This week’s fit links from around the web:
- We get it, you’re busy during the holidays. So try this no-equipment-necessary workout that’s doable in your home—or hotel room! — Blogilates
- An indulgent holiday flavor in a protein-packed snack? Yes, please! We’re hoping this Gingerbread Cookie Protein Shake tastes as amazing as it looks. — Dashing Dish
- Find out which diets were most popular in 2012. — Diets in Review
- And as we’re looking back, click for a digest of the year’s fitness news you can’t miss, from metabolism-boosters to the dangers of your desk chair. — Fit Sugar
- Kids on a sugar high? Teach them that they don’t need frosting to have fun! We love these seven healthy ideas to help them celebrate the season. — 100 Days of Real Food
- There’s no autocorrect for dangerous, high-traffic intersections, so remember to pause your texting while walking across the street! — NPR
This week’s fit links from around the web:
- Start prepping your shopping lists now: These nutritious foods are going to be flying off shelves in 2013. — Huffington Post Healthy Living
- Before you buy the latest gadget as a gift this season, check out this list for 10 ways to spot something that’s too good to be true. — SparkPeople
- We can’t wait to try this protein-packed Puppy Chow recipe at our holiday parties! — Eating Bird Food
- Ready to sweat? Take your workouts to the next level with these 13 intensity-boosting tips. — Greatist
- Your bank account will be as healthy as your pals when you give them these fit gifts (all are less than $5!). — Fit Sugar
- Do you follow a training plan while prepping for a race? Find out what style may be best for your next PR mission. — Healthy Tipping Point
We’ve all probably had our fill of “Kate Plus 8.” But Cait Plus Ate? That’s a completely different story. Just like that other Kate, Cait is a master at juggling: she rocks her job, her school work (Cait’s working toward her MBA!) and her active lifestyle—and with way less conflict than on a reality show.
Read on for Cait’s can’t-miss gym class, her super-powered snack pick and more.
My favorite way to work out: A well-choreographed, intense step class! My gym has an amazing one during which a routine is taught (broken down into combos) and dispersed throughout are tough cardio peak intervals. The step routine includes kicks, jumping knees and more heart-rate elevating workouts. It’s fun to try to hit every move and the class flies by because I’m so busy concentrating on learning the combos! Top 40 hits on the playlist are the cherry on top.
On my fit life (fitness bucket) list: Aerial yoga! I have read so many cool reviews of these classes on blogs and would love to try one out for myself, but none are offered in my area. I enjoy yoga and any workout that switches it up and keeps things interesting is one for me—how much more unique can you get than aerial yoga?!
My fave fit snack: Fruit with plain Chobani. I prefer to flavor plain Chobani with chopped fruit than purchase the flavored Cho varieties. Bananas are my favorite fruit to combine with the Greek yogurt but I also love doing blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Sometimes I also throw PB into the mix.
My fitness mantra: Do what I enjoy, not what I “should.” I have forced myself to attend plenty of group fitness classes that absolutely crawled by simply because I thought that they were the classes I should be doing. I’ve realized that I reap so many more mental benefits of exercise when I go with the form of fitness I’m feelin’ on a given day. If I want to do Zumba, I’ll enjoy my workout and it’ll go by faster if I do that and don’t make myself run on a treadmill just because running seems like it might burn more calories. Movement should be fun and the enjoyment-not-should mantra is something I am actively working on learning each day, but I have made great progress!
My gym bag must-have: My Big Banjees running wallet by Sprigs! I actually use it to hold my iPhone, case and all, when I lift weights because I use my phone as my iPod too. It’s the only running wallet I’ve ever found that will a) stay fixed on my arm and b) hold my iPhone with the case still on. I used to try to stick the iPhone in my waistband or sports bra, but you can imagine how cumbersome that was. My strength training sessions are easier now!
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“If only I could afford a personal trainer and chef to work with me every day, maybe I’d have a body like Halle Berry.” Sound familiar? With legions of new fitness apps being released by celebrity trainers, you can train like a star in you own home or gym.
One recent release that caught our eye: Lacey Stone’s Extreme Bootcamp. Nicole Kidman, Amanda Seyfried, Brooke Shields and more have called Stone, a former college basketball and tennis player, their trainer. “I had many people tell me, ‘I wish I could take you with me in my pocket.’ I thought creating an app would be the easiest way to help everyone get fit,” Stone says. So that’s why she developed her new bootcamp app, available in app stores starting December 1 (just in time to help you squeeze in some quick workouts during the hectic holiday season). Click for video previews of the segments, which range from Abs & Arms to Medicine Ball & Cones.
Love training with apps? Try out a few from master trainers:
- Nike Training Club (Free, iTunes store)
- Jade of Spades ($1.99, iTunes store)
- Jillian Michaels Slim-Down Solution (Free, iTunes store)
Thanksgiving may be over, but we’re still in the middle of prime food celebration season. Luckily, we can all learn some tasty tips from Emily at A Nutritionist Eats about how to find a healthy balance. (She aims to eat mostly fruits, vegetables, lean protein and “good” fats with the occasional cookie or plate of nachos). We asked Emily to share how she strikes that balance, what she likes to do to stay active and how she uses up Thanksgiving leftovers (recipe included!).
Favorite way to exercise: Spinning! I belong to a cycling and yoga studio and try to go three to four times a week. Yoga comes in at a close second, although I don’t do it nearly as much as I should.
Go-to fit snack: Lately my afternoon snack is an apple and string cheese. It satisfies my sweet and salty craving and contains protein and fiber to keep me satisfied until dinner.
Gym Bag Must-Have: I have a huge, stuffed gym bag. I really only use my bag if I’m working out in the morning which means I’ve gotten up early so I definitely need my under-eye cream!
5 things I can’t live without: Coffee, kale, cheese, the Internet and restaurants.
My biggest indulgence: Cheeseburger and fries—I love them!
For a simple recipe from Emily, click below.
What’s your first thought when you step foot in a gym? Perhaps you make a mental note to refill your water bottle. Or maybe you’re selecting what playlist will be your soundtrack today.
According to one recent study, many young women think about the other women in the room—in particular, their size. College undergrads were more likely to use a piece of equipment near a fit woman when she was wearing baggy clothing and padding to appear larger compared to when that same woman was wearing fitted apparel without padding. Researchers believe that body image-conscious young women might feel more comfortable and fitter when compared to their less athletic-looking neighbor.
We like to focus on our own goals, abilities and accomplishments, and think of others at the gym as potential workout buddies! No matter what shape or size you—or they—are, the greatest feeling is when you improve upon your personal best. But we want to hear from you…
Now tell us: Are you in your own world the minute you step foot in the gym, or do you size up those who are exercising nearby? Can you “judge a book by its cover” in terms of fitness anyway?
More from FITNESS:
- How to Stay Confident at Any Occasion
- Pump Up Your Body Confidence at the Gym
- Real Women, Real Beauty: Why Our Flaws Are Beautiful
Often, when you read interviews with celebrities about their fitness routines, you hear about their frequent appointments with trainers. Some even travel with their workout gurus!
That’s why it was refreshing to speak Torrey DeVitto of “The Vampire Diaries” and “Pretty Little Liars,” who prefers to sweat at home and with the masses at the gym. Keep reading to find out what else DeVitto does to stay healthy with a busy filming schedule.
Tell us about your fitness routine.
I used to be really into Pilates and hot yoga. I have a friend whose fiance is really into CrossFit, and right around the time when I learned that, I had watched the movie Warrior. I was inspired to try CrossFit myself! I’ve been going three times a week for the past month and love it. It’s so much fun, almost like a relay, and is always different. I’m so much stronger already.
My other fitness hobby is hula hoop dancing! After seeing a photo of a friend doing it on Facebook, I asked my mom for a Hoopnotica kit for Christmas. The hoop came with a DVD and I learned every move. I’d say I do it for an hour a day. Sometimes I just hoop along to music on YouTube, other times I take it to the park. I’d never been as sore in my life as I was when I was learning how to use the hoop.
Wow! It sounds like you’re very active. What do you eat to fuel all of your exercise?
I try so hard to eat well, but have to admit that I eat like crap sometimes. I’m such a sucker for bagels and barbecue chips. I don’t count calories, but try to eat the way my body wants me to eat most of the time. I love to grab cranberry tuna salads and kale salads from Whole Foods.
Take one easy-on-the-eyes English chef, mix in a selection of all of our favorite comfort food meals, add two all-star cooks with an eye towards health and stir.
That’s the formula for Recipe Rehab, a new TV show airing on ABC stations. Each episode of the show, hosted by Danny Boome (left), features one dish that traditionally is a calorie bomb (spaghetti with meatballs or macaroni and cheese, for example). Two accomplished gourmets duke it out in the kitchen to see who can create the most flavorful—and healthful—makeover.
We caught up with Boome to find out what makes this program stand out among all of the cooking shows on air and to learn how we can lighten up any of our favorite meals.
What do you think most home cooks do wrong in terms of the health factor of their meals?
Why do we always have to buy full-fat or full-sodium products? Swap in reduced-sodium and low-fat and use your spice rack frequently. It also helps if you buy seasonally. Butternut squash tastes so much better—and is way more affordable—now rather than during summer.
Great advice! There are a lot of food shows on TV. What convinced you to sign on to the Recipe Rehab team?
It’s much fresher than the “stand and stir” shows. The competition adds energy, but it’s still educational. We’re not lecturing. You don’t have to cut everything out, but we show viewers how to make good choices
Keep reading for Boome’s greatest lessons learned on set, plus a winning “unfried” chicken recipe from the show.
We’ve all been there: It’s an “off” day at the gym. Your workout feels more challenging than usual and the clock can’t move fast enough. Then the right song comes pumping through your earbuds (cue Kanye West with “Stronger”) and everything falls into place. Your feet start stepping to the beat, you forget about your worries and are finally happy to be exercising.
Matt Basso, president of Iron Lotus Personal Training, is a strong believer that the right playlist can transform a sweat session. So much so that he’s produced all of the music for each of the workouts in his new DBX3 program so that the pace lines up perfectly with the routines for an extra motivation boost. Read on for his dance and pop music picks, and a workout tailor-made for this Music Monday mix.
- “Too Long/Steam Machine” The consistent pulse builds, and since it’s live, “it’s like they’re cheering you to get started,” says Basso.
- “Don’t Wake Me Up” The intro allows you enough time to grab a kettlebell and swing along to the driving beat, Basso suggests.
- “Cry (Just a Little)” Do jumping jacks during this tune with 120 beats per minute (BPMs), the ideal tempo for cardio and dance.
- “The Way You Make Me Feel” “Do I even need to explain how hard Michael Jackson grooves? This song is ideal for some seated rows and push-ups,” Basso says.
- “The Night Out (Madeon Remix)” Get inspired by the 17-year-old DJ who created this remix (“he could make you happy doing the hardest exercises,” Basso says) and knock out burpees for as long as you can for the duration of this 120 BPM song.
- “Electric Feel (Justice Remix)” The tempo slows a bit, so pick the kettlebell back up and swing again.
- “Right Round” and “Da Funk” Freestyle! Try something new or your favorite moves from above through the hip-hop and dance beats.
Ah, the spa lifestyle. Waking up and playing a low-stress tennis match, sneaking off for a massage and wrapping up the day with a nutritious meal. It’s vacation for most, but for spa director Kristina, these are events that she thinks about daily, and she tries to infuse these ideals into her own lifestyle. It’s a treat to follow along on her blog, Spa Bettie, as Kristina lives according to her personal philosophy: “Clean eating and fun movement balanced with the right amount of indulgence.”
So what is Kristina’s favorite way to start her day and how does she make eating clean feel indulgent (besides with these irresistible chocolate peanut butter pancakes)? Read on to find out.
My favorite way to work out: It’s an unappreciated workout—I love my treadmill! I know the value of a good weight workout and I also love tennis and rollerskating!
Most embarrassing song I’ll admit I work out to: “Brandy” by Looking Glass. Yep, I like the oldies. An upbeat song I can sing to gives me energy and that’s all I need. It’s also my favorite karaoke song…
My fitness mantra: “I never regret a workout.” When I am running, I am chasing that runner’s high. When I am playing tennis, it’s to get that perfect shot. Skiing down a hill, to have fun and go fast! Fitness to me is about motivation. It’s fun and goal-oriented.