Spiralized Greek Cucumber Salad

09/03/2017

INGREDIENTS

1 English cucumber
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ cup roasted red peppers
½ cup sliced Kalamata olives
1 cup cherry tomatoes
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
¼ cup chopped red onions

 

For the dressing:

¼ cup Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
½ teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For the dressing: Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined.
  2. Spiralize cucumber and add to a large bowl with remaining ingredients. Pour dressing over top and stir to combine.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

 

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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.

 

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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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5 Ways To Make Back To School Time a Fitness Opportunity

08/29/2017

As summer winds down and kids head back to school, you may find yourself with more time on your hands. What a perfect opportunity to invest in your fitness. Give yourself back that hour a day dedicated to your well-being so you can rock out this parenting gig. Let us help. Here are some tips on how to get back in the swing.

 

Schedule Gym Trips In Your Calendar. Now that you have some free time, use it smartly. Look at your schedule every week and block out gym time. Momentum is key. You want to give yourself the opportunity to experience the benefits on a regular basis. And think of it this way: exercise is wonderful for enhancing energy to keep up with your kids. Going to the gym will make you a better parent. A classic win-win.

 

Use This Time To Try New Things. Think about the things you’ve considered trying if you ever had the time. Been curious about yoga? We have classes. Want to work on your strength? We’ve got the machines for you. Looking to extend your cardio? Step right up. Check in with a Snap Fitness trainer at the gym and we’ll get you set up for anything you’ve wanted to try.

 

Check In With Yourself. Now that your life isn’t filled with racing around all the time, give yourself some you time. Slow things down. Go at your own pace. Use the gym to find calm and invigoration. Fitness is magical that way. It brings balance to all parts of your life. Take this opportunity. You deserve it.

 

Partner Up. Talking to kids all day can be wonderful. Let’s face it. They’re hilarious! But it’s not like talking to other adults. And you may need that stimulation. So now that the children are back in school, choose now to re-engage with your adult friends at the gym. And on top of that, make new friends. Talk to us at Snap Fitness. We’ll get you plugged into the community.

 

Ease Yourself Back In. If you’re looking to get back in the fitness routine, congratulations. But do us a favor: work yourself back gradually. No need to do an hour of hard cardio on your first day back, or put a ton of weight over your head, as good as that may feel. That’s a good way of risking injury. Take it slow at first. The key is to keep your workouts part of your routine for life. You’ll get there. We’ll help you. 

 

What's Your Fit Workout | Body Weight Training : Giant Set

08/28/2017

The vision behind our ‘What’s Your Fit?’ campaign is fueled by our passion to help people to reach their goals and inspire communities to figure out what fitness means to them in a fun and supportive culture.

 

As part of ‘What’s Your Fit?’ we’ve created, PDFs, giving you access to four body weight workouts designed by expert trainers that are easy to download. Just click the link at the bottom of this post!

 

They are called Body Weight workouts because these sets of strength training exercises don’t require weights. These great workouts also boost endurance, speed, flexibility, coordination and balance.

 

Giant Set: 16 total exercises, broken up into sets of four with each group targeting one part of the body. Complete 3 sets, 10 reps of each exercise and take short break between each muscle group.

 

Click Here to Download the PDF Workout

 

 

 

Making Time for Weekday Workouts

08/25/2017

Here’s a scenario that may sound familiar to you. You pack a workout bag in the morning. You head to work. You plan to make it to your gym at noon. But your day goes crazy. Meetings, calls, reports. You work through lunch. No problem. You’ll just hit the gym after work. But the work keeps piling up. And now it’s 7 and you just want to go home and watch Netflix. So that’s what you do. Again.

Can you relate? If so, take heart. There are strategies you can use to make sure you do make it to the gym. We’ll show you how.

Schedule It

A little planning can go a long way. Try to anticipate as best you can where the busy pockets of your week are going to hit. Then pencil it in. Better yet, ink it in. And protect that time. View it as vital as eating. Everything in your life will be better for exercising as afterward you will be calmer, happier, and more focused. At the start of each week, think about your exercise goals for the upcoming week. If you want to make it to two yoga classes during the week, block out that time. Figure out what you want to do and build your schedule accordingly.

Get Organized

Sometimes it’s the little things that can make the difference. Like getting your gear together in advance. If you’re going to the gym on Monday and Wednesday, you’ll need two tops, two pairs of shorts, two pairs of socks and your sneakers. If you plan to shower at the gym, remember flip-flops, shampoo, a towel and other travel-size toiletries. Get everything in your bag and keep it in your car, gym locker, or under your desk at work. A pro tip: pack granola or protein bars in case you get hungry after work or on your way home.

Plan For Peak Energy

If you’re not someone who bounds out of bed in the morning, you’re not likely to feel excited about an early morning workout. So figure out when you’re most likely to be in an exercise frame of mind. Maybe midday is your sweet spot. Or you enjoy working off the stress of the day after work. Be intentional about your schedule. Understand when you’re at your best. It will make it fun for you to keep coming back.

Mix Things Up a Bit

It’s fine to get into a routine at the gym — it will keep you on schedule to meet workout goals – but it’s also helpful to look forward to trying something new. Check in with your Snap Fitness trainer for ideas. We have plenty of them. We’ll help you keep your workouts fresh.

Work Out With a Friend

Having workout buddies can be huge for motivation. It not only keeps you accountable for showing up, but it’s more fun.

Even If Time is Limited, Still Go

When you’re short on time, focus on higher-payoff workouts. You can get a lot done in a short amount of time. The key is to stay focused and maintain a high intensity throughout the session. Check in with a Snap Fitness trainer on how to do this.

What's Your Fit Workout | Body Weight Training : 45|15

08/21/2017

The vision behind our ‘What’s Your Fit?’ campaign is fueled by our passion to help people to reach their goals and inspire communities to figure out what fitness means to them in a fun and supportive culture.

 

As part of ‘What’s Your Fit?’ we’ve created, PDFs, giving you access to four body weight workouts designed by expert trainers that are easy to download. Just click the link at the bottom of this post!

 

They are called Body Weight workouts because these sets of strength training exercises don’t require weights. These great workouts also boost endurance, speed, flexibility, coordination and balance.

  

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