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

08/14/2017

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.

  

60 Second Madness: In 60 seconds, complete as many reps with a focus on form. Rest for 60 seconds and then start the next exercise. 15 total exercises and 3 circuits.

 

Click Here to Download the PDF Workout

Is a Plant-Based Diet Right For You?

08/08/2017

If you’re not already familiar with plant-based diets, you might be thinking: how does it work? Do I eat plants? Rest assured, you won’t be asked to digest a fern for dinner. It’s that you’re choosing to eat foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruits. It’s a smart choice with innumerable health benefits, including digestive health and weight loss. And don’t worry, you can still indulge on occasion. There are such things as non-dairy ice cream and frozen veggie pizza. But still, even on a plant-based diet, you’ll want to eat carefully. We’ll show you how.

Tip number one: get used to reading ingredient labels. You’ll want plenty of information to make informed choices. Look out for pre-prepared foods that are loaded with sugar, fat, sodium, and other things that will impact your healthy diet.

Also, don’t set out to simply replicate your favorite foods with non-plant versions. That doesn’t necessarily translate to healthier dining. What you want to do is figure out what you like about your favorite foods — such as texture or flavor — and make substitutes that meet your criteria. For example, you might experiment with:

  • Lentils: Great for dishes that you’d normally put ground meat in, like meatloafsloppy joes, and bolognese
  • Tempeh: Takes on whatever seasonings you add to it. Try it as a breakfast “sausage” patty for a hearty start to your day.
  • Beans and nuts: Perfect for blending into thick, creamy sauces. 
  • Tofu: Crumbled or blended with oil and seasonings, this can make a good filling for both sweet and savory dishes. 

As with any new diet, it can help to have a support system. Find friends who are willing to try new plant-based dishes with you, or who are open to going to restaurants that have plant-based options. 

And don’t be afraid to start slowly. A good first step is to add around 1,000 calories of legumes, whole grains, and starchy vegetables to your everyday routine. These starchy foods will keep you full and satisfied so you’ll naturally eat less animal products and processed foods. 

You might also check out Facebook and Meetup to see if there are any local plant-based groups in your area. Groups like these will help you expand your support network.

Finally, don’t think of it as a deprivation diet. That will take all the fun out of it. The food really can be quite delicious! You won’t feel deprived of anything, except stomach bloating and lack of energy. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be a plant person for life.

What's Your Fit? | Body Weight Training : Fit 30

08/07/2017

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.

 

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

 

Click Here to Download the PDF Workout

Watermelon Feta Avocado Salad

08/03/2017

SERVES 2

 

INGREDIENTS

3-4 cups mixed greens
2 cups watermelon, cut into triangles
½ cup crumbled feta

1 avocado, sliced

¼ cup fresh basil

Dressing of choice (we recommend balsamic)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Divide ingredients between two plates and top with your favorite dressing. Serve immediately.

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Success Spotlight: Amanda, Member of Snap Fitness Grants

07/26/2017

My name is Amanda, I am 26 year old and I am a mother to two beautiful little girls! My fitness journey started because I was unhappy with my body image and was weighing around 160-165 pounds. When I first started going to the gym I started with cardio, thinking that was the thing I had to do but it wasn’t. I wasn’t getting any results so I starting lifting weights, but didn’t really have an idea as to what I was doing. I took it one day at a time. I observed people around me, I also did some research on how to strength train. A few weeks went by and I started to notice the internal changes which kept me going back. I now weigh 114-120 pounds and don’t bother stepping on a scale anymore! I also don’t count calories. I eat when I’m hungry. I eat to get stronger. And as a result I am healthier and happier than I have ever been in my life. I focus on one more rep and one more breath. I am now full of confidence and I feel comfortable in my own skin, something that I never had in the past. Weight-loss tip: Stop trying to diet and instead focus on becoming healthier.  

Grilled Thai Chicken Skewers

07/25/2017

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 tablespoon coconut sugar

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken sliced into 1” cubes

Wood or metal skewers for grilling

For the Thai peanut sauce:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Thai chili paste
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix first seven ingredients together in a bowl until combined. Toss chicken in marinade and pour into a Ziploc bag. Refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.
  2. Make the sauce by whisking together ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  1. Preheat grill to high heat*. Thread chicken onto skewers and grease the grill. Place skewers on the grill and cook for about 10 minutes, turning once, or until chicken is cooked through.
  2. Serve chicken with the Thai peanut sauce.

*If desired, you can also grill veggies to serve along with your appetizers or meal. We used zucchini, peppers and tomatoes, but onions and eggplant are great options too. Simply chop veggies up, coat them lightly with oil and place on skewers to grill while the chicken is cooking.

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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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