Exercise and Fitness – Gold’s Gym Douglasville, GA

What’s Your Type?

Zero in on your gym type with this quiz—crafted by Gold’s Gym Fitness experts—then learn how to mix up your routine for a better workout.

We got in touch with two Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute members to help you identify your fitness personality. Belisa Vranich, a clinical psychologist and author of Get a Grip: Your Two-Week Mental Makeover, helped us craft insightful questions; and Robert Reames, author of Make Over Your Metabolism, gave us suggestions for how each personality can revamp or adjust their workout for the best results. To get started, take the seven question quiz below.

1. HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO YOU PLAN YOUR WORKOUT?
A. NO NEED TO PLAN—I’VE GOT MY ROUTINE DOWN PAT.
B. I DON’T. I JUST LET MY MOOD DECIDE.
C. WEEKS IN ADVANCE. DOESN’T EVERYONE?
D. I WAIT TO SEE WHAT MACHINES ARE AVAILABLE.
E. I USUALLY CHECK IN WITH FRIENDS TO FIND OUT WHAT THEIR
WORKOUT PLANS ARE BEFORE I START TO PLAN MINE.

2. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY IN GENERAL?
A. DEPENDABLE, ORGANIZED AND STEADY.
B. AGREEABLE, FUN AND PRETTY MELLOW.
C. INTENSE (AT TIMES), MOTIVATED AND ADVENTUROUS.
D. SHY WITH STRANGERS, BUT WARM AND GENEROUS WITH FRIENDS AND
FAMILY.
E. OUTGOING, EASY TO BE AROUND AND LOYAL.

3. WHAT ARE YOUR LISTENING/VIEWING HABITS AT THE GYM?
A. I STRAP ON MY HEADPHONES, TURN ON THE MUSIC AND GET TO
WORK.
B. I’LL PICK TV OVER MUSIC IF I CONTROL THE REMOTE.
C. I SPEND FREE TIME CRAFTING WORKOUT PLAYLISTS.
D. SOMETIMES I READ BOOKS, SOMETIMES I WATCH TELEVISION. IT’S
A TOSS-UP.
E. I DON’T LIKE WEARING HEADPHONES—I FEEL LIKE I’M TUNING OUTHE PEOPLE AROUND ME.

4. OUTSIDE OF THE GYM, HOW DO YOU STAY ACTIVE?
A. I’M ALWAYS UP FOR A PICKUP GAME.
B. I DON’T REALLY—THAT’S WHY I GO TO THE GYM.
C. TRIATHLONS, 10K RACES—YOU KNOW, THE FUN STUFF.
D. MAYBE AN AFTERNOON WALK OR AN EASY BIKE RIDE.
E. I LOVE TO DO CHARITY WALKS WITH GROUPS, OR FUN RUNS WITH MY FAMILY.

5. WHY DID YOU JOIN A GYM?
A. I MISSED THE ROUTINE OF DAILY PRACTICE, HAVING PLAYED A LOT OF SPORTS WHEN I WAS YOUNG.
B. JUST SEEMED LIKE THE THING A HEALTHY ADULT SHOULD DO.
C. I COULDN’T AFFORD TO BUILD A GYM IN MY HOUSE.
D. I WANTED TO START DOING MORE THAN JUST LONG WALKS.
E. MY FRIENDS JOINED.

6. WHAT DO YOU DO BETWEEN SETS OR CARDIO SESSIONS?
A. GRAB A DRINK OF WATER, THEN KEEP GOING.
B. SEND A TEXT OR CHECK MY E-MAIL.
C. CHECK MY HEART RATE, THEN GET RIGHT BACK TO WORK.
D. LOOK FOR A FREE MACHINE THAT I ALREADY KNOW HOW TO USE.
E. STOP TO CHAT WITH A GYM BUDDY.

7. WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF YOUR GYM KNOW-HOW?
A. I CAN PRETTY MUCH JUMP ON ANY CARDIO OR WEIGHT MACHINE IN THE JOINT.
B. I KNOW WHAT I NEED TO KNOW.
C. EXTENSIVE—I WAS USING BALANCE BALLS FOR MY AB WORKOUT BEFORE THE PILATES CROWD CAUGHT ON.
D. IT’S PASSABLE. I’VE MASTERED A FEW MACHINES AND THE TREADMILL.
E. PRETTY GOOD. AND IF I NEED HELP, I JUST ASK A TRAINER.

NOW TALLY UP YOUR SCORE TO FIGURE OUT YOUR FITNESS PERSONALITY.
• Mostly A’s Daily Grinder
• Mostly B’s Laid-Back Lifter
• Mostly C’s Workout Warrior
• Mostly D’s Fitness Fledgling
• Mostly E’s Gym Butterfly

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Fitness and Weight Loss – Gold’s Gym Douglasville, GA

Healthy Recipe From Gold’s Gym, Douglasville

October is the best month for cranberries, apples, pomegranates, grapes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash, broccoli, spinach, and lettuce.

Did you know that sweet potatoes are a great substitute for white potatoes?  Sweet potatoes are virtually fat-free, cholesterol-free and very low in sodium. One cup of cooked sweet potatoes has 180 calories.

How to select one.  For the most nutrition value, always select sweet potatoes with a deep orange color.  Avoid sweet potatoes if they have white areas on them, are damaged, or show any sign of decay.  Never store in the refrigerator, as this will produce a hard core in the center.  Instead store them in a cool, dry, well-ventilated container. For the best flavor use your sweet potatoes within a week or two of purchase.  Sweet Potatoes are most nutritious if they are cooked in their jacket.

Sweet Potatoes freeze well.  Wrap unpeeled, cooked sweet potatoes individually in aluminum foil or freezer wrap.  Place in a plastic bag, date and freeze.

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Ingredients:

  • 6 sweet potatoes, cut into french fries
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

1.       Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).

2.       In a plastic bag, combine the sweet potatoes, canola oil, taco seasoning, and cayenne pepper. Close and shake the bag until the fries are evenly coated. Spread the fries out in a single layer on two large baking sheets.

3.       Bake for 30 minutes, or until crispy and brown on one side. Turn the fries over using a spatula, and cook for another 30 minutes, or until they are all crispy on the outside and tender inside. Thinner fries may not take as long.

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 169 | Total Fat: 4.7g | Cholesterol: 0mg

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Senior Fitness, Silver Sneakers – Gold’s Gym Douglasville

Silver Sneakers Program Big Hit With Senior Community

Exercise and physical activity are some of the best things older adults can do to stay healthy.  Moderate exercise can improve health and mental flexibility. Some seniors are concerned that physical activity or exercise may be too strenuous or may do more harm than good.  In fact, it’s an inactive lifestyle that proves to do more harm than exercise does.

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults. Silver Sneakers membership is a full facility membership that provides unlimited access to all that Gold’s Gym offers. Muscular strength and range of motion, cardio conditioning, are just a few of our exercise options. Silver Sneakers is so much more than just another discount. This is a lifestyle intervention that is truly the best health insurance you can have! 

The program is typically offered to Medicare-eligible members of a sponsoring organization or health plan however anyone of any age is welcome to participate. Medicare-eligible members are adult’s age 65 or older, or, in some cases, those of any age deemed disabled and receiving Medicare.

SilverSneakers ™Â Classes-

SilverSneakers(tm)I (Muscular Strength & Range of Movement)-

Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.

 

SilverSneakersďż˝ II (Cardio Circuit)-

Combine fun and fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout. Upper body strength work using hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball is alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, head to toe stretching and complete relaxation in a comfortable position.

Visit our class schedule for a complete list of all classes available.

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Healthy Recipe For Tennis Or Tailgating – Gold’s Gym – Douglasville, GA

Zucchini and Avocado Hummus

By The Healthy Apple
WebMD Recipe from Foodily.com

Hummus doesn’t just have to be chick peas and Tahini — what a bore! A perfect combination of ripe avocado, fresh zucchini, a small bag of carrots and an onion, this dish is taken to a whole new level when you toss in a dash of Agave nectar and chili powder for a palate-pleasing treat!

Ingredients

1/4 cup Tahini
2 Zucchini, shredded
1/2 Avocado, peeled, cored and mashed
1/4 tsp. Chili Powder
1 can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar
1/4 cup Sweet onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. Warm water
1/2 cup Carrots, shredded

Instructions

In a food processor, combine lemon juice, water, and Tahini; puree until smooth consistency.

Slowly add mashed avocado, shredded carrots, and shredded zucchini; continue to puree.

Add chopped onion, agave nectar, and chili powder; puree until desired smooth consistency.

Transfer into serving dishes.

Enjoy with your favorite whole grain chips, pitas, crackers, or raw vegetables.

Total Servings: 6

Nutritional Information Per Serving

Calories: 251
Carbohydrates: 32.9g
Cholesterol:0mg
Fat: 10.3g
Saturated Fat: 1.4g
Fiber: 9.7g
Sodium: 36mg
Protein: 10.3g

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Fitness and Weight Loss Blog – Gold’s Gym Douglasville, GA

Don’t Let Halloween Spoil Your Diet

The Halloween candy has been on the store shelves for several weeks now.  Tempting as it may be to get the candy now –DON”T DO IT.  You know what will happen.  “I’ll just have one snickers bar” and then before you know it the whole bag is gone and Halloween is still a month away. 

Those cute little fun-size candy bars seem harmless — and they are, if you can limit your consumption. But that’s easier said than done. All it takes is an additional 100 calories a day or the equivalent of one snack-sized chocolate bar and most adults will experience weight creep before they even know it.

Here are a few tips that can thwart the sabotage that occurs this time of year.

  1.  Buy the candy you don’t like. Kids usually like the kind of candy most adults would not choose.
  2.  Wait until the last possible moment to purchase your treats. The stores won’t run out, it will still be there on October 30.
  3. Look for healthy snack options to hand out to the children.  Their parents will thank you.
  4. If you must stick your hand in the candy dish, count the empty wrappers. It’s so easy to pop fun-size candy bars into your mouth that you can lose track of how quickly the calories are adding up.
  5. Chew Gum.  If you are at home handing out candy, chew sugarless gum.  You will be less tempted.
  6. Any candy left at your house or from your child’s Halloween bag should be packaged up and given to an organization that could get it in the hands of someone who could make good use of it.  Our soldiers would be glad to receive a care package with the extra candy.

Halloween unofficially marks the beginning of the holiday feasting season. Gold’s Gym will provide fitness and weight loss tips to support you through the season.

Weight Loss and Fitness in Douglasville- Gold’s Gym

Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips

Healthy habits start before you ever get to the grocery store. Preplanning your week’s menu and grocery shopping ahead of time will save time and money keeping you focused on what needs to be purchased, reducing unhealthy and costly impulse purchases. Arm yourself with a grocery list of healthy snacks and ingredients for this week’s meal plan.  A pre-printed grocery list kept in the kitchen is great for keeping track of when you run out of something.

A healthy shopping list will contain items such as:  fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and pastas. Read labels to look for 100% whole-grain or 100% whole-wheat to be sure you are getting whole grain products.  Your protein and meat choices should be lean protein selections like fish, poultry, lean meats. Eggs, nuts, seeds and legumes are another good source of protein.  Dairy products should be low fat choices when selecting milk, cheese and yogurt.

Shop the perimeters of the store.  That is where fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and fish are usually located.  Avoid the center aisles where the prepackaged and junk food is found.

Stay clear of foods with labels that are targeted to children – the ones with the cartoon characters on them.  If you don’t want your family eating junk foods, don’t bring it in the house.

Read the food labels. Avoid food containing more than five ingredients, artificial ingredients and ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Frozen foods are a convenient way to keep vegetables and out of season fruits on hand. Frozen fruits and vegetables are often flash frozen at the source, locking in nutrients in a way fresh or canned can’t compete with. Avoid the frozen, breaded selections of chicken, fish and processed items such as pizza. They are high in fat and sodium.

If possible, leave the kids at home when you grocery shop.  They don’t always appreciate the effort that can go into healthy eating especially when they are hungry and tired.

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Villa Rica Fitness Tips Gold’s Gym

 A Pain or a Strain?

Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute orthopedist Evan Ekman decodes common workout aches so you can tell the difference between “Ow!” and “Out for a month.”

We’ve all heard the saying “No pain, no gain,” but not all pain is created equal. Many motivated gym goers have been put out of commission because they couldn’t tell the difference between post-training soreness and a serious injury.

“Many people don’t pay attention to their body, and as a result the pain can last the rest of their life,” says Evan Ekman, a South Carolina-based orthopedic surgeon and Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute member. He believes much of the problem stems from not being in tune to the location of the discomfort. “Part of an effective workout is making yourself sore, but that soreness should be in the muscle belly—the big bulky part of the muscle,” he says, whereas pain in the joints or tendons might be an indication of a problem.

Here we look at six examples of gym pain gone too far and what to do about them. As always, consult your physician before starting an exercise regimen.

Hamstrings

Your legs can easily tire after a hard workout, but how do you know when you’ve pushed your hamstrings too far? According to Ekman, you may be dealing with a more serious injury if you experience pain when pressure is put on the ischium bone in the pelvis, often felt when you sit down or if you have difficulty running.

What to do: First, control inflammation by applying ice to the area and wrapping the leg. Then gently perform a hamstring stretch: Sit on the floor, with legs spread. Keep your left knee straight as you reach toward the toes and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the right side. If you recognize the pain early, a hamstring injury might keep you out of the gym for a few weeks or less.

Snaps, Cracks and Pops

Some body creaks we all seem to have (like the back cracks your eccentric uncle shows off at parties). Others may be your body’s way of sounding an alarm. Ekman says there are two ways to tell if it’s something to get worried about: if you experience pain when it makes that noise, or if your body didn’t make that noise before you worked out and now it does.

What to do: Because the noise could be anything, get to a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

Biceps

It’s normal for the biceps to engorge with blood and, as a result, appear bigger during and immediately after a workout, but if the swelling lasts more than a few hours, you may have suffered a bicep strain or rupture of the tendon biceps. Another telltale sign of injury is discoloration or bruising. If you can’t tell for sure, don’t do another rep until you get checked out.

What to do: A rupture may require surgery—get to a doctor ASAP. If it’s just a strain, you’ll need some time off from the gym to rest the muscle, taking anti-inflammatories in the meantime. The next step is light exercises that develop your range of motion. Begin with gentle stretching at the elbow, work your way up to bicep curls with band resistance, then finally light dumbbells.

 Pectoral Muscles

Bench press is a popular lift at the gym, but using too much weight or trying for a maximum one-rep lift before being properly warmed up can lead to pectoral tears. “Most of the time it’s easy to tell when you have a pec tear because the pain is intense,” Ekman says. But you can also tell by a deformity—often a divot on the side of the pec near the armpit—or extreme tenderness that doesn’t go away between workouts.

What to do: Immediately see an orthopedic doctor—this could mean a long haul to recovery.

Rotator Cuff

If you’re having trouble reaching during your workout, it may not be time to work through the pain; it may be a rotator cuff injury. Other signs are tenderness during a military press or when lifting weight away from your body.

What to do: Avoid lifts that involve raising your hands above your head and shoulders, and work to strengthen the four muscles of the rotator cuff—the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, teres minor and the subscapularis. Often this is done through external and internal rotation exercise. For the first, let your arm hang at your side with your elbow bent 90 degrees, then bring the hand across your body, as if you were shutting a door. For the latter, bring the hand in the opposite direction, away from the middle of your body.

Quadriceps

Though it’s great to feel the burn on the squat machine, persistent aches—such as shooting pain, a slight burn or anything that limits daily movement or makes it painful to walk—may be a sign of a stress fracture to the femur, a rupture or even a contusion in the quads. Another warning sign of injury: deformity, or any change in shape and texture to the muscle so that one leg is noticeably different from the other.

What to do: If it’s a strain, you may be out for four to six weeks while taking anti-inflammatories, icing and performing basic stretching and strengthening exercises. If it’s a rupture, surgery is likely to be needed.

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