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Challenge Your Core and Build a Six-Pack with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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Surprising Mind and Body Health Benefits of Yoga

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SNACK SMARTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR!

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It’s not just the kids and teachers heading back to school that need to pay attention and make sure that they are eating healthy snacks during the day. Many people are grabbing the wrong things to manage hunger outside of mealtimes.

Snack  noun \ˈsnak\ : a small amount of food eaten between meals

Look at the definition of “snack” above and you’ll see that volume and timing are mentioned, not content. No wonder so many people are clueless about what to snack on! Read on to find out what to pack in your work, school or gym bag.

Snacks only need to comprise 1-3 elements: a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat — the 3 macronutrients. This is much less than the 4-5 elements food groups required for a square meal. This is because protein slows digestion, carbohydrates provide fuel and fat is satisfying. Having all three present in your snack means stable energy until the next meal, which means you have chosen and “A+” snack.

What is the best afternoon snack to curb hunger?

You can start with any one food group you like – fruit, starch, meats, vegetables, dairy or fat. Then add another item that fills any macronutrient gaps. Some things, like soybeans (edamame) or low-fat fruited Greek yogurt don’t need this macronutrient pairing because they are well-balanced by themselves. Here are some great examples of combinations that make the grade:

  • Oranges + peanuts
  • Wheat crackers + tuna salad
  • Half a turkey sandwich with avocado
  • Hard cooked egg + pretzels
  • Celery and carrot sticks + hummus
  • V-8 juice + string cheese
  • Cottage cheese + pineapple
  • Low-fat milk + protein powder
  • Almonds + banana

If you’ve forgotten your homework and didn’t pack a snack, you can still grab a small 1-2 ounce protein bar from a convenience store, a cup of soup from a deli counter, or a single street taco at a fast-casual restaurant. As a last resort from a drive through (detention for you!), select a snack wrap or fruit and yogurt parfait.

 

Don’t forget that portion matters! Keep it small, which is about a handful total to give a visual idea of a proper portion. This is about one cup. If you want to look at it from the perspective of calories, then somewhere in the 100-200 calorie range for women and 150-300 calorie range for men is suitable.

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Considerations:

  • True, sugar and caffeine give you energy, but only temporarily. Sorry, candy bars and coffee get a failing grade here!
  • You can’t eat what you don’t have. So shop and prepare options in advance.
  • Convenience and portability matter. A shelf-stable package or individually portioned container can make the difference of a snack eaten instead of skipped. Skipping a snack could lead to overeating later in the day.
  • Snacks are a great time to fit in some elements that you don’t get at your meals. Perhaps some vegetables or a serving of dairy?
  • Let hunger be your guide. Waiting until you’re “starving” means going straight for the junk. On the flip side, don’t force yourself to eat just because “it’s time.”

RECESS! Timing is important to the concept of snacking. Ideally, a snack would fit in the midpoint of the break between meals. If your meals are tightly spaced 3-4 hours apart, there may not even be a need for snacks. Conversely, you may want to increase the size of your snack if there will be an extended time before your next meal.

Now you have no excuse (though, the dog really can eat it) to have a healthy snack.  Feel free to share other great snack ideas in the comments section below!

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Back to School, Back to the Gym, the 20 Minute Quick ‘Get Back In to It’ Workout

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The Next Step in Creating Lean and Sculpted Arms

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LA Fitness Labor Day Hours for Clubs and Kids Klubs 2014

 

 

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Is LA Fitness and the Kids Klub open on Labor Day? What are the hours for LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klub for Labor Day 2014?

Labor Day – September 1, 2014 — All LA Fitness clubs located in the United States are open until 8 p.m.*, and all LA Fitness clubs in Canada open at 8 a.m and close at 8 p.m. to commemorate the holiday.

Kids Klub is closed on Labor Day at all LA Fitness clubs located in the United States and Canada.

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*LA Fitness Dearborn closes at 6:00 p.m.

Advance Your Abs with These Six-Pack Sculpting Exercises

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Eating with These People can Help Keep the Weight Off, Can You Guess Who They Are?

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The More You Row…Guess What Happens?

 

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The Better You Look.

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3 Fat Shedding Cardio Machine Programs You Need to Use

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Cardio Machines 101 – Choosing the best programs for losing weight and body fat.

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2 Simple Exercises to Sculpt Your Shoulders

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Look Your Very Best with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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Medicine Ball Exercises 101 – Single Muscle Group Exercises

Do you want to look your very best? With this combination of exercises you will focus on individual muscle groups in order to tighten and tone targeted areas of your body.

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The Risks of Eating Too Much Fiber, How Much is too Much?

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How to use the 4 Most Popular Cardio Machines

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Burn More Calories and Work More Muscles with These Medicine Ball Exercises

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Medicine Ball Exercises 101 – Multi-Movement Exercises

It’s impossible to miss them. You know, medicine balls, those bright colored balls with numbers on them. Though you have seen them in the gym for as long as you can remember, you’re not quite sure what to do with them, or how to use them, rather.

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Can You Hold Your Own on the Basketball Court? Nike Basketball Wants to See YOUR Best 3on3!

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Traveling this Summer? Stay in Shape with this 20 Minute Workout

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Get Great Triceps and Defined Arms with These Dumbbell Exercises

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How to Burn 1000 Calories Sunbathing and Having Fun at the Beach!

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10 Surprising Facts About Water and Staying Hydrated

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LA Fitness Fourth of July Hours and Kids Klubs 4th of July Holiday Hours 2014

 

LA-Fitness-4th-of-July-hours-2014Is LA Fitness and the Kids Klub open on the 4th of July? What are the hours for LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klub for the Fourth of July Holiday?

Fourth of July – July 4th, 2014, all LA Fitness clubs located in the United States are open until 4 p.m. to commemorate Independence Day in the United States .

Kids Klub is closed on the 4th of July at all LA Fitness clubs located in the United States, for Independence Day.

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Get Defined Biceps and Amazing Arms with These Dumbbell Exercises

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7 Plank Exercises for a Tighter and Toned Stomach

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If you’re like most people, this is the time of year you’re trying to define your abs & lose your love handles. After all, we all want enviable abs for the summer. If this sounds like you, these 7 Plank exercises can help you achieve your goal.

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Lose Your Belly and Define Your Stomach with our ‘Beach Abs’ Workout

 

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Father’s Day Hours at LA Fitness Clubs and Kids Klubs

 

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Is LA Fitness and the Kids Klub open on Father’s Day? What are the hours for LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klub on Fathers’s day?

Fathers’s Day – June 15, 2014 hours are normal operating hours for ALL of our LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klubs.

Happy Father’s Day! Enjoy your day and keep LIVING HEALTHY Dads!

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30 Minute Workout and 3 Weeks to Define Your Body for Summer Swimwear (Part 3)

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Sculpting and Defining your Legs and Butt – Advanced Progression Exercises Series

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Advanced Dumbbell Leg Exercises

Progression and variety, the concept of constantly changing your workouts, are the keys to getting to your goal and avoiding the dreaded “plateau.”

People often see amazing and creative new workouts, and even if they are new to working out, or haven’t worked out in months or years, they immediately want to jump right into doing them. But this can lead to injury.

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The ‘Which Way is the Beach?!’ Arm Workout – 3 Week BIG Bicep Challenge

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Summertime is almost here, and for many of you that means you are starting to work out so that you can look great in swimsuits and tank tops at the many beach outings and pool parties you’ll be attending. Well there is no time like the present to make your summertime fitness goals a reality! Seriously it’s time to get started.

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Not Losing Weight? 5 Hard Truths You Need to Come to Terms With

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  1. It’s NOT because you have a SLOW METABOLISM.

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LA Fitness and Kids Klub Hours for Memorial Day 2014

adjusted-light-memorial-day-photoIs LA Fitness and the Kids Klub open on Memorial Day? What are the hours for LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klub on Memorial Day?

Memorial Day – May 26, 2014 hours of operation. All US clubs have normal opening hours and will close at 8 p.m.

Kids Klub is closed on Memorial Day at all LA Fitness clubs located in the United States.

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How to Enjoy Parties this Summer, Without Sacrificing Your Summer Physique

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5 Best Butt Exercises to Get You That ‘Brazilian Lift’ in Your Summer Swimwear

 

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Mother’s Day Hours at LA Fitness Clubs and Kids Klubs

 

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Is LA Fitness and the Kids Klub open on Mother’s Day? What are the hours for LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klub on Mother’s day?

Mother’s Day – May 11, 2014 hours are normal operating hours for ALL of our LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klubs.

Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy your day and keep LIVING HEALTHY Moms!

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30 Minute Workout to Get Lean for Summer! (Part 2)

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Swimwear season is just 6 weeks away! Is your body beach ready?

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Garcinia Cambogia, Raspberry Ketones and More, Find Out Which Extracts Really Help you Lose Weight and Fat!

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 ‘See’ More Weight Loss and Fitness Results with These Fun Facts

Keep an EYE on your health at LA Fitness

Seeing is believing…Particularly when it comes to your fitness results.

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The Earth Day Full-Body ‘Around the World’ Workout

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30 Minute Workout and 9 Week Program to Get Lean for Summer! (Part 1)

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Summertime is just 9 weeks away! Are you ready?

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LA Fitness Easter Weekend Hours 2014


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Is LA Fitness open on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, and Easter Weekend? What are the hours that LA Fitness clubs are open during Easter Weekend, and what about Good Friday?

Here are the hours of operation for LA Fitness Clubs and Kids’ Klubs in the United States and Canada for Good Friday, Easter Weekend and Easter Monday (Canada) 2014:

Good Friday – 4/18/2014

USA – All clubs and Kids’ Klubs are open for normal operating hours.

Canada – All CLUBS are OPEN from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kids’ Klub and Personal Training CLOSED.

 

Saturday – 4/19/2014

Normal operating hours for ALL clubs in the United States and Canada.

 

EASTER SUNDAY – 4/20/2014

USA – Normal opening hours – 3 p.m. close. Kids’ Klub closed all day.

Canada – Open 8 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Kids’ Club closed all day.

 

Easter Monday – 4/21/2014

USA – All clubs and Kids’ Klubs are open for normal operating hours.

Canada – Open 8 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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Dumbbells 101 – Sculpting Your Summertime Shoulders

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Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means, right? It’s time to say “GOODBYE” to sleeves and “HELLO” to cut-offs and tank-tops. Oh, and let’s not forget swimsuits. Now that your shoulders are going to be exposed, it’s time to advance your shoulder workouts by incorporating some dumbbell exercises.

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10 Questions About Diet and Nutrition from a Self-Admitted ‘Fitness Freak’

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How You can Control Portions to Lose Weight and Get Lean!

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90 Day Weight Loss Workout Plan – (Days 75-90) – The Grand Finale

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Spot Train for Strength and Definition, NOT Fat Loss. Learn why!

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Weight Machines 101 – Leg Machines – Smaller Muscle Isolation – (Part 3)

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Spring Clean Your Way to a Slimmer You! Find out How!

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90 Day Nutrition Plan to a Leaner You – Part-3 (Days 61-90)

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Break Through Weight Training Plateaus with Drop Sets

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We’ve all been there…You’re working hard and seeing consistent results, and then one day you notice the progress stopped…you plateaued.

This is when it’s time to add some additional strategy to your routine with drop sets. Drop sets are an awesome addition to get you past that plateau and on to new results.

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90 Day Weight Loss Workout Plan – Part 5 (Days 60-75)

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3 Things to Expect When you Begin to Work Out and Cut Calories to Lose Weight

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Daylight Saving Spring Time Change 2014 Can Help You #MoveMoreBurnMore

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