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/ How to Get Back Up When You're Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_get_back_up_when_youre_down SparkGuy checks in to tell you his favorite motivating quote of the week! Plus, get updates to our mobile apps, check in to get motivated to reach your goals, and more. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Memphis and Meta Take Small Steps for Big Health Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=memphis_and_meta_take_small_steps_for_big_health_changes Learn about what the unhealthiest city in America is doing to help make better health attainable for everyone, one step at a time! Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Scare Away Candy Calories with the Halloween Workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=scare_away_candy_calories_with_the_halloween_workout Boo! This 10-minute cardio circuit workout is a frighteningly fun way to burn off all that Halloween candy. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Quiz: What's Your Breakfast Food Personality? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=quiz_whats_your_breakfast_food_personality Which breakfast food are you? Take this fun quiz to find out! Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Peek Inside the Mind of a Health Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_health_resource_youre_not_using Should you hire a Health Coach? Here's a peek into what these professionals do--and how they can help you reach your health goals for good! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Michael Strahan's Top 5 Motivational Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=michael_strahans_top_5_motivational_tips Get Michael Strahan's top tips for staying motivated to reach big goals! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST 5 Smart Exercises to Support Your Knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_smart_exercises_to_support_your_knees No cartilage in your knees? No problem! Here are 5 exercises that will help strengthen your legs and the supporting muscles around your knees. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Sync All Your Recipes to Our Healthy Recipes App for Android! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=all_your_favorite_recipes_now_sync_to_our_healthy_recipes_app Find out what the new version of our Healthy Recipes app has to offer for Android users! Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:00:00 EST A 15-Minute Lower-Body Workout for Bad Knees http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_15minute_lowerbody_workout_for_bad_knees This full-length, low-impact workout doesn’t include a single squat or lunge! It's designed to be gentle on the joints, but tough on your hips, thighs and glutes. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST 20 Ways to Eat Better On the Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_ways_to_eat_better_on_the_go Think you don't have time to eat healthy? Here are 20 excuse-busting snacks, plus Michael Strahan's favorite go-to healthy option when he's pressed for time! Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST You've Never Used Your Microwave Like This Before! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=youve_never_used_your_microwave_like_this_before Now that school is back in session, save time (and your sanity) with these easy hacks and recipes using your microwave! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways Health Insurance Companies Can Reward Your Healthy Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_ways_health_care_companies_can_reward_your_healthy_habits Health insurance isn't all about paying co-pays and deductibles! Here's how to earn amazing incentives from your insurance provider for healthy habits you probably already do. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST The Best Health & Motivation Resources You Aren't Using http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_health_motivation_resources_you_arent_using Not doubt about it: getting (and staying) motivated is hard. But don't worry--these cheap and effective tools make it infinitely easier to live a healthier life right now! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST 10 Ways to Fit in Fitness When There's No Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_ways_to_fit_in_fitness_when_theres_no_time We had a chance to sit down and chat with former NFL football player Michael Strahan! Here's how Michael manages to fit fitness into his jam-packed schedule. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST The Best Diet for Long-Term Weight Loss Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_diet_for_longterm_weight_loss Which diet is the most effective for weight loss? The answer might surprise you! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST Are Low- and No-Calorie Sweeteners Really Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=are_low_and_nocalorie_sweeteners_really_safe Are low- and no-calorie sweeteners really safe for us to consume? Here's what the latest research says. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST Get SparkPeople Community & Coaching On the Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_sparkpeople_community_coaching_on_the_go Check out the latest updates to our Nutrition and Weight Loss App! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST Sculpt Your Legs in 8 Minutes (at Home!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sculpt_your_legs_in_8_minutes_at_home Sculpt your legs from your living room with this quick and effective 8-minute routine! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST UPDATE: Join SparkPeople On the Road This Fall! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=join_sparkpeople_on_the_road_this_fall SparkPeople is coming to a city near you! Find out how you can meet some of our staff, get a chance to win prizes, score free product samples and more! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST 5 Reasons Why It's Okay to Drink Diet Beverages http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_reasons_why_its_okay_to_drink_diet_beverages Confused about whether or not it's healthy to drink diet beverages? We've got the truth right here--with the research to back it up! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST What Nobody Tells You about Getting Back into Shape after Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_nobody_tells_you_about_getting_back_into_shape_after_baby If you're pregnant or have recently had a child, you might be gung-ho about getting rid of the ''baby weight'' ASAP. Here's how to view your post-baby body more realistically. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Message Board and Site Header Changes Launched Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=message_board_and_site_header_changes_launched_today Check out the newest changes on SparkPeople! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:00 EST Do Diet Sodas Really Help with Weight Loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=do_diet_sodas_really_help_with_weight_loss Do diet sodas really help with weight loss? Find out what one study has to say! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Happier Meals: Cool School Lunch Strategies http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=happier_meals_cool_school_lunch_strategies Get your kids to eat everything in their lunch boxes with these products that make healthy food more fun! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST New Changes to SparkPeople Articles and Resource Pages! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=big_changes_to_sparkpeople_articles_and_resource_pages Hear about our latest site updates! Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:00:00 EST It’s Here! The Best App for Eating Better On the Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=its_here_the_best_app_for_eating_better_on_the_go Check out SparkPeople's Nutrition Lookup App--the best app for eating better wherever you are! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST 12-Minute Indoor Power Walking Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12minute_indoor_power_walking_workout Trying to rack up a few more steps today? Try this quick, powered-up walk that is easy to do at home (or even at the office!) in a small space. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST The Truth about the Paleo Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_truth_about_the_paleo_diet Is the Paleo diet built on sound research, or is it all just hype? Here's what the science says about this booming diet trend. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Back On Track: A Consistency Challenge for August! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=back_on_track_a_consistency_challenge_for_august Need a boost of motivation to help you reach your goals through the end of the summer season? We've got a challenge to help you out! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:00 EST Easy Freezer-Friendly Foods for Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=easy_freezerfriendly_foods_for_kids Here are two unexpected ways you can use your freezer to create fun and healthy treats for your kids! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST Cool Summer Workout Gear http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cool_summer_workout_gear Refresh your workout wardrobe with these new styles that will keep you looking (and feeling) cool in the summer heat. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST The Best Inner Thigh Exercises Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_inner_thigh_exercises_ever Strengthen your inner thighs and burn major calories with this 10-minute power workout! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EST 13 Inspiring Instrumental Workout Songs http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=13_inspiring_instrumental_workout_songs Looking for more variety in your exercise playlists? You'll love these upbeat and empowering songs! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST 5 Cool Indoor Workouts for Hot Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_cool_indoor_workouts_for_hot_days Is the summer heat getting in the way of your fitness goals? Don't sweat it! These workouts will help you stay in shape all season long! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST A 5-Minute Wake Up Call for Your Whole Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_5minute_wake_up_call_for_your_whole_body Start your day the right way: with these 10 exercises that will energize your body and mind! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EST Hotel-Friendly Exercise Ideas for Travelers http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=hotelfriendly_exercise_ideas_for_travelers No gym? No problem! These travel-friendly exercises don't require any special equipment and can help you stay fit even when you're away from home. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:00:00 EST A Note about Recent SparkPeople Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_note_about_recent_sparkpeople_changes We've made a lot of changes to the website recently. Here, Coach Jen explains why. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:00:00 EST Target Your Entire Lower Body in 14 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=target_your_entire_lower_body_in_14_minutes Tone up your thighs, hips and butt fast with this quick and easy-to-follow barre routine! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST Father's Day Success Story: 'I Want to Be There for My 3 Kids' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fathers_day_success_story_i_want_to_be_there_for_my_3_kids On Father's Day, we're sharing the story of Brad, who once weighed in at more than 500 pounds. Find out how this 6'7" single dad of three lost almost 200 pounds! Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST Jawbone UP Now Syncs with SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=jawbone_up_now_syncs_with_sparkpeople Learn how to connect a Jawbone UP activity tracker to your SparkPeople account! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:00:00 EST People 'Half Their Size' Issue Features SparkPeople Member's 177-Pound Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=people_half_their_size_issue_features_sparkpeople_members_177pound_weight_loss Brandy is an awesome SparkPeople Motivator who lost 177 pounds and has kept it off for several years. Check out her debut in People magazine! Fri, 6 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EST New & Improved SparkRecipes App for iPad http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new_improved_sparkrecipes_app_for_ipad Make healthy cooking even easier with the Healthy Recipes iPad app! Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:00:00 EST 10 Fit Gift Ideas for Father's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_fit_gift_ideas_for_fathers_day Give dad the gift of health and fitness this Father's Day! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EST A Sale to Spark Your Fittest Summer Ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_sale_to_spark_your_fittest_summer_ever For June only, get $10 off your purchase of the Spark Activity Tracker--and get a FREE Coach Nicole workout DVD! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST Contest Closed: Win a Full Year of Access to Streaming Workout Videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=giveaway_win_a_full_year_of_access_to_streaming_workout_videos But any exercise excuse with this awesome prize that lets you work out any time, any place and at any fitness level! Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:00 EST The Best Tool for a Healthy, Happy Pregnancy http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_tool_for_a_healthy_happy_pregnancy SparkPeople's new Pregnancy Health & Fitness App is here! Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 EST Easy & Healthy Ways to Grill Indoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=easy_healthy_ways_to_grill_indoors Did you know your oven can double as a grill? Here's how to get that smoky summer flavor all year long. Fri, 23 May 2014 00:00:00 EST Clean Eating 101: Healthier Eating Made Easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=clean_eating_101_healthier_eating_made_easy Is the ''clean eating'' trend right for you? Here are some simple tips to cleaning up your diet without breaking the bank. Thu, 22 May 2014 05:00:00 EST Eating to Fuel Different Race Lengths http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=eating_to_fuel_different_race_lengths Are you fueling your body correctly for your upcoming race? Find out what to eat from now until race day so you can feel--and run--your very best! Wed, 21 May 2014 05:00:00 EST Get in Shape with a New Workout Set from SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=save_up_to_56_on_sparkpeople_workout_dvds_for_a_limited_time Get the scoop on a brand new DVD set from Coach Nicole! Mon, 19 May 2014 12:00:00 EST