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Spark Spotlight: Monty (MIRAGE727)

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3/26/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  33 comments   :  6,340 views

At SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.

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How 3 Formerly Overweight Trainers Started Careers in Fitness

By: , – Sara Lindberg
3/26/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  28 comments   :  11,390 views

Fitness trainers are superhumans, able to simultaneously sweat and talk and work at the same time while challenging you to push yourself to be your best. They can be your biggest motivator, but they're on another level, nothing like you. Right? In fact, many people feel so inspired by their own weight-loss journeys that they feel compelled to give back and become trainers themselves.
 
No matter how much weight you’re trying to lose or how drastically you’re looking to change your relationship with food and exercise, getting fit is a journey unique to each of us. Success stories can be the motivation you need to push you closer toward that finish line, and when those stories come from people who now make their living being fit, those stories are even more inspirational.

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The Ultimate Country Music Workout Playlist

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
3/23/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  43 comments   :  10,965 views

You might not initially think of country music as the ideal workout soundtrack. And while it’s true that there are some slower, sadder tunes of the "lost my truck, lost my love, lost my dog" variety, the genre has plenty of up-tempo, high-energy, downright rockin’ medleys to put some calorie-burning pep in your step.
 
You don’t have to visit a Nashville honky-tonk or learn a complicated line dance to get your boot-scootin' boogie on—simply create your own country music playlist, plug in your earbuds and then run, walk, spin or shuffle along to the Americana-inspired tunes. Heck, you can even do the two-step through your living room, as long as you’re moving. (Boots and hat are optional.)

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10 Essential Core Exercises to Help You Tackle Everyday Activities

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3/21/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  90 comments   :  127,227 views

What do you think of when you hear the word "core"? Maybe an apple core, the center of the Earth, an essential part of a group? In our bodies, the core is the center of our skeletal system, the muscles that keep us upright, the trunk from which our branches extend. Our core is as essential to everyday living as the air we breathe and the food we eat.
 
Your core is made up of your midsection and all the muscles surrounding that area, including the front, back and sides. You engage your core to do almost everything—from getting out of bed or putting your toddler in his or her car seat to sneezing or walking down the street.
 
If your core is weak, all of these activities can suffer. To keep from injuring your back from something as simple as bending over to tie your shoes, it's important to keep your core muscles in good, working order. "A strong core is important to me because it allows me to be an active mom," NASM-certified personal trainer and coach Jen Karulf says. "Having five boys, I am constantly chasing, lifting and carrying little ones. A strong core is a necessity."
 
While there are many core-building exercises you can try, certified personal fitness trainers Cheryl Russo, Mark Westrich and Karulf demonstrate the 10 most common core exercises for all-around strengthening at every level. 

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6 Ways to Maximize a Short Workout

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3/19/2018  11:00:00 AM   :  95 comments   :  56,343 views

You only have 45 minutes to spare for a workout. By the time you change your clothes, get outside or to the gym, and get moving, it’s really more like half an hour of sweat equity, though. Is it really worth the effort and energy if you can’t invest a full hour?
 
The short answer: absolutely! It’s a myth that there’s some magic at the 60-minute mark when benefits start kicking in. In fact, many experts believe that the one-hour workout is dead. Even just 10 minutes of movement can go a long way toward burning calories, strengthening muscle and improving cardiovascular health.

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Spark Spotlight: Candy (CANDYL41)

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
3/19/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  31 comments   :  5,477 views

At SparkPeople, we love helping people accomplish big goals—but we believe it's equally important to celebrate the small successes along the way. Each week in the Spark Spotlight, we'll check in with a featured member about his or her proudest moments, biggest challenges and advice for others on living, thinking and feeling healthier. We hope these quick snapshots will help motivate you to keep moving steadily toward your own goals, week by week.

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