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6 Accessories You Need Before Exercising in the Sun

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7/16/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  31 comments   :  39,205 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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7/16/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  18 comments   :  3,370 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   :  48 comments   :  10,451 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   :  36 comments   :  13,167 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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10 Athleisure Brands Plus-Size Women Will Love

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7/10/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  46 comments   :  15,687 views

Shopping for clothes can be a pain no matter what size you are. What looks cute on the model in the store, online or in a magazine almost never looks right when you try it on in real life. Because finding the exact right fit is such an ordeal, many people either stick to the brands they know and love or shy away from shopping all together.

At SparkPeople, we believe that no one is too big too exercise, and to exercise effectively, you need the right clothes. They don't have to be fancy or expensive but you'll appreciate the difference once you've experienced the benefits of wearing a sweat-wicking shirt instead of a cotton one on your next bike ride. From roomier sandals to shirts designed to move with you (and not cling!) these plus-size apparel brands are not to be ignored.


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Spark Spotlight: Karen (STEEPERSLOUNGE)

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7/9/2018  12:00:00 AM   :  38 comments   :  7,310 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: Karen (STEEPERSLOUNGE)
Age: 56
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Small Success of the Week

When we first noticed Karen's small success, she had posted on the Community Feed that she hadn't eaten added sugar in a whopping 171 days! She has continued that streak and is now up to 190 days sugar-free. Karen also reports she's in her best health ever and has gone from taking 14 medications to zero.  


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