The SparkPeople Blog

A Quick, Zero-Equipment Cardio Workout

By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
4/16/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  0 comments   :  144 views

Are you getting bored with your cardio routine? Spice things up with this quick, efficient (and kinda fun!) cardio workout that can be done with or without impact in a small space at home. I’ll show modification options during the routine, so be sure to stick with whatever works best for your body!  

Read More ›

9 Body-Positive Quotes to Boost Your Self-Esteem

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/15/2014  6:00:00 AM   :  12 comments   :  4,672 views

No matter how much time you put in at the gym or how thoughtfully you nourish your body, everyone suffers from body-image issues from time to time. When you need a little boost of self-esteem (and who doesn't), here are 9 of our favorite quotes and mantras. (Each quote is a separate image so, if you find one you really like, you can right click it to open in a new window and print it out.) Be sure to "Pin" this page to revisit when you need to be reminded that you're good enough as you are (right now) no matter what!

Read More ›

2 Easy Tips for a Great Workout Every Time

By: , – Haley Perlus, Ph.D.
4/14/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  2 comments   :  4,998 views

Whether you're a casual exerciser or an elite athlete, we've all been through workouts when our minds begin to interfere, preventing us from achieving our daily goals. In fact, research has proven that it's usually the mind—not the body—that fatigues first and stops us from reaching our full physical potential.  
 
Even top Olympic athletes deal with mental distraction and fatigue during their training sessions. It is in these moments that they must learn how to effectively master their minds in order to sustain motivation, confidence, intensity, focus, and emotional control so that they can follow through on their pre-planned workouts and prepare for competition. 

Read More ›

Rise and Shine: 8 Stretches You Should Do Each Morning

By: , – Suzanne Bowen, Creator of BarreAmped
4/11/2014  5:00:00 AM   :  15 comments   :  17,634 views

One of the best ways to start your day in a healthy way is to take a moment to ground your thoughts by stretching and intentionally breathing.  It's amazing what you can accomplish in less than seven minutes to set your day on the right path.  
 
When you stretch deeply, you should always be warm.  So performing this series after a morning workout or after a hot shower is optimal. If you do it right out of bed, make sure you stretch more gently.  

Here are eight stretches to add to your morning routine to feel strong, flexible and grounded. These exercises cover all your major muscle groups and can be followed any time of day, including after your workouts.

Read More ›

6 Ways to Try New Recipes for Less

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/11/2014  12:00:00 AM   :  8,420 views

Travel around the world in just one bite--without spending a fortune! Here's how to go global and try new recipes for less at dinnertime tonight.

Read More ›

13 Smart Snacks to Keep at Your Desk

By: , – SparkPeople Staff
4/10/2014  6:00:00 AM   :  6 comments   :  8,996 views

Hunger doesn't always stick to a schedule, especially during the workday. Your lunch break might be scheduled for noon, but your appetite doesn't always get that memo! Hunger can interfere with your ability to focus on important tasks, and it can make you cranky (or worse, hangry!), which can certainly affect your relationships with your co-workers. That means you gotta get that hunger in check even when you can't leave your desk. So keep healthy snacks on hand to stay on track with your diet and on task at the office!  

Here are 13 nutritious and filling (yet low-calorie) foods that travel well. Some can be stored in your desk, while others need to be stored in the fridge or an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack until you're ready to eat.

Read More ›

Read More Entries ›

Have a Tip or Idea?

Send it to editor@dailyspark.com