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/ Done with the Excess Weight and Moving Forward! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=done_with_the_excess_weight_and_moving_forward This blog is a featured "SparkStory", one of the classic posts from our members that provides inspiration to the SparkPeople Community. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST The Best Running Songs of All Time (Volume Two!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_running_songs_of_all_time_volume_two Give your next run a power boost with this BPM-inspired playlist. Fri, 28 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST 6 Ways to Fit in Exercise at Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_ways_to_fit_in_exercise_at_work Having trouble staying fit while managing your career? Lose weight, boost your metabolism, and increase your energy with these six smart office exercise tips. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:00:00 EST Check Out SparkPeople's New Challenges and Start Page! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_challenges Check out SparkPeople's new and improved Challenges feature! Wed, 26 Aug 2015 09:00:00 EST Cinnamon Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cinnamon_health_benefits Cinnamon carries many benefits, which include antioxidant and microbial properties. This post takes a look at how cinnamon can make you healthier. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:00:00 EST A Full-Body Foam Roller Routine for Beginners http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_fullbody_foam_roller_routine_for_beginners Studies show that foam rolling can help reduce stiffness, pain, and even improve your range of motion during your workout. Try firming up with our 15-minute foam roller routine. Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Essential Hot Weather Running Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=essential_hot_weather_running_tips Let's face it: Some people loathe running in the hottest months of the year. However, there are steps you can take to mitigate the summer heat and make summer running enjoyable. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Beat the Heat with 12 Summer Salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=beat_the_heat_with_12_summer_salads Hold on tight to the last bit of summer by enjoying some refreshing summer-friendly salads. Fri, 21 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Keep It Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=starbucks_pumpkin_spice_lattes_to_keep_it_real Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte will now include real pumpkin flavoring. What do you think of this change? Thu, 20 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST 8 Health Benefits of Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=health_benefits_of_coffee Coffee contains many compounds known to reduce the risk for health problems and improve bodily functions. Check out the top health benefits of consuming coffee. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 10:00:00 EST Get the New SparkPeople Mobile App Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_the_new_sparkpeople_mobile_app_today Get the new SparkPeople Mobile app - the biggest update we've ever brought to the app! Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:00:00 EST A Do-Anywhere Routine for Stronger Wrists http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_10minute_strong_wrists_workout This basic, wrist focused routine is designed to help you build strength, range of motion and flexibility in the muscles that surround and support your wrists. Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Tips for Keeping Your Feet Healthy and Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_tips_for_keeping_your_feet_healthy_and_happy Believe it or not, the majority of Americans will log almost 75,000 miles on their feet by age 50! Here's how to protect your tootsies and help you stay on your feet. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST Best Foods for Runners before a Race http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=best_foods_for_runners_before_a_race Have a race coming up? Check out a few of the best things you can consume before a race. Thu, 6 Aug 2015 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Mobile Gets a Makeover! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_mobile_gets_a_makeover Check out the latest changes to our mobile app! Tue, 4 Aug 2015 10:00:00 EST Black Tea Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=black_tea_health_benefits This blog looks at the many benefits of black tea. Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:00:00 EST 12 Side Dishes That Steal the Spotlight http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_side_dishes_that_steal_the_spotlight No grill-out is complete without a side dish or two! We've rounded up a variety of healthy salads, slaws, veggies and more, all of which are amazing complements to grilled meats. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST The Natural Benefits of Ginger http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_natural_benefits_of_ginger Ginger is both delicious and good for you! This post takes a look at the top benefits of Ginger. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:00:00 EST 3 Tips for Healthy Summer Hydration http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=3_tips_for_healthy_summer_hydration Staying well-hydrated not only quenches your thirst, but it can also help keep you energized, control hunger and enable you to stay the course to lead a balanced, active life. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST A 6-Step, Full-Body Barre Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=challenge_every_muscle_with_this_barre_workout "BarreAmped" creator Suzanne Bowen offers a quick total body barre workout that can be done right in your own home. Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST 9 Ways to Unleash Your Inner Dancing Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=unleash_your_inner_dancing_queen Celebrate National Dance Day by adding some of our favorite dancing workouts to your routine. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Breakfast, the Most Important Meal (for Weight Loss) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=breakfast_the_most_important_meal_for_weight_loss Get tips on how to make sure your breakfast is helping--not hurting--your weight-loss efforts. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:00:00 EST Simple Tweaks for Summer Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=easy_tweaks_for_summer_weight_loss Losing weight and keeping it off can be a challenge, especially in the summer months. But with a few small lifestyle changes, it's far from impossible! Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST 8 Easy Ways to Move More http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_easy_ways_to_move_more Get up and get moving with these tried-and-true fit tips! Fri, 17 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Get Moving with the #Find30 Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_moving_with_the_find30_challenge Sometimes, it can be easy to forget the simple act of moving more in our daily lives. Join the #Find30 Challenge to help you make regular movement a bigger priority for you! Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Get a Sneak Peek of Our Updated Challenges Feature! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_a_sneak_peek_of_our_updated_challenges_feature Take a look at our new and improved SparkPeople challenges! Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:00:00 EST The Surprising Link Between Weight Loss and Diet Beverages http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_surprising_link_between_weight_loss_and_diet_beverages Can diet beverages really help you lose weight? One study sheds light on the subject. Thu, 9 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST New Workout Playlist: A Sugar Rush for Your Ears! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_ultimate_energizing_bpmenhanced_playlist We teamed up with Yes! Fitness Music to create a bumping, addictingly sweet 135-BPM playlist for your next workout. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST A 30-Day Health and Happiness Boost http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_30day_health_and_happiness_boost Find your happy balance point with the Balanced Life Challenge! Tue, 7 Jul 2015 16:00:00 EST The Best Post-Run Recovery Foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=best_post_run_recovery_foods This post looks at a few great foods to eat after a run to help aid recovery. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST Find the Blood Glucose Meter That's Right for You http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=find_the_blood_glucose_meter_thats_right_for_you To avoid becoming overwhelmed with all the different glucose meters out there, it might help to start with this simple criteria. Mon, 6 Jul 2015 00:00:00 EST The Many Benefits of Honey http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_many_benefits_of_honey What is one food that was eaten thousands of years ago, is still eaten today in probably the exact same form, and is just as good for you today as it was then? Honey! Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:00:00 EST Jump Into July with a New Boot Camp Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=jump_into_july_with_a_7day_boot_camp Get a jump-start on your fitness this July with a fun 7-day Facebook challenge! Mon, 29 Jun 2015 15:00:00 EST 30 Days of Happy, Healthy Pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_days_of_happy_healthy_pets You make sure you eat right and live a healthy lifestyle, so why shouldn't you do the same for your four-legged family members? Take our 30-day challenge just for pet lovers! Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:00:00 EST 9 Fun Family Fitness Activities http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=family_fun_fitness Make a commitment to unleash your inner child and spend valuable quality time with those you love by trying these nine family-friendly activities. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways to Make Walking More Wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_ways_to_make_walking_more_wonderful Whether you have been walking for years or are just getting started, making your walking time more enjoyable can help you stay more motivated to stick with it over the long haul! Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:00:00 EST 9 Ways to Get Healthy Fats Into Your Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_ways_to_get_healthy_fats_into_your_diet Learn how to take advantage of fats by incorporating healthy fats into your diet. Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:00:00 EST 12 Hot-Off the Grill Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_hotoff_the_grill_recipes Fire up the grill and try one of these new, healthy recipes this summer. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST DVD Review: BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=dvd_review_barreamped_cardio_fat_burn The BarreAmped Cardio Fat Burn DVD promises extreme results, through high intensity intervals and body changing barre exercises. Find out if it could deliver. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST Vote for the Best Running Songs of All Time (Volume 2!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=vote_for_the_best_running_songs_of_all_time_volume_2 Let your voice be heard: Vote for the Top 100 Running Songs of All Time (Volume 2)! Sat, 6 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST 4 Essential Walking Posture Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_essential_walking_posture_tips Did you know that simple things like standing taller, engaging your abs and even walking sideways can help you walk further and faster, all while helping you burn more calories? Thu, 4 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST 3 Money-Saving Tips for People with Diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=3_moneysaving_tips_for_people_with_diabetes If you're living with diabetes, you know that out-of-pocket expenses can add up fast. Here's how to keep costs down while managing your diabetes as effectively as possible. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:00:00 EST 21 Days to Your Healthiest Summer Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=21_days_to_your_healthiest_summer_ever For 21 days, we'll give you one simple daily action to help you get on the fast track to a healthier, happier you this summer. Come Streak Into Summer with us! Fri, 29 May 2015 00:00:00 EST The Mobile Update You've Been Waiting For! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_mobile_update_youve_been_waiting_for Find out about the newest changes on SparkPeople Mobile! Wed, 27 May 2015 11:00:00 EST The 1-Mile Indoor Power Walking Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_1mile_indoor_power_walking_workout This one-mile indoor power walking workout will help you stick with your walking routine no matter what time of day or night it is--or what the weather is like outside! Sun, 24 May 2015 00:00:00 EST The 6 Best Foods for Runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_6_best_foods_for_runners Incorporate the following foods into your diet to reap maximum running rewards! Tue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 EST Kick Off Summer with a Fun Fitness Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=kick_off_summer_with_a_fun_fitness_challenge Join Jessica Smith in her #5MileChallenge and get motivated to walk at least five miles per week in June! Fri, 15 May 2015 00:00:00 EST The 6 Best Foods for Glowy Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_6_best_foods_for_glowy_skin Feed your skin the right way with these super foods that will leave you glowing from head to toe! Wed, 13 May 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Essential Moves for a Stronger Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_essential_moves_for_a_stronger_run Run longer and stronger in no time with these 5 must-do strength moves! Tue, 12 May 2015 00:00:00 EST Treat Mom to a Healthy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=treat_mom_to_a_healthy_day Skip the brunch crowds this year, and make a real memory with mom instead with one of these healthy, active Mother’s Day ideas. 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