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. 30 Race Signs That Had Us Laughing All the Way to the Finish Line 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 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? 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 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 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.’ 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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 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) 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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? 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.' 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? 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 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 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? 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 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 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