Category Archives: Simple

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

tailgating revisited 2014 nfl football season

(more…)

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

med ball core and ab COVER-cropped

(more…)

SNACK SMARTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR!

healthy back to school snacks
This article was contributed by Debbie M., MS, RD – 

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.

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

 

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!

CLICK HERE to learn how to subscribe to LIVING HEALTHY!

LA Fitness Labor Day Hours for Clubs and Kids Klubs 2014

 

 

labor day hours 2014

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.

SUBSCRIBE today to get all of our LIVING HEALTHY updates! CLICK HERE

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

Look Your Very Best with These Medicine Ball Exercises

Danica performing a front shoulder raise using a medicine ball at LA Fitness - 2

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.

(more…)

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

Multi-Movement-Medicine-Ball-Exercises-at-LA-Fitness

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.

(more…)

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.

SUBSCRIBE today to get all of our LIVING HEALTHY updates! CLICK HERE

7 Plank Exercises for a Tighter and Toned Stomach

bethany plank cover

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.

(more…)

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

3 Weeks to summer LA Fitness workout COVER photoIt’s time to work harder than ever to get ready for summer!

(more…)

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.

SUBSCRIBE today to get all of our LIVING HEALTHY updates! CLICK HERE

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

 

Happy-Mother's-Day-2014-from-LA-Fitness

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!

SUBSCRIBE today to get all of our LIVING HEALTHY updates! CLICK HERE

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

Danica 9 weeks to summer part 2 cover

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

(more…)

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

9 weeks to summer workout 1 (1)

Summertime is just 9 weeks away! Are you ready?

(more…)

Daylight Saving Spring Time Change 2014 Can Help You #MoveMoreBurnMore

spring forward time change 2014 (more…)

Dumbbells 101 – Chest Exercises

Dumbell-Chest-Exercises-101

When you’re just beginning a strength training routine weight machines are an excellent option to help you build a solid foundation. However, as you continue to progress you should begin to substitute some of those machine exercises with dumbbell exercises to help build additional overall strength and balance.[i]

Read the rest of this entry

20 New Ideas for the New Year

20-new-ideas

Read the rest of this entry

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.

(more…)

After Losing Almost 100 Pounds, Karrie’s Next Challenges – A 10K and Half Marathon

Karrie and Hannah getting ready to race

Even though she had lost almost 100 pounds, Karrie wasn’t entirely serious when she said, “Maybe one day I’ll run a marathon.” Well, she didn’t think she was being serious anyway. Immediately after making this statement people began telling her that she should do it. In fact, everyone who knew her believed she could do it…but Karrie had never ran in any such race. A year ago she couldn’t even run one mile let alone consider running 26.2. She was flattered by the confidence that people had in her, but Karrie had her doubts.

(more…)

LA Fitness and Kids Klub Hours for Halloween

Halloween-LA fitness and kids club hours

LA Fitness is open for normal operating hours on Halloween, October 31, 2013. Although, Kids Klub is closed in the evening.

SUBSCRIBE today to get all of our LA Fitness LIVING HEALTHY updates! CLICK HERE to learn how.

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

Time change is this weekend (more…)

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

james on row machine - 2 Read the rest of this entry

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.

Read the rest of this entry

9 Tasty Foods for a Healthier Way to Tailgate

Learn more Great Top Tips with Living Healthy Read the rest of this entry

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?

Read the rest of this entry

LA Fitness Labor Day Hours for Clubs and Kids Klubs

Labor-day-hours-at-LA-Fitness-v2

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 2013?

Labor Day – September 2, 2013 — All LA Fitness clubs located in the United States are open until 8 p.m. and until 6 p.m. in Canada to commemorate the holiday.

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

SUBSCRIBE today to get all of our LIVING HEALTHY updates! CLICK HERE

237 to 147 Pounds and 3.1 Miles Later, Karrie Runs Her First 5K Race

Karrie

In what may have been one of the greatest accomplishments in 5K history Read the rest of this entry

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

karrie-before-after Read the rest of this entry

Preventing the Diet Killer…Insatiable Cravings!

Curb your Cravings with LA Fitnessby Debbie M., MS, RD –

If the mood strikes between meals and you are craving something in particular, should you give in?  Read the rest of this entry

2013 LA Fitness Fourth of July Hours for Clubs and Kids Klubs – 4th of July Holiday Hours

LA Fitness 4th of July hours 2013

Is 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, 2013 All LA Fitness clubs located in the United States are open until 4 p.m. to commemorate the holiday.

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

SUBSCRIBE today to get all of our LIVING HEALTHY updates! CLICK HERE

F.E.S.P. – What it is and How it can Help YOU!

Let F.E.S.P. help you

Read the rest of this entry

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

LA fitness member Chrissy keeps snacks on hand because she is always on the go

This article was contributed by Debbie M., MS, RD – 

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

LA Fitness Clubs and Kids Klub Father’s Day Hours

Father's-Day-LA-Fitness-hours-and-kids-club-hours

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

Father’s Day – June 16, 2013 – ALL LA Fitness clubs and Kids Klubs will have normal operating hours.

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

SUBSCRIBE today to get all of our LIVING HEALTHY updates! CLICK HERE

LA Fitness Memorial Day Hours for Clubs and Kids Klubs

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????Is 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 27, 2013 hours of operation are from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all  LA Fitness clubs located in the United States.

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

SUBSCRIBE today to get all of our LIVING HEALTHY updates! CLICK HERE

How ‘Extreme Traveling’ Helped Harry Lose 23 Pounds

travelling can be an extreme activity to say the least-2 Read the rest of this entry

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

Look better in 6 weeks for summer at LA Fitness

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!

For those of you who are ready, weeks 5 & 6 are sure to challenge your body as we hit the weight room for some Strength Training with Free Weights and integrate High-Intensity Interval Training as your fat-melting cardio workout. Read the rest of this entry

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

LA Fitness mother's day hours of operation and kids club hours

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 12, 2013 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!

SUBSCRIBE today to get all of our LIVING HEALTHY updates! CLICK HERE

Enter to Win Our Hockey Memorabilia Giveaway!

Dino Ciccarelli at the London Ontario LA Fitness Grand openingThis is your chance to win one of the great prizes that we are giving away.

Enter now! Simply SUBSCRIBE to receive LIVING HEALTHY for YOUR chance to win hockey memorabilia signed by Hall of Famer, Dino Ciccarelli. If you have already subscribed to LIVING HEALTHY, you are automatically entered to win. 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.

All of the following activities are based on a 150 pound person performing each activity a duration of 60 minutes at a moderate (as opposed to vigorous) intensity[i]. Read the rest of this entry

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

??????????????????????????????????????????????There’s only 10 weeks left until swimsuit season! If you haven’t committed to a solid workout plan to get your body ready for summer, don’t worry. We have a plan that can help you to get back into the gym and back into shape for summertime with this 5 Part Series.

Read the rest of this entry

Ask our Dietitian your Question Today!

Incorporating Explosive and Advanced Stability Exercises

Bryant doing an explosive X pushup at la fitness

Read the rest of this entry

Easter Weekend Hours for LA Fitness Clubs in the United States and Canada

LA Fitness Easter Weekend Holiday hours for US United States and Canada clubs
Read the rest of this entry

Basketball Legend Dan Majerle Autographs Basketball for LIVING HEALTHY Contest

Phoenix Suns legend Dan Majerle autographs a basketball for the LIVING HEALTHY give away contest

Read the rest of this entry

Fuel your Workouts to Maximize Your Results

Fuel Your Workout and Maximize Your Results

This article was contributed by Debbie M., MS, RD 

Did you know that during anaerobic activity like resistance training, sugar is your body’s primary fuel source?

Read the rest of this entry

Daylight Saving Time Change 2013 is this Weekend, Spring Forward Your Clocks and Your Fitness

Time to Spring your Clocks forward againThat’s right, this weekend marks that time of year again when we all sacrifice an hour of sleep in the wee hours of Sunday morning in order to gain a precious extra hour of daylight to enjoy in the evenings for the next eight months. So mark your calendars and set your alarms because on Sunday, March 10th, 2013 at 2 a.m. we all need to “spring forward” our clocks one hour as we tear apart the space-time continuum warping time as it instantaneously changes from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Read the rest of this entry

Get Back to the Basics for a Tight and Toned Body (Part 1 – Walking / Running)

LA Fitness Member Nikki runs outside for her cardio on a sunny day

Tips and Exercises to get you Back in Shape – How to get started RUNNING (or back into it again).

Read the rest of this entry

Were you in Better Shape when you were Young? Get back into Sports, and Get back into Shape!

Join a fun and fit time with an LA Fitness Volleyball Racquetball or Basketball League

Read the rest of this entry

Cleanses vs. Detox Diets and How They Can Help Your Body

Yummy Fresh vegetables make for a happy and healthy family

Read the rest of this entry

LA Fitness Presidents’ Day and Family Day (CA) Holiday Hours

Presidents'-Day Hours and Family Day hours Canada for LA Fitness

Read the rest of this entry

Two ‘Abmazing’ Exercises for a Flatter Stomach and More Ab Definition

Marc doing a reverse crunch at LA Fitness - b

Read the rest of this entry

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 6,475 other followers

%d bloggers like this: