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Join Our Event Team – Sports Marketing Internship

Are you an active, passionate, athletic-minded individual looking for a fun and flexible job that will allow you to interact with athletes, prospective athletes and those needing a little encouragement to start their athletic career? Sound like you in a nutshell?  Life Time Fitness may have the opportunity you’ve been looking for as part of the Life Time Athletic Events Staff.

Life Time Athletic Events is actively recruiting Sports Marketing Interns as part of the Life Time Street Team supporting our companies marketing presence in and around Chicagoland. The Street Team is a promotions squad representing not only Life Time Fitness, but also a broad range of athletic events. This part-time position involves working on a team and requires a flexible schedule. Team members will promote Life Time Athletic Events at Life Time locations, other athletic and non-athletic events, health & fitness expos, retail partner locations and more. This will require heavy interaction with all types of people, which may include data collection of email and phone numbers for email campaigns, on-site event registration, promotion and give-away opportunities, and capturing photos of those you interact with as a member of the Life Time Street Team.  Interns will also get hands on experience as members of the events team at our Chicago area races.

Follow this link for a complete description and details on how to apply. Marketing Internship – Job Description

All the Awesome To-Dos in the New Year

New Year’s vows to change often bring more pain than actual gain. Here’s how to get real about your good intentions.

Expert Source: Cheri Huber, Zen teacher and coauthor of The Big Bamboozle: How You Get Conned Out of the Life You Want and What to Do About It.

For many people, the New Year feels like a fresh start. With the slate wiped clean, it’s an ideal time to spruce up our lives. So we make resolutions to lose weight, to play the piano daily, to learn Mandarin. These vows are an ancient practice: The Babylonians and the Romans also made solemn promises to their gods at New Year’s, though they may have been no better at fulfilling their resolutions than we are now.

We typically throw ourselves into life-changing pursuits with unbridled enthusiasm — for about a week or two. Then we find ourselves halfway through a dinner-plate-size cookie at the coffee shop or lounging in front of the TV, having “forgotten” the scheduled language class or the workout. After this comes the self-reproach: Why do I even try?

Fewer than one in 10 Americans actually keeps resolutions, according to University of Scranton research. The reasons have less to do with a failure of character or consistency than with unrealistic resolution-making and inadequate resolution-keeping techniques, says Zen teacher and author Cheri Huber. Her insights can help make your New Year’s vows more achievable, less stressful, and even more fun.

Challenges to Overcome

  • Holiday guilt. One of the biggest problems with New Year’s resolutions is that they come at the end of a season when you tend to yield to your cravings. “During the holidays, your overindulgence has broken the structures that support you in being the person you want to be, so you feel guilty and are hard on yourself,” Huber says. “Now’s the time, you think, to really clean up your act.”
  • The rebellious negative. We’re inclined to assert our autonomy by breaking rules — even ones we set for ourselves. “Often, ‘I don’t want to’ or ‘I don’t feel like it’ is much stronger in people than ‘I want to,’ ” she explains. “It’s our ego talking us into doing things that we are going to feel bad about later.”
  • Unrealistic expectations. Resolving to finish a marathon after training for two weeks is unmistakably impractical. But self-deception can also sneak into our most pragmatic intentions: “We have a problem if we make resolutions that are completely counter to our day-to-day choices,” Huber asserts. “If I have an ingrained habit of drinking a Frappuccino every morning and then vow to stop drinking anything sweet in the morning altogether, I’m going to rebel, and then the power of the negative is going to kick in.”
  • Magical thinking. “We hope that making a resolution at New Year’s will have a magical effect,” she says, “and that magic will somehow overcome our resistance.” But overcoming habits almost always requires a series of carefully considered steps.
  • Forgetting. “At our meditation center, we regularly check in with people on the vows and decisions they’ve made,” Huber notes, “and it’s amazing how often they say, ‘Uh, what did I decide?’” She adds that the more far-fetched a resolution is, the more likely it is to simply slip our minds.
  • Feeling better. You feel good after practicing guitar every day for a week, then you lose focus. Or after dropping some weight, you reward yourself — with a doughnut. The moment we’re no longer motivated by misery, says Huber, is often the moment we’re in danger of forgetting our resolve.

Strategies for Success

  • Make small resolutions. “Don’t let the voices in your head talk you into something extreme that is just going to set up another failure,” says Huber. Instead of vowing to lose 20 pounds, commit to 5. Instead of resolving to give up all sugar, start by replacing your daily pastry with a banana and almond butter. “Wholesale change almost never works,” she says. “But incremental changes do — and then you build on them.”
  • Celebrate little successes. If you vow to lose 5 pounds or practice yoga five days in a row, Huber believes that’s five chances to praise yourself. “Celebrate each lost pound — or each day you stay on your training regimen,” she recommends. These celebrations don’t have to be a big deal. You could listen to a podcast you’ve been saving, or treat yourself to a box of fancy tea.
  • Enjoy the process. Huber suggests that if you’re having fun during the first five days, you’re more likely to say to yourself, Hey, I might really enjoy practicing yoga these next five days, too.
  • Be accountable to someone. “Finding somebody outside of yourself who can keep you on track can really help,” Huber advises. Join a class, get a coach, or partner with a friend. Accountability can make all the difference.
  • Listen to yourself. Make a recording of yourself stating your goals, and listen to it every morning, she suggests. You can also write your resolution down on a daily calendar as a memory prompt.
  • Go for positive change. If you’re discouraged by past resolutions gone wrong, try simply setting some good intentions: Write down things you’re grateful for once a week. Make a list of friends you’ve missed and contact them to make dinner plans. These changes will have plenty of positive impacts on your life while steering you clear of the achievement conundrum — because you can’t fail at them.
  • Cultivate self-kindness. “All change is easier if we are kind to ourselves,” Huber says, because self-kindness isn’t the same as self-indulgence — that’s more ego-driven and rebellious. “Kindness to ourselves is doing those things we know we will never regret.”

Reprinted with permission from Experience Life.

Give the Gift of Running this Holiday Season

Looking for the perfect gift for the runner in your life? Order a Life Time Run gift card!

We are now offering physical gift cards for the following Life Time Run events:

  • Miami Marathon & Half Marathon
  • Tropical 5K
  • Miami Beach 13.1 & 5K
  • Sarasota Half Marathon
  • Chicago Spring Half Marathon & 10K
  • Chicago Half Marathon & 5K

Order your gift cards by 12/20 12:00pm CST to receive them before the holidays!

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*Gift cards will come with unique code on the back for redemption.

Must be redeemed on the corresponding event website that it was originally purchased for.

If you have additional questions, please email us at chicagoregistration@lifetimefitness.com.

2017 Chicago Half Marathon Registration Blitz and Chicagoland Series Registration Now Open

Join us on Sunday, September 24 for the 2017 Chicago Half Marathon! Blitz registration is open until Sunday, October 2 at 11:59 p.m. CT. We hope to see you again next year for this Chicago favorite.

BLITZ PRICING
Tuesday, September 27 to Wednesday, September 28 – $70
Thursday, September 29 – $75
Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 – $80

> REGISTER NOW

*Discount off full price. Does not apply to 5K registrations.

2017 CHICAGOLAND HALF MARATHON SERIES
Ambitious participants have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding athletic achievement in taking part in our two Chicago races with the 26.2 Challenge award. The Chicago Half Marathon will be the second event in the 2017 Chicagoland Half Marathon Series, which also includes the Michelob ULTRA Chicago Spring 13.1 on May 17. Participants who complete both half marathon distances will earn a custom 26.2 Challenge finisher medal at the final event.

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2016 Chicago Half Marathon Athlete Guide Now Available

We’re excited to bring you the 20th Annual Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday, September 25! We have an incredible event in store for you as we welcome nearly 15,000 runners from 49 states and 47 countries to the greatest sports city on earth on one of the flattest, most scenic road races around.

The Chicago Half Marathon course starts and finishes within Jackson Park, a historic 500 acre parkland located seven miles south of the downtown Loop. You all deserve tremendous credit for everything that has led up to this day. Remember to enjoy the moment and take it all in. It is an honor to have you at our race, and hope you all have a successful and safe weekend. Make sure you check out the 2016 Athlete Guide for detailed schedules, course information and more.

> 2016 Chicago Half Marathon Athlete Guide

Cheers to an amazing race weekend!

2016 Chicago Half Marathon Medal Reveal

We’re excited to present the 2016 Chicago Half Marathon medal celebrating our 20th year. Measuring 6 inches and weighing a full pound, you’ll want to rep this accomplishment everywhere you go! It’s not too late. Register today to get yours!

5-Ingredient Smoothie

Smart-Juicing-News-Postby Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS II

A smoothie is a quick way to get some calories in when short on time! I encourage my clients to consume a maximum of one protein shake per day and focus the rest of the day on getting protein from food sources. And by no means is a daily protein shake a requirement for endurance athletes.

When building a smoothie, be sure to have all macronutrients represented – a carbohydrate, a fat and a protein. This will help to keep blood sugar stable as well as energy levels. Here is one of my favorites:

  • 1 scoop whey or vegetarian protein powder (protein)
  • 1 banana (carbohydrate)
  • ½ avocado (fat)
  • 2 T chia seeds (fat)
  • 1-cup fresh spinach

 

Brooke Schohl, MS, RD, CSSD, METS Level II is a registered sports dietitian and the owner of Fuel to the Finish Endurance Nutrition Coaching in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an avid triathlete, having completed many triathlons of all distances including three IRONMAN races. She integrates that personal experience and knowledge into developing customized, sport-specific, metabolically efficient fueling plans for her clients. For more information on services and offerings, visit her website at www.fueltothefinish.com.

Visit Our Booth at the Shamrock Shuffle 8K

Life Time Fitness joins the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K in kicking off Chicago’s endurance season at the Shamrock Shuffle Health & Fitness Expo this weekend. Join us at McCormick Place, Hall F1 Friday, April 1 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m or Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Along with other healthy lifestyle vendors, Life Time will present the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon, Chicago Half Marathon & 5K, Michelob ULTRA Chicago Spring 13.1 & 10K, and the Gildan Esprit de She women’s race series.

In addition to exclusive on-site expo offerings you’ll have the opportunity to speak with local triathlon and run coaches to set up your race season or take on an additional personal challenge. Make plans to join us in booth #133 for one of our exclusive sessions lead by the best coaches in the business*: 

FRIDAY
11 a.m. Chicago Triathlon 101 – You Can Do This, Life Time Tri
12 p.m. 8K to Half Marathon, Your Next Challenge – Chicago Endurance Sports
1 p.m. Chicago Triathlon 101 – You Can Do This, Life Time Tri
2 p.m. Be Your Potential – Women’s Triathlon – Nic Ruley, Well-Fit Triathlon and Training
3 p.m. Beginners Guide to Training & Nutrition – Coach Chris Navin, TriMonster
4 p.m. 8K to Half Marathon, You’re Next Challenge – Life Time Run
5 p.m. Take On Your First Triathlon – Live Grit Endurance Team
6 p.m. You Can Do This – Chicago Triathlon 101 – Coach Chris Navin, TriMonster
7 p.m. 8K to Half Marathon, Your Next Challenge

SATURDAY
10 a.m. Chicago Triathlon 101 – You Can Do This – Chicago Endurance Sport
11 a.m. Be Your Potential – Women’s Triathlon – Coach Lynn Flentye, Life Time Tri
12 p.m. Beginners Guide to Training & Nutrition – Coach Chris Navin, TriMonster
1 p.m. Take On Your First Triathlon – Coach Nic Ruley, Well Fit Triathlon
2 p.m. 8K to Half Marathon, Your Next Challenge – Life Time Run
3 p.m. Chicago Triathon 101 – You Can Do This – Coach Nic Ruley, Well Fit Triathlon
4 p.m. Be Your Potential – Women’s Triathlon – Coach Lynn Flentye, Life Time Tri
5 p.m. 8K to Half Marathon, Your Next Challenge – Life Time Run

*Schedule is subject to change.

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift for Your Runner

Valentines-Day-PromoShopping for your Valentine ends here! Give the ultimate gift of love and motivation this Valentine’s Day with a gift entry into the 2016 Chicago Half Marathon or the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon.

A limited number of gift entries are available into the following event distances:

  • Chicago Half Marathon – Half marathon or 5K distances
  • Transamerica Chicago Triathlon – Sprint or International distances*

To order, simply select your gift entry of choice when promoted during registration. Upon placing your order, a commemorative race entry card will be mailed to you, along with a ready-to-assemble gift box. Insert the card, wrap the box and watch the magic unfold.

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To ensure delivery prior to February 14, orders must be placed by Monday, February 8 at 12:00 p.m. CST. Orders will be sent via USPS Priority Mail to your address provided.

Note: The gift recipient must register with the promo code by the date indicated on card (Chicago Triathlon: August 8; Chicago Half Marathon: September 5). All event policies shall apply, including executing a standard event wavier. No refunds or deferrals are permitted outside of any purchased registration refund insurance. Cannot be combined with other offers.

*All Chicago Triathlon participants are required to secure a mandatory USA Triathlon one-day license, not included in the gift entry purchase.

For questions or inquiries, please contact info@chicagohalfmarathon.cominfo@chicagotriathlon.com or call 773-404-2281.

The program is limited to 500 total gift entries. Grab yours early to ensure to your athlete receives the perfect holiday surprise!

7 Ways to Eat More Mindfully

by Heidi Wachter

Strategies for learning how to eat with awareness.

Each of us makes more than 200 daily decisions about eating most of them unconsciously, according to behavior scientist Brian Wansink, PhD, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and author of Mindless Eating and Slim By Design. Clueing in to these decisions can help make them work for you rather than against you. Increase your mindfulness factor with these strategies:

Snack wisely before shopping. Grab an apple or some veggies before grocery shopping. Wansink found that healthy noshing primes you to buy healthy: Study participants bought 25 percent more fruits and vegetables than those who didn’t eat such a snack beforehand.

Don’t supersize it. Keep smaller dishes — like appetizer plates and juice glasses — front and center in your cupboard. Researchers discovered that diners at a Chinese buffet piled 52 percent more food onto large plates and ate 45 percent more than those who used smaller ones.

Make healthy food visible. Wansink’s research found that people who wrapped healthy leftovers in plastic wrap were more likely to see them and eat them than those who used foil. On the flip side, people ate 2.2 more pieces of candy a day out of a clear bowl than an opaque one.

Keep a clean kitchen. In a Cornell study, people ate 44 percent more snacks in a cluttered kitchen than they did in a clean one. “If your environment is out of control, you may feel that you don’t need to be in control of your eating either,” says Wansink.

Put food away. Researchers discovered that women who kept a box of cereal on the counter weighed 20 pounds more, on average, than those who put it in the cupboard. Keeping food out of immediate sight and reach helps reduce temptation triggers.

Plate it up. Even if you just want a snack, put it on a plate: Plating food increases your awareness of portion size. “Dishing out a ration makes you see exactly how much you are eating,” Wansink explains.

Minimize distraction. People who dine while watching TV, reading or working have a harder time keeping track of what they consume — and routinely eat more.

Distracted eating is a problem for two reasons: “First, you don’t pay attention to whether you’ve had 14 or 40 potato chips,” Wansink says. “Secondly, you often won’t stop eating until the end of the show, regardless of whether you’re full or not.” Such eating patterns become mutually reinforcing, meaning it becomes hard to watch TV without eating, he explains.

Heidi Wachter is the staff writer at Experience Life. This article originally appeared in Experience Life, the no gimmicks no-hype health and fitness magazine. Learn more at ExperienceLife.com