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Your Weight Loss, Diet and Nutrition Guide To…ANTIOXIDANTS

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How to do Standing Cable Pushdowns with the V-Bar

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Standing Cable Pushdowns with V-Bar

Select an appropriate weight and attach the v-bar to the cable. Standing with your feet approximately shoulder-width apart, hold the v-bar in front you just below chest-level. Push the v-bar down without moving your upper arms or shoulders until your arms are straight, pause, and then reverse the motion. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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How to do a Standing Cable Chest Press

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Standing Cable Chest Press

Select an appropriate weight and adjust the stabilizing arms so that they are parallel to the ground. Face away from the cable machine and hold the handles with your elbows bent slightly more than 90 degrees. Then, while keeping your forearms almost parallel to the ground,  push the handles away from your chest. Pause and reverse the motion stopping just before the weight stack rests in its original/resting position. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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Beach Butt Brazilian Bikini Workout

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How to do a Dumbbell Lunge

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Dumbbell Lunge

Stand with your feet no more than shoulder-width apart while holding a dumbbell in each hand. Then, step forward and slowly lower your hips until both of your legs are at about 90 degrees. Next, push-off of your front foot to reverse the motion. Make sure you control the dumbbells by not allowing your arms to swing. Also, keep your torso in an upright position, avoid touching your back knee to the ground, and be careful not to put pressure on your front ankle by leaning forward. Finally, when you reverse the motion, remember to engage your abdominal and gluteus muscles. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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Lose Weight, Burn Calories and Get Plenty of Vitamin D with These 5 Outdoor Summer Activities

 

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LA Fitness Renovates, Celebrates and Donates

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How to do a Barbell Lunge

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Barbell Lunge

Stand with your feet no more than shoulder width apart with a barbell resting on your upper back and shoulders. Begin by stepping forward and slowly lowering your hips until both of your legs are at about 90 degrees. Then push off of your front foot to reverse the motion. Make sure you control the barbell and your upper body by keeping your torso in an upright position, avoid touching your back knee to the ground, and be careful not to put pressure on your front ankle by leaning forward. When you reverse the motion, remember to engage your abdominal and gluteus muscles. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do an Ice Skater Exercise

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Ice Skater Exercise

Stand with one leg forward and bent at approximately 90 degrees while your other leg is crossed behind you with only a slight bend. Then, jump sideways, in the direction of your back leg, switching your arm and leg positions in the process. Maintain your upper body in an upright position, and reach your opposite hand toward your front foot while your other arm is raised with your elbow bent at 90 degrees. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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7 Signs You’re On-Track to Getting Six-Pack Abs

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Your Weight Loss, Diet and Nutrition Guide To…FIBER

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How to do a Barbell Biceps Curl

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Barbell Curl

Hold the barbell with our hands approximately shoulder-width apart and with your palms facing out. Then, curl the barbell up and in toward your body without moving your upper arms or shoulders, pause and then lower the weight, stopping just before you completely straighten your arms. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Bodyweight Lunge

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Bodyweight Lunge

Stand with your feet no more than shoulder width apart. Start by stepping forward and slowly lowering your hips until both of your legs are at about 90 degrees. Make sure you avoid letting your back knee touch the ground, and also be sure to keep your torso in an upright position while being careful not to put pressure on your front ankle by leaning forward. Finally, push-off your front foot to reverse the motion.  When you reverse the motion remember to engage/tighten your abdominal and butt muscles, and return to the starting position. Continue the exercise for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your workout program and fitness goal.

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Summer Leg Shred and Shaping Workout Routine

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5 Ways to Burn Calories and Get Things Done This Summer

Summer is here, which means it’s time to enjoy being outdoors and getting things done: wash the car, plant tomatoes in your garden, paint the trim around your house AND burn calories the entire time!

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Your Weight Loss, Diet and Nutrition Guide To…VITAMINS

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How to do a Seated Cable Chest Fly

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Seated Cable Chest Fly

 

Select an appropriate weight. Hold the handles out to your side so that they’re level with your chest. Maintaining a slight bend at your elbows, squeeze the handles toward each other until your hands meet in front of you, pause and then reverse the motion. Pause again just before the weight stack rests in the original position. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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How to do a Dumbbell Lateral Raise

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Dumbbell Lateral Raise

Hold the dumbbells at your sides with a slight bend in your elbows. Now lift the weights away from your sides until your upper arms are parallel with the floor, pause, and then slowly reverse the motion back to the starting position. Continue the repetitions for a duration that best suits your goals and personal level of fitness.

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LA Fitness Fourth of July Hours and Kids Klubs 4th of July Holiday Hours 2015

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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, 2015, 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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Apple Cider Vinegar – Hype or Helpful?

 

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The Ultimate Summer Six-Pack Ab Shredding Circuit!

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Your Weight Loss, Diet and Nutrition Guide To…FATS

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How to do a Lat Pull Down – ‘Chin Up Grip’

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Lat Pull Down – ‘Chin Up Grip’

Select an appropriate weight and adjust the thigh support. Holding the bar at shoulder-width and with your palms facing you, pull the bar down and in toward your chest, stopping just below chin-level.  Return to the starting position as you control the weight, while being careful to keep your shoulders down; not allowing them to scrunch-up toward your ears. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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Your Weight Loss, Diet and Nutrition Guide To…Protein

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8 Week Workout to Prep for Summer, Bikini and Swimsuit Season – Weeks 7 and 8

 

This is it…the final stretch. Only 2 weeks until summer begins! 

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Bank on This Workout to Improve Your Basketball Skills

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Complement your Lifestyle…

Whether you play in a competitive basketball league or just show off your skills in pick-up games, working out in the gym can help improve your game on the court! That’s why we designed the perfect workout to complement your basketball game.

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How to do a Dumbbell Biceps Curl

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Dumbbell Biceps Curls

Hold the dumbbells with your palms facing out. Now curl the dumbbells up and in toward your body without moving your upper arms or shoulders, pause and then lower the weight, stopping just before you completely straighten your arms. Continue for the necessary amount of repetitions required for your personal workout program and fitness goal.

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How to do a Seated Cable Chest Press

How to do Exercises and use the Fitness Equipment at LA Fitness.

Seated Cable Chest Press

Select an appropriate weight. Hold the handles with your elbows bent slightly more than 90 degrees. Keep your forearms almost parallel to the ground, and then push the handles away from your chest, pause and reverse the motion, stopping again just before the weight stack rests in the original position. Repeat for your desired number of repetitions.

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Your Weight Loss, Diet and Nutrition Guide To…CARBS

 

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4 Weeks to Summer Swimsuit Season Diet and Nutrition Tips

Vegetables, baby…Vegetables! Get ready to rock that swimsuit!

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8 Week Workout to Prep for Summer, Bikini and Swimsuit Season – Weeks 5 and 6

Only 4 weeks until summer is here! 

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5 Secrets to a Flatter Belly from Around the World

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6 Weeks to Summer Swimsuit Season Diet and Nutrition Tips

 6 weeks to summer nutrition guide to spice up your health

Bikini and board shorts season is coming…SOON! It’s time to spice up your diet, without all the sodium, and get serious about getting in shape.

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8 Week Workout to Prep for Summer Bikini and Swimsuit Season – Weeks 3 and 4

 6 weeks until summer workout with Bethany-37Summer is coming, and you know what’s coming with it…

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Love Handles Be Gone! Use These Exercises to Tighten Your Oblique Muscles

Cables 101 – Oblique and Ab Exercises

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The Spring into Summer Swimsuit Freak Out Solution, 8 Week Workout – Weeks 1 and 2

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2 Months to Summer Swimsuit Season Diet and Nutrition Tips

 

Bikini and board shorts season is coming…SOON!

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The 2 Months Until Summer Swimsuit Season Strategy to Blast Away Your Belly

Swimsuit season is coming…SOON!

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Train for your Career…A Workout for Law Enforcement and Police Officers (or Anyone with a Physically Demanding Job)

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‘Ace’ This Exercise Routine – A Gym Workout for Volleyball Players

Complement your Lifestyle…

Volleyball is a sport that requires a series of quick explosive movements and excellent overall body control; all while smacking a ball with a great degree of finesse. Being able to accurately spike the ball with extreme velocity and also set that very same ball with ease and touch means you have to be quick and ready. It’s a stop-and-go mix of aggressive and graceful movements that commands a physical skill set from athletes.

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Define, Tone and Strengthen Your Chest with These Cable Exercises

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Chest Exercises – Cables 101

If you’re like many people, the first exercise that probably comes to mind when you think about chest exercises is the classic barbell bench press. However, chest exercises aren’t limited to the bench press. In fact, there are a variety of other chest exercises that you can perform with cables!

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Make ‘Time’ for this Healthy Drink, You Might be Surprised by all of its Benefits

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A Gym Workout for Soccer Players – Working Out Off the Field to Score Goals on it

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Soccer, or football (for anyone reading this outside of North America), requires a rare type of athlete with a dynamic combination of explosive athleticism and excellent aerobic fitness. In order to compete on a soccer field, you need to be able to jog for long durations and explode into a sprint at a moment’s notice. You also need the strength and stability to leverage your body against your opponents, the agility to dodge defenders laterally while dribbling a ball and the velocity to kick the ball with power and accuracy, as well as with finesse. The best way to develop these skills and handle the physical demands of a complete soccer game is to train both on and off the field.

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Add Abs to Your Physique by Adding the C.A.L.I. 3.0 Workout to your Routine

CALI 3.0 with Corina-19

 

C.A.L.I. Workout 3.0 – Adding medicine balls

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Daylight Saving Time Spring 2015 Helpful Tips and Reminders – The Countdown to Summer Begins

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No Ice Bucket Needed. Help Find a Cure for ALS by Dancing. You’ve Been Nominated!

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#Dance2CureALSChallenge

Do YOU accept the #Dance2CureALSChallenge?

 

Here’s how to do it…

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Define Your Abs and Work Your Core with C.A.L.I. 2.0

 CALI 2.0 with Hunter-30

 

C.A.L.I. Workout 2.0 – Stability Ball Integration
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Train for Your Next Adventure – A Workout for Hiking

 

Compliment Your Lifestyle…

Hiking is a great way to stay active and keep your body in shape while also enjoying the great outdoors. However, traveling long distances up and down different terrains can be physically taxing. That’s why combining your love for the trails with a gym routine that is customized to develop your hiking skills is the perfect way to put your body in prime shape for hiking.

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Dance, Donate and Help Find a Cure to ALS!

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5 Outstanding Cable Exercises to Define and Tone Your Shoulders

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The Gym Workout for Baseball Players – Train to Hit Further, Throw Harder and Run Faster

 

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If you’re a baseball player, then it’s time to step up your game in the gym to help you the get to the next level when you are stepping up to the plate this season!

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A Gym Workout for Dancers – Train for your Art

 

Compliment your Lifestyle…

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Congratulations to Our 30th Anniversary T-Shirt Winners!

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The results are in! We asked you, our loyal Living Healthy readers, to leave a comment on our blog post for a chance to win an LA Fitness 30th Anniversary T-shirt and you did not disappoint! We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on our blog as well as your personal fitness experiences.

Congratulations to Frank, David, Jessica, Karrenann and Jacquelyn. Now, here’s what the winners had to say!

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Meet the C.A.L.I. Workout 1.0, and Say Hello to Your Abs!

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C.A.L.I. Workout 1.0

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Enter to Win an LA Fitness 30th Anniversary T-Shirt!

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Fun Facts You May Not Know about LA Fitness

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  1. LA Fitness just turned 30!

When the first LA Fitness first opened its doors, things were quite different. Cardio machines were basic, displays were simple, and there were no machine-mounted TV screens. Women donned leotards, tights and leg warmers as their preferred workout apparel, men often wore thigh-exposing spandex, short shorts, tank shirts or singlets, and pretty much everybody sported sweatbands on both their head and wrists. The year was 1984, and since then the trends, science, equipment and, yes, even the fashion of fitness have changed.

LA Fitness, too, has evolved drastically in ways we couldn’t even imagine back then…

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The 5K Club Training Program – Train to Run Faster

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Sculpt Your Abs in 2015 with These Advanced Six Pack Defining Exercises!

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‘Healthy’ Carbohydrates for Weight Loss – fact or fiction?

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Learn from the Past with Living Healthy’s Top 5 Series and Articles of 2014…Happy New Year!

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These 6 Surprising Holiday Activities Could Help You Lose Weight

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It’s the time of year when we all seem to pack on a few extra pounds. After all, the rich desserts and calorie heavy meals most of us are surrounded by are practically unavoidable, and it’s so easy to submit to the idea that you will simply rededicate yourself once the New Year rolls around. This is a recipe for disaster.

But there is hope…

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This Could be Your Fitness Answer to Surving Holiday Buffets and Potlucks

Holiday Diet

 

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These Simple Ingredients Could be Your Answer to a Healthier Holiday Season

 

Holiday spices

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

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Simply the Best…Exercise for Your Chest!

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

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The 7 Minute Ab Circuit You’re Probably not Doing, But Should Be!

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

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Get Leaner and More Athletic with Medicine Ball Plyometrics

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Sculpt, Shape and Define Your Legs and Butt with These Exercises

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

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SNACK SMARTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR!

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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!

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Advance Your Abs with These Six-Pack Sculpting Exercises

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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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