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/ 33 Mouth-Watering Ways to Enjoy Garlic at Every Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=33_mouthwatering_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=check_out_the_new_updates_to_the_sparkpeople_mobile_app 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_signs_youre_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=memberrun_challenges_can_help_you_find_success 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=happy_healthy_campers_happy_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_back_on_your_feet_quickly_postworkout 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_instagram_hits_20000_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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_times_you_should_exercise_and_4_times_you_definitely_shouldnt 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=44_super_scrumptious_and_simple_4ingredient_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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_gym_bags_74_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=optimize_your_performance_with_9_athleteinspired_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=dont_let_standing_get_you_down 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=discover_the_bodytransforming_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=bmismarts_30_days_to_victory_challenge_learn_to_celebrate_your_daily_weightloss_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_tantalizing_tomato_recipes_youve_got_to_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_16minute_workout_youll_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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=feel_safer_and_get_stronger_which_selfdefense_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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=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 The Takeout Trap: 6 Cooking Excuses You Need to Stop Using http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stay_out_of_the_takeout_trap_6_cooking_excuses_you_need_to_stop_using How often do you fall into the takeout trap? Become a master at nipping cooking excuses in the bud! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Must-Have Healthy Living Items You Can Get for Less Than $20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_musthave_healthy_living_items_you_can_get_for_less_than_20 Healthy living doesn't have to be expensive. There are many items that make your everyday quest to be healthy for under $20--here are our top 10 favorites. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes to Take Your Grilling Game to the Next Level http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_crowdpleasing_recipes_that_will_take_your_grilling_game_to_the_next_level Go beyond burgers and dogs! Elevate your grilling game with these 10 amazing recipes that will turn up the heat at your next barbecue. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Learn to Love At-Home Workouts With This Folding Treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=learn_to_love_your_athome_workouts_with_this_folding_treadmill If you've been thinking about buying a treadmill for your home gym, look no further than our top pick for running or walking your way to fit! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:00:00 EST Monkey Around & Get Fit With This Playground Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=monkey_around_and_get_fit_with_this_playground_workout Rediscover your inner child with this playground workout that's sure to get your sweating. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Get Up & GO: How a Gaming App is Inspiring Accidental Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_up_go_how_a_gaming_app_is_inspiring_accidental_exercise Wondering what's got people wandering through town staring down at their phones? Pokémon Go could turn out to be the next big (unintentional) fitness app! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Bacon or Bust: Should You Skip Breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=bacon_or_bust_should_you_skip_breakfast Should you start the morning with a meal, or wait till noon to nosh? The a.m. eating answer depends on many factors, from your hunger level to the health of your food choices. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Surprising Lessons Learned at 'Fat Camp' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_not_walking_out_of_fat_camp_was_the_best_decision_i_ever_made Joe Panarella weighed more than 400 pounds when his friends and family forced him to go to fat camp. He was in for a few surprises. Wed, 6 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Keep Your Feet Happy and Healthy During Summer Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=keep_your_feet_happy_and_healthy_during_summer_travel Walking,sitting, standing and waiting while you travel can really wreck your feet. Get tips for keeping your feet healthy and happy all season long! Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST