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SparkPeople Mobile Gets Apple Watch Integration and Premium Data Export (for all)!

By: , – The Apple of Your Eye ;)
12/9/2016  4:00:00 PM   :  0 comments   :  371 views

Today is one of the very best days, because today is a day upon which we released the newest version of our SparkPeople Mobile app for iOS. Let’s all cheer together!

All right. We could hear you all the way over here. :)

So what does this newest version means for you? Of course, as always, there’s a few bug fixes that will help the app run more smoothly. But there are also two big changes that you should be aware of, one for all iOS users and the other that is only available for our Premium members.

Watch Me Now, Apple

SparkPeople Mobile is awesome at integrating with other fitness devices and platforms. Fitbit, Misfit, Runkeeper, Garmin and Google Fit: We integrate with all of these and more. But there’s always been one device we didn’t support, a device that many of you have asked about: the Apple Watch.

Starting today, you won’t have to ask again.

With the newest iOS version of SparkPeople Mobile, you can interact with the app from your Apple Watch. Want to see how many calories, carbs, fats or protein you’ve eaten today? Check your watch. Drank one of your eight glasses of water for today and want to track it, but don’t want to pull out your phone? Do it from the watch. Suddenly realize late in the evening that you forgot to spin the SparkPoints wheel for the day? Do it from the watch.

Want to know what it looks like? Let us show you:
 
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From here on out, the app on your phone will be seamlessly integrated with the watch on your wrist. It’s like we’re really living in the future. :) We plan on bringing new functionality to the Apple Watch app in the future, so consider this just the start of something even more wonderful. :) (Android user? No worries! We’re working on an Android Wear app next. Keep an eye out and you’ll see it soon in a future update!)


Got Premium? It Just Got Better!

Starting today, with this new version of the app, all SparkPeople Premium members can now export individual health and fitness data into a spreadsheet, to crunch as they will. (All Premium members can also export their data from our website, but in order to export your data from the app, you’ll need the newest version.)

Why does this matter? Because it’s your data and you should be able to do what you want with it. One of the main perks of Premium is the advanced reporting it provides, and this seemed like a logical next step. You can request a download on the Premium screen in the app, or the Premium page on our site and we’ll send you a link to download your report once it’s ready. So for all you spreadsheet nerds out there (I know there’s more of you than just me), let’s get analytical!

And what if you don’t have Premium yet, but have really been thinking about it? Why don’t you treat yourself? It’s only a $30, one-time payment (not yearly), and you get all these features. Best of all? Premium is going to just keep getting better. ;)

The 10 Best Subscription Boxes Delivering Health to Your Door

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
12/9/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  9 comments   :  2,506 views

There is something special about opening up the mailbox and finding a package addressed just for you. Most of us don't ever outgrow that feeling you get when you slice through fresh packing tape to open a delivery—even if we already know what's inside. These days, you can get just about anything delivered right to your door—from diapers and fruit to yoga pants and shampoo.

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Android App Update: New Design, New Premium Features!

By: , – The Original Material Guy
12/7/2016  3:00:00 PM   :  6 comments   :  4,172 views

If you use the SparkPeople Mobile app on an Android device, you may have noticed things look a little different today. Cleaner and quicker. Easier on the eye. Just…better.

It’s true, we did make some changes to our app. (Good eye. ) Starting today, you can download the newest version of SparkPeople Mobile, which now conforms to the standards of Material Design.

What Is Material Design?


It’s a design language that Google developed a few years ago for all of its websites and apps. (If you use Gmail, YouTube or Google Maps, you might recognize some of the design elements that you now see in our app.) Google developed the design structure to make sure their apps looked good and were easy to use. After they rolled out the design to their own apps, they provided all Android app developers the specifications for their new language.


Why  Bring Material Design to SparkPeople Mobile?


Our new design makes the app easier on the eyes, but also so much easier to use. For example, we got rid of the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. Instead of clicking through the app by finding the right menu or submenu, you can now use the small, blue “plus” button at the bottom right of the screen. This button will open a series of options for you to select, depending on which screen you’re on. As you can see, the options on the home screen are pretty different than the options on the Log page:



By giving you options based on the screen you’re on, we can help you get around the app faster.

One Hamburger, Simplified Navigation


Another thing you might notice--after you’ve poked around a bit--is that we didn’t get rid of the navigation altogether; we just made the navigation much, much easier to use. Check out the three horizontal lines at the top left of every screen (in the design world, we call this a hamburger menu). We’ve put all of the different sections of the app in this hamburger menu, in a logical, easy-to-understand order. No more clicking around the app, trying to figure out how to get to a screen you can’t locate. Now, just click the hamburger and go where you need to be.

Quick note on the Friend Feed: we kept your Friend Feed at the bottom of the homescreen, because it just seemed to fit there. So if you're having a problem finding the friend feed, just scroll down to the bottom of your home scren. ;)

Poke around the app and let us know what you think! We’ve been using the app internally for a few weeks now and we just love the design, and we hope you will too.

But Wait, There's More!


Starting today, with this new version of the app, all SparkPeople Premium members can now export their individual health and fitness data into a spreadsheet. (All Premium members can now use this feature, but only Android users can do this in the app. Don’t worry iOS users--this feature will be coming to your app in a few weeks.)

Why does this matter? Because it’s your data and you should be able to do what you want with it. One of the main perks of Premium is the advanced reporting it provides, and this seemed like the logical next step to us. You can request a download on the Premium screen in the app, or the Premium page on our site and we’ll send you a link to download your report once it’s ready. So for all you spreadsheet nerds out there (I know there’s more of you than just me), get ready to get analytical!

And if you don’t have Premium yet, but have really been thinking about it, why don’t you treat yourself? It’s only a $30, one-time payment (not yearly), and it’s so, so good.
As always, we’d love to hear what you think about the new changes. Leave us a comment below withquestions, concerns or compliments and we’ll make sure to reply.  

How Gail Lost 100 Pounds and Found Her Strength

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
12/7/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  12 comments   :  22,673 views

"I had to reach the bottom to come up again, but now that I'm on top, I'm grateful for this journey, for these lessons and for my strength to get here."

Every weight loss journey is unique, but almost all of them begin with an "a-ha" moment. Some might call it a rock bottom, an epiphany, a crossroads. For Gail, SparkPeople member GAILIEBEE69, the turning point was a broken ankle.

Gail had been overweight for most of her life. Food was always a focus—she ate to celebrate, to banish boredom and to curb anxiety. In addition to the extra pounds, she carried around plenty of embarrassment and resentment. "I lived in a perpetual cycle of eating and then feeling guilty for eating, then feeling anxious that I ate and then eating some more," she says.

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You Made It to the Gym -- Now What?

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
12/6/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  2 comments   :  6,995 views

So you've finally taken the plunge and joined a gym -- congratulations! Your first visit may seem a little (or a lot) scary, but with the right preparation, planning and positive outlook, it can be a productive and, dare we say, fun experience.

Follow this handy guide for navigating your first month at the gym, and you'll be on the fast track to fitness. Print the graphic and share it with other would-be gym goers! 

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Winterize Your Feet

By: , – Vionic Shoes
12/5/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  10,355 views

Along with sweater weather, hot cocoa and building snowmen, winter also brings dry air, cold feet and the risk of slipping on ice. Here are five tips for protecting your feet during the long winter months.

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