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/ Spark Spotlight: Sue (SOUTHTXXRNNR) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_sue_southtxxrnnr It's amazing how trying something new can boost your motivation! Mon, 21 May 2018 00:00:00 EST 6 Yoga Poses That Can Soothe Menopause Symptoms http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_yoga_poses_that_can_soothe_menopause_symptoms The stages of menopause can be overwhelming, to say the least. With the right practice, yoga can be an amazing tool to help with your body's transition. Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Now You Can Tag Your Friends in the Community Feed http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=now_you_can_tag_your_friends_in_the_community_feed We just made it easier to have a conversation with your best SparkFriends. Introducing: Community Feed tagging. Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 Chain Restaurants with Diet-Friendly Options http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_diet_friendly_restaurants_stay_on_track_when_youre_onthego When you make the right choices, restaurant doesn't have to be a four-letter word. Check out these healthier options at a chain near you. Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Enhance Your Performance With These 15 Essential Running Items http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=holiday_gift_ideas_for_the_running_enthusiast Runners, we have you covered. Discover 15 of the most essential items you need to make the most of your runs. Tue, 15 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Melissa "Milly" (MILLYMAE1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_melissa_milly_millymae1 This week, Milly is thrilled to be 15 pounds lighter, with the help of SparkPeople's nutrition and exercise tracking tools! Mon, 14 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Living a Fit & Healthy Life Just Got Easier http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=living_a_fit_healthy_life_just_got_easier We've just made it easier for you to get your favorite health and wellness items sent right to your front door with our new SHOP section. Fri, 11 May 2018 14:00:00 EST 50 Ways to Improve Work-Life Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=50_ways_to_improve_worklife_balance Does that elusive work-life balance really exist? Try these tips to make sure you're giving the most important items the attention they deserve. Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 EST How Beth Lost 230+ Pounds and Reclaimed Her Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_beth_lost_230_pounds_and_reclaimed_her_life Losing 230 pounds doesn’t just change how you look—it also changes how you think and feel. For 53-year-old Beth, the road hasn't always been easy, but it's certainly been worth it. Thu, 10 May 2018 00:00:00 EST How Yoga Taught Me Not to Fear New Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=yoga_taught_me_how_not_to_fear_new_things I'm hesitant to try new things. I either convince myself I don't have time, or the anxiety of something new is more than I want to deal with. That is until three years ago. Tue, 8 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Enya (TANNERZ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_enya_tannerz Congrats to Enya on losing 60+ pounds through exercise, SparkPeople's nutrition tracker and earning SparkPoints! Mon, 7 May 2018 00:00:00 EST How to Make Facebook Healthier in Two Easy Steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_make_facebook_healthier_in_two_easy_steps Feel like you're not getting enough of your SparkPeople fix while you're on Facebook? We agree, and there are a few things you can do to Spark a little health in your feed. Fri, 4 May 2018 10:00:00 EST Some Summer Inspiration and Laughs in This Month's Go Get It Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=some_summer_inspiration_and_laughs_in_this_months_go_get_it_guide Warmer weather means sunshine, poolside fun and...insecurities? If you're struggling with bikini anxiety, this month's Go Get It Guide will inspire you to do you no matter what! Fri, 4 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Gear Up for Spring With These 12 Fitness Essentials http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_fun_fitness_finds_to_inspire_your_spring_workouts Take your activities outside this spring with the help of some essential workout gear you'll love. Wed, 2 May 2018 05:00:00 EST 7 Best Running Apps to Keep You Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=iphone_running_apps_review Smartphones can double as fitness devices, putting your running stats at your fingertips while keeping you engaged, entertained and motivated. Mon, 30 Apr 2018 14:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Teresa (TEXASHSMOMOF3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_teresa_texashsmomof3 Congrats to Teresa on hitting the 40-pound mark, and feeling stronger every day! Mon, 30 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Stock Up on These 12 Spring Workout Wardrobe Essentials http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fresh_workout_gear_for_spring Get ready for the warmer days ahead with colorful workout gear in a range of sizes. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Upcoming Changes to SparkPeople.TV http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=upcoming_changes_to_sparkpeopletv We're making some changes to the website and, as with anything we do, we like to give you a heads up to what's coming. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:00:00 EST 8 Workouts for Anyone Who Hates Morning Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_workouts_for_anyone_who_hates_morning_workouts Lots of people who never thought it was possible have found a way to make exercise a regular part of their morning routine. Try these exercises to ease you into the day. Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Get Fit With Biking http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_fit_with_biking Bikes are, in many places, nearly as popular of a form of transportation as cars or trucks. This post looks at how you can get fit with biking. Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:00:00 EST 35 Meatless Monday Meal Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=35_meatless_monday_meal_ideas Where’s the beef? Not here. We’ve given you a head-start to a plant-based diet with 35 mouthwatering meatless recipes. Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Pele (PELESJEWEL) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_pele_pelesjewel Pele is beating the odds by remaining cancer-free and maintaining her 100-pound weight loss! Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST 100 Healthy Habits to Add to Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=100_healthy_habits_to_add_to_your_life What specific habits constitute a healthy lifestyle? To help get you started, we collected 100 healthy habits from members, friends and coworkers. Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Resource Guide for Runners http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=resource_guide_for_runners This post compiles a detailed list of resources for runners. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 03:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Sandra (SILVERSPARROW04) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_sandra_silversparrow04 It's not easy waking up before sunrise to squeeze in a workout--but Sandra has discovered that the payoff is definitely worth it! Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST You're Never Too Old to Hike: Trail Tips for Seniors http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=youre_never_too_old_to_hike_trail_tips_for_seniors It’s never too late to connect with nature while improving your fitness. With smart planning and precautions, hikers of all ages can discover the wonders of the trail. Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Rise and Shine: 8 Stretches You Should Do Each Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=rise_and_shine_8_stretches_you_should_do_each_morning Morning stretches are the best way to start the day. Kick of your day the healthy way with this easy routine of eight stretches! Great for beginners, perfect for flexibility. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 05:00:00 EST 6 Places to Find Cheap, Healthy Groceries http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_places_to_find_cheap_healthy_groceries You've probably heard money-saving tips like "buy in bulk" and "shop in season," but are there really certain stores that provide deeper discounts than others? Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Michelle (SHELLEYMCELROY6) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_michelle_shelleymcelroy6 Michelle says the key is making exercise so much fun that you'll actually want to do it. Mon, 9 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Fitness Feats and Foodies in This Month's Go Get It Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fitness_feats_and_foodies_in_this_months_go_get_it_guide This month, I want to convince you to pick up this jump rope and get that heart rate up! Plus, why I struggle with the fact that you can't outrun a bad diet. Fri, 6 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 Exercises That Work the Most Muscles in the Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_compound_exercises Compound exercises work multiple muscles or muscle groups in a relatively short period of time, making them an efficient addition to your workout routine. Wed, 4 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST A New Workout Challenge With Limited Mobility in Mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_new_workout_challenge_with_limited_mobility_in_mind The new 30-day Limited Mobility Challenge has something for everyone: tips to stay motivated, seated workouts, info on how to deal with pain and advice on how to modify workouts. Mon, 2 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Dawn (PENNYLANE15) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_dawn_pennylane15 A big congrats to Dawn for reaching her 5-year anniversary of losing 100 pounds -- and keeping it off!! Mon, 2 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST Get Fit In Less Than 5 Minutes a Day With These 4 Proven Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_fit_in_less_than_5_minutes_a_day_with_these_4_proven_tips This is it: The definitive guide to getting in the best shape of your life. Four steps is all it takes. Sun, 1 Apr 2018 00:00:00 EST 7 Ways to Slim Down Your Waistline http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_simple_ways_to_trim_fat_from_your_waist Although you can’t bust belly fat with targeted exercises, there are some things you can do to help strengthen your stomach, reduce bloating and accelerate overall fat loss. Thu, 29 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST 30 Meals You Can Prep in 30 Minutes or Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_meals_you_can_prep_in_30_minutes_or_less It’s time to bust the myth that meal prep is only for diehard chefs who have plenty of hours to spend shopping, chopping, seasoning and slicing. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Monty (MIRAGE727) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_monty_mirage727 Monty is proud of completing his first duathlon of the year! Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST How 3 Formerly Overweight Trainers Started Careers in Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_3_formerly_overweight_trainers_started_careers_in_fitness Fitness trainers can push you and motivate you to be your best, but they're nothing like you, right? Wrong! Meet three formerly overweight people who became trainers. Mon, 26 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST The Ultimate Country Music Workout Playlist http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_ultimate_country_music_workout_playlist Who says country music is slow and sad? These up-tempo tunes will have you two-steppin' your way through your next workout! Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 Essential Core Exercises to Help You Tackle Everyday Activities http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_core_stabilizing_exercises Having a strong core helps us maintain better posture and balance, and to live our everyday lives injury-free. Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST 6 Ways to Maximize a Short Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_tips_to_make_the_most_of_a_short_workout Did you know that exercisers are more likely to stick with a workout plan when their workouts are shorter? Make the most of a few minutes with these smart fitness tips! Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Candy (CANDYL41) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_candy_candyl41 This week, Candy is proud of having walked for heart health with her daughter. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST An AMRAP Workout That's Perfect for Anyone With Limited Mobility http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=an_amrap_workout_thats_perfect_for_anyone_with_limited_mobility The word ''can't'' doesn't need to be in your vocabulary. With this seven-move workout designed with limited mobility in mind, anyone can get a great workout right at home. Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST How to Transition from Dieting to Healthy Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_soon_can_you_expect_to_see_a_change Bridging the gap between rigorous dieting and healthy living is essential to making your results stick for sustained, long-term success. Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Trista (CTMOM) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_trista_ctmom Trista is celebrating hitting the 45-pound weight loss mark! Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST This Heart-Pumping, 15-Minute Workout Is Perfect for Small Spaces http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=this_heartpumping_15minute_workout_is_perfect_for_small_spaces The thought of cardio make you wince? If the word conjures up hours of running, it's time to reset your mind! This 15-minute cardio blast with Jessica Smith is quick and effective. Thu, 8 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Lori (LORI_LIFTS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_lori_lorilifts This week, Lori created a vision board to help keep her motivated along her journey. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST 30 Days of Quick & Healthy Lunch Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_days_of_quick_healthy_lunch_ideas If you’re eating the same thing every day—or, worse, if you’re skipping your middle meal altogether—use this handy lunch planning graphic to break out of your lunchtime rut. Mon, 5 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST Will Smith, Beets & Beats in Your Go Get It Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=will_smith_beets_beats_in_your_go_get_it_guide What can Will Smith teach you about fear and failure? Turns out, quite a bit. Fri, 2 Mar 2018 00:00:00 EST It's Time to Stop Feeling Guilty About Relaxing http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=its_time_to_stop_feeling_guilty_about_relaxing Life can be really stressful when you're trying to juggle so many commitments. Often, the commitment to yourself takes a backseat, but does it always have to be this way? Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST