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/ 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 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 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 Work Out Twice as Fast with These 10 Compound Exercises 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 New: Get Daily Motivation from Our Facebook Group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=new_get_daily_motivation_from_our_facebook_group Introducing our new Facebook group, where you can get daily motivation and support from people like you! Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 of the Best Leggings for Every Shape and Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_of_the_best_leggings_for_every_shape_and_workout Just as there are no two identical pair of legs, one pair of leggings do not fit all. Before you go on your next quest for leggings, take a spin through this handy cheat sheet. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Celia (LAWLI56) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_celia_lawli56 This week, Celia was excited to donate a bag of clothes that are now too big for her! Mon, 26 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Class of 2008 Celebrates 10 Years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_class_of_2008_celebrates_10_years The Spark class of 2008 is proud to celebrate 10 years of working toward living a healthier, happier life! Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Your Guide to Washing, Drying and Replacing Running Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=your_guide_to_washing_drying_and_replacing_running_shoes Once you've found the perfect shoes, it’s important to protect your investment. We asked some experts to share their tips for cleaning, caring for and protecting your sneakers. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST 10 of the Most Inspiring Plus-Size Athletes You're Not Following http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_of_the_most_inspiring_plussize_athletes_youre_not_following Get inspired by these strong, confident ladies who are all about making the most of their bodies, not the least of them. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Jackie (JSTETSER) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_jackie_jstetser This week, Jackie is proud of herself for knocking out 22 push ups! Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST A Sports Doctor's Secrets to Warming Up for Cold-Weather Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_sports_doctors_secrets_to_warming_up_for_coldweather_workouts Don't let cold temps freeze your progress! Use Dr. Tim's strategies to properly warm up and stay safe no matter how low the temperatures dip outside. Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST 20 Diabetes-Friendly Breakfast Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_diabetesfriendly_breakfast_recipes A healthy breakfast is even more important for those who have Type 2 diabetes. Stuck in a rut? Try adding some of these diabetes-friendly day starters to your morning rotation. Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Diane (DIANEDOESSMILES) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_diane_dianedoessmiles When someone is overweight or obese, even common activities can seem like a struggle. This week, Diane felt strong and confident enough to go bowling. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST How Helene Stopped Drinking & Started Living Her Best Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_hlne_stopped_drinking_started_living_her_best_life For Hélène, getting healthy was about more than just eating right and exercising -- it was also about bidding goodbye to the booze, once and for all. Fri, 9 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spare Us a Minute, We Could Use Your Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spare_us_a_minute_we_could_use_your_help Facebook is changing their newsfeed, but you can help us make it better for you! Thu, 8 Feb 2018 14:00:00 EST Annie G. lost 40 Pounds,* Feels "More Positive About Everything" http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=annie_g_loses_40_pounds_feels_more_positive When Annie was down to her last audition dress that fit, she knew it was time to make a serious lifestyle change. Thu, 8 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Are Air Fryers the Next Big Thing—or Just Full of Hot Air? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=are_air_fryers_the_next_big_thingor_just_full_of_hot_air Have your fries and skip the oil, too? That's what the air fryer promises to do. Find out if this kitchen tool is worth the hype or just a bunch of hot air. Tue, 6 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST The Power of Weight Loss and Positive Influence http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_power_of_weight_loss_and_positive_influence Erin found friendship, lost weight and enriched her life by finally opening up to change. Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Jessica (JESS0000) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_jessica_jess0000 This week, Jessica is proud of not letting a tough couple of days derail her long-term goals. Mon, 5 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Self-Care & a New Leg Day Move in the Go Get It Guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=selfcare_a_new_leg_day_move_in_the_go_get_it_guide Storm into February full of drive and purpose with some new tools and tips from our editor-in-chief. Fri, 2 Feb 2018 00:00:00 EST Amanda Lost 40 Pounds* and Gained Confidence http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=amanda_lost_40_pounds_and_gained_confidence Amanda, a real estate broker and mom of two lost 40 pounds by trying a new way to lose weight. Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Find Your Ideal Activity With the Exercise Flowchart http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=find_your_ideal_activity_with_the_exercise_flowchart Not sure whether to spin, step, stretch or sculpt? Start here! Our handy fitness flowchart steps you through what could be the most important decision of your day. Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Spark Spotlight: Doris (PRIMEOFMYLIFE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=spark_spotlight_doris_primeofmylife In this week's Spotlight, we congratulate Doris for pushing through a plateau and sticking with her nutrition and exercise plan. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Knock Out Your Next Workout with a Fitness Boxing Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=knock_out_your_next_workout_with_a_fitness_boxing_class People of all ages, sizes and skill levels can benefit from a fitness boxing class. Before you go, take a crash course with our cheat sheet. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST 6 Spin Essentials to Get You Through Your Next Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stuff_we_love_4_essentials_for_spinning_class Whether you're attending your first (or your 50th) class, these products can help you stay comfortable--and get more out of your indoor cycle class! Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST How Losing 200 Pounds Helped Kathy Walk Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=from_wheelchairbound_to_loving_life_kathys_story Learn how Kathy overcame a food addiction and MS mobility challenges to lose 200 pounds, ditch the wheelchair and get a new lease on life. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 EST Get Improved Fitness Reporting in the App! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_improved_fitness_reporting_in_the_app Connect a supported fitness tracking device or app to generate easy-to-understand charts that will give you insight into our progress! Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:00:00 EST