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Music Monday: Beyonce’s Super Bowl Halftime Playlist

Written on February 4, 2013 at 10:59 am , by

Whether you were rooting for the 49ers or the Ravens, or barely paying attention last night, we think there’s one thing we can all agree on: Beyonce rocked the halftime show at this year’s Super Bowl. B stomped out on stage and delighted the audience with her hits — and even brought out Kelly and Michelle, a long-awaited Destiny’s Child reunion! Queen B and the Destiny’s Child ladies are on our playlists on most days anyway, so we’ll happily work out to this playlist today.

Tell us: What were your favorite moments from Super Bowl XLVII ?

The Superfood to Make Your Super Bowl Weekend Healthier

Written on February 1, 2013 at 1:36 pm , by

Americans are expected to eat 79 million pounds of avocados on Sunday — that’s enough to fill a football field from end zone to end zone, 30 feet high!

Whether you’re rooting for the Ravens or the 49ers, we know there will be one sure winner this weekend: avocados. An estimated 79 million pounds of avocados are expected to be consumed on game day alone, up from the 71 million pounds consumed last Super Bowl.

The fruit may be one of your better options at the party spread, with heart-healthy fats, potassium, fiber and folate in each serving. Try these easy recipes from the Hass Avocado Board for a good-for-you feast.


Hass Avocado Halftime Sandwich

Makes 4 servings.

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3/4 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp. chopped dill
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 boneless skinless chicken breast, grilled, chilled and diced
  • 1/4 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/8 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced tomato
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 ripe, Fresh Hass Avocado, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1/8 cup crumbled low-fat feta cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach, loosely packed
  • 2 whole wheat pitas, cut in half
  1. Place oil and lemon juice in a medium bowl and whisk until creamy. Add dill, salt and pepper and whisk to combine.
  2. Add chicken, cucumber, onion, tomato and red bell pepper and toss to combine. Add avocado and feta cheese and stir gently.
  3. Place spinach in pitas and fill with chicken mixture. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 240; Total Fat 13 g (Sat 2.5 g); Cholesterol 20 mg; Sodium 250 mg; Potassium 400 mg; Total Carbohydrates 24 g; Dietary Fiber 6 g; Total Sugars 2 g; Protein 12 g. Read more

Wear Red to Stop Your Number One Health Threat

Written on February 1, 2013 at 8:26 am , by

Wear red for your heart with Go Red for Women.

Are you wearing red today? February 1, 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign to raise awareness and funding to fight heart disease. Heart disease remains the number one killer of American women, causing one in three women’s deaths each year, killing approximately one woman every minute. Symptoms of heart disease differ in women than men, so we chatted with Dr. Malissa J. Wood, MD FACC, Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center Corrigan Women’s Health Program and a a Go Red for Women spokesperson. Here are her tips for keeping your ticker in top condition.

Quit smoking. “Even a small amount of nicotine can be detrimental to your cardio health.”

Exercise, exercise, exercise. “High blood pressure, being overweight, being sedentary, being stressed are all detrimental to you cardio health. Regular exercise is better than something you can take in a bottle because it helps with all of those risk areas.  Count your steps. It may be daunting to join a gym, but walking is free and something you can track. That’s a start if you’re sedentary. Aim for 5-7 hours of aerobic exercise per week and do weights twice a week.”

Reassess your nutrition. “Abs are not made in the gym, they are made in the kitchen. As we age and estrogen levels drop, we will get more weight around our middle, which is associated with a higher diabetes risk. Eating better helps prepare us for when our body starts to metabolize and store fat differently. Even fit women need to think about what you eat. As you age, your body will react differently to the things you’re able to eat in your 20s.” Read more

Get Out There With Roxy’s New Outdoor Collection

Written on January 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm , by

If you need extra incentive to peel yourself off the couch this winter, Roxy’s new Outdoor Fitness Collection may just do it. The company just launched a line of apparel and accessories that mix fun, fashion and of course, fitness. With technical features like UV protection, sweat wicking fabric , zone mesh ventilation and four-way stretch, the line provides cute and functional workout gear that you’ll want to get moving in.

Check out some of our picks below.

The Dawn Run Tee in Sunrise has breathable fabric and thumbholes for comfort. Plus, the color makes us look forward to summer! ($58, roxy.com)


Bring the beach with you wherever you go with this fun workout tank that looks good even after your sweat session. ($44, roxy.com)

Don’t let wind or rain stop you from going for a run. Suit up in the Atmosphere Jacket. ($88, roxy.com)

Music Monday: Justin Timberlake Is Back!

Written on January 14, 2013 at 11:23 am , by

Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds

If like us you’ve waited six long years to hear something new from JT, then this weekend’s release of his new single “Suit and Tie” was nothing but music to your ears. (Listen to it here and tell us what you think!)

We’re dancing in our seats to celebrate Mr. SexyBack’s return to the radio, which got us to thinking about our favorite sweat-to-it songs from his previous albums. Download the playlist below for your next workout.

Sticking to a New Year’s Resolution: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Written on December 27, 2012 at 9:07 am , by

Ready, set, go! (Photo by James Michaelfelder)

With 2013 fast approaching, we’re thinking about the ways we can make the new year a healthier one. Making a resolution is easy–it’s the follow through that’s tough. “Think of it as a marathon, not a sprint,” says Susan Albers, Psy. D., author of Eating Mindfully. She’s starting a Mindful Eating Marathon this year to help you make daily changes that will help you stick to your goals.

So how can you train for a healthier 2013? Here are Dr. Albers’ top tips:

  • Focus on the positive. Think about what you’re already doing well and try to do it better. “If you want to lose weight and you’re having a hard time with your diet, focus on what you find fun, like exercise classes,” says Dr. Albers. Eventually the results from that will influence your other behaviors.
  • Make daily challenges. Instead of having one big goal, make daily ones that focus on the actions you need to take. “Instead of saying you will lose weight, say ‘I’ll get on the bike for 30 minutes today.’” Easy enough, right?
  • Get tools to make it fun. If your goal is to eat more fruit, buy kitchen tools like apple slicers and melon ballers. “If food is more attractive, you’ll be more likely to eat them,” she says. Use the new year as a reason to get new workout clothes if your goal is to get back to the gym.
  • Invest time in getting ready. You take time to get ready for a holiday party, so why not take time to get ready to be healthy? Dr. Albers recommends setting aside time in your schedule to go grocery shopping and chopping up fruits and vegetables to make eating well a breeze.

Tell us: What are your tips to make New Year’s resolutions more achievable?

More from FITNESS: Sign up for the Better Body Plan for tools to help you to shape up in 2013.

Happy Holidays from FITNESS!

Written on December 24, 2012 at 9:28 am , by

We’re wishing our lovely readers a happy, healthy holiday season. We hope you’re spending time with the ones you love and enjoying good food, good drinks and good company.

To add extra cheer as you get ready for your celebrations, we’re taking a cue from DailyBurn.com trainer Keaira LaShae and moving along to the holiday hits. “Dancing is the best way to stay fit while taking the time to celebrate with your family and friends at this time of year,” she says. Hey, dancing along while you tidy up or get dinner ready counts as a workout!

Running Across America on the Great Lung Run

Written on November 21, 2012 at 8:16 am , by

Despite common misconceptions, lung cancer isn’t just a disease for smokers. One in five American women who contract lung cancer this year will be non-smokers. To raise awareness and funds for this disease, and to honor a friend who lost her battle to lung cancer at only 22, Kelcey Harrison, a 24-year-old Harvard grad, is running across America. We caught up to the runner in the middle of her journey (she is expected to reach San Francisco on December 1st!) to find out more about her quest.

Kelcey running across the country in style to honor her friend and support lung cancer research.

What made you decide to run across the country to raise funding for lung cancer?

I had graduated from college and moved to New York City after my childhood friend, Jill Costello, passed away from lung cancer. She was diagnosed in June 2009 and passed away almost exactly one year later in June 2010 at just 22 years old. She had never smoked and was the picture of health until her diagnosis. She was a college athlete – a coxswain at Cal Berkeley and continued to row with the team even after her diagnosis and as she endured numerous rounds of chemo, radiation, and doctors visits. She also continued to attend classes and graduated from Cal in May 2010. In addition to all of this Jill began working with the San Francisco based Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer. The main goal was to begin to erase the stigma that faces lung cancer patients. This stigma has drastically stymied fundraising and research. After Jill passed away a group of us formed Jill’s Legacy to carry out her last wish to “beat lung cancer BIG time.” We aim to motivate the young generation to mobilize and really raise their voices for lung cancer. As a member of the board, but living in New York City, I felt that I was unable to contribute as much to our cause as I would have liked. I was trying to come up with something that I could do for Jill and for our board when I began developing the idea to run across the country in honor of Jill and in order to raise money and awareness for lung cancer.
How did you prepare for this journey?

The prep work for this journey was mostly in the planning–figuring out the exact route and where I would sleep, creating a website, and working with Jill’s Legacy to determine how to publicize the run. I played soccer throughout my childhood and on the Women’s Varsity team at Harvard University as well as have run several marathons and a number of half marathons, so I have always been an athlete. In terms of training for this run I simply began running longer distances and once I was able to do 30 miles in one day I knew that I would be able to do that distance for consecutive days. I settled on a goal of covering 30 miles a day from New York City to San Francisco and determined that it would take about 4 months. Read more

Go Greek Recipes for Better Health

Written on November 9, 2012 at 9:10 am , by

Greek Salad from GRK Fresh Greek (Photo by Geert Teuwen)

By now you’ve heard about the Mediterranean diet and how it can boost your heart  health and keep your weight down. This diet, which includes plenty of fresh produce, whole grains and red wine, can also help your bank account because of the reduced meat consumption compared to the typical American diet. Try these Greek salad recipes from GRK Fresh Greek restaurant in New York City for a hearty, meatless meal that will leave you more than satisfied.

Greek Salad
Serves 4

6 vine tomatoes
2 cucumbers
4 Kapello peppers
3 red onion
1 lb. Greek feta cheese
Kalamata olives

  • Cut the tomatoes into wedges, about 6 pieces per tomato. Peel the cucumbers, then slice them into thin half moons. Slice each pepper in half, then de-seed and cut into small links. Halve the red onions, then slice into slivers. Cube the Greek feta cheese.
  • Toss the ingredients with the dressing until coated. Serve immediately.

Greek Salad Dressing

Greek olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Greek oregano to taste
Salt to taste

  • Combine 1 part olive oil to 2 parts balsamic vinegar. Blend with Greek oregano until thoroughly combined. Season with salt to taste.
  • Dressing variation: use a blend of balsamic vinegar and red wine vinegar instead of only balsamic.

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Fit Links: Hurricane Sandy and the New York City Marathon

Written on November 2, 2012 at 11:50 am , by

The ING NYC Marathon is now called the Race to Recover. Good idea?

The northeast was badly affected by Hurricane Sandy this week. We hope everyone is safe and keep you in our thoughts.

  • Your turn: What do you think? Should the ING NYC Marathon go on? Tell us in the comments below.