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A 20-Minute Pilates Workout That Will Power Up Your Core

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By: , – Alicia Capetillo, Editor-in-Chief
7/20/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  7 comments   :  463 views

One of the biggest misconceptions about Pilates is that the workout was designed exclusively for dancers. Perhaps it's the class's typical clientele or the association of the workout with long, lean bodies, but it's a misconception that needs to be debunked according to Andrea Speir, Speir Method founder and owner of Speir Pilates. "Pilates was actually created by a man [Joseph Pilates], and in its most original form was meant to strengthen men," Speir explains.  
 
While dancers adopted the workout as their own after discovering its ability to strengthen their bodies and athletic abilities, Pilates really is a workout that can benefit everyone, no matter their physical stature or flexibility. Despite another misconception about the decades-old workout, Speir stresses that Pilates really has nothing to do with flexibility, noting that the moves are more designed to help you find proper alignment.

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Can CBD Oil Help You Get More Out of Your Workouts?

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
7/18/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  25 comments   :  2,963 views

Chances are you've used plenty of different oils—to add flavor to your food, to moisturize your hair and skin, and maybe even to infuse your home with delicious aromas. But there's one oil you may not be familiar with: cannabidiol oil, more commonly known as CBD oil. Although it's not entirely mainstream (yet), this substance is firing up controversy in some health and fitness circles. While some fitness professionals are skeptical of its risks and legality, many people claim that CBD oil helps to enhance not only their workouts, but their overall wellness.

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6 Accessories You Need Before Exercising in the Sun

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
7/16/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  60 comments   :  43,344 views

Unfortunately, you can't "roll-over" workouts like you can phone minutes. To stay in shape, lose weight or maintain weight, you have to do the work and do the work often. This can mean swims in chilly water, walks in snow flurries or runs, bike rides and outdoor yoga sessions in the high humidity and heat of summer.

While you can't predict the weather, you can prepare for it. When the heat and stickiness of summer threaten to put a damper on your outdoor workout, fight back with the right attire and accessories to keep you cool.


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Spark Spotlight: Tiffany (JAPANGURL17)

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
7/16/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  23 comments   :  4,118 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: Tiffany (JAPANGURL17)
Age: 27
Location: Imazato, Osaka-Shi, Japan (Hometown: Kahoka, Missouri)
 
Small Success of the Week
 
Tiffany is happy to report she ran her first 2.5 miles ever without stopping! 

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How Many Calories Are Really Burned While Walking?

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
7/13/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  58 comments   :  15,548 views

When it comes to low-impact cardio that burns calories while toning muscle, walking wins every time. Sticking to a regular walking program puts you on the fast track to a slew of health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease, stronger bones and joints, improved mental health and accelerated weight loss. When combined with a healthy, well-balanced diet, walking can be a great way to lose or maintain weight—but do you know just how many calories all those steps are really burning? The actual number of calories burned walking may be more—or less—than you think.

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5 Things to Consider Before Buying Workout Leggings

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By: , – Ayanna Greenidge-Brutus, Co-Founder of Brut Force Athletics
7/11/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  37 comments   :  14,609 views

When you're at the gym or running around the neighborhood, the last thing you want is for your clothing to get in the way. Exercise is hard enough without your shorts sliding up your thigh or fabric getting in the way of your dumbbell rows. That's why so many people choose leggings. Comfortable and flattering, leggings are designed to stay in place whether you're striking a pose in yoga or trying to beat your personal best on the track.
 
Of course, you have to choose the right pair of leggings to enjoy the benefits. With a fully saturated athleisure market, finding the perfect leggings for your shape and sport can be a challenge, oftentimes leaving you with a closet full of options that you can't wear. The only thing worse than leggings that ride up during your run is feeling like you wasted your money on athletic wear that doesn't hold up. Make the next pair of leggings your favorite pair by following a few simple tips before you head to the checkout counter.

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