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/ 30 Race Signs That Had Us Laughing All the Way to the Finish Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=tbd When you're losing steam halfway through a race, a great sign can provide just the motivation you need to haul yourself toward the finish. Here are some of our faves. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST What You Can Learn From a Trainer Who Is Always Traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_you_can_learn_from_a_trainer_who_is_always_traveling SparkPeople.TV trainer Deazie Gibson is all about variety and fun when it comes to fitness! Learn about her "D3" philosophy and sweat along with one of her killer workouts. Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Lessons From a Trainer Who Put on 50 Pounds to Help Others Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_did_this_personal_trainer_gain_50_pounds_on_purpose Personal trainer Seth Kaufmann packed on 50 pounds -- on purpose -- so he could lose it along with his client. Here's his inspiring story. Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST A Top Tip for Weight Loss Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=small_steps_you_can_take_for_weight_loss_maintenance You've lost weight! Congratulations! Now what? How do you keep it off for good? We offer some tips to help you maintain your new weight in a healthy way. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST 'Stronger Than I Have Ever Been': Abby's CrossFit Conversion http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stronger_than_i_have_ever_been_in_my_life_abbys_crossfit_conversion After an unexpected enthusiast raved about her CrossFit experience, Abby Maley decided to take a leap and give the high-intensity workout a shot. Today, she's stronger than ever. Mon, 20 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Learn How to Fill Your Plate--and Lose Weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=learn_how_to_fill_your_plateand_lose_weight Eating for weight loss sounds complicated, but it doesn't have to be! Follow along in our an easy guide to filling your plate with healthy foods and proper portion sizes. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Adopt a Healthy Habit for Every Waking Hour http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=adopt_a_healthy_habit_for_every_waking_hour Okay, so you can't be perfect every minute, but you CAN find ways to benefit your health at least once an hour. Here are some smart habits to incorporate throughout your day. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Exercising with a Chronic Disease: A SparkPeople.TV Trainer's Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=exercising_with_a_chronic_disease_our_sparkpeopletv_trainer_shares_her_story_tips Meet Amanda Young, one of our SparkPeople TV trainers who suffers from a chronic, painful illness. Find out how she overcame her challenges to build a healthier life. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Could a Breakup Be the Secret to a Healthy Life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=could_a_breakup_be_the_secret_to_a_healthy_life We asked a few health and fitness enthusiasts what they broke up with to achieve their goals. The answers might surprise you. Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST 3 Tips to Achieve a Healthy Balance This Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=3_tips_to_achieve_a_healthy_balance_this_summer Summer is a crazy time for everyone. It can be made even harder if you are trying to lose weight. These three tips could help you overcome that and maintain your sanity. Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST 5 Signs It's Time for a Digital Detox http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_signs_its_time_for_a_digital_detox How did we suddenly become a society that has to be connected to everyone and everything at all times through our phones, TVs or computers? Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST ‘I lost more than 90 pounds—and found myself.’ http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=i_lost_more_than_90_poundsand_found_myself Get inspired by Amberlynn's story of breaking her food addiction, losing more than 90 pounds and learning to love herself. Tue, 14 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Spark It or Scrap It: Can Saunas Help You Lose Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_it_or_scrap_it_can_saunas_help_you_lose_weight Sweating your way to weight loss: Is it too good to be true, our could saunas help melt away the pounds? Mon, 13 Jun 2016 01:00:00 EST Have an ER-Free Summer: Avoid These 5 Common Injuries http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_keep_your_kids_out_of_the_er_this_summer_avoid_these_5_common_injuries We've got mad respect for doctors, but we don't want to spend the summer with them. Here's how to stay safe in the pool, at the beach, on the sidewalk and everywhere in between. Thu, 9 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Cheering Etiquette: 11 Race-Day Rules for Being a Super Spectator http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cheering_etiquette_11_raceday_rules_for_being_a_super_spectator Are your cheers along the course helping or hindering the runners? Adhere to these race-day rules to ensure that you're following proper spectator etiquette. Tue, 7 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST A Guide to Growing Your Own Living Salad Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_guide_to_growing_your_own_living_salad_garden Not only is gardening a great excuse to get outside, but with the right information you can grow all the veggies you need to make the perfect summer salad. Get started today. Mon, 6 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST The Go Get It Guide for A Joyful June http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_go_get_it_guide_for_a_joyful_june Summer has arrived and so has our brand new blog! Discover what's on our radar for the sunny, happy month ahead. Fri, 3 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Choose the Right Flip-Flops for Your Foot Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=choose_the_right_flipflops_for_your_foot_health All flip-flops are not created equal. Learn which ones are good for your feet--and when you should be wearing them. Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST What in the WOD? Confusing Fitness Acronyms Explained http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_in_the_wod_confusing_fitness_acronyms_explained Need to polish your "fit-speak?" Here are 25 of the most common acronyms you may come across on the gym scene. Thu, 2 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST This Celebrity Trainer’s Fitness Secrets Could Change Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=this_celebrity_trainers_fitness_secrets_could_change_your_life One of the world's most successful celebrity trainers shares his story of transformation and strength, along with his exercise and nutrition tips. Wed, 1 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Learn to Exercise for Weight Loss Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=learn_to_exercise_for_weight_loss_success Exercising for weight loss doesn't have to be daunting. We break it down for you in an easy-to-follow guide so you can easily add cardio and strength training to your week. Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Take a World Tour of Healthy Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=take_a_world_tour_of_healthy_diets Could the right diet for you come from a different country? Find out how to incorporate international healthy habits right here at home. Tue, 31 May 2016 00:00:00 EST From Garden to Picnic, 12 Ways to Store Summer Food Favorites http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=from_garden_to_picnic_12_ways_to_store_summer_food_favorites With summer food comes storage issues. From canning your garden's bounty to marinating your favorite pork chops, we handpicked 12 of the best summer storage solutions for you. Mon, 30 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Socialize Smarter: 6 Picks for 3 Popular Meet-Up Spots http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=socialize_smarter_6_picks_for_3_popular_meetup_spots So many of our social outings revolve around food and drinking, making maintaining relationships difficult while dieting. Find out what you should pick next time you go out. Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 EST No Butts About It: 50 Reasons to Quit Smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=no_butts_about_it_50_reasons_to_quit_smoking Need some quitting inspiration? Read on for 50 good reasons to stop smoking, for your health, confidence, family, finances and beyond. Fri, 27 May 2016 00:00:00 EST What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_advice_would_you_give_your_younger_self There are so many things I wish I could tell my younger self on the topic of being healthy. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, right? Given the chance, I would tell 25-year-old Jen: Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Piloxing in Action: 8 Moves to Try at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=t Want to try PILOXING in the comfort of home? Here are 8 sample workouts, complete with pictures. Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Dinner on Demand: 10 Key Foods You Need in Your Pantry http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=dinner_on_demand_10_key_foods_you_need_in_your_pantry No pantry is complete without these 10 go-to cooking essentials. Are you stocked up? Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Smoothies: Skip Them or Sip Them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=smoothies_skip_them_or_sip_them Smoothies are a somewhat polarizing topic among those in the health world. When done right, though, the blended drink can provide big nutritional value. Discover the secret formula Tue, 24 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Big News: SparkPeople App Now Connects With Google Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=track_your_google_fit_data_with_sparkpeople We have some awesome news: Your SparkPeople app now integrates with Google Fit! Discover how to sync your information over so you can have it all in one place. Mon, 23 May 2016 15:00:00 EST A 30-Minute Barre Workout That Is Easy on the Knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_30minute_barre_workout_that_is_easy_on_the_knees Jessica Smith is at it again with a 30-minute Barre routine that works your whole body while being gentle on the knees. You're guaranteed to sweat with a smile on your face. Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 EST FDA Reveals Changes to Nutrition Facts Label, Coming in 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fda_reveals_changes_to_nutrition_facts_label_coming_in_2018 The FDA has released a new version of the Nutrition Facts label, which will enable consumers to make more informed dietary choices. Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Sun, Sand & Snacks: The 9 Best Foods to Take to the Beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sun_sand_snacks_the_9_best_foods_to_take_to_the_beach Need some sand-proof snacks for your beach spread? These 9 ideas are great for easy, breezy summer picnics. Mon, 23 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Frozen Dinner Finds You Won't Believe Are Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_frozen_food_aisle_finds_you_wont_believe_are_healthy It's time to update what you think you know about frozen meals. With so many healthy options available in your store's freezer aisles, the only problem will be which one to choose. Fri, 20 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Piloxing: The Hot Hybrid Workout That's Got Us Throwing Punches http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=piloxing_the_hot_hybrid_workout_thats_got_us_throwing_punches What do you get when Pilates meets boxing? Discover Piloxing, the hot fusion fitness workout that's filling up studios across the country. Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 15 Spices You've Probably Never Tried (But Totally Should) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=15_spices_youve_probably_never_tried_but_totally_should Hundreds of spices are missing from your kitchen. Here are our top 15 picks for seasonings you should try ASAP. Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 6 Killer Tank-Top Arm Workouts for Every Level http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_killer_tanktop_arm_workouts Get excited to show off your strong arms with these six workouts focused on your triceps, biceps and shoulders. Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 EST How to Find Some Zen in Every Part of Your Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_find_some_zen_in_every_part_of_your_day Between deadlines at work, endless carpools and getting three meals on the table, meditation can be impossible. Discover seven ways to embrace the calm on even the busiest of days. Tue, 17 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 6 Ways to Reach Napping Nirvana http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_ways_to_reach_napping_nirvana Are you getting enough quality sleep? If not, maybe you napping can help. Discover 6 tips to make your power nap work for you. Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Busting the Myth of the 2-Week Bikini Bod http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=2_weeks_to_a_bikini_bod_whats_realistic Can you be ready for a bikini in just 2 weeks? With a few of these expert tips, poolside confidence could be closer than you think. Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Sleep & Diabetes: Does the Risk Rise at Night? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sleep_diabetes_could_melatonin_increase_your_risk A new study shows that up to 30 percent of people could have a higher sensitivity to melatonin, increasing their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Mon, 16 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Before You Sweat: CrossFit Cheat Sheet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=before_you_sweat_crossfit_cheat_sheet Thinking about trying a CrossFit class? Check our cheat sheet so you know what to expect, what to bring and how to get the most out of your WOD. Fri, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 'The Biggest Loser': Biggest Success or Loser Idea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_biggest_loser_biggest_success_or_loser_idea Find out how one SparkPeople expert and members feel about 'The Biggest Loser' formula for weight loss. Is it worth your time to tune in? Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 EST 'I'm Winning the Battle Against Depression & Obesity, One Day at a Time.' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=im_winning_the_battle_against_depression_obesity_one_day_at_a_time Find out how Tammy is overcoming obesity and depression with healthy eating, regular exercise and the support of SparkPeople. Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Fitness Superstitions: Magic or Mind Games? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fitness_superstitions_magic_or_mind_games Are superstitions silly, or a legit way to boost performance? Pro athletes are notorious for their rituals. Do you have any superstitions related to health and fitness? Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Mediterranean Diet Could Help to Slow Aging and Prevent Bone Loss, Study Says http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=mediterranean_diet_could_help_to_slow_aging_and_prevent_bone_loss_study_says New research shows that the Mediterranean diet could slow down the aging process and prevent bone loss. Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Why I Decided to Get Off the Tracker Train http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_i_decided_to_get_off_the_tracker_train Who wouldn’t want to have these stats at their fingertips? The fact is, I gave up my activity tracker after I decided it was doing me me more harm than good. Mon, 9 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Spark It or Scrap It: Does Melatonin Help with Jet Lag? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_it_or_scrap_it_does_melatonin_help_with_jet_lag Could melatonin help to nip jet lag in the bud? Find out how this natural sleep aid can reset your internal clock. Mon, 9 May 2016 00:00:00 EST A 9-Minute Core Workout You Can Do Anywhere http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_9minute_7move_core_workout_you_can_do_anywhere Blogilates Cassey Ho is back with a brand new abs workout that is going to burn so good. Feel every muscle in your core working in this short, but effective routine. Fri, 6 May 2016 00:00:00 EST Keep Calm and Don't Burn the Kitchen Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=keep_calm_and_dont_burn_the_kitchen_down_6_great_learning_resources In the final installment of a 30-day no delivery, no takeout challenge, our writer reflects on the various ways a novice chef can learn basic and advanced cooking techniques. Wed, 4 May 2016 00:00:00 EST