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Stock Up on These 12 Spring Workout Wardrobe Essentials

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4/26/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  20 comments   :  34,438 views

As the days linger a little longer and the temperatures finally start to rise, venturing outside for some open-air exercise starts to sound not quite as daunting—and maybe even downright pleasant. If you still need a little extra motivation to smooth the transition from winter hibernation to spring training, there's nothing like a little pre-season shopping to get you excited about your activity of choice. We did a little legwork to get you started—check out some of these fun and functional pieces to kickstart your spring goals.

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Upcoming Changes to SparkPeople.TV

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/25/2018  9:00:00 AM   :  40 comments   :  3,308 views

Hello, everyone!

We're making some changes to the website and, as with anything we do, we like to give you a heads up to what's coming. Beginning this week, the "Videos" tab in the navigation bar will be going away. Effective May 15th, SparkPeople.TV will no longer be available. Don't worry, you'll still be able to access all our SparkPeople-produced videos. This change only affects the availability of our partner's videos.

We work hard to offer a wide variety of features on the site, while keeping a close eye on the ones that are most popular and resonate with members. Based on your interaction with SparkPeople.TV, we know our SparkPeople-produced videos are some of your favorites, so we wanted to be sure to  keep those around for everyone to use.

Although this feature is going away, we have lots of other exciting projects in the works! In the coming months, be on the lookout for enhancements to SparkChallenges, the simplification of some features to benefit both current and new members, and new features to help you focus on your goals and maximize your potential for success. We're exciting about what's coming in the near future!

Thanks for your continued support of SparkPeople's mission to SPARK millions of PEOPLE to reach their goals and lead healthier lives!   

8 Workouts for Anyone Who Hates Morning Workouts

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/25/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  31 comments   :  5,364 views

You're well-aware of the benefits of morning exercise—it gives your metabolism a boost, helps you stay in a consistent routine and gets your day off to a healthy start. But despite your best efforts, this morning workout thing just isn't happening. You're not the type whose feet hit the floor bursting with energy and ready to get the day going. Mornings are not now, nor have they ever been your most productive time of day, and past attempts to convert to a morning exerciser have been met with frustration and exhaustion.

Does this mean that if you have any chance of creating a regular routine, you'll have to find space in your day sometime after the clock strikes noon? Not necessarily. Lots of people who never thought it was possible have found a way to make exercise a regular part of their morning routine. For some, the secret has been to prep the night before so the morning routine is as smooth and easy as possible. For others, weaning themselves off of the snooze button and getting to bed earlier has made getting up less difficult. Here's something to keep in mind: Most morning exercisers don't do it because they are bursting with energy as soon as the alarm goes off. They do it because they remember what it feels like to finish a morning workout and feel that sense of accomplishment. Feeling good about yourself will always drive you to come back for more.

Maybe part of your problem has been that the activities you pick aren't ideal for someone who doesn't hit their stride until later in the day. Some exercises are better suited to ease you into the day, so consider trying a few of these to convert you into the morning exerciser you've always dreamed of becoming.

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35 Meatless Monday Meal Ideas

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/24/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  41 comments   :  9,044 views

If you know a vegan or vegetarian, you’ve probably heard all about the wonders of a plant-based diet—and for good reason. Not only are those who go meatless less likely to be overweight or obese, research has shown that they’ll have healthier hearts and may even live longer than their carnivorous counterparts.

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Spark Spotlight: Pele (PELESJEWEL)

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/23/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  61 comments   :  6,787 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.

This Week's Spotlight: Pele (PELESJEWEL)
Age: 54
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico 
 

Pele's Small Success of the Week

Getting up at 5 a.m. to exercise!

What's your overall goal? 

To live life to the fullest in a fit and healthy body, and to maintain a cancer-free lifestyle. 
 
I am cancer-free at this time, and say this to all who are reading: The one event in life that almost got you, is the event that makes you stand up and fight until you win! This is the good fight, it is the fight for your life!
 
I weighed 328 pounds at my heaviest, and have released 123 pounds of fat, weighing in at 205 pounds today at 5'10".
 
My short-term goal is to get into "Onederland" in April 2018, and then to journey further to 175 pounds, maintain, then journey to 165 pounds.
 
How is SparkPeople helping you get there? 

I celebrated my eighth Sparkversary in March 2018. I am a long-time believer of SparkPeople. 
 
The trackers are the #1 tool for me. Tracking food and exercise daily is key. The Spark community and my circle of SparkFriends are also key to a successful journey. 
 
This is the most loving community on the web! What other online format allows a 200+, 300+, 400+, 500+ pound individual to have a safe forum to step into the light and own their journey? 
 
Many, like me, have been weighted their entire life. We tend to isolate, in the shadows, ashamed of the struggle. When I found SparkPeople, I "stepped into the light," and now, I’m proud to hold the light high for others, so they can keep going, crawling if they have to, during their darkest hour, knowing there are other "weight warriors" here, holding the light, because we have traveled this path before and know with certainty that you can, too!
 
I’ve never seen a community cheer so lovingly for folks who are struggling, have weight to lose or have a debilitating illness that may have set them back. There is a sincere level of “I care” here. It is a true spark!

What's your biggest challenge right now? 

My biggest challenge is work/life balance and keeping stress at bay. I work at my health like it’s my full-time job, but I have to remember that I have a full-time career that is very demanding, includes a ton of travel and managing other people to reach business objectives and profitability. But it’s a challenge that I accept readily, as these blessings are not lost on me. I am very grateful. 

What advice do you have for someone who just joined SparkPeople? 

Own your journey. Own every aspect: the wins, the setbacks, the highs and the lows. 
 
Learn to be the SparkFriend you need. What does this mean? 
  1. Connect with your friends, once per week or more, on their SparkPage, and leave a comment.
  2. Read and comment on their blogs (not just for points). Like your friends' blogs so they get a “Spark Featured” blog and then the community at large will benefit by reading their inspiration. 
  3. Read and comment on their Community Feed. Cheer on your SparkFriends! 
Remember, when you cheer for others louder than you cheer for yourself, the community gets your positive vibration and will rise up and cheer for you with the loudest roar you’ve ever heard!

Want to be the next small success we spotlight? Share your successes on the goal feed or in the comments below, and you might be the next person we contact!

100 Healthy Habits to Add to Your Life

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/20/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  57 comments   :  36,104 views

Along your journey, you’ve probably heard the term "healthy living" more times than you can count—including here at SparkPeople. You may have a general idea of what it means: Something along the lines of eating better foods, exercising more often, seeing your doctor regularly and taking better overall care of your body. But what does that look like on a day-to-day basis? What specific habits constitute a healthy lifestyle?

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