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/ Android App Update: New Design, New Premium Features! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=android_app_update_new_design_new_premium_features Android SparkPeople Mobile Users: welcome to our new design! Plus, Premium members get new data export options! Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:00:00 EST How Gail Lost 100 Pounds and Found Her Strength http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_gail_lost_100_pounds_and_found_her_strength "I had to reach the bottom to come up again, but now that I'm on top looking down, I'm grateful for this journey, for these lessons and for my strength to get here." Wed, 7 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST You Made It to the Gym -- Now What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=you_made_it_to_the_gym_now_what Getting dressed and driving to the gym is half the battle. But once you're there, what comes next? Here's your cheat sheet for how to get the most out of your first days and weeks. Tue, 6 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST Winterize Your Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=winterize_your_feet Dry winter weather can wreak havoc on your feet. Keep your feet in top condition with these tips. Mon, 5 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST The 2016 Airing of Health and Fitness Grievances http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_2017_airing_of_health_and_fitness_grievances Taking a cue from ''Seinfeld,'' we're airing out our grievances this holiday season. Join us, won't you? Fri, 2 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 10 Products Designed to Eliminate Fitness Frustrations http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_products_designed_to_eliminate_fitness_frustrations Love to workout but hate the annoyances that can sometimes come with exercise? These 10 products can help with fitness' most irritating problems so you can workout worry-free. Thu, 1 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Premium Has an Answer for All Your Health and Fitness Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_premium_has_an_answer_for_all_your_health_and_fitness_questions Trying to figure out the best path to weight loss can be frustrating. But what if you had an expert right in your pocket? You can, with SparkPeople Premium! Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Cyber Monday Bargains for Your Healthiest Year Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cyber_monday_bargains_for_your_healthiest_year_ever To prepare you for one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, we've scoured the internet to find the best Cyber Monday deals to fit your healthy lifestyle. Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Before You Sweat: Spinning Cheat Sheet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=before_you_sweat_spinning_cheat_sheet Thinking about signing up for your first spinning class? Check out this handy guide to get you ready for your first ride. Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Ready, Set, Rest: 25 Items to Help You Relax & Recover http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=ready_set_rest_25_items_to_help_you_relax_recover Reluctant to take a rest day? With the right gear for relaxation and recovery, you just might start looking forward to exercise breaks. Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Black Friday Deals Every Fitness Fanatic Needs http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=black_friday_deals_every_fitness_fanatic_needs We've scoured the ads to find the best Black Friday deals to fit your healthy lifestyle. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST 30 Ways to Make the Most of Every Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=30_ways_to_make_the_most_of_every_moment_ Want to take a moment--or two or three--throughout the day to learn to be present and enjoy what's going on around you? These 30 tips can help you with that. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Trendy Waters: Worth a Taste, or Just a Waste? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=trendy_waters_worth_a_taste_or_just_a_waste Do the celebs know something we don't, or are today's trendy waters just a bunch of H20 hype? Our nutritionists serve up their take on six popular new varieties. Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Get Free Workout Videos on Your Amazon Fire TV! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=get_free_workout_videos_on_your_amazon_fire_tv Starting today, you can get SparkPeople.tv videos on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Follow along with our workouts from the comfort of your living room! Fri, 11 Nov 2016 14:00:00 EST 10 Gifts That Will Motivate Your Loved Ones to Lose http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_gifts_that_will_motivate_your_loved_ones_to_lose_in_2017 It's the most wonderful time of year...to start inspiring others! Give your friends and family the gift of health this year with 10 exceptional fitness and nutrition products. Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Fighting Diabetes with Fitness: 5 Members' Stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fighting_diabetes_with_fitness_5_members_stories Diabetes doesn't have to be a life sentence. With a nutritious diet, regular exercise and motivational tools here at SparkPeople, these five members have reclaimed their health. Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST 20 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes Your Family Will Rave About http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_healthy_thanksgiving_recipes_your_family_will_rave_about Looking to lighten up the traditional Thanksgiving menu? These healthier versions of classic recipes will please the crowd without sending calorie counts through the roof. Wed, 9 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST 59 Creative Ways to Sneak Some Veggies into Your Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=59_creative_ways_to_sneak_some_veggies_into_your_diet The secret's out! You don't have to be a ''veghead' to reap the benefits of veggies -- or to enjoy their deliciousness! Discover dozens of ways to sneak them into your diet. Mon, 7 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST A 500-Word Argument for Smashing Your Scale into 1,000 Pieces http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_500word_argument_for_smashing_your_scale_into_1000_pieces You're more than a number so free yourself from the scale this November! Plus, two princesses will leave you happy crying at your desk. You've been warned. Fri, 4 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Outrunning His Age: How Orville Rogers Is Breaking Records at 99 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=outrunning_his_age_how_orville_rogers_is_breaking_records_at_99 Think you're too old to exercise? Orville Rogers says, "Nonsense." This 99-year-old is still running strong, and breaking records along the way. Thu, 3 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Stir, Sear and Sauce With These 10 Non-Toxic Cookware Items http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=stir_sear_and_sauce_with_these_10_nontoxic_cookware_items What cookware is the best for you and your family? We picked the healthiest pots and pans on the market so you can feel good about serving healthy meals all around. Wed, 2 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Connect Apple Health to Your SparkPeople App and Automatically Track Your Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=connect_apple_health_to_your_sparkpeople_app_today Share the Fitness Data You Already Have with the Healthy App You Already Trust. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 13:00:00 EST 6 Tips for a Zen Holiday from Celebrity Trainer Juliet Kaska http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_tips_for_a_zen_holiday_from_celebrity_trainer_juliet_kaska Fitness expert Juliet Kaska shares her tips for taking care of yourself and getting through the holidays stress- and guilt-free. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Enjoy a Stress-Free Holiday in 30 Days with the #ZenFitness30: Fit in Fitness for the Holidays Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=enjoy_a_stressfree_holiday_with_the_zenfitness30_30day_fit_in_fitness_for_the_holidays_challenge Don't let the stress of the holidays get you down. In just 30 minutes (or less!) a day, in 30 days you can be on your way to a much calmer holiday season. Tue, 1 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST Fit to Be Tied: Our Favorite Hair Ties and Headbands http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fit_to_be_tied_our_favorite_hair_ties_and_headbands Sweat in style and keep your hair in place and out of your face with our favorite hair ties and headbands--we've put these to the test, so you can forget about the rest! Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Cooking Under Pressure: 25 Incredible Instant Pot Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=cooking_under_pressure_25_incredible_instant_pot_recipes Slow cookers are great... except for the slow part. Meet the Instant Pot, for those times when you're under pressure to serve up a delicious, flavorful meal on the quick. Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Start Strength Training After 60 With These Targeted Moves http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=start_weight_training_after_60_with_these_targeted_moves We get it--all the weights and bulky muscles and machines can be intimidating. But weight training after 60 is essential and we've got the tips you need to get started today. Thu, 27 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 13 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=13_things_you_can_do_now_to_avoid_holiday_weight_gain Afraid your best of intentions will be blighted by a packed social calendar and a bevy of cookies, cakes and cocktails? Start holiday-proofing your diet -- TODAY. Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Ding, Dong! Turn Halloween Into a Calorie-Busting Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=ding_dong_turn_halloween_into_a_caloriebusting_workout Fun-size Twix and pumpkin Reese's and bite-size Snickers, oh my! Avoid the scariest part of Halloween with this cute trick-or-treater-inspired workout. Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST How I Ditched My 'Fattitude,' Lost 200 Pounds and Found My Self-Worth http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_i_ditched_my_fattitude_lost_200_pounds_and_found_my_selfworth After 60+ years of riding the weight loss roller coaster, Carl was ready to get off the ride. With the help of SparkPeople, he lost 200 pounds and found his self-worth. Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST The Military Diet: Shortcut to Weight Loss, or Health Hazard? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_military_diet_shortcut_to_weight_loss_or_health_hazard Ready to go beyond boot camp and try the military diet? Experts weigh in on whether it's effective or unrealistic (or possibly even dangerous). Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 28 Amazing Apple Recipes to Spice up Your Weekly Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=28_amazing_apple_recipes_to_spice_up_your_weekly_meals An apple a day becomes much more appetizing with these awesome recipes. From breakfast to dinner to dessert, these mouth-watering meals will inspire you to get your fruit on. Thu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 6 Solid Tricks to Help You Get the Sleep You Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=6_solid_tricks_to_help_you_get_the_sleep_you_need Having trouble sleeping? Try integrating one or more these 6 tips into your daily routine and see if you aren't sleeping more soundly soon! Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Is Apple Cider a Miracle Cure-All or Just an Old Wives' Tale? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=is_apple_cider_a_miracle_cureall_or_just_an_old_wives_tale Although apple cider vinegar has many purported uses, is it really the miracle cure-all it's claimed to be? Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 4 Great Reasons to Steal This Toddler's Morning Pep Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_great_reasons_to_steal_this_toddlers_morning_pep_talk "Legends are Born in October." What will you do? Fri, 7 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Diet-Friendly Dough: Experts Weigh in on Cloud Bread http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=dietfriendly_dough_experts_weigh_in_on_cloud_bread Looking for a low-carb alternative to traditional dough? Find out if cloud bread lives up to its lofty name. Wed, 5 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST Your Cheat Sheet to Finding the Best Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=your_cheat_sheet_to_finding_the_best_shoes What to look for in a shoe for plantar fasciitis, plus find stylish women’s shoes with arch support. Mon, 3 Oct 2016 00:00:00 EST 33 Mouth-Watering Ways to Enjoy Garlic at Every Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=33_mouthwatering_ways_to_enjoy_garlic_at_every_meal Ga-ga for garlic? Go beyond garlic bread, and discover 33 unique ways to infuse the fabulous flavor into every meal. Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 17 Tips for Dealing With Stress From a Working Mom of Four http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=17_tips_for_dealing_with_stress_from_a_working_mom_of_four Are you looking for simple things you can do right now that will make daily life a little more relaxed? These ideas take just a few minutes, but the benefits can last a lifetime. Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 8 Hardcore Core Workouts Every Level Will Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_hardcore_core_workouts_every_level_will_love Everyone has a favorite day--ours is abs day. Tough as it can be, working your core yields health benefits that go way beyond a six pack. Check out eight of our favorite workouts. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 7 Ways to Survive and Thrive in Cooking School http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_ways_to_survive_and_thrive_in_cooking_school Have you always wanted to learn to cook but weren't sure if you would benefit from a cooking class? Learn what to expect and the right questions to ask before you go. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Hit the Gym Before Sunrise With These 11 Trainer Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=hit_the_gym_before_sunrise_with_these_11_trainer_tips If the snooze button is your BFF and you're listed as "In a Relationship" with your bed on Facebook, these tips are for you. Trainers offer their favorite morning workout tricks. Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 8 Clever Products for the Determined Desk Dweller http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_clever_products_for_the_determined_desk_dweller Turn ''Cubicle, Sweet Cubicle'' into the active, goal-oriented space of your dreams with a few office additions. Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST SparkPeople Premium Puts a Personal Trainer in Your Pocket http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sparkpeople_premium_puts_a_personal_trainer_in_your_pocket Want personalized advice to help you lose weight and get healthy? Look no further than SparkPeople Premium! Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Fall into Great Taste: 31 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=fall_into_great_taste_31_perfect_pumpkin_recipes 'Tis the season for pumpkin to pop up in everything from coffee to candles. We found some especially scrumptious ways to work it into your diet. Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST Freezin' for No Reason? Demystifying the Cryotherapy Craze http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=freezin_for_no_reason_demystifying_the_cryotherapy_craze Can you really freeze away the pain, or is cryotherapy just a bunch of hot air? We took a closer look at this controversial cold treatment. Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST See the Nutritional Makeup of Every Meal with SparkPeople Mobile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=check_out_the_new_updates_to_the_sparkpeople_mobile_app Get the newest update of SparkPeople's Mobile App. It's easier to use than ever before! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:00:00 EST 8 Ways to Clean the Fitness Gear You Always Forget to Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=8_ways_to_clean_the_fitness_gear_you_always_forget_to_clean We wash our sweaty tanks and fancy leggings on a regular basis, but what about the items that don't fit in the washing machine? Learn how to easily clean eight fitness items! Fri, 9 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 12 Signs You're in a Relationship with Your Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_signs_youre_in_a_relationship_with_your_gym Do you prefer weight night to date night? If any of these signs sound familiar, you might be in a committed relationship with your gym. Fri, 9 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST 4 SparkTeam Challenges That Will Help You Reach Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=memberrun_challenges_can_help_you_find_success Research shows that social support is a key factor in weight loss and weight maintenance success. All of the support you need can be found in the SparkPeople Community. Thu, 8 Sep 2016 00:00:00 EST