The SparkPeople Blog The SparkPeople Blog is a blog brought to you by Topics included in the blog include the latest news in nutrition, fitness, and health, food features, and more. The Best Health & Motivation Resources You Aren't Using Not doubt about it: getting (and staying) motivated is hard. But don't worry--these cheap and effective tools make it infinitely easier to live a healthier life right now! Mon, 15 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST 10 Ways to Fit in Fitness When There's No Time We had a chance to sit down and chat with former NFL football player Michael Strahan! Here's how Michael manages to fit fitness into his jam-packed schedule. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST The Best Diet for Long-Term Weight Loss Success Which diet is the most effective for weight loss? The answer might surprise you! Tue, 9 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST Are Low- and No-Calorie Sweeteners Really Safe? Are low- and no-calorie sweeteners really safe for us to consume? Here's what the latest research says. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST Get SparkPeople Community & Coaching On the Go! Check out the latest updates to our Nutrition and Weight Loss App! Tue, 2 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST Sculpt Your Legs in 8 Minutes (at Home!) Sculpt your legs from your living room with this quick and effective 8-minute routine! Sun, 31 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Join SparkPeople On the Road This Fall! SparkPeople is coming to a city near you! Find out how you can meet some of our staff, get a chance to win prizes, score free product samples and more! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST 5 Reasons Why It's Okay to Drink Diet Beverages Confused about whether or not it's healthy to drink diet beverages? We've got the truth right here--with the research to back it up! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST What Nobody Tells You about Getting Back into Shape after Baby If you're pregnant or have recently had a child, you might be gung-ho about getting rid of the ''baby weight'' ASAP. Here's how to view your post-baby body more realistically. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Message Board and Site Header Changes Launched Today! Check out the newest changes on SparkPeople! Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:00:00 EST Do Diet Sodas Really Help with Weight Loss? Do diet sodas really help with weight loss? Find out what one study has to say! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Happier Meals: Cool School Lunch Strategies Get your kids to eat everything in their lunch boxes with these products that make healthy food more fun! Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST New Changes to SparkPeople Articles and Resource Pages! Hear about our latest site updates! Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:00:00 EST It’s Here! The Best App for Eating Better On the Go Check out SparkPeople's Nutrition Lookup App--the best app for eating better wherever you are! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST 12-Minute Indoor Power Walking Workout Trying to rack up a few more steps today? Try this quick, powered-up walk that is easy to do at home (or even at the office!) in a small space. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST The Truth about the Paleo Diet Is the Paleo diet built on sound research, or is it all just hype? Here's what the science says about this booming diet trend. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST Back On Track: A Consistency Challenge for August! Need a boost of motivation to help you reach your goals through the end of the summer season? We've got a challenge to help you out! Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:00 EST Easy Freezer-Friendly Foods for Kids Here are two unexpected ways you can use your freezer to create fun and healthy treats for your kids! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST Cool Summer Workout Gear Refresh your workout wardrobe with these new styles that will keep you looking (and feeling) cool in the summer heat. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST The Best Inner Thigh Exercises Ever Strengthen your inner thighs and burn major calories with this 10-minute power workout! Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EST 13 Inspiring Instrumental Workout Songs Looking for more variety in your exercise playlists? You'll love these upbeat and empowering songs! Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST 5 Cool Indoor Workouts for Hot Days Is the summer heat getting in the way of your fitness goals? Don't sweat it! These workouts will help you stay in shape all season long! Mon, 7 Jul 2014 05:00:00 EST A 5-Minute Wake Up Call for Your Whole Body Start your day the right way: with these 10 exercises that will energize your body and mind! Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EST Hotel-Friendly Exercise Ideas for Travelers No gym? No problem! These travel-friendly exercises don't require any special equipment and can help you stay fit even when you're away from home. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:00:00 EST A Note about Recent SparkPeople Changes We've made a lot of changes to the website recently. Here, Coach Jen explains why. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:00:00 EST Target Your Entire Lower Body in 14 Minutes Tone up your thighs, hips and butt fast with this quick and easy-to-follow barre routine! Mon, 16 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST Father's Day Success Story: 'I Want to Be There for My 3 Kids' On Father's Day, we're sharing the story of Brad, who once weighed in at more than 500 pounds. Find out how this 6'7" single dad of three lost almost 200 pounds! Sun, 15 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST Jawbone UP Now Syncs with SparkPeople Learn how to connect a Jawbone UP activity tracker to your SparkPeople account! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 09:00:00 EST People 'Half Their Size' Issue Features SparkPeople Member's 177-Pound Weight Loss Brandy is an awesome SparkPeople Motivator who lost 177 pounds and has kept it off for several years. Check out her debut in People magazine! Fri, 6 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EST New & Improved SparkRecipes App for iPad Make healthy cooking even easier with the Healthy Recipes iPad app! Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:00:00 EST 10 Fit Gift Ideas for Father's Day Give dad the gift of health and fitness this Father's Day! Mon, 2 Jun 2014 05:00:00 EST A Sale to Spark Your Fittest Summer Ever! For June only, get $10 off your purchase of the Spark Activity Tracker--and get a FREE Coach Nicole workout DVD! Sun, 1 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST Contest Closed: Win a Full Year of Access to Streaming Workout Videos But any exercise excuse with this awesome prize that lets you work out any time, any place and at any fitness level! Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:00 EST The Best Tool for a Healthy, Happy Pregnancy SparkPeople's new Pregnancy Health & Fitness App is here! Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 EST Easy & Healthy Ways to Grill Indoors Did you know your oven can double as a grill? Here's how to get that smoky summer flavor all year long. Fri, 23 May 2014 00:00:00 EST Clean Eating 101: Healthier Eating Made Easy Is the ''clean eating'' trend right for you? Here are some simple tips to cleaning up your diet without breaking the bank. Thu, 22 May 2014 05:00:00 EST Eating to Fuel Different Race Lengths Are you fueling your body correctly for your upcoming race? Find out what to eat from now until race day so you can feel--and run--your very best! Wed, 21 May 2014 05:00:00 EST Get in Shape with a New Workout Set from SparkPeople Get the scoop on a brand new DVD set from Coach Nicole! Mon, 19 May 2014 12:00:00 EST 'After Losing 100 Pounds, I View the Entire World Differently' Seeing her 275-pound self on TV at a football game motivated Jan-Marie to get serious about her health. Read on to learn about her journey to an amazing 100-pound loss! Sun, 18 May 2014 00:00:00 EST How a Roller Coaster Led Erin to Lose 117 Pounds You know how most of us have life experiences we compare to a roller-coaster ride? Erin's life-changing moments were quite literal--and brought her happiness and better health. Thu, 15 May 2014 00:00:00 EST The Hidden Exercise Risk No One Talks About This habit is so commonplace that hardly anyone knows just how dangerous it really is. Keep yourself safe by heeding this warning. Wed, 14 May 2014 05:00:00 EST SparkPeople's Diet & Fitness Tracker App: Now Free At Last! BIG NEWS: SparkPeople's popular Diet & Fitness Tracker app is FREE. Get the updated version for Android and iPhone! Tue, 6 May 2014 16:00:00 EST Get 'The Spark Solution' in Paperback—and Get in Shape for Summer! Our critically-acclaimed book 'The Spark Solution' is now available in paperback at an everyday low price! Tue, 6 May 2014 06:00:00 EST The 11-Minute Miracle Workout Torch 150 calories and get your heart pumping with this quick and sweaty workout! Tue, 6 May 2014 00:00:00 EST 6 Exercises That Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy Thinking about getting pregnant? Then it's more important than ever to get your body fit and ready! Here are some must-do moves to keep you feeling great in pregnancy and beyond. Mon, 5 May 2014 06:00:00 EST DVD Review: Get R.I.P.P.E.D. in Less Than 50 Minutes a Day! Interval workouts keep you from getting bored--and deliver serious results! Here's the scoop on one of our new favorite fitness DVDs that incorporates calorie-torching intervals. Thu, 1 May 2014 00:00:00 EST Check Out Our New SparkTeam Features! We're making some updates to SparkTeams. Find out what to expect! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:00:00 EST The Top 5 Myths about Women and Strength Training Could a false belief in these pervasive myths be preventing you from reaping the benefits of strength training? Here's the real truth about women and weight lifting. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 05:00:00 EST Step into May with a New Challenge Join our "Mile a Day in May" challenge to flex your fitness consistency muscle! Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST 6 Pre-Race Food & Fitness Blunders You've trained hard--and race day is almost here! Don't fall into the trap of these common pre-race fitness and fuel mistakes... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:00:00 EST