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LA Fitness Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Holiday Hours 2014

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There’s Still Time! The LA Fitness Black Friday Sale is Still in Full Swing at ShopLAFitness.com

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Did you wake up at the crack of dawn for those incredible Black Friday discounts? Or instead, did you enjoy a nice post-Thanksgiving slumber? Well, we have good news for you, either way you can still get in on the Black Friday sale at ShopLAFitness.com!

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A Realistic and Simple 15 Minute Thanksgiving Day Workout

 

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LA Fitness Black Friday Sale and Cyber Monday Deals on ShopLAFitness.com

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You don’t want to miss one of our biggest sales ever…the ShopLAFitness.com Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are your chance get a great deal on some hot new workout gear and apparel.

But to take advantage of our 2014 ShopLAFitness.com Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale, you need to check our Facebook and Twitter pages to get the special promo codes.

  • For the LA Fitness Black Friday promo code, check on Friday, November 28, 2014.
  • For the Cyber Monday promo code, check on Monday, December 1, 2014.

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Eat All You Want at Thanksgiving Dinner and Not Gain Weight!?

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It’s Time for Change in 2014 with this Fall’s Time Change

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Tailgating Revisited, 9 Delicious and Healthy Options for Football Sunday!

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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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2 Simple Exercises to Sculpt Your Shoulders

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

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

 

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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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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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Daylight Saving Spring Time Change 2014 Can Help You #MoveMoreBurnMore

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20 New Ideas for the New Year

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Hours for LA Fitness – All Clubs are Open on MLK Day 2014

Martin-Luther-King-Jr-Day-Hours-v4Is LA Fitness closed on MLK day? Many people are asking the same question. See below for the MartinLuther King, Jr. day hours at LA Fitness clubs.

All LA Fitness Clubs and Kids Klub are OPEN and will maintain normal operating hours on MLK Day, Monday, January 20th, 2014.

 

Top 10 TOP TIPS of 2013

blog-top-10The New Year is almost here, and though 2013 is almost over, it has been an incredible year for LIVING HEALTHY and TOP TIPS! We published over 50 TOP TIPS articles this year to help you reach your personal health and fitness goals, and the response, which resulted in record-breaking readership, was amazing.

But before we dash off into a new year of fitness, exercises and healthy trends, we are taking a walk down memory lane and sharing with you the TOP 10 TOP TIPS of 2013…just in case you missed one.

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LA Fitness New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day Holiday Hours

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LA Fitness Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Holiday Hours 2013

Click Here for LA Fitness Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Holiday Hours 2014

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Is LA Fitness closed on Christmas and Christmas Eve? Many people are asking the same question. See below for the holiday hours at LA Fitness clubs in the United States and Canada for the 2013 Holiday Season.

Christmas Eve Hours for LA Fitness. Tuesday, December 24, 2013 – All clubs in the US and Canada are open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.*

Christmas Day Hours for LA Fitness. Wednesday, December 25, 2013 – All clubs in the US and Canada are Closed.*

Kids Club is closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at ALL LA Fitness Clubs for the 2013 Holiday Season.

*Lake Success club closes at 11:59 p.m. December 23, 2013, and is open from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve; closed on Christmas Day.

How to get a Flat Belly, Instead of a ‘Jolly’ One, This Holiday Season

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Mystery of the ‘Thanksgiving Food Coma’ Revealed

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10 Ways You Can Prevent Weight Gain this Thanksgiving

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‘Fallback’ Time, Helpful Reminders and Tips for the Time Change this Fall

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Get Back to the Basics for a Tight and Toned Body (Part 2 – Lifting Weights / Resistance Training)

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Want to SHRED BODY FAT?! Follow These 4 Steps

If you are frustrated with your body fat, don’t worry. You just need to alter your approach, and combine these 4 Steps to help you shed body fat.

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9 Tasty Foods for a Healthier Way to Tailgate

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Weight Machines 101 – Chest Machines

Chest machines 101Learn which MACHINES work your CHEST and how to use them.

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5 Common Obstacles & How You Can Overcome Them

If you’re like most people, you have likely run into your fair share of obstacles due to work and other responsibilities that have prevented you from exercising as much as you would like to…Hey, it happens!

Even on days that you have your workouts scheduled in your calendar it seems that unexpected obstacles and extra responsibilities just seem to pop up, right?

So how do you make sure that you don’t get derailed by these obstacles?

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She Tried it all and Nothing Worked…Until Now! Karrie’s Secret to Losing 90 Pounds

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Sizzling Summer Six-Pack Tips

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Creating a summer six-pack isn’t just about the exercises you perform; it’s also about the lifestyle choices you make each and every day.

After integrating the Sizzling Summer Six-Pack Exercises from our last article into your fitness routine, you’ll probably want some equally sizzling six-pack lifestyle tips to complement your hard work in the gym.

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Check It Out! REAL STORIES Heads to Baltimore for an Incredible Weight Loss and Race Story!

Check It Out! REAL STORIES Heads to Baltimore for an Incredible Weight Loss and Race Story!

Before she began losing weight, the idea of running a 5K race never crossed Karrie’s mind any more than she thought about flying a rocket ship to the moon.  At 5‘4” and 237 pounds, endurance races were not a realistic thing to do.

But things can change…

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15 Energy Sustaining Snacks for When You’re on the Go!

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When it’s time to eat on-the-go what can you grab to tide you over?  The best option is something that you have brought with you, so you get the energy benefits of a healthy snack without having to purchase from a vending machine at inflated prices. Of course, your snack choice must survive the temperature and abuse your gym bag goes through during the day…so don’t choose anything that will melt, spoil, or crumble into 100 pieces!  To help you get started, here are some healthy options. Read the rest of this entry

The 2 Week Workout Finale for Your Best Beach Body Ever!

Haley at LA Fitness 2 weeks until summerThe final stretch to summer is here, and you have been working hard over the past 8 weeks to get your body in its best shape ever. During these last two weeks it is time to go full-force with Advanced Plyometric, Compound Movements and Integrated Intervals so you can strut your stuff with confidence along every shoreline and poolside that you encounter this summer. Read the rest of this entry

Her Goal was to Lose 100 Pounds, So Shannon Gave 110 Percent

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Shannon actually surpassed her goal and lost 110 pounds! When we last caught up with Shannon, she was struggling not to plateau and decided to quit drinking diet sodas as a way to curb her late-night cravings and snacking. She felt that the diet sodas she was drinking, which had no calories, were causing her to crave sweet and sugary foods. Read the rest of this entry

How ‘Philadelphia’ Joe Took Control of Diabetes with Health and Fitness

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How ‘Extreme Traveling’ Helped Harry Lose 23 Pounds

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The 6 Weeks to Summer Slim-Down Workout – Look Better in Your Bathing Suit!

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If you’re sweating because summertime is drawing near…Perfect! You are on the right track; well as long as you’re sweating from all of the hard work you are putting into getting ready for bikini and board-short season. LIVING HEALTHY is here to help with Part 3 of our preparation for summer workout program – The 6 Weeks to Summer Slim Down Workout to Look Better in Your Bathing Suit!

If you missed Part 1 – 10 Week Workout Routine to have YOU Looking like a 10 this Summer or Part 2 – 8 Weeks Left to Prepare for Swimsuit Season, Your Next Workout is Here, simply click one of the links to get started!

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Your Guide to Understanding Food Labels

Learn the facts - the nutrition facts!

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A product’s packaging is good for enticing you as a consumer to buy that product; glossy pictures and tag lines attempt to lure us in at the grocery store. But to really compare foods and understand how they fulfill your daily nutrition needs, the most important part of the packaging is the food label. Read the rest of this entry

Cut Down on Television and Cut Down Your Weight – 7 Things You Can Do

LA Fitness pits Television against Gardening and other household activity - Gardening Wins!Have you ever wondered how many more calories you could be burning if you actually did something productive instead of watching television? You may be pleasantly surprised at how many calories you can burn making your home and your body look amazing at the same time! But don’t use you these activities as a substitute for your weight and cardio workouts, instead use them as a way to compliment your weight loss efforts while you enjoy beautifying your home.

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Inspired by Kayaking, Harry’s First Day in a Gym at Age 57

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When he talks about his childhood and growing up, Harry doesn’t describe himself as an athlete. In fact, Harry never stepped foot into a gym during the first 56 years of his life.

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5 Great Grocery Tips

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10 Week Workout Routine to have YOU Looking like a 10 this Summer

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Is Protein an Issue for Vegans?

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From a Size 18 to a Size 10, Happy Birthday to Mary!

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Amazing Dunks Made on LA Fitness Courts, Really? Watch These!

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Incorporating Explosive and Advanced Stability Exercises

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Have a BALL! 3 Great Medicine Ball Exercises to Tone and Define your Entire Body!

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Competing at the Arnold Sports Festival, Denita’s Big Day Arrives!

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