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/ 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. Tue, 5 May 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways Your Mirror Can Boost Your Self-Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_ways_your_mirror_can_boost_your_selfconfidence Contrary to popular belief, your mirror can be a tool to help you gain self-confidence--whether you need to shed some pounds or just want to work on loving your inner self. Mon, 4 May 2015 12:00:00 EST Go Gluten-Free in 30 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=go_glutenfree_in_30_days Join the 30-Day Goodbye Gluten Challenge to get tips, meal ideas and a plan to help you quit gluten for good! Fri, 1 May 2015 10:00:00 EST Get a Great Workout in 8 Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_a_great_workout_in_8_minutes Work your entire body and burn maximum calories in minimal time with this effective CrossFit-style routine! Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST How to Stay in the Game When You're Under the Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=down_but_not_out_staying_in_the_game_when_youre_under_the_weather Uh-oh... it seems like you're getting sick (ugh!). Should you push through your planned workout or take it easy? Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST FDA Snack Attack: Are Kind Bars Unhealthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fda_snack_attack_are_kind_bars_unhealthy The FDA has claimed that some varieties of Kind Bars are not healthy, demanding that the bars change their labeling. Will you continue to buy them? Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:00:00 EST Strengthen Your Core Without Wrecking Your Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=strengthen_your_core_without_wrecking_your_back Decrease the probability of injury and increase your posture and abdominal strength with these back-friendly core strength exercises. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:00:00 EST 30 Walk-Up Songs from Baseball's Superstars http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_walkup_songs_from_baseballs_superstars Get pumped for your next cardio workout with 30 Major League Baseball walk-up songs. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST 6 Must-Try Isometric Moves http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_musttry_isometric_moves Are these isometric movements missing from your routine? Try them out to switch up your strength training! Sat, 4 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST Why You Should Have an Affair at the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_you_should_have_an_affair_at_the_gym Are the people surrounding you at the gym faithful...or cheaters? You'll never look at them the same after you read this story! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:00:00 EST 5 Better Bites for Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_better_bites_for_easter If you're looking for some alternatives to the usual Easter fare, here are some small tweaks you can make to lighten up your baskets this year (while still having fun)! Wed, 1 Apr 2015 00:00:00 EST 10 Tips to Live Better Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_tips_to_live_better_right_now Learn how SparkPeople member Rebecca fuels her healthy lifestyle--and how you can, too! Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST 14 Rainy Day Songs to Get You Moving http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=rainy_day_songs_to_get_you_moving Embrace spring’s rainy days with this eclectic rain-inspired playlist. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Must-Learn Yoga Poses for Beginners http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_yoga_poses_for_complete_beginners The following five yoga postures will help you build the foundation for a strong practice as a beginner! Mon, 23 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST 12 Real-World Tips from a Celebrity Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_realworld_tips_from_a_celebrity_trainer Celebrity fitness guru Latreal ''La'' Mitchell knows what it takes to get into tip-top shape! We've picked her brain to find out how to get healthy and fit in a realistic way. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST Out Today: New Changes to the SparkPeople Mobile App! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=out_today_new_changes_to_the_sparkpeople_mobile_app We’re excited to announce that we’ve made another update to the SparkPeople Mobile app! Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:00:00 EST Sane & Easy Ways to Stay Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_sane_tips_for_staying_healthy Donna has struck her perfect balance with an everything-in-moderation approach. Here are her secrets of success! Mon, 16 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST 8 Spring Tune-Up Tips for a Healthier You http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_spring_tuneup_tips_for_a_healthier_you Are you ready to come out of hibernation and recommit to your healthy habits? Here are some of our favorite ways to get back on track after a long, sedentary winter. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST 30 Days to a More Balanced You http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_days_to_a_more_balanced_you Join the 30-day Healthy Habits Reset Challenge for small, daily steps to help you find balance in your life and accomplish your biggest healthy goals! Tue, 10 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST A St. Patrick's Day Challenge (SparkPeople Style!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_st_patricks_day_challenge_sparkpeople_style St. Patrick's Day is usually synonymous with pints upon pints of green beer. But this year, we're celebrating with a challenge that's both fun and good for you! Sun, 8 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Tips to Keep the Momentum Going http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_tips_to_keep_the_momentum_going There are simple ways to get back on track and refocus so that this becomes YOUR year of permanent change. Are you ready to get started? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST What Do Doctors Really Eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_do_doctors_really_eat Doctors encounter the same obstacles in life, both at work and at home, but we can all seek out information that can help us learn about and adapt to healthy living. Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Dance Moves Anyone Can Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_dance_moves_anyone_can_do Did you know that dancing can burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour? Here's how to shimmy your way fit with the mambo! Tue, 3 Mar 2015 00:00:00 EST The Best New Healthy-Living App You Haven't Tried http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_best_new_healthyliving_app_you_havent_tried SparkPeople's newest app is here! It's the newest way to capture and share your favorite healthy moments with your friends. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 13:00:00 EST The 5-Minute Abs Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_5minute_abs_workout Strengthen your core at home in just 1-5 minutes per day with this quick video series--no gym or equipment required! Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:00:00 EST ''Healthy Living Is the Journey, Not the Destination'' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=healthy_living_is_the_journey_not_the_destination Meet Jeremy, a SparkPeople member who changed his life one bite, step and motivational mantra at a time! Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways to Find Your Perfect Workout Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_steps_to_your_perfect_exercise_program Find out how to start an exercise program you can really stick with--even if you hate to exercise! Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:00:00 EST 5 Veggies You Didn't Know You Could Cook in the Microwave http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_veggies_you_didnt_know_you_could_cook_in_the_microwave Did you know you can make pickles in the microwave? Believe it! Here's how. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST How to Stay Positive When You're Injured http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_to_stay_positive_when_youre_injured Meet Angela, a positive, hard-working mom who knows how to roll with the punches! Tue, 17 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST How One Couple Worked Together to Lose 267 Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_one_couple_worked_together_to_lose_267_pounds Walking and food tracking helped Steve and Debbie reclaim their health and energy. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST Get-Fit Lessons from an Eternal Optimist http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=getfit_lessons_from_an_eternal_optimist Learn how Jaynee uses the Meta Effect to live a happy and healthy lifestyle! Fri, 6 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST Resolution Revival: Don't Give Up on Your Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=make_over_your_new_years_motivation Has your New Year's resolution resolve already fizzled out? Here's how to revive it--and keep it going all year long! Tue, 3 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST Step Into Shape with the 30-Day Walkabout Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=step_into_shape_with_the_30day_walkabout_challenge Join the #VionicWalkabout Challenge to step your way into better shape in 30 days! Sun, 1 Feb 2015 00:00:00 EST The 9 Best Exercises for Neck Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_9_best_exercises_for_neck_pain End your neck pain in minutes with this easy routine you can do every day! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 6 Simple Steps to Unleash Your Best Body Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_simple_steps_to_unleash_your_best_body_ever Your best body ever is within you! Trainers Tina and Terry Shorter, founders of R.I.P.P.E.D., explain how to unleash it (in a smart, sustainable way, of course!). Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST The Biggest New Year's Resolution Fails (and How to Learn from Them) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_biggest_new_years_resolution_fails_and_how_to_learn_from_them Learn why others failed to keep their New Year's resolutions--and how you can learn from them to reach your biggest goals in 2015! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 15-Minute Beginner Barre Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=15minute_beginner_barre_workout Develop total-body flexibility, strength and coordination with this low-impact barre workout! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 9 Tips to Stick to Your Goals in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=9_tips_to_stick_to_your_goals_in_2015 How do you make this year different, so that you don’t have to set the same goals again next year? Here are some simple tips for success. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 10 Healthy Tips from a Marathoner Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_healthy_tips_from_a_marathoner_mom Learn how Melody found her healthy balance with the Meta Effect! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST Finally: A Yoga Routine for Bad Wrists! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=finally_a_yoga_routine_for_bad_wrists If you are just starting out, some traditional yoga poses and postures can be a little overwhelming and/or too tough on the wrists. Not in this routine! Mon, 19 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 4 Things Nobody Tells You about Your Post-Partum Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_things_nobody_tells_you_about_your_postpartum_body Wondering if your after-baby body is normal? Here are four honest truths about the post-partum body, from a fit mom who's been there! Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 8 Ways to Snack Smarter in 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_ways_to_snack_smarter_in_2015 When you plan ahead and make healthy choices, snacks can help prevent overeating, give your diet a nutritional boost and leave you feeling more satisfied throughout the day. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 10 Late-Night Snacks for 150 Calories or Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_late_night_snacks_for_150_calories_or_less When late night hunger hits, be prepared! Here are 10 healthy and satisfying snacks that won't blow your calorie budget. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST 15-Minute Bodyweight Basics Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=15minute_bodyweight_basics_workout This 15-minute full-length home workout routine helps keeps your heart rate elevated while developing strength and stamina from head to toe. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST Make Your Resolutions a Reality in 30 Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=make_your_resolutions_a_reality_in_30_days Maintain your motivation and help better your chances at turning your resolutions into lifelong healthy habits with the 30-day Realistic Resolution Challenge! Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:00:00 EST