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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Your Number One Job Is You

02/18/2018

When you get up in the morning, you know what you’re supposed to do. Eat lots of greens. Drink eight glasses of water. Exercise for 30 minutes. Sleep eight hours. Those are the benchmarks. They work. But they’re hard to do every day, especially when your boss is hovering and your phone is blowing up. That’s where Snap Fitness comes in. When you become part of our community, we become your oasis. Your sea of calm in a sometimes-hectic life. A place to turn to not only during easy days but hard days too.

 

Think of us as your ultimate source of stress-relief. We’ll help you work off the angst of the day and redirect negative thoughts. Talk to us. We have trainers who are skilled at designing wellness programs. We’ll build something out for you that you can lean on, which will be there for you no matter what life throws at you. We’ll design it around five key concepts.

 

Put Yourself First. This is a big one. This is about being able to say no. This can be hard. It’s tempting to say yes to everyone. But that’s not sustainable. We’ll work with you to make sure you say yes to yourself first.

 

Stress Is Manageable. Stress for many people is a fact of modern life. But it doesn’t have to be toxic. Start working on reducing the negative impacts of stress on your life. Open yourself up to new ideas. Your quality of life will improve.

 

Time Is Precious. It may seem like you need a 25th hour to get your workout in. But you don’t. Some days just require a different approach. If you only have 20 minutes, make the most of it. We’re magicians with high-intensity workouts. Just keep reminding yourself: you’re only one workout away from a good mood.

 

Laugh It Off. When you’re stuck in a rut, the first step is get some distance. Exercise is perfect for this. Then, when you’re done with your workout, treat yourself to your favorite sit-com and finish the day with a chuckle. It helps. You will be able to look forward to tomorrow with a smile on your face.

 

Make Every Workout Count With MYZONE

02/11/2018

Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly where you are at any moment with your fitness goals? Well not to brag or anything but we can give you exactly that. Say hello to our MYZONE heart rate tracker.

 

If you haven’t tried one yet, MYZONE will dazzle you. Unlike other activity trackers that only count steps and guess at number of calories burned, MYZONE uses technology to monitor activity from the gym and provides comprehensive, real-time effort data. It takes the guesswork right out of your workouts. You will know exactly how far you’ve gone, and how much effort you’ve spent, and how much progress you’ve made on your goals. All you have to do is wear a lightweight, unobtrusive belt on your torso.

 

How does it do all this? We’ll spare you all the techie talk but two remarkable features are its Bluetooth capability and built-in memory. When you use MYZONE you receive live data on your smart phone or your Snap Fitness club's TV screen. If you don’t have your phone while exercising, that’s no problem. The tracker stores up to 16 hours of data and will wirelessly upload once you enter a club or open the MYZONE app. Once your workout is completed, a summary email is sent to you with your effort graph, points earned, and calories burned. You will have all the information you need, uploaded and saved in a cloud account, to help you achieve your fitness dreams.

 

Stop into your club and ask one of our wellness coaches to hook you up with MYZONE. It’s easy to use. And more than that, it’s empowering. Let MYZONE help you measure your effort, modulate your intensity, and accomplish great things!

 

Veggie Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

02/09/2018

This delicious, veggie-packed, cauliflower crust pizza is a healthy option that will make your taste buds say WOW!

 

INGREDIENTS
½ medium head of cauliflower (4 cups of small florets)

2 ½ tablespoons chia seeds

¼ cup water

1/3 cup oat flour

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup pizza sauce

1 cup your favorite cheese

Vegetables of your choice

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together chia seeds and water, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 450° F. Place cauliflower florets in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Place cauliflower mixture into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for five minutes.
  3. Stir chia seeds into cauliflower mixture, then add oat flour, dried oregano and basil, garlic powder and salt and stir until combined.
  4. Form dough into ball and place on top of the parchment-lined baking sheet. Pat into a circle, then use another sheet of parchment on top (and a rolling pin, if desired) to spread into a square, about ¼ inch thick. Remove top sheet of parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  5. Remove crust from oven and add pizza sauce, cheese, and vegetables of your choosing on top. Bake for 7 minutes, let cool slightly before cutting and serve.

 

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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#SnapNation 2018 Playlist

01/23/2018

There is nothing like the perfect playlist. If you assemble the right mix of songs, it’s magical. It can carry you through any kind of workout. The great news is we have the tunes picked out for you. Give these songs a try. We promise they'll keep your energy up and your muscles working. Happy listening!

  

 

8 Wellness Trends Not to Miss in 2018

01/17/2018

Now that the new year is in full swing, why not kick your fitness into high gear? We’ve got some great wellness ideas for you. Try them and live your best life in 2018.

 

Ditch Fried Foods Forever

There’s really no need to keep them in your diet. And what’s great about nutrition in 2018 is that it’s easier than ever to substitute healthy foods. Example: instead of a bag of potato chips, grab a handful of almonds. Easy. French fries? Uh, no. Snap peas? Now you’re talking.

 

Cardio is Good. Cardio + Strength Training is Better.

If your workouts only focus on cardio and don’t include strength training, you’re missing out on a lot of health benefits. Gaining muscle mass is about more than looking great in the mirror. (Although looking great in the mirror is awesome.) It’s about adding lean muscle mass, which helps your body burn calories efficiently. Make 2018 the year you try high-intensity interval training. Check in with a Snap Fitness trainer to get started.

 

Clear the Air

Taking good care of your body is important. But so is protecting the air you breathe. This may mean adding an air purifier or air-purifying plant to your home. A plant such a Garden Mum can do wonders to keep allergens out of your lungs.

 

Make Coffee a Super Food

These days it’s entirely possible to transform your morning coffee into something healthy and nutritious. One thought is to add in a little coconut oil. This will increase your intake of medium-chain fat, which has been shown to have a positive effect on blood lipids, lower triglycerides and raising HDLs. Another idea is to sprinkle in some maca powder, which will provide a generous dose of vitamins and minerals.

 

Get Serious About Recovery Time

Pushing yourself hard during a workout is great. But just as important as dialing it up while in the gym is dialing it down when you’re not. This means staying hydrated, stretching, getting enough sleep. Let rest be your secret weapon.

 

Vitamins Can Be Game-Changers

There are so many vitamins on the market that it can be confusing figuring out what to take. The solution? Check in with us. We have our own line of Clean Vitamins, which are made of the best natural ingredients, and super knowledgeable trainers. We can figure out what is best for you.

 

Self-Care is Job One

Wellness is about more than goals. It’s also about emotional needs. Make sure you strive to obtain inner calm. That can mean taking a long bath, going on a nature hike, luxuriating in a long nap, anything that helps you unwind and decompress. Protect your you-time. You deserve it. 

 

Success Spotlight : Jason Barlow

01/07/2018

My fitness adventure started with a FitBit and a single footstep. I was determined to lose weight. My goal was to take 15,000 to 20,000 steps a day, no matter what was going on in my life. That’s where it began. And it led me to Snap Fitness.

 

I never used to be a gym person. I didn’t know how to use most of the equipment and didn’t want people watching me. But I wanted to take my fitness to the next level so I started a Snap Fitness membership.

 

I was nervous. At first, I would only use one machine, the treadmill. I would jump on it and walk for up to two hours a day. People must have thought I was crazy! But I dropped 30 pounds and it felt great. Suddenly I wanted to do more.

 

I knew I needed to add strength to my life. I had tried a few supplements and was eating protein but I wasn’t seeing results. I was curious about resistance training. I was still nervous about training in front of people. But I quickly realized that people are kind and supportive when you are doing that improves your life.

                                                       
I was able to find a program that suits my capabilities. I learned the joy that comes with committing to a routine. It’s not the amount of exercise that you do but that you keep doing it. I caught the bug! I went from being an ambivalent gym person to someone who never missed a day. The gym is just such a great atmosphere. I’ve made many new friends and I’m living a much healthier lifestyle.

 

I’m coming up on my one-year fitness anniversary. I’m still doing my cardio — I usually do a five-kilometer run every day — and staying on my program to build muscle and definition. It’s all given me such a new lease on life. I’m excited to see what happens next. I’m so grateful to Snap Fitness.

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