Written on May 23, 2011 at 5:37 pm , by Christie Griffin
Ever dream of being on the cover of a magazine? Oh wait…who hasn’t?!
And yet we were still completely blown away by the 3,500-ish submissions we received for our first-ever Face of Fitness cover contest! The overwhelmed feeling wasn’t just because of the number of entries though; it was because of how inspiring, motivating, and amazing many of your stories were. The editors at FITNESS already know how awesome our readers are, but we couldn’t have been prouder to see who reads our magazine and visits our website. You guys rock!
But now for an update: We’ve officially declared a Readers’ Choice* Finalist!
(* = For 10 weeks, we posted the latest submissions here on FitnessMagazine.com and whoever got enough votes from other users was declared the weekly winner…and scored some cash, too. These 10 survivors then battled it out for a chance to be named one of the finalists who will fly to NYC next month for a photoshoot, along with four other finalists selected by the judges.)
So, everyone, meet Lauren Lopez. At 28, Lauren is a mother of two daughters under the age of three and she has been married for almost six years. Rudy, her husband, is in the Navy, and when Lauren isn’t playing with her girls, exercising, or volunteering, she is in the classroom working on obtaining her MBA. Here’s a little more of what Lauren wrote about having a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle:
“Fitness has always been an important ingredient in my life. I want to take care of myself so I can live a long, healthy, and happy life, but I also want to set a good example for my kids. They see me exercising and want to join in, which is awesome! But sometimes, exercise is my way of spoiling myself and focusing just on me, which I believe is very important to living a balanced life.”
After we called Lauren to officially tell her she was one of the five finalists and might wind up on our cover, she said, “What an extraordinary opportunity! I can’t put into words how happy everyone is and we’re all over the moon!”
Written on April 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm , by Christie Griffin
Our live Facebook chat was a huge hit last week—more than 120 questions were posted for Colbie, and she was able to answer about 40 of them in the hour that we stole from her busy schedule. (Did you see that she was at the White House this morning?! And on Friday, she’ll be in Times Square to sing “I Do” during the TLC Royal Wedding celebration!)
We found out so many fun things about Colbie that we wanted to post them here, in case you missed ‘em.
1. She’s an American Idol fan.
2. She thinks cell phone cameras are kinda annoying.
3. Her role model growing up was Sheryl Crow.
Written on March 31, 2011 at 5:58 pm , by Christie Griffin
Magazines have gotten a bad rap–for a pretty long time–for publishing photos of beautiful models instead of “real” women. The message that media sends about body images has always been a hot topic, and we’re not about to open up that can-o-worms. But some new research recently blew us away: It turns out that reading a magazine like FITNESS–with hot bodies and all–isn’t so bad for your self-esteem.
Dr. Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, an Associate Professor at Ohio State University, did something different than the other researchers out there…she focused on what types of articles were surrounding the pictures of the beautiful models. Her and her co-author Joshua Romero’s ground-breaking findings: People who identify themselves as dissatisfied with their bodies were much more comfortable looking at images of ideal body shapes when the photos were surrounded by articles or content suggesting that they too can be as attractive as the models. But if the articles or content don’t inspire them, then they tended to avoid the photos. Take a look below to see how this is illustrated. Fun fact: These are actual images that were shown in Dr. Knoblock-Westerwick’s study!
How it works: Read more
Written on March 29, 2011 at 11:57 am , by Christie Griffin
Written on March 24, 2011 at 2:57 pm , by Christie Griffin
“Don’t accept it as natural,” actress Susan Sarandon firmly told a crowd of Endometriosis Foundation of America supporters last week, referring to intense pain from severe cramps. “It is not okay.”
A lot of us have come to accept certain things about being a woman. (These high heels hurt! Why are my breasts itchy? I have a serious chocolate craving.) But when it comes to endometriosis, a disease that affects 1 in 10 women, accepting discomfort is what needs to not happen. The organization mentioned above, founded by Dr. Tamer Seckin and the stunning “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshi, is trying to change that. Its goal is to educate young women about endo and help those who have it.
At the foundation’s 3rd Annual Blossom Ball, I had the chance to listen to how both Padma and Susan suffered from endometriosis, a debilitating and incurable disease that can be managed and treated if caught early. But because its symptoms are the kinds of signs that most women would rather keep a secret—painful sex, gas-y period cycles, insane menstrual cramps that leave you in bed for days—endo goes an average of 10 years without being diagnosed. TEN. YEARS. OF. PAIN. To top it all off, it can also result in infertility.
Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s get clinical with what else I learned during Endometriosis Awareness Month. In short, endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue in your uterus lining wanders outside your uterus…and then grows and can spread and cause problems throughout your body. There is no actual cause or reason for why a woman gets endo. Although, she’s seven times more likely to have it if her mother did. Something else important to know: It’s not uncommon for endo to occur when you’re a teenager. So if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “My period is really awful, but it’s been this way my whole life,” then you should talk to your doctor, stat.
Written on March 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm , by Christie Griffin
Week #3 Winner: Lydia Ambrose
A few years ago, Lydia had dropped down to just 92 pounds and was very ill. The culprit? Lupus. “It was difficult for me to walk or stand, and for almost 2 years my husband would basically carry me from bed to couch,” Lydia wrote. But then one day, she won a free gym membership. So she started walking on the treadmill, slowly…and eventually got to the point where one of the personal trainers gave her some encouragement about working for the gym. She applied, and has been one of the gym rats for the past two years…and is even thinking about entering fitness competitions now!
FITNESS says: Amazing! Way to bounce back!
What Lydia says about winning Week 3: “I’m so excited to be part of the winner’s circle and to get to the next phase!”
Week #4 Winner: Amanda Smith
Amanda’s background is one that a lot of twenty-something women can relate to: She wrote about how she didn’t really know how to eat properly and spent years judging her body’s flaws. But the change came for her when a college friend–and now boyfriend–taught her how to love herself and her body! And because they have such a fit lifestyle, Amanda’s never been in better shape. “Our relationship does not revolve around calorie-laden meals, but on getting active,” she wrote. “We hit the gym together when we can and try to include some physical activity in our dates…I have my moments of weaknesses still, but I know I’m finally on the right track.”
FITNESS says: Awesome! But even though the bf inspired her, we bet she’ll be her own inspiration for years to come!
What Amanda says about winning Week 4: “Wow! So exciting! Thank you, FITNESS!”
Congrats, Lydia and Amanda!
So, who will win Week 5? Don’t forget to vote for your favorite before Monday!
And most importantly, make sure to submit your photo and story to our Face of Fitness Cover Contest! Five finalists will be flown to NYC for photo shoots, with one Grand Prize Winner scoring the cover of an upcoming FITNESS issue—and a 5-night vacation for two to an amazing Hawaiian resort!
PLUS: Some Face of Fitness entrants were even recently featured on Better TV! Check it out here!
Written on March 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm , by Christie Griffin
It’s a big day tomorrow!
What’s up: FITNESS Magazine’s very first monthly digital edition will hit the Apple iTunes store! And after toiling tirelessly to figure out how to make the magazine pop with a tap, all of the editors here couldn’t be more excited.
The coolest thing (IMHO) about the monthly digital editions is when our FITNESS workouts come to life. Not only are the designs simple and pretty, but following along to exercise instructions has never been easier or more convenient! Think about it: DVD workouts are great, gym classes are fab, iPhone apps are cool, and tearing out pages of the magazine is helpful…but being able to prop up your iPad and follow along to a routine, anytime, anywhere? Yes, please!
Just a few more of our digital issue highlights: Read more
Written on March 8, 2011 at 12:11 pm , by Christie Griffin
Yesss! Our Tuesday lunchtime just got a jolt of shut-the-front-door-this-is-awesome. Watch this:
Written on March 2, 2011 at 9:00 am , by Christie Griffin
Have you ever had a dream about your morning workout? Or maybe you dreamt you were back in middle school gym class? Regardless of what your slumber was about, there could be some helpful symbolism behind it. We asked DreamMoods.com, an awesome site with tons of dream info, for their help deciphering some of your most common fitness-related dreams.
1. Jumping Jacks
To dream of jumping jacks signifies your need for more balance in your life. Try to maintain order while you pursue your goals.
2. Sit Ups
Doing sit ups in your dreams suggests that you need to pay better attention to something…whether it’s a relationship, work, or project. Alternatively, doing sit ups could also indicate that you need to show more pride and confidence in your abilities. (MORE: Check out our Top 10 Ab Exercises!)
3. Lifting Weights
This dream is a simple metaphor. You’re flexing your muscles—you want others to know that you’re in charge.
If you dream that you’re jogging, it suggests that you’re not looking for change—you’re just pacing yourself. But dreaming of being in a race is a little more complicated…it could symbolize that you’re comparing yourself to others, that you need to slow down, or that you’re feeling particularly empowered and mentally “rehearsing” for success.
Water always has tons of symbolism behind it and often has to do with your emotions and unconscious mind. If you dream you’re swimming, it could be that you’re seeking emotional support—this is a common dream for people going through therapy. If you’re underwater while swimming, then it suggests that you’re completely submerged in your own feelings. Take note: You need so badly to deal with your emotions that your unconscious self is forcing you to do it while you sleep!
6. Pull Ups
To dream of doing pull ups symbolizes a situation in which you must—or will—rise above. It could be a difficult challenge you’re facing or it could be that you need to move on from the past and look toward the future. (MORE: Get sculpted arms with this workout from The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper!)
Simply put, dreaming of pushups could mean that you need to be more assertive and take initiative.
Have you had a recent fitness-related dream, but don’t see it above? Check out dreammoods.com to see their complete dictionary of terms.
Written on February 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm , by Christie Griffin
Want to be on the cover of FITNESS Magazine? Apparently, hundreds of you do! And with our Face of Fitness Cover Contest off to a smashing start, we’re so excited about the first two weekly winners, aka semi-finalists. Take a look at who you’ve chosen so far!
Week #1 Winner: Shonnery Pettit
Shonnery’s story is about “Something to Call My Own,” and for her, that thing is fitness-slash-dance. Despite being a married happy mother to two children, she wrote that she felt like “I’d lost my identity somewhere along the way.” So she got back into the gym, started dancing again, and even tried out to be a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, at age 35! Now, she’s training for her first half-marathon and just completed her first “mud run” with some of her gym friends.
FITNESS says: Heck yeah! You go girl!
What Shonnery says about winning Week 1: “The support my friends and family gave throughout the contest was something I will treasure. Thank you so much for providing the platform that allowed for such wonderful things to come my way!”
Week #2 Winner: Liz Scott
When Liz’s mom was diagnosed with meningitis and encephalitis, she lost the ability to walk, talk, write, and other functions. Determined to help her mom get out of her wheelchair and have a healthy lifestyle, Liz started going on walks with her. Little by little, Liz and her mom built up from just a few steps to entire miles. Eventually, Liz’s mom was able to walk a half-marathon! Despite that Liz is a self-proclaimed “crazy-fit, exercise lover,” she says that inspiring her mom is actually her proudest fitness accomplishment.
FITNESS says: Awww! Warm fuzzies.
What Liz says about winning Week 2: “I am so excited about this contest! I entered on a total whim and all my friends and family jumped on board, majorly.”
Congrats, Shonnery and Liz!
So, who will win Week #3? Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!
And most importantly, make sure to submit your photo and story to our Face of Fitness Cover Contest! Five finalists will be flown to NYC for photo shoots, with one Grand Prize Winner scoring the cover of an upcoming FITNESS issue—and a 5-night vacation for two to an amazing Hawaiian resort! What are you waiting for?