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/ 10 Full-Body Strength Exercises Every Beginner Needs to Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_full_body_strength_training_exercises_for_the_beginner Did you know that you can get an effective strength workout, right in the comfort of your own home? Creating a balanced routine is easier than you might think. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Plus-Size Leggings for Women Who Love Their Curves http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_plussize_leggings_for_women_who_love_their_curves Long live the legging! Long or short, fit or flared, there's a legging look for every curvy girl out there. Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Balance Work and Life with Tips from the 'Mom Boss' http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=learn_worklife_balance_lessons_from_the_mom_boss Nicole Feliciano, author and founder and CEO of Momtrends, gives us her best tips and tricks for discovering your own inner 'Mom Boss.' Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST These Are the Most Motivating Workout Songs of All Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_100_most_motivating_workout_songs_of_all_time These songs combine the best beats with the most inspirational lyrics to motivate you to exercise! Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 65 of the Most Motivating Mantras http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=65_of_the_most_motivating_wellness_mantras Do you have a mantra? Whether it's mental, verbal or written, the right message can be a powerful tool in motivating you to become the best version of yourself. Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Stay Safe And Be Seen With These 7 Fitness Accessories http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_fitness_accessories_for_safety_and_visibility Don't get caught in the dark during your workout. Stay safe and be seen with these affordable accessories for outdoor exercisers. Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Induce Sleep Naturally With These 5 Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=induce_sleep_naturally_with_these_5_tips Sometimes sleep is hard to come by. Before turning to prescription sleep aids--try a few natural remedies right at home. These 5 sleep aids can help you drift off fast. Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Tips to Keep from Overeating at a Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_tips_to_keep_from_overeating_at_a_party Do you know how to stay on track, even at a Super Bowl party? Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 EST Why Every Kitchen Needs a Cast Iron Skillet http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_every_kitchen_needs_a_cast_iron_skillet Get your iron in the fire with these amazing skillets. We also threw in a few sizzling skillet recipes to get your creative cooking juices flowing! Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Study: Socializing on SparkPeople Helps with Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=study_socializing_on_sparkpeople_helps_with_weight_loss A second study bolsters what our experts and millions of members already knew: The support provided by our community is invaluable. Pass it on! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:00:00 EST Shelli's Journey from ''Shame Yourself Thin'' to Body Acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=shellis_journey_from The body positivity movement is alive and well. Find out what one SparkPeople member has to say about the movement and how she learned to love herself over the years. Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 60 Scrumptious Spring Salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=60_scrumptious_spring_salads If spring had an official food, it would have to be salad. If you still think of salad as boring, we have 60 exciting reasons to adjust your expectations! Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Exercises You Should Steal from Your Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_exercises_you_should_steal_from_your_kids With a little imagination, you can turn your workout into child's play! Steal these 10 exercises from the kiddos and you'll barely notice as the calories melt away. Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST Check Out SparkPeople's New Community Goal Feed http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=check_out_sparkpeoples_new_community_goal_feed We're excited to launch a new feature, designed to help you celebrate success, get a boost of support when times are tough and engage more easily with other members just like you! Thu, 9 Mar 2017 10:00:00 EST 12 Sports Bras for All Shapes & Sizes Available on Amazon http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=12_sports_bras_for_all_shapes_sizes_available_on_amazon Underneath every good workout is a great sports bra. Here's a dozen of our faves, for all shapes and sizes. Tue, 7 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST The 3 Best Shoes to Pack for Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_3_best_shoes_to_pack_for_vacation Heading out of town? Make sure to pack the best travel shoes that will support your feet all day long. Mon, 6 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST The Case for Stuffing Your Sorry's in a Sack http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_case_for_stuffing_your_sorrys_in_a_sack March into March with a smile on your face and determination in your heart. We've got some words of encouragement and an empowering video to start your month off right. Fri, 3 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 4 Soothing Stretches for Cold and Flu Relief http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=4_soothing_stretches_for_cold_and_flu_relief Congestion and soreness symptoms due to sickness are no fun. Next time you catch a bug, try these four simple yoga poses for some comfort and hopefully a little relief. Thu, 2 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST 27 Members Weigh In on What They Gained After Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=27_members_weigh_in_on_weight_loss_wins Our members lost weight and feel great and are especially happy about enjoying their favorite activities again! Wed, 1 Mar 2017 00:00:00 EST What to Know Before You Row Your Way to Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=what_to_know_before_you_row_your_way_to_fitness Thinking about trying an indoor rowing class? Check out this handy cheat sheet to ensure that your first session is as fun and effective as possible. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 Ways to Eat More Mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_ways_to_eat_mindfully_on_thanksgiving_or_any_day Multi-tasking is great, but it has no place at the dinner table. Discover these tips for eating mindfully and tuning into your hunger. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00:00 EST 40 One-Pot Dishes with Less Than 500 Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=28_onepot_dishes_with_less_than_500_calories If you've got one pot, a few ingredients and not a lot of time, you CAN enjoy a satisfying yet sensible meal with 500 calories or less per serving. Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST How a Brain Injury Awakened My Creativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=how_a_brain_injury_awakened_my_creativity An accidental brain injury changed Ann Zuccardy's life. Now a keynote speaker and an 'accidental neurologist,' Ann challenges the conventional ideas about creativity and self-care. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 15 Surprisingly Healthy Restaurant Dishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=15_surprisingly_healthy_restaurant_dishes Just because you're trying to eat healthier this year, doesn't mean you can never go out to eat with your friends or family. Here are 15 great choices. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Banish Dry, Winter Workout Skin With These 10 Essentials http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=banish_dry_winter_workout_skin_with_these_10_essentials Is dry skin caused by winter keeping you from enjoying your favorite activities? These 10 products can help you soothe irritated skin and get you happily back on track. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Release Stress Right at Your Desk With 5 Chair Yoga Moves http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=release_stress_right_at_your_desk_with_5_chair_yoga_moves If sitting at your desk all day is leaving your shoulders sore and your back out of whack, sprinkling in a few targeted yoga poses throughout the day could be just what you need. Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Members Share Their 20 Favorite Health & Fitness Purchases http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=members_share_their_20_favorite_health_fitness_purchases Members tried and tested various health and fitness products over the past year--discover their top 20, five-star purchases. Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 7 SparkTeams That Will Help You Achieve Your Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=7_sparkteams_that_will_help_you_achieve_your_goals We rounded up seven active, supportive SparkTeams for members who are looking to achieve seven common healthy lifestyle goals—one of these teams might be your perfect match! Tue, 7 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 5 Reasons to Make Time for Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=5_reasons_to_make_time_for_walking Learn why integrative medicine expert Dr. Andrew Weil suggests walking as the best form of exercise. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Is Jackfruit the Next Big Meat Alternative? http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=is_jackfruit_the_next_big_meat_alternative Don't judge a fruit by its (prickly) cover: Find out why vegans and non-vegans alike are turning to jackfruit as a surprisingly delicious meat alternative. Mon, 6 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST The Fuel You Need to Go After Your Goals This February http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=the_fuel_you_need_to_go_after_your_goals_this_february February, also known as the month where New Year's resolutions go to die. Reignite your drive with a new move that will challenge your calves and a GIF you won't soon forget! Fri, 3 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST 20 Essential Items the Fitness Pros Never Leave Home Without http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=20_essential_items_the_fitness_pros_never_leave_home_without What items can the fitness pros not live without? We took a peek in their bags, and we think you'll enjoy these products, too! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 04:00:00 EST Mix-and-Match Your Own Portable Mason Jar Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=mix_and_match_your_own_portable_mason_jar_soup Nothing says comfort food like a warm, satisfying soup, and nothing says convenience like a Mason jar filled with delicious, nutritious ingredients. Mix and match to create yours! Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Ditch the Gym & Invest in These 10 Home Strength Training Essentials http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=ditch_the_gym_invest_in_these_10_home_strength_training_essentials Is life or lack of motivation keeping you from the gym? Build your own strength-training studio with these 10 home workout essentials. Wed, 1 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST A New Way to Earn SparkPoints, by Sharing Recipes You Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=a_new_way_to_earn_sparkpoints_by_finding_recipes_you_live Today we announce a new way to earn SparkPoints, while discovering new recipes you'll love! Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:00:00 EST 20 Member Ideas for Eating Healthy on a Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=eating_healthy_on_a_budget_it_can_be_done Need tips on eating healthy on a budget? We've rounded up a variety of resources to help you learn all you ever wanted to know about eating healthy on a budget. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:00:00 EST Reward Hard Work With 25 Goal Gifts Under $25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=reward_hard_work_with_25_goal_gifts_under_25 Reward yourself for all the "wins" in your life--losing weight, walking a little farther, giving up sweets--with these awesome, non-food goal gifts. Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Finding Inspiration with Juliet Kaska http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=finding_inspiration_with_juliet_kaska The Spark Your Life Series connects you to powerful, inspirational women whose stories can help you lead a better, healthier more thoughtful life. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Functional & Flattering Black Leggings You Can Buy on Amazon http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_surprisingly_perfect_black_leggings_you_can_buy_on_amazon Forget the little black dress--we're all about the perfect black legging! This workout staple doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. We rounded up Amazon's best buys just for you. Fri, 20 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 50 Simple and Savory Single-Serving Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=healthy_meals_for_one_50_savory_simple_ideas When you have a single mouth to feed, it can be tempting to grab takeout—but with these 50 scrumptious and simple recipes, you can whip up a single-serve meal in no time. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Feel the Lower-Body Burn With This Quick Circuit Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=feel_the_lowerbody_burn_with_this_quick_circuit_workout Jessica Smith is at it again with this tough, at-home workout that will challenge every muscle in your lower body. Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST How 4 Natural Sugar Substitutes Stack Up Against the Real Deal http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=is_there_such_a_thing_as_a_healthy_sugar_substitute Want to cut calories without cutting out your favorite foods and drinks? Find out if our nutritionist recommends today's trendy sugar substitutes. Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Build Your Perfect Workout Wardrobe on Any Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=11_wardrobe_staples_every_fitness_buff_needs Every fitness buff's closet can benefit from these 11 wardrobe staples. From sports bras to shorts, we have you covered. Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 10 Tips for Sticking to Your New Year's Fitness Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=10_tips_for_sticking_to_your_new_years_fitness_goals Make New Year's resolutions you can stick to all year long with these 10 easy-to-follow tips. Mon, 9 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Why I'll Never Be a Runner and That's Okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=why_ill_never_be_a_runner_and_thats_okay After years of putting running on an exercise pedestal and feeling frustrated by failures, one writer decided to embrace her strengths and see training in a whole new light. Fri, 6 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Walk a Mile & Sculpt Your Arms, Right at Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=sculpt_step_with_this_1mile_upper_body_circuit_walk Stay fit and toned with this low-impact, moderate-intensity workout from Jessica Smith, which combines aerobic walking with upper-body strength training moves. Thu, 5 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Keep Your Resolutions with These 15 Health & Fitness Essentials http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=keep_your_resolutions_with_these_15_health_fitness_essentials You have the motivation, but do you have the tools? Boost your chances of success by stocking your New Year's resolution toolbox. Wed, 4 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST Experts Predict 29 Health Trends for 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=experts_predict_29_health_trends_for_2017 What will be the hottest health and fitness trends this year? Industry experts share their predictions. Which do you agree (or disagree) with? Tue, 3 Jan 2017 00:00:00 EST 15 Resolutions Health Experts Wish You Would Make http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=15_resolutions_health_experts_wish_you_would_make Tired of making and breaking the same resolutions every year? Here are the top goals that trainers and nutritionists wish their clients would set. Thu, 29 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST 100 Songs That Will Fuel Your New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?post=100_songs_that_will_fuel_your_new_years_resolutions Bored with the same old music? This curated list of 100 heart-pumping, fast-paced songs is just what you need to fuel any workout. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 EST