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CONTEST CLOSED: Giveaway: Ultimate Yogi DVD Set

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Have you added yoga into your workout rotation yet? We're big fans of yoga here at the dailySpark; it is great for stress-relief, flexibility, strength, and mental clarity, and is an excellent compliment to many exercise routines. Some of us on staff practice yoga on a regular basis and have seen amazing physical and mental changes as a result. So, naturally, when we came across The Ultimate Yogi DVD Set, we had to check it out!
Posted 6/1/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 32 comments   11,128 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Giveaway: Gut-Friendly Probiotic Drinks from GoodBelly

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If you suffer from tummy troubles, you may have heard that eating yogurt will help get your digestive system back in shape. However, yogurt isn't the answer for everyone. If you are lactose intolerant, vegan, or just don't like the taste of dairy, you could be missing out on some major gut-friendly probiotic cultures. But don't worry! There is another way to treat your belly right without the dairy: Enter GoodBelly, a dairy-free probiotic juice drink that promotes healthy digestion.
Posted 5/25/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 21 comments   9,382 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Giveaway: Win a Tai Cheng DVD Workout Set!

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Yoga, walking, and meditation are all great ways to rejuvenate the body, but sometimes it's fun to switch up your relaxation routine a bit. That's why we were so excited when we came across the Tai Cheng DVD workout set. These DVDs are based on the practice of Tai Chi and offer a great alternative to your favorite relaxation activities from the comfort of your home. Here's what the Tai Cheng website has to say about the program:
Posted 5/11/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 38 comments   13,403 views
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A Delightful Brunch Menu for the Mom in Your Life

Still trying to decide what to get Mom for Mother's Day? How about a delicious home-cooked brunch?
Just in time for mom's big day, we've launched our first FREE e-book, "Light and Easy Mother's Day Brunch Recipes from SparkPeople," which gives you a sneak peek into "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight."

Written by SparkPeople’s very own healthy cooking expert, Chef Meg, this e-book contains 3 sweet and 3 savory dishes that are perfect for Mother's Day brunch, including:
  • Skinny Eggs Florentine
  • Light Lemon Sauce
  • Spring Cupcakes with Citrus Icing
These simple, healthy recipes are perfect for any morning meal--no special occasion needed. But we’re sure that mom will be delighted if you treat her to these recipes on Mother’s Day.

To download the full recipes or preview "Light and Easy Mother's Day Brunch Recipes from SparkPeople" for FREE, click here (and scroll down to choose the file type you prefer).

If you don't have an e-reader, such as a Kindle or NOOK, you can still read these e-books. Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble offer free downloads of their e-reader apps for PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. 
Posted 5/9/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 1 comments   9,774 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Love Banana 'Soft Serve'? Don't Miss This Giveaway

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Imagine a life without ice cream. Sad, right?

That was my reality for years. I was lactose intolerant, and ice cream was the worst for me. It made me so uncomfortable when I ate it that my stomach turned when I thought about eating it. Sigh.

Enter the humble banana, which brought ice cream back into my life. (I later discovered coconut milk ice cream. Swoon!)  Soft-Serve Banana Ice Cream  is one of my favorite healthy desserts!

I make mine in the food processor, but when I saw a gadget that churned out soft serve "ice cream" made from bananas and other fruit, I had to try it.
I reached out to the team at Yonanas and they sent us two: one to test and one to give away. I'll be sharing recipes soon, but in the meantime, let's get to the fun part--the giveaway!
Posted 4/27/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 47 comments   16,756 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Double Giveaway: Men's & Women's adidas ClimaCool Seduction Running Shoes

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The winner of the MEN'S giveaway is CAPECODDOGFISH.

The winner of the WOMEN'S giveaway is KARA04751.


This is no ordinary running shoe. It's named "Seduction" and is endorsed by Katy Perry and David Beckham (well, hello) among other really, really ridiculously good looking people. It's available in 10 colors that are far sexier than the basic white running shoes you're probably used to seeing. And the newest beautiful face—er, feet—sporting these sleek shoes could be you!
Our friends at adidas are offering a special giveaway on their newest running shoe: the ClimaCool Seduction, which retails for $100. They're giving away two pairs, actually: one for men and one for women (so be sure to enter this one, SparkDudes).
What's so great about the ClimaCool Seduction show? Here are the facts from adidas, plus my own opinion.
Posted 4/20/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Nicole Nichols : 60 comments   22,604 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Giveaway: Win a $1,299 Treadmill Desk from LifeSpan

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A few weeks back, COACH_NICOLE blogged about one of our new favorite pieces of equipment here at the SparkPeople offices: the LifeSpan Treadmill Desk. We've been using this fun device to help bust afternoon fatigue and to sneak some extra activity into our days--and have experienced higher energy levels as a result!

Here is what LifeSpan has to say about the desk:
Posted 4/13/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 90 comments   23,165 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Giveaway: Les Mills PUMP Strength Training Set

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Are you still dragging your feet on strength training? You're not alone--many people tend to skimp on the weights in favor of calorie-torching cardio. However, while cardio is excellent for weight loss, strength training is just as important since lean muscle mass burns more calories than fat mass, even when you're at rest. So by lifting weights, you'll transform yourself into a more efficient calorie-burning machine while changing your physique from the inside out! Plus, strength training helps to increase bone density and maintain joint flexibility, which is crucial as you age.

You might feel that strength training sounds good in theory, but don't know where to start. You may lack the motivation, or need some help structuring an effective plan. Or, you might not feel comfortable working out in the weight room just yet. Do any of these excuses sound familiar? Look no further: we've got the strength training solution for you!
Posted 4/6/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 45 comments   19,509 views
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What's In Your Fridge? Show Us (You Could Get a Kindle)

SparkPeople doesn't believe in dieting, but do we believe in loving the food you eat. After all, that was the premise behind our first cookbook, "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight." We want to spread the word that eating to lose or maintain weight doesn’t have to mean dull, tasteless food and bland diet foods--healthy food is delicious food! We believe that no food is off-limits, and that there's no shame in having treats in your fridge or cart. Let's spread the word that we've ditched the diet food and banned all things bland.

We want you to show us your food.

Close your mouth. I don't mean the old "see-food" trick. I mean really show us what you're eating, what you're buying, what you're craving on an average week.

Take a photo of your fridge, pantry or shopping cart and email it to (Remember when Coach Nicole let you peek inside her fridge? And Chef Meg's videos show the inside of hers.) The subject line should be: What's in My Fridge

We want you to be honest. No need to clean out the fridge first. Don't hide the diet soda in your cart. Don't stash the dark chocolate in the back of the pantry. And don’t take the ice cream out of your freezer or the wine out of your fridge. Show us what you really eat. 
Posted 3/19/2012  10:00:00 AM By: Stepfanie Romine : 42 comments   14,808 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Mobility Issues? Enter to Win a Resistance Chair

The contest might be closed, but you can get a great deal on your own VQ ActionCare Resistance Chair! Use the code ship4free to get free shipping, and type the word "Spark" in the comments at checkout, and you will get two free DVDs to go with your exercise chair!

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These days, there is more rehabilitative exercise equipment on the market than ever before. Whether you have mobility issues, chronic pain, or are recovering from an illness or injury, it is possible to get and stay fit under these constraints. We were lucky enough to be able to test out a piece of equipment that helps many people with specific health conditions keep exercise a part of their lives—and one of YOU will be lucky enough to win it!
VQ ActionCare's The Resistance Chair® Exercise and Rehabilitation System is an effective exercise solution for those who require low-impact, yet effective exercise. We had our very own SparkPeople member, ~INDYGIRL, test the chair out herself so she could share her thoughts with you. Read her review to see if this chair might be an appropriate solution for you, and then enter our giveaway at the bottom of the screen for your chance to win one!
Posted 3/16/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 126 comments   12,482 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Smoothie Lovers, Take Note: Win a High-Speed Blendtec Blender

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Spring is just around the corner, which means that smoothie season is coming up! We can't wait to dust off our blenders here at SparkPeople and whip up our favorite warmer-weather concoctions. Is your blender in need of an upgrade after its winter hibernation? Well, you're in luck! We're giving away a Blendtec Total Blender Classic Series blender to one dailySpark reader.

Although this blender is a pro at making smoothies, it does so much more than that. Check out what Blendtec has to say:
Posted 3/9/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 74 comments   18,371 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Giveaway: Adidas adiZero Rush Women's Running Shoes

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Are you in the market for some new running shoes? If you've been using your current pair for five or six months (or have logged 400 to 600 miles in them), you're definitely due for some new kicks to avoid risk of injury. And we've got you covered:
we're giving away one pair of adidas adiZero Rush women's running shoes (valued at $100) in your size and color of choice! 
Posted 3/2/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 50 comments   19,281 views
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Giveaway: Sweaty Bands!


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We love working out, and we love looking good in functional clothing while we do it. And that's why we love Sweaty Bands!

Sweaty Bands are head bands that stay put in your hair during even the toughest of exercise, leaving your hands free to concentrate on your workout instead of adjusting your tresses. The bands come in a variety of cute patterns and colors, and we're giving away a 6-pack of Sweaty Bands to three lucky winners!

What we say about Sweaty Bands:
Sweaty Bands are durable, comfortable, and don't slip even when you're very sweaty. They also last a really long time—I've had mine for years!
Enter now to be one of 3 winners to win a 6-pack of Sweaty Bands!

To enter, click here! Be sure to read the rules. This contest will end exactly one week from today! Winners will be notified via email.
Posted 2/24/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 45 comments   12,512 views
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CONTEST CLOSED: Giveaway: Denise Austin DVDs!

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Sculpt and Burn Body Blitz:

Shape Up and Shed Pounds:


February can be a rough month for workouts. Spring is in sight, but barely. Temperatures continue to drop, and venturing out in the cold to hit the gym seems unappealing to even the most motivated of exercisers. Wouldn't it be easier to stay home and get an effective, full-body workout right in your living room, led by one of the biggest names in fitness?

Well, now you can! Legendary fitness guru Denise Austin has recently come out with two new workout DVDs, Sculpt and Burn Body Blitz and Shape Up and Shed Pounds. We are giving away 3 copies of each DVD, for a total of 6 lucky winners! We had the opportunity to ask Denise herself a few questions about how she stays healthy and fit, her take on her new DVDs, and more. Read the interview below, and then enter to win a copy of Sculpt and Burn Body Blitz or Shape Up and Shed Pounds!
SparkPeople: The fitness industry is constantly growing and changing-- we have more ways to work out now than ever before! In your opinion, what is the most exciting evolution in the fitness industry since you’ve been a part of it?
Denise Austin: Fitness DVDs. DVDs work perfectly for a fitness routine because you can do abs one day, thighs the next and you can do twenty minutes of it and don’t have to rewind the video. You can even go to the DVD menu and pick the workout you want to do to make it a quick and convenient workout. Another great development is Lionsgate's YouTube fitness channel, BeFit, where my fitness workouts are available 24 hours a day online - you can mix and match and create exactly the type of workout that you want. I love being involved in something that so directly reaches where the future of fitness is headed.

SP: What is your “go to” food to eat before a work out?
Posted 2/17/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Melinda Hershey : 11 comments   11,254 views
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Giveaway: Win a Sherpani Duffel Bag!

*Contest Closed. The winner is: AMARYLLIS8. Congratulations!*

Going to the gym straight from work can be a hassle, but sometimes it's the only way you can squeeze some fitness into your busy day. Wouldn't it make things a little easier if you had a cute, functional bag for carrying your workout gear? We thought so, too-- so we are giving away a Sherpani Blaze Sport Duffel Bag!

One lucky winner will receive a duffel bag (in light blue or light green-- your choice!) that's perfect for on-the-go storage of gym essentials. Here are the details from the manufacturer, as well as our thoughts on the product:

Product Overview (From Sherpani)

Compact and full of zip, structured and secure.
Product Details:        
Earth Friendly - 67% Recycled Fabric
Two Zippered External Pockets
One External Mesh Sleeve
Water bladder pocket access
Detachable shoulder strap, handles and backpack options
External zippered fleece lined pocket
10.5" x 18" x 9"

MSRP: $79.95

What we thought*:

I at first thought the bag had too many handles, but I soon realized how useful each set was. I use this bag daily to tote my work clothes and lunch to work, then tote my yoga clothes and other odds and ends home with me. It easily fits my purse, cosmetic bag, a change of clothes and my breakfast and lunch, with room to spare.

In the morning, I slide my yoga towel in the elastic part on top along with my water bottle so I can easily remove them when I get to the yoga studio. I carry the bag by the shoulder strap or the two handles to keep my food from spilling.

At night and when I travel, I use the backpack straps, and they’re super cushy. I used this bag as a daypack and carry-on bag during a 10-day vacation, and I loved it. There is an inside elastic pocket where I stored a change of clothes, side pockets for things I needed quickly, and a double zipper for easy access. There are elastic side pockets inside, too.

The only thing I don’t love is the contrasting colors, but I do love purple, so I’m willing to overlook the style.

*Note: We received merchandise from Sherpani for review purposes.

To enter, click here! Be sure to read the rules. This contest will end exactly one week from today! Winners will be notified via email.
Posted 2/10/2012  6:00:00 PM By: Stepfanie Romine : 20 comments   13,544 views
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