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/ 9 Ways to Sit Safely & Comfortably at Your Work Desk http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_ways_to_stay_comfortable_at_your_work_desk Try these experts' ergonomic tips to avoid getting stiff and sore on the job. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST 7 Super Exercises for Shapely Shoulders http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_exercises_to_shapely_shoulders In order to prevent injury and optimize functional ability, you need to train the shoulders for mobility, stability and strength. Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST Discover How Jen Widerstrom's Health and Fitness Journey Led Her to Her Best Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=discover_how_jen_widerstroms_health_and_fitness_journey_led_her_to_her_best_self THE BIGGEST LOSER coach Jen Widerstrom transformed her OWN body and relationship with food before she began to transform the lives of millions. Get her FULL story! Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:00:00 EST 6 Kettlebell Abs Moves That Are Better Than Crunches http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_kettlebell_abs_moves_that_are_better_than_crunches Fact: Crunches are not actually a super great abs exercise. To take your abs workout to the next level, pick up a kettlebell and try some of these compound moves instead! Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Patty (POHOUSE99) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_patty_pohouse99 Congrats to Patty on crushing her first 10K! Mon, 18 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST 25 Hot-off-the-Grill Recipes for Carefree Outdoor Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_hotoff_the_grill_recipes Head outside, fire up the grill and try one of these healthy and delicious recipes this summer. Thu, 14 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST 14 Things I Learned in 14 Years As a Spin Instructor http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=14_things_i_learned_in_14_years_as_a_spin_instructor Do you dread taking fitness classes? There's no need! Learn 14 ways to make the most out of your next fitness class today from a former spin instructor. Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST 5 Common Myths About Natural Health and Healthy Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_common_myths_about_natural_health_and_healthy_living What do you think when you hear the term "natural health"? Chances are if you ask 5 people, you'll get 5 different answers. Discover five of the biggest myths about natural health. Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Brenda (POGIRL17) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_brenda_pogirl17 Congrats to Brenda on starting out the summer nearly 90 pounds lighter! Mon, 11 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST Get 90 Days of Personalized Training and Nutrition: Join The Oxygen Challenge 4! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_90_days_of_personalized_training_and_nutrition_join_the_oxygen_challenge_4 Make lasting changes to your physique and your lifestyle with The Oxygen Challenge 4! Fri, 8 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST Stay Fit on the Road With These 14 Packable Fitness Items http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stay_fit_on_the_road_with_these_14_packable_fitness_items You can still stick to your health and fitness routine even while you travel with these 14 items that you can easily pack and take with you. Thu, 7 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST 12 Health Signs You Should Never Ignore http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=14_health_signs_you_should_never_ignore_from_self With self-diagnosis just a click away, we often think we can take our health into our own hands -- but if you experience any of these symptoms, it's best to seek out an expert. Wed, 6 Jun 2018 13:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Amber (BABYSTEPS2015) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_amber_babysteps2015 It's easy to lose motivation and give up after a diet or exercise setback -- but Amber pushed through, made adjustments and got back on track! Mon, 4 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST 15 Effective Exercises for Trimming & Strengthening Your Thighs http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=effective_exercises_for_trimming_strengthening_your_thighs Although you can’t spot-reduce an area, there are some things you can do to strengthen the underlying muscles, so that over time, fat loss will reveal strong, sculpted thighs. Mon, 4 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST Diet and Nutrition Needs for the Elderly http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=diet_and_nutrition_needs_for_the_elderly As people begin to age, it is more important than ever for them to follow a healthy diet and get adequate exercise. Fri, 1 Jun 2018 09:00:00 EST Learn to Give Yourself a Break in This Month's Go Get It Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=learn_to_give_yourself_a_break_in_this_months_go_get_it_guide Cheat on your healthy eating meal plan? Feel like you're the only one silently cursing the dumbbell rack? This month's Go Get It Guide proves you're not alone. Not at all. Fri, 1 Jun 2018 00:00:00 EST Should You Exercise Without Underwear? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=should_you_exercise_without_underwear Do you really need to wear underwear while working out, or is it ever okay to go commando? Thu, 31 May 2018 00:00:00 EST 16 Wardrobe Staples Guaranteed to Keep You Cool on Hot Days 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. Tue, 29 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Nora (TROPICALCHANGE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_nora_tropicalchange Nora knocked out 10,000 steps and never looked back! Mon, 28 May 2018 00:00:00 EST Is Your Morning Coffee Affecting Your Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=is_your_morning_coffee_affecting_your_weight Could your daily java habit be affecting your weight? Even if your cuppa is calorie-free, could the caffeine be wreaking havoc on your goals? Mon, 28 May 2018 00:00:00 EST How Ditching Sugar and Sticking with SparkPeople Turned Karen's Life Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_ditching_sugar_and_sticking_with_sparkpeople_turned_karens_life_around After a debilitating accident, Karen found herself more determined than ever to lose weight and recover. It turned out that a sugar-free lifestyle was her key to success. Thu, 24 May 2018 00:00:00 EST 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