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/ SparkPeople Instagram Hits 20,000 Inspired Followers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_instagram_hits_20000_inspired_followers Our Instagram account has reached 20,000 followers--check out what you've been missing! Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Start Fresh for Fall: 50 Ways to Turn Over a New Leaf http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=start_fresh_for_fall_50_ways_to_turn_over_a_new_leaf Welcome to the NEW New Year! We've got 50 ways to kick off a fresh start for fall. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST 44 Super Scrumptious and Simple 4-Ingredient Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=44_super_scrumptious_and_simple_4ingredient_recipes Stuck in a recipe rut? If you've got just four ingredients and a few minutes, you can enjoy any of these dozens of delicious and nutritious meals, snacks or desserts. Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Our Healthy Recipes App Gets a Facelift and New Features! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=our_healthy_recipes_app_gets_a_facelift_and_new_features With our newest version of our Healthy Recipes app, you can now generate shopping lists automatically! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:00:00 EST 9 Health & Fitness Fallacies We Fell for 10 Years Ago http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_health_fitness_fallacies_we_fell_for_10_years_ago Did you fall for any of these health and fitness myths? It's hard to believe they were widely accepted just a decade ago. Let's take a trip down misconception lane! Thu, 25 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST 12 Affordable Athleisure Brands that Look Great As You Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_affordable_athleisure_brands_that_look_great_as_you_lose_weight When you lose weight, you'll feel great--but you'll want to look great, too. Wearing clothing that fits your current body is the confidence booster you need--learn what to wear. Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST 15 Things to Tell Yourself When You Want to Quit http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=15_things_to_tell_yourself_when_you_want_to_quit You're at the 20-minute mark in your workout when you start to hear it, that voice saying "Stop" and "No, you can't." Discover the sayings our staff and members use to keep going! Fri, 19 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST 8 Gym Bags, 78 Items Fitness Pros Never Leave Home Without http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_gym_bags_74_items_fitness_pros_never_leave_home_without What fitness gear do the pros pack in their gym bags? Discover the 78 items they can't live without--and you shouldn't have to either. Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Optimize Your Performance with 9 Athlete-Inspired Moves http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=optimize_your_performance_with_9_athleteinspired_moves In just nine moves from Patricia Friberg, a health and fitness expert who has trained NBA and NFL athletes, you'll feel more balanced and stronger. Give it a try today. Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Health Food or Fraud? The Truth About 12 Tempting Veggie Products http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=health_food_or_fraud_the_truth_about_12_tempting_veggie_products If it's got veggies in it, it's automatically healthy, right? Not always. We dove into a dozen self-proclaimed veggie foods to find out their good-for-you factor. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST A Change of Pace from Running in Place: 9 Exclusive Treadmill Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_change_of_pace_from_running_in_place_9_exclusive_treadmill_workouts Need a change in place from just running in place? Try these nine unique treadmill exercises, designed by an expert trainer exclusively for SparkPeople. Tue, 9 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST The Truth about Turmeric: Miracle Spice or Myth? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_truth_about_turmeric_miracle_spice_or_myth Turmeric is having a moment. Should you start stocking up to reap the health benefits of this trendy spice/supplement, or is it getting more credit than it deserves? Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Puppies: The Ultimate Workout Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=puppies_the_ultimate_workout_motivation It's August and the only things on our mind are girl power, puppy power and herb power. Fri, 5 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Say 'Hello' to SparkPeople Premium: Remove Ads, Email Coaches, Get Advanced Reporting and Help Us in Our Mission to Help You http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=say_hello_to_sparkpeople_premium_remove_ads_email_coaches_get_advanced_reporting_and_help_us_in_our_mission_to_help_you Get SparkPeople Premium to Enjoy the Best Experience We Have to Offer! Tue, 2 Aug 2016 11:00:00 EST Don't Let Standing Get You Down: The Best Shoes for Walking on Hard Surfaces http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=dont_let_standing_get_you_down Prolonged standing or walking on hard, flat surfaces such as concrete increases our risk of certain conditions. Here are the best shoes for standing on concrete. Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST Discover the Body-Transforming Power of Battle Ropes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=discover_the_bodytransforming_power_of_battle_ropes Ever wondered what people do with those big ropes at the gym? They're not as scary as they look... and they could be your next favorite low-impact, high-intensity workout. Tue, 2 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST bmiSMART's 30 Days to Victory Challenge: Learn to Celebrate Your Daily Weight-Loss Wins http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=bmismarts_30_days_to_victory_challenge_learn_to_celebrate_your_daily_weightloss_wins Welcome to bmiSMART's 30 Days to Victory Challenge! For the next 30 days, you'll get a daily shot of motivation and wisdom to help you say "see ya!" to any stubborn extra weight. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 23:00:00 EST Before You Sweat: Pilates Cheat Sheet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=before_you_sweat_pilates_cheat_sheet Thinking about trying a Pilates class? To get more out of the experience, grab our cheat sheet before you go. Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:00:00 EST You Say Tomato, I Say Delicious: 12 Tantalizing Recipes You Must Try http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_tantalizing_tomato_recipes_youve_got_to_try Go beyond marinara and get creative with this super-healthy, versatile and all-season fruit. Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST A 16-Minute Workout You'll Feel All Over Tomorrow Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_16minute_workout_youll_feel_all_over_tomorrow_morning Hit all your problem areas in just 16 minutes with this high-energy workout from YouTube star Jessica Smith--with a special appearance by Peanut the puppy! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Safer and Stronger: Which Self-Defense Class is for You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=feel_safer_and_get_stronger_which_selfdefense_class_is_for_you Want to learn to defend yourself and get fit at the same time? Martial arts might be the workout you're looking for. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Farmers Market Finds: 11 Top Chefs Share Their Favorite Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=farmers_market_finds_11_top_chefs_share_their_favorite_recipes Just in time for peak farmers market season, we asked some of the country's top chefs for their fave locally sourced recipes. Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST The Takeout Trap: 6 Cooking Excuses You Need to Stop Using http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stay_out_of_the_takeout_trap_6_cooking_excuses_you_need_to_stop_using How often do you fall into the takeout trap? Become a master at nipping cooking excuses in the bud! Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Must-Have Healthy Living Items You Can Get for Less Than $20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_musthave_healthy_living_items_you_can_get_for_less_than_20 Healthy living doesn't have to be expensive. There are many items that make your everyday quest to be healthy for under $20--here are our top 10 favorites. Mon, 18 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes to Take Your Grilling Game to the Next Level http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_crowdpleasing_recipes_that_will_take_your_grilling_game_to_the_next_level Go beyond burgers and dogs! Elevate your grilling game with these 10 amazing recipes that will turn up the heat at your next barbecue. Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Learn to Love At-Home Workouts With This Folding Treadmill http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=learn_to_love_your_athome_workouts_with_this_folding_treadmill If you've been thinking about buying a treadmill for your home gym, look no further than our top pick for running or walking your way to fit! Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:00:00 EST Monkey Around & Get Fit With This Playground Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=monkey_around_and_get_fit_with_this_playground_workout Rediscover your inner child with this playground workout that's sure to get your sweating. Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Get Up & GO: How a Gaming App is Inspiring Accidental Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_up_go_how_a_gaming_app_is_inspiring_accidental_exercise Wondering what's got people wandering through town staring down at their phones? Pokémon Go could turn out to be the next big (unintentional) fitness app! Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Bacon or Bust: Should You Skip Breakfast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=bacon_or_bust_should_you_skip_breakfast Should you start the morning with a meal, or wait till noon to nosh? The a.m. eating answer depends on many factors, from your hunger level to the health of your food choices. Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Surprising Lessons Learned at 'Fat Camp' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_not_walking_out_of_fat_camp_was_the_best_decision_i_ever_made Joe Panarella weighed more than 400 pounds when his friends and family forced him to go to fat camp. He was in for a few surprises. Wed, 6 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST Keep Your Feet Happy and Healthy During Summer Travel http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=keep_your_feet_happy_and_healthy_during_summer_travel Walking,sitting, standing and waiting while you travel can really wreck your feet. Get tips for keeping your feet healthy and happy all season long! Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST 7 Yoga Moves Guaranteed to Target That 6-Pack http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_yoga_moves_guaranteed_to_target_that_6pack Strong abdominal muscles are key in maintaining better posture, balance and, yeah, they look great, too. Discover the seven yoga poses you need to target your core. Tue, 5 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST The 30-Day #Find30: Home.Work.Play. Challenge: Find Time for Health & Fitness Wherever You Are! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_30day_find30_homeworkplay_challenge_find_time_for_health_fitness_wherever_you_are By joining the challenge, you will receive a foolproof plan to help you squeeze 30 minutes of daily fitness into your home, work or play time for the next 30 consecutive days. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST The Queen of Cheese: On Slowing Down and Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=basically_just_1000_words_on_appreciating_beauty_and_avocados A wise picture on the internet once said, "Summer should get a speeding ticket." Take a few minutes to slow down and have a few laughs with us today. Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:00:00 EST 5 Beginner Booty Moves for Glorious Glutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_beginner_booty_moves_for_glorious_glutes Make great glutes gains in no time with these 5 killer moves from SparkPeople.TV. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Shedding the Stigma: 9 'Fat Camp' Myths Debunked http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=setting_aside_the_stigma_9_fat_camp_myths_debunked Don't call them ''fat camps'' Today's weight loss camps are about more than just trimming the fat. For some, they're the light at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST 22 Unexpected Ways to Create Unbelievable Zucchini Dishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=22_unexpected_ways_to_create_unbelievable_dishes_with_zucchini You've never seen (or tasted) zucchini quite like this! Discover 22 creative ways to prepare this versatile veggie. Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST Smart Substitutions to Avoid Summer's Worst Calorie Culprits http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=smart_substitutions_to_avoid_summers_worst_calorie_culprits Don't let your weight loss goals melt in the summer sun! Try these tips for avoiding the season's biggest calorie traps. Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EST 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