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. Isn't It Time You Stepped Out of Your Comfort Zone? When was the last time you stepped into the unknown? As it turns out, taking on an adventure-based mindset can do wonders to improve your mental and physical health.  Mon, 3 Aug 2020 00:00:00 EST 6 Budget-Friendly Ways to Work Out at Home Often the challenge isn't what equipment to buy, but rather, what to do with it once you get it home. By learning a few basic movements, you can start simple and build from there. Thu, 25 Jun 2020 00:00:00 EST Hit the Trails With These 7 Pro Hiking Tips With the right equipment and expectations, you can enjoy all the benefits that your local trails have to offer. Mon, 15 Jun 2020 00:00:00 EST 3 Important Things to Know Before Starting a Walking Program To get a proper workout from walking, there are three important questions you'll want to answer before you tie up your sneakers. Thu, 28 May 2020 00:00:00 EST How to Avoid the 10 Most Common Running Mistakes The right gear and plan can make running a positive addition to any workout routine—just don't repeat the same mistakes many runners, both new and experienced, often make. Thu, 7 May 2020 00:00:00 EST 5 Foam-Rolling Moves Your Muscles Will Appreciate Stretching is stretching, right? Not according to people who swear by foam rolling. Mon, 24 Feb 2020 00:00:00 EST Why Breakfast for Dinner Is Always a Good Idea 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Besides napping, what can you do to stay energized all afternoon? Plenty! Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:00:00 EST 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 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 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) 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 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 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 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) 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 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 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) 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 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 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) 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 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 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) 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 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 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) 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 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 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 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 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) 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 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 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 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) 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 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