeks Who's giving up on your goals right now? Not you! Recommit yourself to your goals by taking an 8-week pledge today! Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:00:00 EST 10 Full-Body Strength Exercises Every Beginner Needs to Know Did you know that you can get an effective strength workout, right in the comfort of your own home? Creating a balanced routine is easier than you might think. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 9 Things You Should Never EVER Say to Your Husband Avoid uttering these common phrases that could undermine your marriage. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 EST 10 Plus-Size Leggings for Women Who Love Their Curves Long live the legging! Long or short, fit or flared, there's a legging look for every curvy girl out there. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Balance Work and Life with Tips from the 'Mom Boss' Nicole Feliciano, author and founder and CEO of Momtrends, gives us her best tips and tricks for discovering your own inner 'Mom Boss.' Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST These Are the Most Motivating Workout Songs of All Time These songs combine the best beats with the most inspirational lyrics to motivate you to exercise! Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 65 of the Most Motivating Mantras Do you have a mantra? Whether it's mental, verbal or written, the right message can be a powerful tool in motivating you to become the best version of yourself. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Stay Safe And Be Seen With These 7 Fitness Accessories Don't get caught in the dark during your workout. Stay safe and be seen with these affordable accessories for outdoor exercisers. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Induce Sleep Naturally With These 5 Tips Sometimes sleep is hard to come by. Before turning to prescription sleep aids--try a few natural remedies right at home. These 5 sleep aids can help you drift off fast. Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Tips to Keep from Overeating at a Party Do you know how to stay on track, even at a Super Bowl party? Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 EST Why Every Kitchen Needs a Cast Iron Skillet Get your iron in the fire with these amazing skillets. We also threw in a few sizzling skillet recipes to get your creative cooking juices flowing! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Study: Socializing on SparkPeople Helps with Weight Loss A second study bolsters what our experts and millions of members already knew: The support provided by our community is invaluable. Pass it on! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:00:00 EST Shelli's Journey from ''Shame Yourself Thin'' to Body Acceptance The body positivity movement is alive and well. Find out what one SparkPeople member has to say about the movement and how she learned to love herself over the years. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 60 Scrumptious Spring Salads If spring had an official food, it would have to be salad. If you still think of salad as boring, we have 60 exciting reasons to adjust your expectations! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Exercises You Should Steal from Your Kids With a little imagination, you can turn your workout into child's play! Steal these 10 exercises from the kiddos and you'll barely notice as the calories melt away. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Check Out SparkPeople's New Community Goal Feed We're excited to launch a new feature, designed to help you celebrate success, get a boost of support when times are tough and engage more easily with other members just like you! Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:00:00 EST 12 Sports Bras for All Shapes & Sizes Available on Amazon Underneath every good workout is a great sports bra. Here's a dozen of our faves, for all shapes and sizes. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST The 3 Best Shoes to Pack for Vacation Heading out of town? Make sure to pack the best travel shoes that will support your feet all day long. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST The Case for Stuffing Your Sorry's in a Sack March into March with a smile on your face and determination in your heart. We've got some words of encouragement and an empowering video to start your month off right. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 4 Soothing Stretches for Cold and Flu Relief Congestion and soreness symptoms due to sickness are no fun. Next time you catch a bug, try these four simple yoga poses for some comfort and hopefully a little relief. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 27 Members Weigh In on What They Gained After Losing Weight Our members lost weight and feel great and are especially happy about enjoying their favorite activities again! Wed, 1 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST The Definitive Guide to Indoor Rowing for Rookies Thinking about trying an indoor rowing class? Check out this handy cheat sheet to ensure that your first session is as fun and effective as possible. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 Ways to Eat More Mindfully Multi-tasking is great, but it has no place at the dinner table. Discover these tips for eating mindfully and tuning into your hunger. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00:00 EST 40 One-Pot Dishes with Less Than 500 Calories If you've got one pot, a few ingredients and not a lot of time, you CAN enjoy a satisfying yet sensible meal with 500 calories or less per serving. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST How a Brain Injury Awakened My Creativity An accidental brain injury changed Ann Zuccardy's life. Now a keynote speaker and an 'accidental neurologist,' Ann challenges the conventional ideas about creativity and self-care. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 15 Surprisingly Healthy Restaurant Dishes Just because you're trying to eat healthier this year, doesn't mean you can never go out to eat with your friends or family. Here are 15 great choices. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Banish Dry, Winter Workout Skin With These 10 Essentials Is dry skin caused by winter keeping you from enjoying your favorite activities? These 10 products can help you soothe irritated skin and get you happily back on track. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Release Stress Right at Your Desk With 5 Chair Yoga Moves If sitting at your desk all day is leaving your shoulders sore and your back out of whack, sprinkling in a few targeted yoga poses throughout the day could be just what you need. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 20 Products SparkPeople Members Obsessed Over This Year Members tried and tested various health and fitness products over the past year--discover their top 20, five-star purchases. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 Must-Join SparkTeams for Goal Getters We rounded up seven active, supportive SparkTeams for members who are looking to achieve seven common healthy lifestyle goals—one of these teams might be your perfect match! Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 5 Reasons to Make Time for Walking Learn why integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil suggests walking as the best form of exercise. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Is Jackfruit the Next Big Meat Alternative? Don't judge a fruit by its (prickly) cover: Find out why vegans and non-vegans alike are turning to jackfruit as a surprisingly delicious meat alternative. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST