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. New Feature Round-Up: Enhanced Streaks and Photos With Status Updates Check out the new improvements at SparkPeople! Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:00:00 EST We’re All a Work In Progress It’s easy to assume that those who aren't vocal about their weight loss struggles, or even those who have had weight loss success, have it all figured out. But do they really? Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST The Most Popular Low-Carb Recipe on SparkRecipes SparkGuy is back to share one of his favorite healthy recipes for the holidays. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST 4 Ways to Stay Focused This Holiday Season The hectic holiday season is in full swing, so is it possible to stay on track with your health and fitness goals? Here's how to stay strong till the New Year and beyond. Fri, 12 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST 5 Simple Habits that Help Prevent Major Health Problems Are you living with a chronic illness? Say "yes" to better health with these simple lifestyle tweaks. Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST 12 Healthy Holiday Gifts Considering giving the gift of health this year? If you're looking for ideas and need a little inspiration, here are some ideas in a variety of price ranges to get you started. Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST 4 Ways to Save Major Money on Healthcare Costs Find out how to slash your everyday healthcare costs by making just a few simple adjustments! Wed, 3 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST How to Start Exercising: A 20-Minute Routine Ready to start exercising, but not sure where to begin? This workout is for you! Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST One Easy Trick for a More Productive Day Hear how SparkGuy organizes his day--and how you can, too, to reach any goal you set your mind to! Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST Your Own Personal Nurse Is a Phone Call Away Find out what a Personal Health Nurse does--and how they can change your life and your health! Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST 7 Reasons Parents Should Feel GOOD--Not Guilty--about Exercising Is guilt about leaving your kids stopping you from getting to the gym? Learn why fitness will make you a better parent! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 05:00:00 EST These Adorable Sleepy Chickens Will Make You Smile SparkGuy talks about what it's like to raise organic chickens in his backyard! Sun, 16 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST 10 Trainer Tips That Will Transform Your Body These must-read tips are like a free consultation from the top personal trainers around the globe! Wed, 12 Nov 2014 05:00:00 EST The 12-Minute Better Posture Workout Stand up straighter and look slimmer in 12 minutes flat (no Spanx required) with this easy-to-follow routine! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST 'Tis the Season: How to Cope with SAD SparkGuy breaks down what Seasonal Affective Disorder is all about--and gives a few ideas for how to cope. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST Get a Team of Personal Health Professionals Have you ever wished you had a team of personal health professionals available just a phone call away? Now you can! Find out how here! Thu, 6 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST The Best Abs Exercises (that Won't Hurt Your Back) If traditional abs moves like crunches and twists bother your back, don't suffer! Protect your back and work your core with this full-length workout routine! Mon, 3 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST The Most Motivating Video You'll See All Week SparkGuy talks about the most motivational video he's seen lately--and why teamwork is so important for reaching major goals. Sun, 2 Nov 2014 00:00:00 EST Which Halloween Treat Would You Rather Eat? You only have so many calories to spend on Halloween candy, so choose wisely! Which would you rather splurge on--chocolate candy or fruity candy? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST The Best Ways to Stay Motivated for Good We asked two Humana Health Coaches how to get and stay motivated to live a healthy lifestyle for the long haul. You're bound to find something that will work for you in this list! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:00:00 EST Get Fit before You Feast: A November Challenge! Join our #Fit2Feast challenge for the month of November to kick off the holidays the right way. Join in for support, motivation, tips and more! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Michael Strahan's 5 Best Tips for a More Balanced Life Check out Michael Strahan's best advice for living a more balanced life (even when things seem out-of-control crazy!). Sun, 26 Oct 2014 06:00:00 EST An Easy Step to Reach Big Breakthroughs SparkGuy is here to talk about an easy technique he's discovered to help you reach big, life-changing goals. You might be one step away from your biggest breakthrough yet! Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST How to Get Back Up When You're Down SparkGuy checks in to tell you his favorite motivating quote of the week! Plus, get updates to our mobile apps, check in to get motivated to reach your goals, and more. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Memphis and Meta Take Small Steps for Big Health Changes Learn about what the unhealthiest city in America is doing to help make better health attainable for everyone, one step at a time! Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Scare Away Candy Calories with the Halloween Workout! Boo! This 10-minute cardio circuit workout is a frighteningly fun way to burn off all that Halloween candy. Mon, 13 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Quiz: What's Your Breakfast Food Personality? Which breakfast food are you? Take this fun quiz to find out! Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Peek Inside the Mind of a Health Coach Should you hire a Health Coach? Here's a peek into what these professionals do--and how they can help you reach your health goals for good! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Michael Strahan's Top 5 Motivational Tips Get Michael Strahan's top tips for staying motivated to reach big goals! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST 5 Smart Exercises to Support Your Knees No cartilage in your knees? No problem! Here are 5 exercises that will help strengthen your legs and the supporting muscles around your knees. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST Sync All Your Recipes to Our Healthy Recipes App for Android! Find out what the new version of our Healthy Recipes app has to offer for Android users! Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:00:00 EST A 15-Minute Lower-Body Workout for Bad Knees This full-length, low-impact workout doesn’t include a single squat or lunge! It's designed to be gentle on the joints, but tough on your hips, thighs and glutes. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST 20 Ways to Eat Better On the Go Think you don't have time to eat healthy? Here are 20 excuse-busting snacks, plus Michael Strahan's favorite go-to healthy option when he's pressed for time! Thu, 25 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST You've Never Used Your Microwave Like This Before! Now that school is back in session, save time (and your sanity) with these easy hacks and recipes using your microwave! Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST 5 Ways Health Insurance Companies Can Reward Your Healthy Habits Health insurance isn't all about paying co-pays and deductibles! Here's how to earn amazing incentives from your insurance provider for healthy habits you probably already do. Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST 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 UPDATE: 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