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#SnapYourGear Photo Contest

By: Snap Fitness

Is it time to get a workout gear makeover? Is your t-shirt from the 80’s? Do you use duct-tape as your rip-repair tool? Has your spandex lost it’s dex? We want to help you to look and feel great when you work out? Participate in our #SnapYourGear contest and you could win $200 in official Snap Fitness gear!

 

Instructions:

Take a picture of your worst workout-clothes, workout-shoes or an entire outfit. Share it on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, using the hashtag #SnapYourGear

-Only 1 entry per person.

-Contest starts Tuesday, Dec 10th, 2013 at 3:00PM CDT.

-Final entry must be posted no later then Monday, December 16th, 2013 at 8:00AM CDT.

-All entries will be reviewed, and the top 10 entries, determined by Snap Fitness representatives, will then be announced on Tuesday December 17th.

-The public will then get to vote on their favorite one, from Monday December 17th thru Sunday, December 23rd at 8:00AM CDT, via the hashtag #SnapYourGearFinalis.

-The winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 24th at 10:00AM CDT.

Prize:

A prize package valued at approximatly $200 worth of Snap Gear will be awarded to one winner!

 

Disclaimer:

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to Snap Fitness, Inc. (Snap Fitness) and not to Facebook or Instagram. The information you provide will only be used for sending subscribers company updates and announcements.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
SNAP FITNESS® #SnapYourGear CONTEST

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING A PRIZE. INTERNET ACCESS REQUIRED. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

1. ELIGIBILITY: The Snap Fitness® #SnapYourGear Contest (the “Contest”) is open only to legal US and Canadian residents (except Arizona, Puerto Rico, US territories and possessions or Quebec) who are at least 18 years of age or older as of the first day of the Contest. Void in Arizona, Quebec, Puerto Rico, US Territories and Possessions and where prohibited or otherwise restricted by law. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, Sponsor’s franchisees, and their respective affiliated companies, parents and subsidiaries, and the advertising and promotion agencies of each (collectively, the “Contest Entities”), and their immediate families (defined as spouse, mother, father, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters, regardless of where they reside) and members of their households (whether related or not) are ineligible to participate in this Contest. Participation in the Contest constitutes each entrant’s or their parent’s/legal guardian’s, as applicable, full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules, including, but not limited to, entrant’s consent to receive e-mail messages from Sponsor solely in connection with the Contest and acknowledgment that this Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook® or Instagram. Each Contest entrant is referred to herein as a “Participant.” All Participants under the age of majority in his/her state of residence must have the prior permission from his/her parent/legal guardian to enter.

2. HOW TO ENTER CONTEST: To enter the Contest, upload a photo entry (the “Submission”) to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #SnapYourGear between 3:00PM CDT on December 10, 2013, and 8:00AM CDT on December 16, 2013 (the “Submission Period”). All Submissions must be received in the Submission Period. Sponsor’s computer is the official clock for the Contest. All Submissions must meet the standards set out in these Official Rules including, but not limited to, the Submission Requirements (specified below). Limit one entry per person.

3. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

A.  The Submission must be a picture of your worst workout clothes, workout shoes or entire outfit.

B. Participants agree to and understand that Submissions may be made available to the public, including but not limited to posting on the Internet. Whether or not Submissions are published on the Internet, Sponsor does not guarantee any confidentiality with respect to any Submission.

C. Participants are responsible for securing necessary consents, waivers, talent and location releases, and licenses for any visual and audio material contained in the Submissions.

D. Submissions must comply with the Content Restrictions set forth below.

E. Each Submission must be created by Participant and entered on an individual basis only (i.e., no joint or corporate entries or entries on behalf of any Participant).

F. Each Submission must be an original work of Participant which is under no restriction, contractual or otherwise, that will prevent or limit Sponsor’s use of the Submission and each Submission must be free of any and all liens, encumbrances and claims of third parties. Participant acknowledges, agrees and warrants that, nothing in the Submission infringes on any copyrights, confidential information, trade secrets, or trademarks or other property rights belonging to any person or entity other than the Participant absent a suitable license, clearance or permission agreement (proof of which is required upon submission), or violates any person’s rights of privacy or publicity and that all necessary releases and permissions have been secured.

G. By uploading the Submission the participant agrees, for zero compensation, to grant to Sponsor all intellectual property rights in the Submission and each of its constituent parts, which rights include, without limitation, the Sponsor’s right to publish, make available to the public and/or reproduce the Submission through any media available for the purpose of administering and conducting the Contest. In addition, Participant warrants that any so called “moral rights” in the Submission have been waived and Participant acknowledges and agrees that Sponsor may use any ideas from any Submission or other submitted materials, whether or not Participant has been awarded a prize in connection with any such Submission or other materials.

H. Sponsor is not responsible for any expenses incurred in the production and delivery of the Submissions.

CONTENT RESTRICTIONS: The Submission must not contain material that:

1. is unlawful, harmful, offensive, threatening, abusive, harassing, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, defamatory, libelous, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, indecent, lewd, suggestive, scantily-clad, profane, hateful, racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate material of any kind, including, but not limited to, any material which encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national or international law;

2. may infringe any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other intellectual or proprietary right of any party;

3. makes reference to or involves gambling, casinos, off-track betting, or other gambling of any form;

4. involves alcohol, tobacco or weaponry, or that promotes or has a connotation to any illegal activity;

5. that impersonates, disguises or conceals any person or entity or otherwise misrepresents a Participant’s affiliation with a person or entity;

6. displays or depicts unacceptable clothing or adornments, or displays any commercial/corporate advertising (including but not limited to corporate logos, brand names, trademarks, slogans, political, personal and religious statements);

7. references persons or organizations without their written permission;

8. disparages persons or organizations associated with Sponsor; or

9. otherwise violates the standards of Sponsor as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Any Submission that does not comply with the above requirements and restrictions, or any other requirement herein, is subject to disqualification and Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to remove any Submission if Sponsor receives notification about any potential infringements or breaches of law or any other reason set forth herein.

Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, illegible or misdirected Submissions, which will be disqualified; for technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to, electronic malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software; any failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions or any combination thereof; or for any error, human, technical or otherwise; or any injury or damage to Participant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from entering, participating in, or accessing or downloading information in connection with, this Contest. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to modify, cancel or suspend this Contest for any reason whatsoever including, but not limited to, a computer virus, bug, or other cause beyond the control of Sponsor. In case of dispute as to the owner of a Submission, the Submission will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address from which the entry is made with the only exception being if a minor submits an entry in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. A selected Participant may be required to provide Sponsor with proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the e-mail address associated with the selected Submission. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds tampering with the operation or entry process of the Contest, or acting in violation of these Official Rules or applicable law. Submissions delayed past the Submission Deadline will not be accepted.

4. CONTEST WINNER SELECTION: Accepted Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges designated by Sponsor based on creativity, originality and overall appeal (the “Judging Criteria”). Ten finalists will be selected by the judges and posted by December 17, 2013 at 10:00AM CDT, where viewers can vote on their favorite Submission, using the hashtag #SnapYourGearFinalist. Voting will close on December 23, 2013 at 8:00AM CDT. The Submission with the highest number of votes will be the Grand Prize winner.

Any ties will be broken by an additional judge based on the judging criteria described above.

For Canadian Residents Only: Before being declared a winner, the selected entrant must first correctly answer, without assistance of any kind, whether mechanical or otherwise, a time limited mathematical skill testing question to be administered by telephone, e-mail or mail at the Sponsor’s discretion.

5. GRAND PRIZE: The Grand Prize winner will be awarded Snap Fitness gear with an approximate retail value of US$200. The Grand Prize winner will be required to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility /Liability and Publicity Release (where legal).

Upon receipt of any prize, each Grand Prize Winner is required to comply with any and all applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations. All federal, state and local taxes are solely the Grand Prize Winner’s responsibility.

If a potential Grand Prize Winner cannot be contacted within seven (7) days of the first attempt to contact him/her, or if he/she fails to return the signed Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability and Publicity Release within seven (7) days (subject to applicable law), or if the potential Grand Prize Winner is deemed ineligible for any other reason in Sponsor’s sole discretion, the potential Grand Prize Winner will be disqualified and an alternate Grand Prize Winner will be selected in his/her place as described in the Contest Winner Selection in Section 4 above.

The total value of prize available to be won in the Contest is $200USD. Odds of winning a prize depends on the number of eligible entries received.

6. GENERAL: The Contest Entities reserve the right to terminate, cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest without liability and without prior notice if any factor interferes with its operation as contemplated by these Official Rules, including but not limited to any fraud, virus or other technical problem which corrupts the administration, security, or proper operation of the Contest. CAUTION; ANY ATTEMPT BY PARTICIPANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. The use of automated or third party software or another web site not approved by Sponsor in order to register or enter this Contest is prohibited. Any questionable activity that increases votes for a Submission will result in disqualification or similar action. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any Participant who is suspected of tampering with the Submission, voting or selection process.

By participating in the Contest, Participants agree: (a) to comply with these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor and any third party judges, which shall be binding and final in all respects; (b) to release Sponsor, Facebook® and Instagram from all liability, loss or damage arising out of participation in the Contest or in connection with the awarding, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize; (c) to be contacted by Sponsor by mail, telephone and/or email; and (d) that he/she acknowledges that neither Sponsor makes any warranty, representation, or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize, and disclaim all liability for the provision, quality or nature of any third-party products or services provided to Grand Prize Winners.

Except in the cases of death or personal injury caused directly by the intentional misconduct or gross negligence of the Contest Entities, the Contest Entities shall have no liability and shall be released and held harmless by Participant(s) or his/her parent/legal guardian, as applicable, for any damage, loss or liability to person or property, including without limitation any claim for infringement of intellectual property rights, as a result of participation in the Contest. Participants assume all risk of loss, damage, destruction, delay or misdirection of mail or e-mail or any Submission submitted to Sponsor. All prizes are awarded upon the condition that the Contest Entities shall have no liability whatsoever, subject to the limitations set forth herein, and shall be held harmless for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind to persons or property, including death, sustained, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, in connection with or resulting from acceptance, possession or use/misuse of any prize, or participation in the Contest and any Contest related activities.

No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Sponsor, who reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize with another prize of greater or equal value in the event that a prize is unavailable or cannot otherwise be awarded as described.

Any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by arbitration (where legal). Claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Contest, but in no event attorney’s fees.

Except where prohibited, all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the participant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Minnesota without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of MN or any other jurisdiction). Should any provision of these Official Rules be deemed unenforceable or invalid, the other provisions of these Official Rules shall remain in full force and effect.

Sponsor will be collecting personal data about entrants in accordance with its privacy policy.  Please review the Sponsor’s privacy policy a www.snapfitness.com.  By participating in the Sweepstakes, you hereby agree to the Sponsor’s collection and usage of your personal information and acknowledge that you have read and accepted Sponsor’s privacy policy.

Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

7. DMCA: Sponsor complies with the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). In compliance with the DMCA, a Designated Agent has been established with proper documentation sent to the US Copyright Office.

If you have a concern regarding the use of copyrighted material on any web site, please contact the agent designated to respond to reports alleging copyright infringement.

The designated agent for Sponsor to receive notification of claimed infringement under Title II of the DMCA is: Copyright Agent C/O Snap Fitness, Inc., 2411 Galpin Court, Ste. 110, Chanhassen, MN 55317, USA.

DMCA Claims:

The DMCA specifies that all infringement claims must be in writing (either electronic mail or paper letter) and must include the following:

A physical or electronic signature of the copyright holder or a person authorized to act on his or her behalf;

A description of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;

A description of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to locate the material;

Information reasonably sufficient to permit the service provider to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address;

 A statement that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

8. OFFICIAL RULES AND WINNER LIST: For a copy of the Official Rules or list of Grand Prize Winners, please send a separate, self-addressed stamped envelope to: Snap Fitness® #SnapYourGear contest, 2411 Galpin Court, Ste. 110, Chanhassen, MN 55317.

9. SPONSOR: Snap Fitness, Inc., 2411 Galpin Court, Ste. 110, Chanhassen, MN 55317, USA.

5 Tips To A Healthier Thanksgiving

By: Snap Fitness

While Thanksgiving is certainly a time to be grateful and spend time with those we who mean the most to us, the festivities tend to add a few extra pounds to our waistline. To help avoid tipping the scale this holiday season, follow these 5 healthy Thanksgiving tips:


1. Eat small, before you eat big- There is no greater temptation than a buffet full of delectable Thanksgiving dishes. Eating something small an hour before meal time will fill your stomach just enough so you won’t pile your plate too high. Stick to your normal, daily routine to keep your blood sugar level.


2. Hit the gym before you eat- Even a quick 15 minute workout can help release endorphins and increase your metabolism. Don’t have time for the gym? Get outside for a walk or toss around the football. Something is better than nothing!


3. Take your time eating- Slow-down and enjoy every bite. Try setting down your fork after each bite and chewing thoroughly. Also, drink a glass of water or milk with your meal, to fill you up. Listen to your body and ask yourself if you’re full and satisfied.

 
4. Limit leftovers- We know this is the best part, but limiting leftovers will help you not to overindulge later on. Taking home a few healthier items, such as: turkey and vegetables is fine, but try to be aware of the amount you bring home. It is important to keep healthy foods around in order to be successful, when it comes to your eating habits.

 

5. Use a smaller plate- Try using a salad plate instead of a full size dinner plate. If there is less food on your plate, you are likely to eat less food. You’ll be surprised how full you actually feel after eating off a smaller plate.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

My Snap Success Story: Tom H. from LaCrosse, WI Loses 178 pounds to be an Example for His Daughters

By: Snap Fitness

Three years ago, Tom H. was watching TV with his family when he had a revelation. Both he and his family we’re becoming heavier and lazier, choosing TV over exercise. That’s when he decided to make a change.

“I weighed 368 pounds, and my daughters were becoming overweight too,” says Tom. “I knew it was time to start working out, so I began using our elliptical trainer at home. I lost about 30 pounds over the next eight months, but the elliptical kept breaking because I was so heavy.”

Tom decided to give up the at-home workouts and join the Snap Fitness in LaCrosse in November 2011. Two years later, Tom has dropped an incredible 178 pounds and counting.

“I knew I wanted to lose weight to lead by example for my daughters,” he says. “I also wanted to be healthier, look better, and feel better about myself. My final goal is to get down to 184 pounds, which will be exactly half of how much I weighed when I started.”

His positive influence has rubbed off, as Tom says his daughter has become a track and cross country runner, and his family has begun actively snow skiing and water skiing as much as possible.

While he still has more goals set for his future, Tom has some advice for anyone who wants to make a change like he has.

“Don’t give up,” he says. “It can be tough sometimes, but it’s worth every minute. I always feel better after every single one of my workouts. In a world where so many things are beyond our control, personal fitness is one thing that most of us do have control over.”

3 Time Saving Tips For The Gym

By: Snap Fitness

Nothing gets your day going like a morning workout. But with a busy schedule of work, school, kids or just everyday life, it’s easy to let the time slip away. To help you get yourself in gear and make the most out of your time in the gym, we put together three quick and easy time saving tips for busy people who want to squeeze in a workout.

1) Plan ahead – The night before your workout, lay out your workout clothes, shoes, gloves and anything else you might need for the gym. This is especially helpful in the mornings, because even if you’re groggy all the work has been done for you.


2) Put it on your calendar – Look at your calendar right now. It might be packed with meetings, family events or upcoming holiday plans. But where is the workout? Schedule your workouts ahead of time and put them on the calendar. This creates more accountability and helps you to plan around your workout, instead of making your workout a lesser priority.


3) Set a time limit – Sometimes being on a tight timeline can be good for you. If you know you only have 30 minutes to workout, you’ll maximize that time instead of spending extra minutes checking yourself out in the mirrors (be honest, we’ve all done it). Figure out how much time you need and budget your timeline accordingly.

 

Don’t let your workout take a backseat to your schedule! Use these time saving tips and make fitness a priority!

Great American Smokeout: 8 Immediate Rewards of Quitting

By: Snap Fitness

Source: American Cancer Society

 

Today, is the American Cancer Society's annual "Great American Smokeout!" Each year on the third Thursday in November, smokers are encouraged to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

In addition to the clear health benefits that come with quitting, this week we want to share eight immediate rewards that come from breaking the habit. If you're a smoker, make next week your new beginning with the Great American Smokeout!


1) Breath smells better


2) Stained teeth get whiter


3) Bad smelling clothes and hair go away


4) Yellow fingers and fingernails disappear


5) Food tastes better


6) Sense of smell returns to normal


7) Everyday activities (such as climbing stairs or light housework) no longer leave them out of breath


8) You can be in smoke-free buildings without having to go outside to smoke.

 

What difference can you make today?

How To Add 30 Minutes Of Cardio To Your Workday

By: Snap Fitness

Why is it so hard to find that 30 minutes a day to fit in a workout?

 

One of the biggest challenges of the day can be finding time to exercise. Most people feel that unless they carve out a specific time for their work out, it may not happen at all. With all the demands life throws your way, sneaking in the recommended 30 minutes a day can seem like a daunting task. The truth is, finding time for those 30 minutes can be easier than you’d think.

 

That’s right, drop the coffee mug, step away from the computer, and lace up those sneakers, its time to get moving! The easiest way to sneak in 30 minutes of exercise during your busy day is to break it into short workouts. Below is a list of small things you can do that will add up to results, if done daily.

 

Remember, it takes one step at a time. Track your workouts for better results and always plan ahead if you know your day is going to get the best of you. Something is always better than nothing!

 

10 ways to add exercise to your day:

 

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Sit on an exercise ball to strengthen abs and back
  • Wear ankle weights, walk the stairs
  • Walk during your lunch break
  • Instead of emailing a co-worker, walk to their desk
  • Close your office door and do some jumping jacks
  • Do calve rises while standing
  • Park furthest away from the door as possible
  • Start an office walk break, start a trend
  • Bike to work, if applicable

 

What are some ways you incorporate small workouts into your work day?

3 Fitness Tips For Pet Owners

By: Snap Fitness

Here’s a scary fact: According to a recent study the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 52.5 percent of dogs and 58.3 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. That's an estimated 36.7 million dogs and 43.2 million cats. Even scarier? Research has shown that animal obesity can often time be a result in part because of the owner’s unhealthy lifestyle habits.



To help you watch your waistline (and your furry friend’s too), we’ve put together our list of three tips to add activity to your day for you and your pets.



1)  Schedule it ahead of time – The key to getting results is routine. If you schedule yourself a time to work out each day, you’re far more likely to actually go through with it than if you just say “I’ll do it sometime.” The same goes for your pets. If you make it a priority to play with your cat, walk your dog, or just be up and moving as a team, the chances of you actually going through with it will improve. We get it, the couch is comfy. Don’t be lured into a lazy night by puppy dog (or cat) eyes!



2) Find a pet partner – Accountability is another key when it comes to a furry fitness routine. Sure, you and your four legged counterpart are exercising together, but living in the same house it can be easy excuses to creep in, especially after a long day of work, school or watching cars drive by. If you find another pet partner, you can schedule walks, runs, trips to the dog park and other fitness meet-ups for you and your pets. If you know someone is waiting for you, there’s a better chance you’ll peel yourself away from the TV and get somefresh air.



3) Reposition their food – OK, this one is more for your pets than it is for you. If you have a cat or dog looking to lose a few pounds, trying putting their food somewhere that they to climb in order to reach. That little extra activity can go a long way in combatting those extra pounds, keeping your canine, feline or any other form of “line” a mean, lean face-licking machine.



Activity is good for everybody – no matter how many legs you have. Get your pet up and moving and you might just find yourself inspired to do it too!

My Snap Success Story: Chris L. Find New Life at 39

By: Snap Fitness

This week is Chris’ 39th birthday. And life has never been better.

Until recently, Chris weighed over 400 pounds and paid no attention to his overall health, until a break-up with his long-time girlfriend changed his outlook.

“I first started trying to get healthy after my break-up, but I quickly realized that this had to be about me getting in shape for myself or it would never work,” says Chris. “At that point I let go of the negative feelings and moved on with my life.”

Part of moving on included joining Snap Fitness in Ionia, Michigan. Chris works a steady 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. schedule every day, so being able to schedule his workouts around his job was important.

“I hit the gym for a good two hours every day,” he shares proudly. “I do an hour of lifting and an hour of cardio, and twice a week I participate in 20 minute boot camps. Plus I’m staying active throughout the day like I never have before.”

In addition to his new-found workout routine, Chris took a step back and reevaluated his diet.

“I eat clean,” he says. “No fast food, no soda, no deep-fried foods. I only drink water or an occasional glass of milk with meals, and I stick to fresh fruits, veggies, tuna and chicken. I can buy five bananas for less money than a candy bar!”

Thanks to his exercise and diet changes, Chris is down to an amazing 274 pounds.

“I still have a ways to go, but I can’t wait to send you guys my picture next summer,” he says. “My birthday is this Friday, and I’m in the best shape of my life. Thank you Snap Fitness!”

American Diabetes Month - Tips for Becoming More Active

By: Snap Fitness

Source: American Diabetes Association

In our continued support of American Diabetes Month, here are some tips for adding more activity into your daily routine. Remember – the more you move, the more calories you burn and the easier it is to keep your blood glucose levels in on target!

More and more research is finding that sitting too much for long periods of time is harmful to our health. Just getting up once an hour to stretch or walk around the office is better than sitting for hours on end in a chair. Take every opportunity you can to get up and move.

Here are just a few ways you can do it:

At work:

- Take the stairs instead of the elevator at the office and in the parking garage
- Get up once an hour while you are at work and take a quick walk around your office
- Stand up and stretch at your desk
- If you go out for lunch, walk to the restaurant
- If you take public transportation to work, get off a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way to your office
- Use a speaker or mobile phone so you can pace around your office during conference calls
- Try some chair exercises during the day while at your desk
- Fidget (when appropriate) – tap or wiggle your foot while working at your desk

At home:

- Take the dog for a walk around the block
- Do your own yard work such as mowing the lawn or raking leaves
- Do your own housework such as vacuuming, dusting, or washing dishes
- Play with the kids – play catch or throw the Frisbee around
- Walk in place during the commercials of your favorite television show
- Carry things upstairs or from the car in two trips instead of one
- Walk around the house or up and down stairs while you talk on the phone

While You’re Out and About:

- Park at the far end of the shopping center lot and walk to the store
- Walk down every aisle of the grocery store
- If you are at the airport and waiting for a flight, walk up and down through the terminal
- When on a road trip, stop every few hours to stretch and walk around

My Snap Fitness Success: Melanie S. loses 70 pounds in eight months

By: Snap Fitness

Last September, Melanie new that she needed to lose weight, and told her husband that she wanted to join a gym. His response was less than encouraging.

“He told me not to join a gym that has long-term contracts since I probably wouldn’t go anyways,” she recalls. “That just motivated me even more.”

She joined the Snap Fitness in Jacksonville, Oregon since it was close to her home, business, and her daughters’ school. Once she got into a routine, Melanie started feeling stronger and looking better than ever.

“I worked out five or six times a week, just using the ARC trainer and some light weights. Then I moved on to free weights and started lifting more. I loved it!”

Between her new workout regimen and an improved diet, she’s managed to lose 70 pounds in the past eight months.

“It was a long, emotional battle and it messed with me sometimes, but I knew I could do it,” she says proudly. “I’m down from a size 16/18 to a 6/8. I love my new body and I love Snap Fitness who helped keep me motivated!”

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