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Forget the Fiscal Cliff, Be Wary of the Fitness Cliff

Written on February 7, 2013 at 9:02 am , by

Monitor your resolution progress in strength, not what the scale says. (Photo courtesy Alexa Miller)

The Fiscal Cliff may have come and gone, but according to Gold’s Gym, February 7 is considered to be the “Fitness Cliff”–the day those New Year Resolutions start to go astray and goals slowly start heading toward the back burner.

Gold’s studied check-in patterns at gym locations around the country over a three-year period to establish this cliff. After the initial gym craze around January 1, they noticed a gradual decline in check-ins beginning January 30, with the biggest drop happening on February 7. To help keep you from falling off the edge, Dr. Belisa Vranich, author and clinical psychologist created these five warning signs that your resolutions may be slipping:

  1. You suddenly find yourself too busy to get to the gym as often as when you first started.
  2. You’re getting angry that the effort you’re making to work out and eat healthy aren’t equaling the results you’d like to see in the mirror.
  3. You find yourself less motivated and begin to wonder why you made this goal in the first place.
  4. You slowly start to ease back into old patterns, trading treadmill time for the TV and in caving into your usual guilty pleasures.
  5. You start arguing with yourself that you don’t really need to change, convincing yourself that you’ll make a better effort next year.

Do one or more of these points sound like you? Get back on track with these tips from Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute expert and celebrity trainer Mike Ryan: Read more

Set Your 2013 Goals with a Little Lululemon Help

Written on January 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm , by

By now you’ve had the statistics drilled into your head–a third of people who make resolutions will break them by the end of January. Make it a point to not fall into that group this year with the help of Lululemon. Throughout the month they’ll be promoting the campaign #readysetgoal, to help others experience the power of goal setting for themselves. Below, some tips to get started on your to-do list from Chloe Gow-Jarrett, program manager of self-development at Lululemon.

  • Set goals in present tense. State them in terms such as I am, I have, I create, I own.
  • Be specific with your goals. You’re placing an order to the universe, so make sure to ask for exactly what you want.
  • Put a deadline on your goals, this will help spur you into action.
  • Don’t be afraid to set goals that are audacious. Failing 50 percent of your goals means you are really challenging yourself.

For more goal-setting help, tune in to Lululemon’s live goal coaching event at livestream.com/lululemon on January 23 at 6pm PST for tips and strategies to reach your mile markers this year. If you’re still not totally into the whole buzz around goals and the New Year, check out this video below of Steph Corker, manager of recruitment, who nailed one very big personal goal last year. And make sure to follow @FitnessMagazine on Twitter, especially any tweets with the hashtag #goalgetter for ideas every day on new goals you can accomplish.

Get Resolution Ready: Join a Commitment Day 5K

Written on December 17, 2012 at 8:37 am , by

Start 2013 with a race to your health. (Photo courtesy of Denise Crew)

If one of your resolutions is to get moving more, there’s a perfect way for you to kick off 2013 doing just that. Life Time Fitness is kicking off January 1, 2013 with a Commitment Day 5K, hosted in 30 major U.S. cities. The race’s mission is to bring focus to living a healthier lifestyle and beating those scary stats we see year after year– 2 in 3 American are considered obese and because of obesity, our children’s life expectancy is now less than our own.

See if there is a Commitment Day 5K in your city by visiting commitmentday.com. As an extra perk for being so motivated, FITNESS readers will get $5 off registration by using the code CORP0598. Entry is $40 per adult and free for kids 17 and under. Each runner will receive a Commitment Journal to help make healthy living a little easier and more organized this year. If that doesn’t make the first day of resolution season easier, we don’t know what will!

 

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September DVD Review: Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey

Written on September 25, 2012 at 10:24 am , by

Researching the film got Suzanne into Bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion) to find more peace.

September’s Top DVD: Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey

Best for: Someone who wants to go past downward dogs and learn how to best channel your inner calmness through yoga.

Why it’s a star: Normally we give you the top DVD’s to sweat to, but to celebrate National Yoga Month; this flick is our top pick for discovering your true self through yoga. After losing her mother to a battle with cancer, journalist Suzanne Bryant went on a journey to the West to interview prominent yoga teachers and learn about the different practices to help herself and others to find peace with their mind and lives. “Your mind is like a muscle,” Bryant says. “I had been practicing yoga since 1991 and became a teacher in 2000, but it wasn’t until I started a daily practice that I felt that mental shift of being able to control my mind. Now whenever I feel anxious I’m able to close my eyes and instantly calm down. It is a powerful thing.”

Sprinkled in with interviews of yogis from all over the world are a few celebrity appearances. Christy Turlington-Burns, who wrote Living Yoga: Create a Life Practice as well as Russell Simmons share how yoga has changed their lives. “Christy Turlington-Burns is someone who is able to be in both worlds and can channel peace in everyday life, which is incredibly important,” says Bryant. “Not many people knew Russell Simmons practiced yoga, so I thought he would be able to motivate people that are his audience to find a way to use this path to be a better person and contribute to the world. He told me that he used to think his anxiety drove him, but after practicing yoga and quieting his mind he realizes how much more productive he can be.” For anyone going through a tough time or just wanting to learn how to chill out after a stressful day, this film is a front row seat to the best yoga teachers in the world telling you how.

Where to get it: amazon.com, $14.99

#140Wednesdays: How Do You Reward Yourself When You Reach a Fitness Goal?

Written on September 19, 2012 at 2:58 pm , by

She's one run away from hitting her weekly miles, and getting a post-run pedicure! (Photo courtesy of Alexa Miller)

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

A little treat can go a long way, especially when it comes to hitting your fitness goals. Setting a non-food reward for yourself can help you hit your milestones faster, not to mention come in handy when your workouts seem to be never-ending. We asked our Twitter followers how they reward themselves for a fitness feat well done. And from the looks of it, these ladies know how to treat themselves right!

@stephanieyogini: I buy a new piece of workout clothing.

@BritterMC: I buy a new workout outfit or fitness DVD to try.

@AbliciousMoms: Smaller jeans!

@100poundsofme: Massages!

Now Tell Us: How do you reward yourself when you reach a fitness goal?

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U.S. Soccer Captain Christie Rampone’s Post-Olympic Workout Plan

Written on September 7, 2012 at 11:02 am , by

Rampone's fourth appearance in the Olympics is a record for a U.S. soccer player. (Photo courtesy of FRS)

U.S. Women’s Olympic Soccer Captain Christie Rampone was no stranger to the Olympics this past summer. The team’s victory marked her third gold medal in the sport, in addition to the slew of championships and awards she’s racked up over the years. Now the busy mom of two is back home in New Jersey, and we got the chance to chat with her to see what life is like after London.

Congrats on your third Olympic gold medal! What was the first thing you did after the winning game?

After the gold medal match our team had a big celebration with family, friends and some of the U.S. Men’s Basketball players. We danced and chatted until almost 5 a.m.! After the party, my teammates and I headed back to the Athlete’s Village to get a couple hours of sleep before the media frenzy began.

Soccer is such an endurance sport. What did you eat and drink during the Games to keep your energy levels up?

I’ve been taking FRS Healthy Performance chews and drinks for a few years, regardless of if I’m training or not. Aside from that, my diet during competitions consists of a lot of pasta, chicken, strawberries, blueberries and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

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Check Out Acro Yoga (Plus Be Inspired to Get More Bendy!)

Written on September 6, 2012 at 3:28 pm , by

We were amazed last year when we saw this video of West Hollywood Equinox instructor Briohny Smith doing some morning yoga in her viral video, “The Contortionist.” And we weren’t the only ones. Since then Briohny’s video has gotten almost 4 million views, leading her to create another one with her hubby, Dice Iida-Klein doing acro yoga for the Q by Equinox blog. Both yogis say this type of yoga takes a lot of balance, trust and communication (which also sounds like the formula to a happy marriage!). By the looks of it, they’ve got the yoga and Mr. and Mrs. thing down pat. Enjoy!

#140Wednesdays: What’s the Toughest Workout or Race You’ve Ever Done?

Written on August 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm , by

Push it to the limit and reap the better body rewards. (Photo courtesy Karen Pearson)

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the end of an extra-tough workout. Whether the challenge is physical, mental or both, stepping outside of your comfort zone is always worth it in the end. We asked our Twitter followers what the toughest workout or race was that they’ve ever completed. From hiking trails in New Zealand, to the latest DVD crazes, our readers have been through the mill. Take a look at some of these tough girls below.

@ElPesoNuestro: Milford Track, 33 miles of trails!

@breezy81: Leg Day with trainer @jaminthompson.

@MichMich0404: Without a doubt the Spartan Sprint at Tuxedo Park, NY. But I finished and that is what’s important!

@MrsBalboa6: Can’t decide between a 13-mile @ToughMudder or a half-marathon! Physical vs. Mental but both #beastmode. #140Wednesdays

@TreeStand_Wife: Insanity! I loved it.

Now you tell us: What’s the toughest workout or race you’ve completed?

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#140Wednesdays: What’s the Earliest or Latest You’ve Exercised?

Written on August 22, 2012 at 2:10 pm , by

Rise and run! (Photo courtesy Sara Forrest)

At 4:30 a.m. some of us are just rolling over, but First Lady Michelle Obama is breaking a sweat at the gym. As a guest editor this week on iVillage, Obama shared her workout secrets, which involves super early sweat sessions before the kids are up. Even her hubby President doesn’t get up that early as she writes; “I usually get to the gym before he does. But he is usually there either in the middle of my workout or right at the end.”

We know she’s not the only dedicated gym goer out there, so we decided to ask our Twitter followers what there gym call times are. Read their responses below and then set that alarm clock 30 minutes earlier tomorrow.

@eclectikchic: Earliest? 6 a.m. Latest? 8 p.m.
@NC64808: 1 a.m. is the latest I’ve exercised.
@start2finish12: I wake up at 4:30 a.m. and am out the door by 5 a.m. #longcommute
@heyshawntae: My alarm goes off at 4:20 a.m. every weekday so I’m at the gym by 5 a.m.!
@sharbubbles: I’m always up at 5 a.m. for the early morning workout. It’s my ‘better than coffee’ wake up call.
@SprinkledwLove: Last summer I dragged myself out of bed for 4:30 a.m. jogs! So peaceful & cool. Reflective gear = a must.
@RunSylviaRUN: I get up at 4 a.m. to work out at 5 a.m., 6 days a week!

 

5 Olympic Moments with the U.S. Women’s Rowing Team

Written on August 15, 2012 at 10:05 am , by

From left to right: Meghan Musnicki, Erin Carfaro, Esther Lofgren and Mary Whipple showing off their gold medals!

Though the Games are over, we couldn’t pass up a chance to meet the nine women who made history by winning back-to-back Olympic gold in London this summer. They are 7-time World Champions and the first female team to accomplish a win at the 2008 and 2012 Games. Read below to hear all about a few of the ladies–Erin Cafaro, Mary Whipple (the boat coxswain), Esther Lofgren (who previously shared her rowing tips with us), and Meghan Musnicki. Side note: The girls brought their medals to the office and they are heavy! (Not to mention shiny!)

1) Tell us about your first “Holy sh*t, I’m an Olympian!” moment, in regards to the 2012 Games.

Meghan Musnicki: I didn’t get hit with that feeling until the Closing Ceremonies. They funneled us all from the Olympic Village down to the stadium. You walk down through the stadium and come out where the marathoners ran. All you see are these huge high walls and confetti streaming down and thousands of people screaming. That was definitely a “whoa” moment for me.

Even more so than the Opening Ceremonies?

MM: We actually didn’t go to the Opening Ceremonies because we raced the next day! We were in our satellite village, about 90 minutes from downtown London.

Esther Lofgren: When we went out for our first race was when it hit me. We had been there for over a week and had watched everything being built like the grandstands. So when we started warming up, it was such a cool feeling to finally be doing what we had all trained for.

Mary Whipple: Usually when we race not many people are watching, and sometimes only our parents are there! The first day when we were finishing our final practice the gates opened up and the crowds were insane. For finals it’s usually that way, but for the first day, never. That was so special, especially since rowing is so huge in London.

EL: It’s 8:30 a.m. and there are 30,000 people watching you, which is definitely not how it usually is! Read more