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Recover from a Half-Marathon

Written on April 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm , by

Yesterday was FITNESS magazine’s annual half-marathon, so I know that the 8,000 women who participated are probably pretty sore today. I had a BLAST running the race. It was so uplifting, motivating and encouraging to see all of these women cheering for each other and genuinely wanting each other to succeed. Here are some stretching exercises to aid your recovery from Mathilde Thomas, founder of Caudalie and the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at The Plaza:

Hamstrings:

  • Standing, holding the left ankle with the left hand, pull backwards to feel the stretch, switch foot.
  • Lying on your back, bring one knee to your chest.  Hold for 30 seconds.  Do the same with the opposite leg.  Then bring both knees to your chest and hold for 30 seconds.
  • Lying on your back with one leg on the floor; the other leg is bent, place a rope (or towel) on the ball of the foot, hold the rope and straighten to stretch.

Calves:

  • Facing the wall at arms distance, place one foot close to the wall and bend that knee and arms to stretch opposite calve. Switch legs.
  • Place ball of foot on the edge of stairs, lower one heel, then switch.
  • Sit with both legs straight. Loop a rope around the ball of one foot and pull each end of the rope. Flex your feet.

Lower Back:

  • Bend as if you are going to touch your toes and hang. At each exhale lower your hands.  Slowly roll back up one vertebra at a time.

Celebs’ Oscar Shape-Up

Written on March 2, 2011 at 11:59 am , by

Beauty Director Eleanor Langston appeared on CBS’s The Insider on Friday to talk about how celebs shape up for the Oscars. Here, a quick clip of her segment:

You’re Invited: Work Out With FITNESS!

Written on January 24, 2011 at 7:13 am , by

Revamp Your Skin

Written on January 11, 2011 at 10:04 am , by

It’s a new year—the perfect time to get your skincare habits on the right track. We got advice from Kate Somerville, celebrity aesthetician and founder of Kate Somerville Skin Care, on how to get your best skin (and body!) ever in 2011:

  • Do a detox. “With a new year, it’s time for a new game plan: Detoxify through exercise, nutrition, steaming and massage. When you detoxify, you’re getting rid of toxins and impurities, giving you more energy than you’ve ever had before, and leaving your skin looking luminous.”
  • Cleanse, exfoliate, pamper, repeat. “You can externally detoxify three ways. The first is to cleanse daily – morning and night – with a cleanser that’s right for your skin type.  Exfoliating is another form of detoxifying.  I suggest using an exfoliant on your face two or three times a week, which leaves the healthy cells on the surface and helps keep pores free of impurities.  The third way to detoxify is with facials: I recommend having them monthly, whether at a skin-care salon or doing them at home.”
  • Look inward. “Cleansing internally is equally important, and can be easily done with certain drinks and foods.  You can get a really effective cleanse by cutting out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, added salt, meat and processed food from your diet for just three days.  Drink only water, juice or herbal tea; and load up on a variety of raw, fresh produce.  The fiber in the fruits and vegetables acts like a brush throughout your intestinal system, sweeping away all the junk as it goes through.  This kind of detox will not only cleanse your body, but it will also recalibrate your taste buds.”

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Lashes That Last

Written on December 29, 2010 at 7:02 am , by

Mascara and exercise can be a tricky combo—sweat and water can melt away volumized lashes in a flash. Waterproof mascaras can be a pain to get off after a workout, so what’s a girl to do to maintain beautiful lashes at the gym? A new salon service called Lash Dip might be the answer for an active woman’s lifestyle. Each lash is coated with a jet-black sealer that holds for six weeks through water, sweat and tears, giving the look of mascara-ed lashes without the goop. Would you try this new lash treatment?

-Michelle Ernest, beauty intern

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Faith Hill Talks Fitness

Written on December 16, 2010 at 6:53 am , by

We recently chatted with country singer Faith Hill about her newest fragrance, Faith Hill True, her favorite beauty products and tricks for on-the-go, and her stay-in-shape secrets. The scoop:

FITNESS: How does your new fragrance, True, differ from your first fragrance?
FAITH HILL: My first fragrance had several notes in it that reminded me of growing up in Mississippi, such as magnolia.  I wanted to keep this one fresh and clean and current…I really liked the yuzu, lily and gardenia notes.”

FITNESS: What kind of woman is True made for?
FAITH HILL: “It’s made for every woman.  Whether you work in your home, outside of your home, in sweats or a suit, everyone can wear it.  I wanted the fragrance to appeal to all women.”

FITNESS: How and when do you wear fragrance?  What’s the best way to wear it?
FAITH HILL: “I wear fragrances every day. It’s like a part of my outfit.  I wear it with sweats, casual or dressed to go out.  It completes my outfit.”

FITNESS: How do you take care of your skin and hair on-the-go?
FAITH HILL: I try to keep my skin clean and moisturized.  On my hair, I use a leave-in conditioner most of the time when I’m not working.  I also drink lots of water.”

FITNESS: How do you keep yourself in shape with your busy lifestyle and while you’re on the road?
FAITH HILL: I have to schedule workout time or I simply will find an excuse to not workout.  I’m doing the Tracy Anderson method right now and I love it.  I don’t get bored as easily because of all the movement involved in her program.”

FITNESS: What are your favorite beauty products for after your workout and for carrying with you when you’re on-the-go?
FAITH HILL: “I always clean my face after my workout.  I use Obagi cleanser and sunscreen.  When I travel, I do the same treatment, just with more moisturizer and I drink loads of water.”

FITNESS: What workouts do you do regularly?
FAITH HILL: “I used to run, however, now I enjoy a brisk walk for 2-3 miles, in addition to the Tracy Anderson method.”

Faith shares her workout playlist in the Fit Life section of our January issue, out next week!

No-Sweat Skin Savers

Written on December 9, 2010 at 9:39 am , by

At FITNESS, we know the importance of a good workout. While the sweat may work wonders on your body, it can wreak havoc on your face, resulting in unwanted blemishes. Here, a few tips to prevent workout woes:

  • Avoid contact with equipment. It’s impossible to steer clear of equipment when you’re at the gym, but it is possible to avoid contact with it. Before sitting or laying down on any of the machines, lay out a clean towel to use as a barrier, protecting your skin against dirt and bacteria. Don’t feel like carrying around a towel with you? Wear workout clothing that covers breakout-prone parts of your body, such as the back and shoulders.
  • Tie your hair. When you’re working out, your scalp produces oil more quickly than usual. If your hair falls onto your face during exercise, the likelihood of a breakout increases. Prevent blemishes by keeping hair off your face and back with elastic hair ties and headbands.
  • Hands off! Touching your face is the number one way of transferring bacteria onto your skin. No matter how strenuous the workout, keep sweaty hands out of your skin!
  • Clean your gym bag. Let’s face it: We require quite a few on-the-go supplies after a long workout. Storing your gym bag in a locker (or putting it on the locker room floor) can allow dirt and bacteria to get in, as does touching your products before washing your hands. Clean the outside of your gym bag with an antibacterial wipe or spray every couple of uses, and store makeup in Ziploc bags so it doesn’t come in contact with your sweaty gym necessities.
  • Choose cotton. Nylon and polyester clothing hinder the skin’s ability to breathe, clogging pores and causing body breakouts. Choose cotton as your go-to material; it allows skin to breathe even during your most grueling cardio class.
  • -Nina Ramadan, beauty intern

    Find A New Favorite Fragrance

    Written on November 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm , by

    In our November/December issue (on stands now!), I wrote a feature about how your workout of choice can lead you to a perfect-for-you perfume pick. Researchers say that the part of the brain that’s linked to your sense of smell has a direct connection to your personality and exercise preference.

    In the issue, we have fragrance finds for active readers who love to hike, run, spin and practice yoga, but we had to drop one exercise category from the layout: dancing. Read on to sniff out a new signature scent for the season!

    Your Workout: Dancing
    Your Fit Fragrance: Gourmand

    If you love ballet, jazz, hip-hop, or even Zumba classes, chances are you enjoy being in tune with your body. And scrumptious food-inspired fragrances take the cake in terms of increasing your self-esteem. “Because they’re often associated with positive, nostalgic feelings, research suggests that these sweet scents can raise your endorphin levels, making you feel better about yourself,” explains Alan Hirsch, M.D., of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. Try these yummy, but still subtle, scents:

    • Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly Stardust ($49, Victoria’s Secret stores) has comforting traces of caramel and praline.
    • The star note in Pure DKNY ($80, dkny.com) is vanilla, which smells fresh, thanks to hints of creamy sandalwood.
    • Mary Kay Thinking of You ($30, marykay.com) sweetens skin with delish dashes of tonka bean, vanilla, and sugar.