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Why You Should Embrace Humor and Your 'Thunder Thighs'

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/7/2017  12:00:00 PM   :  55 comments   :  15,175 views

Every month The Go Get It Guide is your destination for motivation, musings on random goals and probably pop culture references. It's a space where we'll sort through the PR pitches and news, then share our honest thoughts on what's happening in the health and fitness world, what's on the horizon and just what we think of that video the internet obsessed over last week. Check in each month to Spark, Sweat, Smile, Savor and Shop with us!

Smile: A Love Letter to the Goofballs Who Play Baseball

I love baseball for a lot of really important reasons—the intensity of a pitcher's duel, the glory of a walk-off, the anxiety of a no-no in action, the excitement of Opening day, a well-executed double play, all-out diving catches in the outfield, the grace of an infielder flipping a ball behind his back or through the knees after a particularly epic sliding catch. My brothers play ball, I played softball, my family and I are aggressive Cincinnati Reds fans and, really, is there anything better than taking in a game on a cool summer night under the lights? I could go on and on.

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6 Healthy Donuts You Can Make at Home

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/6/2017  12:00:00 PM   :  85 comments   :  565,591 views

My love of donuts started on my sixth birthday, when my parents bought them for my party instead of a cake. Ten years later, my parents led my family through an amazing lifestyle change that included diet and exercise. I’ll never forget walking into a well-known donut chain where you could watch them come off the line. We asked for some without icing. They were shocked at the request.

This got me thinking about how to enjoy the warm, soft sweetness of donuts without the fat, calories and sugar of traditional recipes. Here’s what I learned: Start by substituting whole wheat flour, then use plain yogurt instead of oil and butter. Use natural ingredients—like berries, pumpkin and banana—to add nutritional sweetness. Have fun with toppings too, using lemon zest, orange zest, cinnamon sugar or icing (in moderation). Try baking instead of frying, or make smaller sizes to help with portion control. If you don’t own a donut pan, try a muffin pan instead.

When you're craving a delicious treat, these donut recipes deliver all the flavor without wrecking your health goals. 

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33 Unexpected Ways to Use Your Muffin Pan

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/5/2017  12:00:00 AM   :  43 comments   :  11,717 views

If the muffin isn't the world's most perfect food, it's definitely in the running. Because it's pre-portioned, it's easy to indulge your cravings in moderation while staying within your target calorie count (but watch out for those oversized, calorie-filled muffins you can find in grocery stores or coffeehouses). Muffins are also perfectly portable—you can easily enjoy them as an on-the-go breakfast, toss them in your lunch bag on the way out the door or serve them as kid-friendly after-school snacks.

When you think of muffins, you probably think of bananabran or blueberry—and those classic options are all mouth-watering in their own right—but there are plenty of unconventional ways to put your muffin pan to work. Which of these yummy ideas would you like to try?

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Podiatrist Tips for Treating the Top 5 Foot Problems

By: , – Vionic Shoes
4/3/2017  12:00:00 AM   :  12,500 views

Ouch! What a pain in the foot. April is National Foot Health Awareness Month so we’ve teamed up with Vionic Innovation Lab expert Dr. Jackie Sutera, a surgically trained doctor of podiatric medicine specializing in the prevention and treatment of foot pathology, to learn more about the top five foot problems. Here are her recommended remedies to help relieve pain, swelling and other symptoms you might experience.

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Do Essential Oils Live up to the Hype?

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
4/3/2017  12:00:00 AM   :  85 comments   :  19,315 views

Even if you've never used essential oils, you probably know someone who swears by them. Derived from plants, these highly concentrated oils can be applied topically on the skin or inhaled through aromatherapy—all with the goal of enhancing physical and mental wellness.

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12 Entertaining Podcasts to Get You Through Your Next Workout

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3/31/2017  12:00:00 AM   :  49 comments   :  18,984 views

Even with all the right mantras, plenty of motivation and a killer playlist, there will inevitably be days when your walk, run or workout feels like it's moving in slow motion. Thanks to technology, your very own on-demand entertainment is just a few clicks away. A motivating podcast can do wonders to speed up an exercise session and keep your mind engaged—maybe even inspired—from the first step to the last.

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