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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!”

My Snap Success: Daniel H. Drops 70 lbs. in 7 Months

By: Snap Fitness

Daniel H. was never a “health nut.” He was always active, balancing two part-time jobs, sports and academics all the way through high school, and his father owned a construction business, meaning Daniel’s afternoons and weekends were jam packed full of manual labor. Still, he never watched his diet or thought about what he ate. Fortunately for him, his active lifestyle canceled out those calories and kept him in decent shape. Then one day, it all changed.

 

Five months after graduating high school, Daniel’s parents bought a local grocery store, and he traded in his long days of working in the sun for a new job that came with a cozy chair and air conditioning.

 

“I was sitting behind a cash register all day, just eating anything and everything I could possibly want,” he explains. “Then about two months later they opened a pizzeria in the store, and the eating continued. Next thing I knew I had gained more than 60 pounds.”

 

Realizing he needed to make changes, Daniel tried dieting on his own. Unfortunately, it didn’t stick.

 

“I would go on a diet for a couple of weeks, then break down and end up gaining twice the amount I had lost,” he says. “At one point I was really low, and thought ‘I’m miserable when I’m dieting, but I’m happy when I’m eating. Who cares if I’m fat?’ which was a bad place for me to be.”

 

That’s when Daniel joined the Snap Fitness in Lockport, N.Y. and finally got on a workout and eating plan that were right for him.

 

“Snap Fitness helped me shatter my old habits,” he says proudly. “I’ve lost over 70 pounds in the past seven months, and created a new life for myself. I’ve never felt better.”

 

When it comes to getting started on the path to losing weight, the first step is always the hardest. But just like Daniel experienced, having the right group of people around you can make a world of difference.

 

“I want to thank the Snap Fitness crew for helping me get back in shape. They’ve been great, and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Jump Into Fall Playlist

By: Snap Fitness

There are two things that make that trip to the gym worthwhile:

 

1. The feeling you get when your workout is finished

2. Music

 

A kick butt playlist can make all the difference. Think back on the times when you either forgot your music, or didn’t work out with music at all. Was it tougher to get motivated? Exactly.

 

To help inspire you to work harder, we’re revamping your fall playlist with some new tracks to keep your feet moving!.

 

Grab your headphones and hit the gym! 

 

 

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