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SparkPeople Premium Puts a Personal Trainer in Your Pocket

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
9/14/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  8 comments   :  9,187 views

One of the most frustrating things about adopting healthy habits and losing weight is that you're an experiment of one. What works for one person might not necessarily work for your particular body, metabolism or lifestyle, so it's on you to test drive various eating habits and fitness routines until you find the one that fits just right. It's easy to drive yourself crazy with all of the information out there telling you what to eat, when to eat, how to exercise, when to exercise and the best way to minimize your effort while maximizing your results.

With all the conflicting information and resources out there, wouldn't it be nice if you could talk with an expert, tell them your story and get personalized advice to help you reach your goals? Now, it's possible with the "Email a Coach" feature as part of SparkPeople Premium!

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Fall into Great Taste: 31 Perfect Pumpkin Recipes

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
9/14/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  9 comments   :  17,003 views

Another autumn has arrived, and with it comes all the traditional trappings of fall: Crisp air, glorious foliage, Sunday football and, of course, pumpkin. As far as we know, it's the only vegetable that multi-tasks as a food, drink, fragrance, craft and decoration. In the coming weeks, pumpkins will lend their essence to everything from pies and potpourri to coffees and candles.

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Freezin' for No Reason? Demystifying the Cryotherapy Craze

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
9/12/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  4 comments   :  8,775 views

You exercise to reap the benefits—losing weight, boosting energy, getting stronger, living longer—but like any meaningful journey, the road to results has its share of speed bumps. (Sore muscles, stiff joints and fatigue, anyone?) A smart recovery plan can help keep those unwelcome effects at bay, allowing you to enjoy all the perks of your workouts without the pitfalls.
 
In addition to stretching, foam rolling, refueling, sitting in a sauna or steam room and other traditional methods, some athletes are turning to cryotherapy to help alleviate muscle soreness and fast-track the recovery process.

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See the Nutritional Makeup of Every Meal with SparkPeople Mobile!

By: , – The Guy Who's Excited About SparkPeople Mobile
9/9/2016  10:00:00 AM   :  2 comments   :  13,327 views

Hi there, SparkPeople!

We wanted to take a moment today to let you know that we’ve made an update to our SparkPeople Mobile app, and to give you the heads-up on what we changed so you can be in the know.

While we updated both apps recently, some of the changes we made apply to both Android and Apple versions of our app, while some of the changes we made were focused on Android only, in order to bring the functionality we already had in the Apple version to the Android version. To help you understand the differences, let’s start with the things that apply to both versions, shall we?

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8 Ways to Clean the Fitness Gear You Always Forget to Clean

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
9/9/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  13 comments   :  15,602 views

You don't even want to know what kinds of things could be growing on that water bottle you've kept in your hot car's cup holder for the last six months. Same goes for that gym bag sitting by the front door housing last week's forgotten soaked clothes.

It's no secret that germs are lurking all over your gym, but what about the ones hiding out in the equipment you lug back and forth to the gym or rely on for your at-home workouts? Taking the time to wipe down and care for your yoga mat or plastic water bottle is just as essential as washing your sweat-drenched, post-workout tank top and leggings. Neglecting to do so could result in your gym equipment becoming home sweet home to some unwelcome and unpleasant bacteria

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12 Signs You're in a Relationship with Your Gym

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
9/9/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  15 comments   :  9,553 views

Does your significant other joke that you’d prefer two-a-day workouts to dinner for two? Would you rather go spinning than shopping? Does most of your socializing take place while sweating or stretching?
 
While most people have to talk themselves into exercising, you could be among the few who put fitness first (and middle, and last…) on their priority list. When you have committed to an exercise plan and start seeing real results, it can be difficult to strike a healthy workout/life balance. If any of these signs sound familiar, you might be in a committed relationship—with your gym.

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