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Health Food or Fraud? The Truth About 12 Tempting Veggie Products

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/9/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  4 comments   :  24,583 views

Your body loves vegetables. Not only are they rich in vitamins and nutrients, they also help ward off heart disease and certain types of cancers, and their low calorie count fits seamlessly into any weight loss plan. But when you're rushing from work to carpool to evening activities, it may seem next to impossible to get near a vegetable, much less a kitchen in which to cook it.

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A Change of Pace from Running in Place: 9 Exclusive Treadmill Workouts

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/9/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  15 comments   :  14,723 views

Your enjoyment of any exercise is influenced by your environment. It's more fun to lift weights in a clean, high-energy gym. Yoga is more peaceful in a quiet park than in a house full of kids. The same goes for running: For most of us, the miles go much faster on a lakeside trail than they do on the dreaded “t-word.”

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The Truth about Turmeric: Miracle Spice or Myth?

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/8/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  21 comments   :  25,757 views

If you're a fan of Asian or Indian food, you've likely consumed turmeric. Derived from its namesake perennial plant grown throughout India and in parts of Asia and Africa, the bright orange spice has been used medicinally in various parts of the world for thousands of years. On the culinary side, it’s most commonly used to lend its warm, bitter taste to curry powders, cheeses, butters and mustards.

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Puppies: The Ultimate Workout Motivation

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
8/5/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  2 comments   :  11,185 views

While I've been aggressively avoiding eye contact with the back-to-school displays at Target, otherwise known as the international sign of the end of summer, I've had a lot of time to ponder why these three months are so precious. Is it the vitamin D overload? Do sandals make people happier? Is it the increased chance of seeing fireworks on a Tuesday? Vacation planning got you smiling through every emergency 9 a.m. meeting? Is it the s'mores?
 
For me, it's that last one, plus the opportunity to do basically everything outside. Reading nooks are great, but reading under a tree is better. Spin class is high energy, but a ride on a scenic bike trail takes the cake any day. The smell of a bonfire trumps a crackling fireplace fire every time. I don't even mind sweating through hotter-than-Bikram yoga classes in the park if it means I get to gaze up at a blue sky during triangle pose.
 
As we creep towards cozy fall sweaters and cooler weather, make it a point to get outside as often as you can. Make your next brainstorming meeting a walking meeting around the building, go to the pool with your kid and get your hair wet, take your treadmill run to the sidewalk along the river, play fetch with your puppy until the sun goes down, chase down the ice cream truck because those things never seem to come by as often as they used to and you deserve a Firecracker Pop. Don't complain about the heat. Embrace it, get your glisten on and sing "Summer of '69" at the top of your lungs.

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Say 'Hello' to SparkPeople Premium: Remove Ads, Email Coaches, Get Advanced Reporting and Help Us in Our Mission to Help You

By: , – The Guy Who's in the Know About SparkPeople Premium
8/2/2016  11:00:00 AM   :  88 comments   :  19,819 views

When you visit the Start page today--or log into our app--you may notice something different. If you haven’t done it yet, go ahead and give them a look; we won’t go anywhere.:)
 
Today, we launched of our newest tool to help you reach your goals: SparkPeople Premium. SparkPeople Premium is an optional, paid upgrade to your SparkPeople account that will give you enhanced tools and support in addition to those you already get for free now.

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Don't Let Standing Get You Down: The Best Shoes for Walking on Hard Surfaces

By: , – Vionic Shoes
8/2/2016  12:00:00 AM   :  13,657 views

We’ve all heard the song, “The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone. The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone…” And it’s true! The study of biomechanics has proven that everything is interconnected, and when there’s a misalignment in one part of the body, it can travel up your body and affect other areas. What causes this misalignment? Prolonged periods of standing or walking on concrete can cause the foot to over-pronate, resulting in the ankle rolling inwards and the arch collapsing. That’s why it’s so important to wear the best shoes for standing on concrete when you’re constantly walking on hard surfaces.

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