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Cardio and Core Workout

By: Snap Fitness

This simple but effective workout will get your heart rate up and abs burning! All you need is a mat to lay down on, a skipping rope, and a stable box to jump on.

 

Here are the exercises:

100 skips

20 leg raises

15 burpees

10 box jumps

15 butterfly crunches

20 jump squats

100 flutter kicks

 

Do this routine three times through.

 

Countdown to 2015 Workout

By: Snap Fitness

You don’t have to wait until Dec. 31 to count down from 10! This circuit combines cardio and strength-training moves using only your body weight. Transition between sets as quickly as you can, but focus on maintaining good form during push-ups and squats. Take water breaks as needed.

 

Start with a quick warm-up. Jog lightly for 10 minutes on the treadmill.

 

Here’s the circuit:

Jumping jacks

Push-ups

Squats

Crunches

Jump ropes

 

Do 10 reps of each exercise. After you finished the 10 jump ropes, do nine reps of each exercise. Go through the rest of the countdown (8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1). Cool down with stretching and a five-minute brisk walk on the treadmill.

Recipe: Gingerbread Cookies

By: Snap Fitness

Looking for a healthier holiday treat to bring to your next party or family gathering? Try these Gingerbread Cookies! This recipe is gluten-free and doesn’t contain eggs or dairy. Grab your favorite cookie cutters and get to baking!

 

Ingredients

4 cups gluten-free, dairy-free shortbread cookie mix

1/3 cup packed-light brown sugar

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 ¾ teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ cup molasses

6 tablespoons canola oil

¼ cup water

 

Directions

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-Put cookie mix, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, and nutmeg in a bowl. Mix together with a fork.

-Add molasses and canola oil to bowl and blend together with fork.

-Add water and mix with fork until content forms a dough.

-Place dough between two sheets of parchment paper and roll out ¼-inch thick.

-Refrigerate 10 minutes.

-Using cookie cutters, cut out shapes from the dough.

-Transfer the cookies to parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 8-12 minutes.

-Let cookies cool and decorate as needed!

Fun Fitness Holiday Gifts

By: Snap Fitness

Tis the season for giving! Nothing puts a damper on the holidays like mall crowds and the stress that comes with last minute shopping. Fitness is always in style, so give family and friends the gift of wellness. From the fitness beginner to workout guru, the following items are perfect for all your loved ones. We won’t judge if you want to keep one or two for yourself!

 

Activity trackers: Want to know how many steps you take in a day? You can track that and so much more with the cool technology products out today. Fitbit and Jawbone, to name two of the many options, have bracelets available that record your daily personal metrics.

Touch-screen friendly gloves: Ideal for runners! Skipping to the next song during your 3-mile outdoor run has never been easier.

Beat-box water bottle: Stay hydrated and motivated with this bottle! It holds iPhone 4s and 5s while amplifying your tunes.

Yoga mat sling: Forget the balancing game with your mat, water, and towel in your hands! Snag a sling that can conveniently hold all your items.

Water-infusion jug: Add some flavor to your water! Just drop any fruit in the pitcher and you’ll have a refreshing beverage in minutes.

Snap Fitness gear: For the Snap Fitness enthusiast in your life! Check out our gear here.

 

Happy holidays, all!

Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling

By: Snap Fitness

With holiday breaks coming up, you might be logging a lot of hours driving or flying to see loved ones. When you’re traveling, healthy dining options can be limited. Fast food restaurants and cheap snacks at gas stations may be convenient, but they are not the best choices – especially if you’re stopping at them throughout your trip!

 

Just like packing your clothes, take a little time and try to plan out what you’ll be eating during your travels beforehand. Not only will it save you money, it’ll help you avoid unhealthy choices like French fries, greasy double cheeseburgers, and more.

 

Here are some easy tips to follow when it comes to eating while traveling:

 

Pack snacks. This is a great way to avoid grabbing candy or chips at the airport or gas station. Pick foods that are nutrient-dense and good sources of protein; they’ll help you stay full longer. Granola bars, dried fruit, and trail mix are solid snack options. Keep portion control in mind so you aren’t eating several servings in one sitting.

 

Drink more water. There are countless benefits to drinking water: flushes out toxins, boosts your immune system, improves skin complexion, and more. If you have the choice between water and soda, water’s always the clear winner.

 

Don’t skip breakfast. You need a morning meal to get your metabolism going. The longer you go without eating a meal, the hungrier you’ll be and in turn, more likely to over-eat. Start your day with a serving of oatmeal and a banana to get some energy!

 

Download a nutrition app. There are plenty of them available on your smart phone or tablet, like MyFitnessPal, Calorie Counter Pro, and more. If you’re ever unsure of the nutritional content in a meal or food item, simply scan the bar code or look it up by name.

Peter's "Triple T" Smoothie

By: Snap Fitness

 

The “Triple T” (The Taunton Treat) Smoothie is our CEO’s go-to daily smoothie.  The combination of ingredients makes it both delicious and healthy. 

 

 

Ingredients: 

 

1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder

1 C. Ice

1 C. Unsweetened Almond Milk

½ Banana

1 tbs. Natural Peanut Butter

1 C. Spinach

 

Directions:

 

Combine all ingredients in a Nutribullet and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately! 

 

Pin it for later. 

Peter's Favorite Things - NutriBullet

By: Snap Fitness

Healthy lifestyles aren’t solely defined by how many hours you spend in a gym every week. Yes, working out is important, but in order to achieve your fitness goals, the choices you make in the kitchen are just as crucial as your exercise routine. 

 

Smoothies provide you with the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. You can put any combination of fruits and vegetables together for a delicious treat. They nourish your body with key nutrients and energy that lasts all day. Plus they are easy to make, especially if you use a NutriBullet — which is Snap Fitness CEO and Founder Peter Taunton’s favorite kitchen appliance!

 

Peter doesn’t go a day without a protein smoothie. He loves using the NutriBullet so much that he owns two: one for home and one for work.

 

If you’re too busy to make a healthy meal, make NutriBullet smoothies your go-to option.

 

Peter’s favorite smoothie is the “Triple T” (The Taunton Treat). Try Peter's signature "Triple T" Smoothie today! 

 

*You can find a NutriBullet at your local retailer.

 

The Do’s and Don’t’s of Eating Clean

By: Snap Fitness

Sugars and high-carb foods can be stored in your body as fat. The more you reduce your intake of those items, you will naturally be storing less fat. Therefore when you go into the gym to work out, you will be burning off your previously stored body fat, in that case building more muscle! 

 

You should be eating five to six meals a day. I like to tell clients that your metabolism is like a furnace for your body. The more you keep that furnace "burning" or “working," the more calories your body will burn throughout the day!

 

Think of it like this — if you heat your house with a wood-burning stove, you stoke the fire in the morning (eating breakfast). If you don't keep stoking it until late at night (eating dinner or late snack), that wood will most likely not even burn … therefore is stored at fat! The more often you stoke your fire, the hotter your furnace will burn. 

 

When it comes to eating clean, DO:

- Eat five to six meals a day

- Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up

- For every carb you eat, pair it with a lean protein

- Drink about 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day

- Depend on fruits and vegetables for your natural sugar and fiber  

- Learn proper portion sizes 

 

When it comes to eating clean, DON'T:

- Eat processed foods 

- Eat chemically-charged foods 

- Eat foods containing preservatives 

- Eat artificial sugars 

- Eat saturated or trans fats 

- Drink sugar-loaded beverages (like soda or juices)

- Super-size your meals 

 

White Bean Hummus and Veggie Wrap

By: Snap Fitness

This homemade hummus is super creamy and tastes a little like ranch dressing. It
makes a creamy, high protein filling for this crunchy, veggie filled wrap that is
convenient enough to eat at your desk if you spend your lunch hour at the gym.


White Bean Hummus and Veggie Wrap


1 can reduced sodium Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 whole grain tortillas or sandwich wraps, about 100 calories each
1 cup torn kale leaves
1 small package broccoli slaw
16 grape tomatoes, halved


In the bowl of a food processor, combine beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, dill, chives,
and salt. With the motor running, stream in olive oil and process until smooth.
Spread hummus over each tortilla and top with kale, broccoli slaw, and tomatoes. Wrap
up like a burrito by folding up the bottom, folding in the sides, and then rolling tightly.

 

Winter Mint Chocolate Protein Shake

By: Snap Fitness

If you love mint chocolate chip ice cream then this Winter Mint Chocolate Protein Shake is for you! 

 

Ingredients:

 

½ scoop chocolate why protein

1 cup almond milk

½ cup mint chocolate

1 tsp. peppermint extract

2 ice cubes

 

Directions:

 

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Enjoy immediately! 

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