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Are You Ready For #SnapMadness?

By: Snap Fitness

March is here! For all you college basketball fans out there, arguably the best sporting event of the year is coming up … March Madness! No matter how many brackets you fill out – forever hoping your favorite team hoists up the national championship trophy while “This Magic Moment” plays in the background, nothing is for certain in these games. That’s what makes this tournament so great. A buzzer-beater will either bring you tears of joy or immediate heartbreak. The excitement gets everyone hyped up; players and fans alike.

 

Enter #SnapMadness, our new contest that combines the excitement and fun of “The Big Dance” and challenging workouts. These fitness challenges will not be easy, but that makes accomplishing them that much more rewarding. Sixty-eight teams from across the country lay it all on the line during March Madness. You can do the same at your local Snap Fitness club this month.

 

Over the next four weeks, we'll be posting a #SnapMadness workout for you to attempt. Members who complete all four workouts are entered into a drawing. The winner gets $250 in Snap Fitness gear.

 

Here’s how you play:

1. Complete the workout.
2. Take a photo of yourself next to the distance on your machine’s display screen to prove you completed it.
3. Post your photo on either Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use the #SnapMadness hashtag.

 

The contest kicks off Thursday, March 6. There will be a new activity posted every Thursday in March. Read the Terms and Conditions here.

 

Your photos need to be posted by the following Thursday at 8 a.m. CST. Example: The first workout is posted Thursday, March 6. Your photo needs to be submitted by 8 a.m. CST Thursday, March 13. The photos – whether they’re posted on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – need to have the correct hashtag (#SnapMadness) in order to be accepted for our contest.

 

The winner will be announced Thursday, April 3.

 

Let the madness begin!

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. age of majority or older. Dates: March 6, 2014 through April 3, 2014. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions visit http://www.snapfitness.com. Void where prohibited.

You Can #BeTheFirst!

By: Snap Fitness

What is #BeTheFirst?

 

It's a movement to encourage people to break out and be different from their norm. We want you to follow your own unique fitness lifestyle.

 

What are you the first in your family to do? Go to college, buy a home, get a brand new car? How about being the first in your family to get a gym membership? In your group of friends, were you the first to get a job after college, save money for your first apartment, change your diet and eat healthy, get a gym membership and start taking care of your health? Dedicating yourself to new, healthy choices is a big deal; you should be proud of your accomplishments, big or small!

 

There are many ways you can #BeTheFirst at accomplishing something. If you put your mind and heart into it, you can do great things. You'll also be an inspirational example to those around you.

 

This is an interactive campaign we'll be doing for the next month. Share your #BeTheFirst moments with us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts! We look forward to hearing your stories.

Tips for Sticking to Your Fitness Routine

By: Snap Fitness

Some people say the hard part of working out is actually getting yourself to the gym. They're right—the real battle is getting yourself motivated every day you need to go run, lift, or do whatever your workout is. It's great that you have a fitness routine, but you need to make a conscious choice to stick to it every day. Whether it's a cardio day or rest day, it all counts.

 

Here are some helpful ways you can stay motivated and focused on your workout plan:

 

1.) Write it down in your planner or calendar. It's like a meeting at work; you have to get down to business! This will help you hold yourself accountable.

2.) Go with a buddy. Nothing like a little friendly competition to get you through that tough last set of push-ups. Having someone who cares about their health like you do will give you extra support.

3.) Keep motivational quotes around your home and work. When you're logging off and checking out for the day, have some written inspiration by your computer to give you that push to hit the gym instead of heading home early.

 

You owe it to yourself to stay committed. No one can make you go after your dreams besides yourself. Don't hold yourself back.

My Snap Fitness Success Story: Tom G. from Lower Burrell, PA

By: Snap Fitness

Tom G. battled weight problems for most of his life. He put on a lot of weight during and after high school. His eating habits were horrible; he ate fast food sometimes twice a day. Although Tom tried several times to lose weight, he couldn't stay motivated and would put the weight back on—plus more.

 

A divorce in 2009 and a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2010 sent Tom into a depressive state. His comfort? More food. At this time, he weighed close to 400 pounds. In 2011, Tom met his future wife and the following year, she gave birth to their daughter. Despite this newfound happiness, Tom wasn't pleased with the way he looked.

 

On Jan. 2, 2013, he went to his doctor for an issue with his shoulder. They discovered his blood pressure was 155/120, and he weighed 450 pounds. Tom finally vowed to change his lifestyle for his wife and daughter.

 

He joined Snap Fitness in Lower Burrell, PA, shortly after. Although he could barely manage 15 minutes on the treadmill, he stuck with it. "I was embarrassed at first when I started, but then I realized that everyone was there for the same reason I was: to get healthy," Tom said. He also gave up fast food, pop, junk food, processed sugars, and most red meat.

 

Soon after, Tom's hard work and dedication started paying off. He went from 450 to 370 pounds, dropped several pants and shirt sizes, and didn't need to take his blood pressure medication anymore.

 

"I'm 50 weeks into my weight loss journey," Tom said. "I still have a long way to go on my journey, but I will never give up. This isn't a diet; it's a permanent change."

 

Keep up the hard work, Tom! We believe in you.

My Snap Fitness Success Story: Loretta D. of Franksville, WI

By: Snap Fitness

When Loretta D. first joined the Snap Fitness in Franksville, WI, last January, she weighed 222 pounds and liked working out in the middle of the day when nobody else was around.

On March 1, she signed up for her club's "Weight Loss Challenge," which included weighing in during staffed hours. That's how she met her location's manager, Laurie.

Laurie's encouragement and enthusiam gave Loretta the extra motivation she needed. Loretta started doing new exercise routines and working out with fellow gym members.

Six weeks later, Loretta lost 32 pounds and won the "Weight Loss Challenge." She says she exercises four times weekly; cardio all four days and strength training on three. In addition, Loretta's eating habits have improved. She eats healthy three or four times daily with snacks in between. She gets one "free day" each week to eat whatever she wants, but after that, it's back to the healthy choices!

Loretta is now down to 145 pounds and went from a size 16 to a size 8. She says she has less body aches and enjoys her new life.

Way to go, Loretta!

My Snap Fitness Success Story: Bethany R. gets her college body back

By: Snap Fitness

Bethany R. in Tupelo, MS was always an active person, playing sports all through college. After graduation, however, her health and fitness took a backseat to her professional life.

”I was starting to gain weight and not really taking care of myself,” she says. “Playing soccer wasn’t really an option for me anymore so I decided I needed to start working out.”

Bethany joined the Snap Fitness in Tupelo six months ago, and has already seen dramatic results.

”I started running on the treadmill, then I incorporated the arc trainer. After about a month of that I worked my way up to being able to run 30 to 50 minutes without stopping.”

In addition to building up her fitness level, Bethany also started to see big improvements in her body.

”I started out weighing 142 pounds and now I’m down to 121,” she says proudly. “I lost three inches in my waist, and my BMI has had a dramatic decrease. It feels great.”

These days, Bethany makes fitness a regular part of her life.

”I do 30 to 45 minutes of cardio four or five days a week, and lift weights about three times each week. Snap Fitness is awesome because they have tons of classes and trainers to help me mix up my workouts, and I started taking yoga classes to help me strengthen and tone my body. For me, working out isn’t just a way of staying healthy and keeping a good weight; it’s a way of life.”

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

By: Snap Fitness

Tis’ the season for giving, and there’s nothing more rewarding than giving the gift of health and fitness. To help you finish up that last-minute holiday shopping, here are six healthy holiday gift ideas for the whole family. For more healthy gift ideas, visit our Snap Fitness store at www.snapfitnessgear.com

1. Personal Training sessions-  Do you know someone that is looking to lose weight or get fit, but don’t know where to start? Help them get on track with personal training sessions at your local Snap Fitness. Personal training is the perfect gift to help your loved ones jump start their fitness routine, and help them reach their resolutions in 2014.

2. Heart rate monitor- Give a gift that helps your loved ones work out smarter. A heart rate monitor is an investment in your loved ones health and well-being because it will make them exercise safe and more efficiently to prevent over training, injury and wasted time. A heart rate monitor is more than a exercise tracker, it is a way of life for the seasoned athlete. (Pick one up from MYZONE here.)

3. Gym bag or backpack - What do you get the person on-the-go for the holidays? How about a new gym bag or backpack for their workout clothes, headphones, and anything else they need to stay organized and prepared for their day. (Check out this great Snap Fitness backpack here.)

4. Portion control lunch box or food container- Perfect for your loved ones’ who are on a weight-loss journey, portion control containers take the guessing out of the equation, so you don’t need to question the amount of food you should be eating.


5. Headphones- We all know that music can be the key to a great workout. Give the gift of music with a good pair of headphones. Regardless of what brand you choose, look for headphones that will stay in the ears when sweating and intense activity.

6. Yoga mat- Whether you’re a serious yogi or just like to stretch at the end of a workout, a new yoga mat is an affordable, practical gift idea. A few things to keep in mind when purchasing  yoga mat; it must suit your body, keep you stable in your poses, soak up any sweat that you produce, provide enough cushioning between you and the floor and enhance your practice.

No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with a healthy gift!

#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.”

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