LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE

Working out and eating clean are crucial for your wellness, but there’s plenty more than goes into having a healthy lifestyle. Read how to make the most of your life outside the gym!

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Seven Strategies For Reducing Sugar

09/24/2017

Do us a favor. The next time you get hungry, repeat this phrase: sugar is not my friend. Say it three times. Because it isn’t. It really isn’t. Sugar leads to weight gain, cavities, diabetes, all kinds of gruesome things. The trouble is it can be hard to avoid. It’s in that box of Krispy Kremes to be sure. But it also shows up in less obvious places, like instant oatmeal and fruit juice. It’s pesky that way. The good news is there are ways to identify it and eliminate it from your diet. It just takes a little knowledge and determination. Let us point you in the right direction.

  • Be Wary of Packaging Promises. It’s the height of irony when a packaged food says it’s healthy when it isn’t, at least not completely. An example is instant oatmeal. You may see enticing words about fiber and heart health on the box and think this is a no-brainer. But read the ingredients and you’ll that flavored oatmeal is often loaded with sugar, about three teaspoons per packet. This is the case with many popular packaged foods. Read labels. That’s how you win.
  • Indulge in Healthy Fats. The science is simple:high-sugar foods cause blood-sugar spikes. Follow this down the rabbit hole though and you get into a nasty cycle of cravings, spikes, and more sugar. Think about substitutions. One smart one is to go with healthy fats instead. Avocado on your morning toast or olive oil with your evening pasta. Such substitutions can make big differences in your sugar intake.
  • Educate Yourself. Here’s where things can get tricky. There are 56 names for sugar and the food industry uses all of them. A company will often tinker with the product’s formula so sugar shows up further down on the ingredient list, often under a different name. But make no mistake: sugar is sugar. Look for it carefully. This goes for sugary beverages as well, including soda and fruit drinks.
  • Consider Why You’re Eating Sugary Foods. This has less to do with what you’re eating than why you’re eating. Do you reach for sugary foods when you’re stressed out? When you’re sad? Can you identify an emotion behind your choices? That can be a key to breaking unhealthy patterns.
  • Love Yourself More Than Sugar. You may find yourself wanting to binge on a pint of ice cream after having a rough day. But stop and think before you scoop. Do you end up feeling guilty and shameful after binging? If so, it’s not worth it. Replace the behavior with something healthier, such as a trip to the gym. You’ll feel better.
  • Boost Your Serotonin. A hormonal imbalance may be contributing to sugar cravings. Stress and multitasking can deplete your serotonin levels. If you sense your mood is dipping and your food choices are unhealthy, check in with a Snap Fitness trainer. Aerobic exercise is a great way to get your serotonin back where it should be and we can help make that happen.
  • Use Exercise As Your Reward. An exercise high is much better than a sugar high. Replace snacks with endorphins and you’ll be living your best life.

 

The Benefits of Having a Workout Buddy

09/12/2017

We know not every trip to the gym is going to produce a killer workout. Some days you just don’t have the best energy. We get it. But every trip to a Snap Fitness gym can be fun. The key is to have some friendly faces waiting for you. Not only will it be make your experience a blast, it will help you stay in shape. A recent study by the Society of Behavioral Medicine shows that training with a partner has the potential to double your exercise performance. The reasons are simple: gym friends hold you accountable, provide friendly competition, and boost your spirits. So get out there and be social! We’ll show you how to make those connections.

 

Initiate a Conversation. It can be as easy as something like, “Have you taken this class before?” Or ask someone about the magazine they’re carrying while in line for the water fountain. Something light and breezy.

 

I Feel Your Pain. Whether it’s commiserating with eye contact during a tough squat set or a smile during a difficult yoga hold, connecting during exercise is a great way to build rapport.

 

Debrief. After a good workout, try something like “Man, I needed that,” plus a few words that open up the conversation to your non-gym life. Maybe “I just got back from a vacation so I’m feeling out of shape,” or “I haven’t taken a yoga class since I was in college,” anything that opens the door for the other person to respond.

 

Ask Them To Hang Out. Follow up. Don’t be aggressive or annoying—some people aren’t looking to make friends at the gym. But a lot of people are in the same boat as you, and just need a little bit of nudging to inch themselves out of their comfort zone.

 

Be Consistent. Working out at the same time each day is a great way to become familiar with other people on the same schedule.

 

Smile. Smiling is an introvert’s best friend. Sometimes that’s all it takes to spark up a connection.

 

Talk to the Staff.  At Snap Fitness we have referral programs and promotions that can help ease the process along. Check in with us next time you’re in. We’ll get you connected with some cool people.

 

What's Your Fit Workout | Free Weight Training : 60 Second Madness

09/11/2017

The vision behind our ‘What’s Your Fit?’ campaign is fueled by our passion to help people to reach their goals and figure out what fitness means to them. By providing a supportive culture, we’re hoping communities feel inspired, while also having fun as they complete these full body workouts. 

 

As part of our ‘What’s Your Fit?’ campaign, expert trainers designed four free weight workouts. They are called free weight workouts because each exercise requires a mix of kettlebells, dumbbells and barbells. 

 

These workouts provide overall strength and build muscles by mimicking natural movements. Free weights also engage stabilizing muscles because you’re balancing the weight. This also improves your overall balance. These workouts can easily be downloaded as PDFs. Just click the link at the bottom of this post!

 

45-15: Push yourself for 45 seconds to complete as many quality reps. Rest for 15 seconds between each exercise. 10 total exercises and 3 circuits.

 

Click Here to Download the PDF Workout

  

 

6 DIY Projects to Organize Your Fitness Equipment at Home

09/06/2017

You workout at home because it’s convenient. But having all that equipment lying around is anything but. Instead of stashing items wherever you can—under the couch, beneath your bed, in the hallway closet—try these DIY projects. Not only will you finally create much-needed organization space, but you may even find the lack of chaos encourages you to use your workout space even more.

 

Converted TV Stand

TV stands make the perfect fitness equipment organizers because they’re made with a variety of storage and shelving options to begin with. This allows you to store everything from shoes to weights, all in one place. The best part is: you may already have an old TV stand at home you can convert into an organizer. If not, head to a second hand store, pick one up, and work your DIY magic.

Find inspiration:

 

Wooden Weight Rack

If you work with a lot of plates in your home gym, you know the challenge of finding a place to put them: “When I first got started setting up my garage gym, I didn’t include bumper plate storage in my budget. Matter of fact, it never even occurred to me when I was planning. I was just excited to get my power rack, plates, and the rest of my gear. Needless to say, it didn’t take very long before I was ready to get all my plates off the ground,” according to J Burgeson, of Garage-Gyms.

 

You can stack them, but then they’re a pain to move around and dig through. Make them easier to use and prettier to look at with a wood weight rack.

 

There are a few ways you can do this, find the best one for your space:

 

Refurbished Trunk Bench

Turn an old trunk into a double use item: storage for your workout equipment and a place to sit as you rest between sets. You can buy an old trunk online or browse around your local consignment shops and then refurbish the wood (if necessary) and upholster the top to create a comfortable seat.

Tutorial: Living Well on the Cheap

 

Peg Board

A peg board is easy to make and great for storing a wide range of fitness items: “With the help of hooks, you have the freedom of hanging your things anywhere and any way you want: in the center, horizontally, vertically, at the bottom, or top. Ensure that it’s properly and securely attached to your wall so it doesn’t fall over and cause any mishaps,” according to Garage Storage Solutions.

 

You can even put in shelves, so you can stack items on the pegboard as well as hang them, allowing you to easily store more items.

Tutorial: The Happy Housie

 

Storage Book Shelf

Turn a bookshelf into a life-saving storage center by adding a few small, but necessary, organizational accessories. This DIY project requires a variety of pre-made products, like baskets and containers, but it’s up to your creative eye to make the space look clean, not chaotic.

 

“My goal was to give this little corner a quick refresh to inspire me to use it more frequently, and easily access the workout items.  I also wanted to bring in some items to make it even more effective and easy to use when the mood strikes, and also for cleaning up when we are done,” said Jennifer Jones, who created the space you’ll see at I Heart Organizing.

Find inspiration: I Heart Organizing

 

Various Storage Ideas

Your home gym needs to store a wide variety of items, and if you don’t want, or have space, to create one large storage rack—I.E. a pegboard or a bookshelf—you can create a variety of storage options for the individual items you have. Find a variety of ideas below:

 

Take your workout space to the next level, and get those pesky weights and yoga mats out of the way, with these fun ideas. Choose which ones are most helpful for you, purchase the supplies, and start working. You’ll appreciate clearing the clutter and having an organized space may make you want to work out even more.

 

GUEST BLOGGER | Guest Blogger: Jessica Thiefels

Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than ten years and is currently a full-time blogger. She is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition specialist, and the owner of her own personal training business, Honest Body Fitness. She’s using her experience from writing, editing and marketing to help people get healthy and learn to love what their bodies can do. Follow her on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for health articles, new workouts and more.

What's Your Fit Workout | Free Weight Training : Fit 30

09/04/2017

The vision behind our ‘What’s Your Fit?’ campaign is fueled by our passion to help people to reach their goals and figure out what fitness means to them. By providing a supportive culture, we’re hoping communities feel inspired, while also having fun as they complete these full body workouts. 

 

As part of our ‘What’s Your Fit?’ campaign, expert trainers designed four free weight workouts. They are called free weight workouts because each exercise requires a mix of kettlebells, dumbbells and barbells. 

 

These workouts provide overall strength and build muscles by mimicking natural movements. Free weights also engage stabilizing muscles because you’re balancing the weight. This also improves your overall balance. These workouts can easily be downloaded as PDFs. Just click the link at the bottom of this post!

 

Fit 30: Focusing on form, complete as many reps in 30 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds and start the next of exercise. 10 total exercise and 3 circuits.

 

Click Here to Download the PDF Workout

Power Trail Mix

08/31/2017

INGREDIENTS

2/3 cup roasted cashews
1/3 cup coconut flakes
2/3 cup dried fruit (we love raspberries, cranberries, blueberries and cherries)

2 /3 cup roasted almonds

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined. Store in a plastic container with a tight lid. Stays fresh in the pantry for one month, or in the main compartment of your fridge for up to four months.

 

GUEST BLOGGER | Meet Lauren

Lauren Gaskills is an inspirational writer, speaker and food blogger whose passion is to inspire others to lead healthy, happy redeemed lives. Visit her at MakingLiftSweet.com

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