Written on June 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm , by Marianne Magno
One of the things we’re looking forward to this summer is taking a swim at the beach or local pool. And while going in the water can be fun, it can also be dangerous if you don’t know how to swim.
A few facts about the importance of staying safe in the water:
- Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of death for children ages one to 14 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Research shows that if a child doesn’t learn to swim before the third grade, they likely never will.
- Nonfatal drownings can cause injuries and brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities.
To increase awareness about water safety, Coppertone has organized The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson for tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET. If you’re in Walt Disney World (lucky you!), head over to Typhoon Lagoon so your kids can get swimming lessons from Olympic medalists Rowdy Gaines and Summer Sanders and set a new Guiness World Record. Non-Floridians can still get in on the action by visiting the event website to find one of the 600 locations that’s also a part of this international event. What a cool way to be a part of the history books and learn an important skill!
Written on June 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm , by Marianne Magno
When making dessert is your job, staying fit can be a challenge. We recently sat down with swimmer and competitive chef (she was on season two of Top Chef and Food Network Challenge) Marisa Churchill to discuss the launch of her new cookbook, Sweet & Skinny: 100 Recipes for Enjoying Life’s Sweeter Side Without Tipping the Scales. Though she’s around tempting desserts all day, Marisa is in amazing shape and even competes in swim meets. Here’s how she makes that possible:
What’s your workout routine like?
I try to exercise at least five days a week. I swim three times, completing about 6,000-8,000 yards weekly, and strength train twice a week.
Aside from swimming laps in the pool, what’s your favorite way to work out?
Since the launch of Sweet & Skinny, I am on the road a lot traveling for my book tour. Therefore, I’m all about “exercises on the go.” Here are a few of my favorite ones that you can do just about anywhere:
- Squats and Lunges: These are perfect for when you’re on the go because you don’t need a lot of space or equipment. You just need your body! You can easily do either exercise in a hotel room or hallway. I do three sets of 15 squats and three sets of 20 lunges.
- Sit-ups and Push-ups: Any style works. It doesnt matter what type of sit-up or push-up you perform, as long as you get it done!
- Planks: Drop down and hold for 30 seconds! I aim for four sets.
What do you eat to fuel up for a tough workout or swimming competition?
I cut back on sugar the week before a competition and make sure I eat well-balanced meals with lots of fruits and vegetables. I also drink a lot of green tea to keep me energized.
Stay tuned for healthy cooking and eat-right tips from Marisa in an upcoming issue of FITNESS!
Written on May 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm , by Karla Walsh
Continuing on the amazing athletes theme, we recently spoke with a seven-time Olympic medalist: swimmer Amanda Beard! Amanda’s currently training for the 2012 Olympics, and the preparation this time around is going to be different than for her four previous trips to the Games since Amanda has been a mom since late 2009.
How does she stay in peak condition as a wife, mom, author (her memoir will be released next year) and role model? We asked Amanda to fill in the blanks.
- Getting back into shape after having my son, Blaise… “took a lot of work and dedication! What they say about nine months on and nine months off was really true, even if you start in good physical condition.”
- Becoming a mom has been… “the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
- If I could exercise with any celebrity or fellow athlete, I’d choose… “Madonna. She looks ripped and I’d like to see how hard she works! I always work harder when I’m with someone else, and I tend to have more fun doing it.”
- I keep my life in balance by… “trying to be fully present and invested in what is happening in that moment—whether I’m at home or training. Being focused really helps me in all my roles.”
- My current training program… “has me lifting weights from 8-9 a.m. and in the pool from 2-4:30 p.m. six days each week.”
- When I’m tired while exercising… “I focus on my workout goal, and mentally shift from ‘I’m to tired’ to ‘I’ll feel great after a good workout.’”
- The key to staying motivated day after day is to… “start your day off excited about the tasks that lay before you, instead of seeing them as a drag.”
Now tell us: How do you keep yourself motivated to make healthy decisions long-term?