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How to Stay Positive When You're Injured

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
2/17/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  3,798 views

Making significant healthy lifestyle changes—and maintaining them for the rest of your life--might seem next to impossible at first. But don't worry! At SparkPeople, we believe in taking small and manageable healthy steps that eventually become lifelong habits. Our sponsors at Meta also believe that small changes can lead to good things, and they even have a name for it: the Meta Effect. When you make a healthy choice like taking the stairs or eating a Meta Health Bar for a snack, you may continue to make good choices to keep the streak going.

We've talked to several people who have changed their lives through this step-by-step approach--and now, they're sharing their secrets with you in this success story series! Meet Angela, a hard-working mom who believes in the power of balance and small changes. Despite an ankle injury and other setbacks, she's been making consistent strides to get healthier and set a good example for her daughter. Go, Angela!

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How One Couple Worked Together to Lose 267 Pounds

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
2/10/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  74 comments   :  32,221 views

A couple facing diabetes and other health issues joined together to start a weight loss journey that took them from sedentary and lifeless to vigorous and healthy. They now have many Valentine's Day celebrations ahead of them as a couple thanks to careful food tracking and daily walking!


Names: Steve and Debbie Cartwright
Usernames: Sac-6582 and Debarizona
Amount of weight lost: Steve lost 180 pounds and Debbie lost 87 pounds
Hometown: Peoria, AZ                 
Occupations: Steve is in ministry and Debbie is a facility director for a camp/retreat
Ages: Steve is 54 and Debbie is 52

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Get-Fit Lessons from an Eternal Optimist

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
2/6/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  8,399 views

Making significant healthy lifestyle changes—and maintaining them for the rest of your life--might seem next to impossible at first. But don't worry! At SparkPeople, we believe in taking small and manageable healthy steps that eventually become lifelong habits. Our sponsors at Meta also believe that small changes can lead to good things, and they even have a name for it: the Meta Effect. When you make a healthy choice like taking the stairs or eating a Meta Health Bar for a snack, you may continue to make good choices to keep the streak going.

We've talked to several people who have changed their lives through this step-by-step approach--and now, they're sharing their secrets with you in this success story series! Meet Jaynee, an optimistic mom who has gotten healthier one bite and one step at a time. We love her "glass-half-full" mentality and can-do attitude!

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Resolution Revival: Don't Give Up on Your Goals!

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
2/3/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  19,235 views

Now that it's February, that shiny New Year's resolution you so enthusiastically embarked on a month ago might have lost its sparkle. So how do you bring life back into your plan now that the initial thrill has worn off? Instead of letting your good intentions fizzle out again this year, make 2015 the year when you actually follow through with what you'd planned. All it takes is a little bit of self-reflection and a few tweaks to your routine to make a sustainable (and fun!) game plan to help you revive your resolutions and ultimately reach your goals.

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Step Into Shape with the 30-Day Walkabout Challenge!

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
2/1/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  82 comments   :  86,704 views

Here at SparkPeople, it's no secret that we're big fans of walking. Almost anyone can start walking right away regardless of his or her fitness level, and it's a fantastic exercise for weight control and keeping the heart, bones and brain in tip-top shape. When it comes to starting a walking routine, the biggest hurdle for many people is simply starting. We've seen time and again that one of the easiest ways to step into walking (hah!) is to follow a structured plan to help maintain consistency while improving fitness at a safe and consistent pace. That's where the 30-Day Walkabout Challenge comes in! SparkPeople has partnered up with Vionic® with Orthaheel Technology footwear to create a doable, progressive walking program that's suitable for everyone. By joining the challenge, you'll receive a 30-day walking plan, a strength-training routine to help you become a stronger walker, plus daily challenges and smart injury-prevention tips to tie it all together. 

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The 9 Best Exercises for Neck Pain

By: , – Dr. Thomas J. Kleeman, MD
1/31/2015  12:00:00 AM   :  7 comments   :  29,678 views

Neck pain is one of the most common problems that many of us experience. Studies show that 30% of people experience neck pain, with women affected more often than men. The neck includes seven segments (or vertebrae) with discs acting as shock-absorbers between the segments. The vertebrae are supported by 18 groups of muscles that maintain support and allow function. Why so many muscles? Well, the head weighs about 10 pounds and sits about 10 inches above the shoulders with only the neck to support it. No wonder it gets sore from time to time!

So, how do we keep our neck healthy and strong? The answer is maintaining motion and strength exercises. So let’s look at both. And remember, if you experience pain, stop the exercise and consult your doctor. And don’t feel you have to do all of the exercises. Pick the ones that help the most and don’t cause increased pain.

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