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Striving For Balance

07/22/2017

Maintaining a healthy balance in life is so important. But so is everything on your to-do list, or so it seems. Meetings, emails, errands, relationships, children, cooking, cleaning, and on and on. Something has to give. Just make sure that something isn’t your health.

Let us help. There are ways to make time in your life for the important things, with the most important being you. Try these strategies and see how you feel. We’re betting it will make the balancing act a bit more bearable.

                                                               

  • Put Down the Devices. Disconnect for periods of time. It’s hard, we know. We’re all hooked on constant information. But try it, for even just a few hours a night. Put the phone down. Give your work brain a rest. 
  • Start Saying No. If you’re a pleaser, it’s not easy to do. But trust us on this, co-workers will survive if you can’t make Thursday’s happy hour. So will everyone else. Decline invitations that are not essential or doesn’t add something valuable to your life.
  • Avoid Toxic People. Minimize the negative influences around you. If you can’t completely avoid them, minimize contact. Surround yourself with positive, supportive, can-do people. You’ll feel better.
  • Try Something New. Try something that feels good to you but you weren’t sure you had time to do. You do have time. You could try meditating a few minutes a day. Or writing in a journal. Maybe hitting the mat for some yoga stretches. This is your time to give to yourself. Check in with a Snap trainer about some ideas that might work for you. You deserve it.
  • Nurture Relationships. This is the opposite of avoiding toxic people. Give more to the relationships that feed your soul. Connect deeply with the people you care about and see where that takes you.
  • Practice Self-Awareness. There’s no universal blueprint for achieving balance as we’re all different. The best first step is acknowledging that you’re seeking it. Everything will fall into place after that.  
  • Ditch the Multitasking. Multitasking is scientifically proven to inhibit productivity and heighten stress. Focus on one thing at a time.
  • Let Go of Control. We all want to feel in control of our lives. At the same time, putting the pressure on ourselves to try and control all aspects of our life is a recipe for imbalance and stress. Maintaining an outlook of flexibility is key to a balanced life.

6 Traits of a Delicious and Healthy Protein Bar

07/12/2017

Remember when protein bars were few and far between? It wasn’t that long ago when they seemed like a novelty in the grocery aisle. But those days are long gone. Today there are entire aisles of protein bars. So how do you choose? Let us help. Keep these six things in mind and you will be well on your way to finding the perfect protein bar for you.

  1. High-Quality Protein. When selecting the best protein bars, the more protein, the better, but only if that protein is good quality. Look for a minimum of five grams per bar. The best proteins to look for are milk and whey.
  2. Low Sugar. Make sure your bar has no more than eight grams of sugar per serving. Bars with low sugar will prevent your blood sugar from increasing, which will prevent your body from producing too much insulin, which can lead to unwanted fat storage. Eating as little sugar as possible is the best way to prevent this.
  3. Limit Carbs. Excess carbs are quickly converted to fat and can cause cravings so make sure to pick a low-carb bar.
  4. Calorie Control. For women, the bar should contain between 140 and 200 calories; for men, between 170 and 300 calories. For some of the bigger protein bars, this may mean cutting it in half to avoid too many calories. Caveat: calories aren’t all bad. There is no need to fear them, especially after exercise when they can speed up your recovery. But they key is not to overeat and consume just what you need.
  5. Be Wary of Artificial Sweeteners. To get a delicious tasting bar without sugar, many bar manufacturers use artificial sweeteners. Many artificial sweeteners, despite being calorie free, are unhealthy. They can cause cravings and an unhelpful insulin response. Many artificial sweeteners also cause headaches, joint pain, and problems with concentration. Best to avoid artificial sweeteners.
  6. Look for Healthy Fats. A low-fat diet is not necessarily a healthy diet. In fact, some dietary fat is good. Omega three and omega six polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats are important. However, high amounts of saturated fats contain a lot of unwanted calories, which is the last thing you want in a protein bar. Look for bars that contain healthy fats but are low in saturated fat. Aim for a bar with less than three grams. While saturated fats are OK in small amounts, trans fats are not. Make sure your bar has no trans fats. Pro tip: hydrogenated vegetable oils are a common source of trans fats. 

Peter Carillie: A Snap Fitness Inspiration

07/09/2017

“My dad has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis for 21 years now. From 1988-2008 he worked as a police officer in Irvington, New York where he retired due to the decline of his health. In 2009, our family moved to Port Orange, Florida, where he met his best friend and personal Trainer, Joe Elam, at Snap Fitness New Smyrna Beach. Although He may not physically be able to walk or do your average activities, he finds time every Monday and Wednesday to push himself and push me. Because of his strength and motivation he's brought to my life and many others, Snap Fitness New Smyrna Beach would never be the same without his big smile and determination.” -Peter's daughter, Jackie Carelli

Gluten Free Patriotic Fruit Pizza

07/02/2017

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract  

1 3/4 cups 1:1 gluten-free flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt


For the topping:
¾ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
1/3 cup blueberries

2 sliced strawberries

1/3 cup blackberries

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and lightly grease a 10-inch round pan. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and stir until combined. Scrap the sides of the bowl and then stir again briefly.
  3. Add dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  4. Press dough into round pan* and use a spatula to separate dough from the edge of the pan, which makes removal easier.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden.
  6. Let crust cool and remove it from the pan.
  7. Use a spatula to spread Greek yogurt evenly across the top of the crust.
  8. Decorate fruit pizza with berries.
  9. Optional: garnish with lemon zest and honey.
  10. Place in fridge and let set for 20 minutes before enjoying.


*For a thinner cookie crust, only use ¾ of the dough and save the rest for making cookies.

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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Success Spotlight: Snap Fitness Springtown Manager, Bill

06/30/2017

I was always a heavier kid growing up, but by the time I was 25 I was well over 250 pounds. I ended up getting food poisoning and when I went to the doctor I was surprised that they were far less concerned about my immediate illness. Instead they were much more concerned that I was pre-diabetic. I decided then and there that I needed a change in my life. Not understanding how diet and exercise work, I immersed myself in health and fitness and worked incredibly hard to get down to 150 pounds in ten months.

Since then, I have fallen in love with strength sports and have begun competing in strongman and powerlifting competitions. I feel better than I ever have in my life and it's now my passion to help others achieve THEIR fitness goals.

Summer Spotify Playlist

06/20/2017

There is nothing like summer. Who are your favorite summer artists? There are no wrong answers, if it’s something that keeps your feet moving, you’re listening to the right songs!

It’s well-known that music can be a highly important motivator for exercise. Music can be a key ingredient to wellness. There are many reasons for this. Research consistently finds that listening to music provides a healthy distraction from the pain of a workout. One study even suggests that music can benefit athletic performance by up to 15 percent. The rhythm of your workout music is shown to stimulate the motor area of your brain, thereby aiding self-paced exercises such as running or weight-lifting. By paying attention to these signals, it helps us use our energy more efficiently, since keeping a steady pace is easier on our bodies than fluctuating through a workout.

To help you get your groove on, we’ve made our summer Spotify playlist. We’re hoping that these songs will help you in your workouts. But by all means, make your own playlist. It’s the time of year for good vibrations so get out there and enjoy yourself!

 

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