The SparkPeople Blog

SparkPeople Radio Is Taking a Pause

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/16/2014  1:00:00 PM   :  3 comments   :  160 views

Good morning everyone! I hope today is a lovely spring day in your region!
 
We wanted to give our members a quick SparkPeople Radio update. We launched SparkPeople Radio about a year and a half ago as a fun experiment—a new way to Spread the Spark and reach both our members and a new audience with the SparkPeople message. We've had some great hosts along the way—Lily, Karen and most recently, Bettina, as well as some awesome guests, from your coaches or inspiring members to outside health and fitness experts from around the country.

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3 Symptoms Your Husband Shouldn't Ignore

By: , – Robin Donovan, Health Writer
4/16/2014  6:00:00 AM   :  8 comments   :  94,355 views

Your husband says he has a nagging pain below his ribs, chest tightness that won’t quit or has simply been feeling sluggish lately, but doesn’t feel like calling his doctor (or doesn’t have one). Here are three symptoms he (and you) should take seriously.

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A Quick, Zero-Equipment Cardio Workout

By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
4/16/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  2 comments   :  2,243 views

Are you getting bored with your cardio routine? Spice things up with this quick, efficient (and kinda fun!) cardio workout that can be done with or without impact in a small space at home. I’ll show modification options during the routine, so be sure to stick with whatever works best for your body!  

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9 Body-Positive Quotes to Boost Your Self-Esteem

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/15/2014  6:00:00 AM   :  14 comments   :  7,631 views

No matter how much time you put in at the gym or how thoughtfully you nourish your body, everyone suffers from body-image issues from time to time. When you need a little boost of self-esteem (and who doesn't), here are 9 of our favorite quotes and mantras. (Each quote is a separate image so, if you find one you really like, you can right click it to open in a new window and print it out.) Be sure to "Pin" this page to revisit when you need to be reminded that you're good enough as you are (right now) no matter what!

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2 Easy Tips for a Great Workout Every Time

By: , – Haley Perlus, Ph.D.
4/14/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  2 comments   :  6,001 views

Whether you're a casual exerciser or an elite athlete, we've all been through workouts when our minds begin to interfere, preventing us from achieving our daily goals. In fact, research has proven that it's usually the mind—not the body—that fatigues first and stops us from reaching our full physical potential.  
 
Even top Olympic athletes deal with mental distraction and fatigue during their training sessions. It is in these moments that they must learn how to effectively master their minds in order to sustain motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, and emotional control so that they can follow through on their pre-planned workouts and prepare for competition. 

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Rise and Shine: 8 Stretches You Should Do Each Morning

By: , – Suzanne Bowen, Creator of BarreAmped
4/11/2014  5:00:00 AM   :  15 comments   :  19,955 views

One of the best ways to start your day in a healthy way is to take a moment to ground your thoughts by stretching and intentionally breathing.  It's amazing what you can accomplish in less than seven minutes to set your day on the right path.  
 
When you stretch deeply, you should always be warm.  So performing this series after a morning workout or after a hot shower is optimal. If you do it right out of bed, make sure you stretch more gently.  

Here are eight stretches to add to your morning routine to feel strong, flexible and grounded. These exercises cover all your major muscle groups and can be followed any time of day, including after your workouts.

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