Smile Starters & Motivation

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These 30 race-day signs had us laughing all the way to the finish line. We hope they make you laugh, too.

30 Race Signs That Had Us Laughing All the Way to the Finish Line

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Swimming saved Lucy from herself--she learned to love the workout and shed massive pounds in the process! Find fitness inspiration from Lucy for yourself.

Home Is Where the Swimming Is

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Are these two things just killing your motivation? Find out what they are and how to beat them back--fast--with this guide!

Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation

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Do you have a reward system in place for losing weight, making healthy food choices, or doing exercise? If not, you may want to consider some of these non-food rewards that you can put in place when you reach certain goals to help keep you motivated!

50 Non-Food Rewards for Fitness and Weight Loss

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Sometimes humor is the best motivation! Need an idea for a creative sign to cheer on your favorite racer? Here are 30 ways to keep them laughing till the finish.

30 Race Signs That Had Us Laughing All the Way to the Finish Line

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Learn how Tammy overcame her cycle of obesity and depression with the help of SparkPeople. If she can do it, believe us--you can too! Get on the track to health!

'I'm Winning the Battle Against Depression & Obesity, One Day at a Time.'

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Looking for motivation for your next workout? Try plugging in to these 40 upbeat songs to get you moving and grooving! There's nothing like the power of music to motivate your next exercise routine! Get fit--keep moving!

40 Upbeat Songs to Make Your Workout Fly By

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Set yourself up for weight loss success with a flexible mindset. When you want to work on your health and wellness, you can't be rigid. Adding in some flexibility to your routine will set you up to crush your exercise goals!

How a Flexible Mindset Influences Weight-Loss Success

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Happy Friday the 13th! Does luck play a role in getting healthy? Do you have any fitness/exercise superstitions?

Fitness Superstitions: Magic or Mind Games?

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Whether it's yoga, running or hiking, if you love what you do, it (almost) won't feel like a workout. What's your life fitness match?

Exercise Matchmaking: Find the Right Fitness Relationship for You

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Try to work these activities into your Sundays for a more productive week. This is a time-management hack you need to get into your life.

7 Things to Do on Sunday for a More Productive Week - Very Erin

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Does your scale tell you more than how much you weigh? Ours doesn't either. But we do have 55 awesome things to tell you that your scale won't, like how endearing your quirks are, how ambitious you are and how promising your future is. What else is it not telling you about your health?

55 Things the Scale Won't Tell You

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It turns out that by exercising regularly and 'training your brain,' you can boost your brain power just like physical activity can strengthen your muscles. What are you waiting for--workout your brain!

Exercises to Boost Your Brain Power

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Are you a Debbie Downer or a Peppy Patricia? In addition to spreading negative energy, studies show that complaining can also impair our mental health. Learn how to be more optimistic in your life--it'll make you healthier and happier!

The Pessimist's Predicament: Is Complaining Sabotaging Your Progress?

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Starting to feel your age? Turn back the clock with our 25 tips to feel 10 years younger. It's a recipe for health, vitality and energy.

25 Ways to Feel 10 Years Younger

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Feel 10 years younger the natural way--we have 25 ways to lessen your age today! Try these ideas for yourself, or spread the love and share with your family.

25 Ways to Feel 10 Years Younger

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We promise that no matter how busy you are, someone even busier than you are is working out right now. If you look closer, you'll discover that you do have the time to work out—and you deserve to use that time for yourself. Need more motivation for your next workout? Get started with these 10 healthy tips!

Finding Time for Exercise

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Have you fallen off the exercise wagon? There's no time like the present to get back on! Try these 6 tips for motivation and to get back on the fitness track. What are you waiting for?

Fall off the Exercise Wagon?

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What on Eart are chakras? Here, Chakras are explained in a really easy (and awesome) way to understand. If you have always wanted to work Chakras into your life, then you need this!

A Crash Course in the Chakras - Fit Bottomed Zen

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Love your body--at any size! Here are 58 reasons you should love yourself today. Can you think of any more reasons? Let us know how you feel healthy and happy every day!

58 Reasons to Feel Good about Your Body (at Any Size!)

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Can you say 'yes' to stress? Stress is not the enemy. There are benefits of stress that you may not have realized, and can actually be good for your health.

Here's Why Stress Is Not the Enemy

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The pessimist's predicament: Is complaining sabotaging your progress? How can you get off the complain train and master the art of positive self-talk? It's healthy and something you should get into your life today!

The Pessimist's Predicament: Is Complaining Sabotaging Your Progress?

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Are you still holding on to your skinny jeans? Here are 5 reasons why you need to ditch them, for good! If you workout, and live a healthy life, then your skinny jeans mean nothing! Go on, ditch them!

5 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Skinny Jeans

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Do you feel as though you fell off the exercise wagon? Well you can get back on track today! Here are 25 ways to get back on that workout horse. Which idea did you try?

25 Ways You Could Get Back on Track Today

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You have to take a rest once in a while--it's science! Resting when you workout is imperative. But how often should you do it and when? What is best for your health?

Factor in Rest Days for Weight Loss Success

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