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. Ding, Dong! Turn Halloween Into a Calorie-Busting Workout Fun-size Twix and pumpkin Reese's and bite-size Snickers, oh my! Avoid the scariest part of Halloween with this cute trick-or-treater-inspired workout. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST How I Ditched My 'Fattitude,' Lost 200 Pounds and Found My Self-Worth After 60+ years of riding the weight loss roller coaster, Carl was ready to get off the ride. With the help of SparkPeople, he lost 200 pounds and found his self-worth. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST The Military Diet: Shortcut to Weight Loss, or Health Hazard? Ready to go beyond boot camp and try the military diet? Experts weigh in on whether it's effective or unrealistic (or possibly even dangerous). Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 28 Amazing Apple Recipes to Spice up Your Weekly Meals An apple a day becomes much more appetizing with these awesome recipes. From breakfast to dinner to dessert, these mouth-watering meals will inspire you to get your fruit on. Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 6 Solid Tricks to Help You Get the Sleep You Need Having trouble sleeping? Try integrating one or more these 6 tips into your daily routine and see if you aren't sleeping more soundly soon! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Is Apple Cider a Miracle Cure-All or Just an Old Wives' Tale? Although apple cider vinegar has many purported uses, is it really the miracle cure-all it's claimed to be? Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 4 Great Reasons to Steal This Toddler's Morning Pep Talk "Legends are Born in October." What will you do? Fri, 7 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Diet-Friendly Dough: Experts Weigh in on Cloud Bread Looking for a low-carb alternative to traditional dough? Find out if cloud bread lives up to its lofty name. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Your Cheat Sheet to Finding the Best Shoes What to look for in a shoe for plantar fasciitis, plus find stylish women’s shoes with arch support. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 33 Mouth-Watering Ways to Enjoy Garlic at Every Meal Ga-ga for garlic? Go beyond garlic bread, and discover 33 unique ways to infuse the fabulous flavor into every meal. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 17 Tips for Dealing With Stress From a Working Mom of Four Are you looking for simple things you can do right now that will make daily life a little more relaxed? These ideas take just a few minutes, but the benefits can last a lifetime. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 8 Hardcore Core Workouts Every Level Will Love Everyone has a favorite day--ours is abs day. Tough as it can be, working your core yields health benefits that go way beyond a six pack. Check out eight of our favorite workouts. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 7 Ways to Survive and Thrive in Cooking School Have you always wanted to learn to cook but weren't sure if you would benefit from a cooking class? Learn what to expect and the right questions to ask before you go. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Hit the Gym Before Sunrise With These 11 Trainer Tips If the snooze button is your BFF and you're listed as "In a Relationship" with your bed on Facebook, these tips are for you. Trainers offer their favorite morning workout tricks. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 8 Clever Products for the Determined Desk Dweller Turn ''Cubicle, Sweet Cubicle'' into the active, goal-oriented space of your dreams with a few office additions. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Premium Puts a Personal Trainer in Your Pocket Want personalized advice to help you lose weight and get healthy? Look no further than SparkPeople Premium! Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Fall into Great Taste: 31 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes 'Tis the season for pumpkin to pop up in everything from coffee to candles. We found some especially scrumptious ways to work it into your diet. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Freezin' for No Reason? Demystifying the Cryotherapy Craze Can you really freeze away the pain, or is cryotherapy just a bunch of hot air? We took a closer look at this controversial cold treatment. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST See the Nutritional Makeup of Every Meal with SparkPeople Mobile! Get the newest update of SparkPeople's Mobile App. It's easier to use than ever before! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:00:00 EST 8 Ways to Clean the Fitness Gear You Always Forget to Clean We wash our sweaty tanks and fancy leggings on a regular basis, but what about the items that don't fit in the washing machine? Learn how to easily clean eight fitness items! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 12 Signs You're in a Relationship with Your Gym Do you prefer weight night to date night? If any of these signs sound familiar, you might be in a committed relationship with your gym. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 4 SparkTeam Challenges That Will Help You Reach Your Goals Research shows that social support is a key factor in weight loss and weight maintenance success. All of the support you need can be found in the SparkPeople Community. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Happy, Healthy Campers: 18 Recipes & Essential Gear for the Great Outdoors Don't let too many s'mores and hot dogs cancel out all of those calorie-burning camp activities. We found 18 healthy outdoor recipes that won't send your diet up in flames. Wed, 7 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Get Back on Your Feet Quickly Post-Workout Podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera addresses common foot ailments suffered from working out and offers tips for keeping your feet in top condition. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Get Moving for the Greater Good: 10 Ideas for Active Volunteer Work Wish you had more time to give back, but don't want to give up your workouts? Here are 10 altruistic ways to stay active. Tue, 6 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 4 Helpful Tips for Clothes Shopping with Confidence Don't fret the dreaded dressing room! These 4 tips can help you feel confident when trying on clothes. Mon, 5 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST What I Learned From the Gnarliest Match One Olympian Ever Played The inspiring words of this four-time Olympian are still echoing in my head. Fri, 2 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Instagram Hits 20,000 Inspired Followers! Our Instagram account has reached 20,000 followers--check out what you've been missing! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST 6 Times You Should Exercise (and 4 Times You Definitely Shouldn't) Discover when it's best to work out and when to take it easy instead. Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Start Fresh for Fall: 50 Ways to Turn Over a New Leaf Welcome to the NEW New Year! We've got 50 ways to kick off a fresh start for fall. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST 44 Fast and Filling 4-Ingredient Recipes Stuck in a recipe rut? If you've got just four ingredients and a few minutes, you can enjoy any of these dozens of delicious and nutritious meals, snacks or desserts. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Our Healthy Recipes App Gets a Facelift and New Features! With our newest version of our Healthy Recipes app, you can now generate shopping lists automatically! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:00:00 EST 9 Health & Fitness Fallacies We Fell for 10 Years Ago Did you fall for any of these health and fitness myths? It's hard to believe they were widely accepted just a decade ago. Let's take a trip down misconception lane! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST 12 Affordable Athleisure Brands that Look Great As You Lose Weight When you lose weight, you'll feel great--but you'll want to look great, too. Wearing clothing that fits your current body is the confidence booster you need--learn what to wear. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST 15 Things to Tell Yourself When You Want to Quit You're at the 20-minute mark in your workout when you start to hear it, that voice saying "Stop" and "No, you can't." Discover the sayings our staff and members use to keep going! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST 8 Gym Bags, 78 Items Fitness Pros Never Leave Home Without What fitness gear do the pros pack in their gym bags? Discover the 78 items they can't live without--and you shouldn't have to either. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Optimize Your Performance with 9 Athlete-Inspired Moves In just nine moves from Patricia Friberg, a health and fitness expert who has trained NBA and NFL athletes, you'll feel more balanced and stronger. Give it a try today. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Health Food or Fraud? The Truth About 12 Tempting Veggie Products If it's got veggies in it, it's automatically healthy, right? Not always. We dove into a dozen self-proclaimed veggie foods to find out their good-for-you factor. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST A Change of Pace from Running in Place: 9 Exclusive Treadmill Workouts Need a change in place from just running in place? Try these nine unique treadmill exercises, designed by an expert trainer exclusively for SparkPeople. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST The Truth about Turmeric: Miracle Spice or Myth? Turmeric is having a moment. Should you start stocking up to reap the health benefits of this trendy spice/supplement, or is it getting more credit than it deserves? Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Puppies: The Ultimate Workout Motivation It's August and the only things on our mind are girl power, puppy power and herb power. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Say 'Hello' to SparkPeople Premium: Remove Ads, Email Coaches, Get Advanced Reporting and Help Us in Our Mission to Help You Get SparkPeople Premium to Enjoy the Best Experience We Have to Offer! Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST Don't Let Standing Get You Down: The Best Shoes for Walking on Hard Surfaces Prolonged standing or walking on hard, flat surfaces such as concrete increases our risk of certain conditions. Here are the best shoes for standing on concrete. Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Discover the Body-Transforming Power of Battle Ropes Ever wondered what people do with those big ropes at the gym? They're not as scary as they look... and they could be your next favorite low-impact, high-intensity workout. Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST bmiSMART's 30 Days to Victory Challenge: Learn to Celebrate Your Daily Weight-Loss Wins Welcome to bmiSMART's 30 Days to Victory Challenge! For the next 30 days, you'll get a daily shot of motivation and wisdom to help you say "see ya!" to any stubborn extra weight. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 23:00:00 EST Before You Sweat: Pilates Cheat Sheet Thinking about trying a Pilates class? To get more out of the experience, grab our cheat sheet before you go. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST You Say Tomato, I Say Delicious: 12 Tantalizing Recipes You Must Try Go beyond marinara and get creative with this super-healthy, versatile and all-season fruit. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST A 16-Minute Workout You'll Feel All Over Tomorrow Morning Hit all your problem areas in just 16 minutes with this high-energy workout from YouTube star Jessica Smith--with a special appearance by Peanut the puppy! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Safer and Stronger: Which Self-Defense Class is for You? Want to learn to defend yourself and get fit at the same time? Martial arts might be the workout you're looking for. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Farmers Market Finds: 11 Top Chefs Share Their Favorite Recipes Just in time for peak farmers market season, we asked some of the country's top chefs for their fave locally sourced recipes. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST