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
She has two kids, two jobs, one lofty fitness goal and a crazy holiday schedule ahead…how does Alison Sweeney do it? The host of The Biggest Loser and star of Days of Our Lives, who is currently training for the L.A. Marathon in March has a few tricks to keep her life organized, manageable and healthy all at the same time. We recently spoke with Sweeney to snag some secrets and learn more about her relationship with Bob, Jillian, and this season’s two new trainers, Dolvett Quince and Anna Kournikova.
How do you stay fit during the holidays?
It’s really important to find a workout that you can do with no excuses. [See below for Sweeney's at-home exercise routine!] And I keep track of my nutrition. With so many treats around, it’s really easy to just pop brownies without thinking about it! You may not even be hungry. I also eat before going to parties so I’m less tempted when I get there and am satisfied with a smaller amount of the treats.
Do you and your family have any seasonal traditions?
We shop for gifts and pick out a tree together. When I was young, my parents always took me skiing in the winter, which was really festive since I grew up in L.A. It was so fun and exhausting—you’re basically burning calories all day long! Now, when I’m skiing with my family, I take a picture at the top of the mountain and email it to my dad. I thank him daily for instilling this love of activity at an early age.
So you mentioned that you shop and travel—as a busy working mom of two, how do you stay connected and keep track of your to-buy lists and events this month?
There are so many distractions during the holidays, so I try to use technology to keep my family together. I use my Windows phone, which syncs with my computer, to keep track of my calendar and get photos texted to me. It’s really family-oriented and you don’t need a manual to understand it!
To learn about Sweeney’s 2012 resolutions and get the scoop about the future of The Biggest Loser, keep reading.
Written by Nicole Brennan, editorial intern
Almost all of us can admit that we spend too much time hunched over our tech tools—which can do some damage to our strength and posture. Trainer Sandra Hahamian is out to fix our weak spots with her new fitness program called Whole Motion Fitness.
Three things make this method stand out, Sandra says:
- Hit all angles. “Most workouts we do focus on linear movements leaving out key part of our muscles.” Training your muscles in 3D can help to prevent injuries, plus athletes have been training this way for years.
- Don’t just go through the motions. “Connectivity between the brain and muscle group focuses on a complete full motion, it is how your body naturally wants to move.”
- The core contains many muscles. “Focusing on the core is the key to success because that is where most of our power comes from. When most people think of the core they think abs, but in reality, the largest part of our core is the glutes. We need to train them fully.”
I decided to see if I could feel the difference in one of her classes! In the first few minutes of this 30-minute session, I could definitely understand what she meant. Doing her lower body sequence, you feel parts of your muscles engaged that you don’t normally train, and you realize you have been cheating this major muscle group.
Sandra has teamed up with Katrina Garnett, her best friend and founder of My Little Swans (a website devoted to all things travel) to launch a Whole Motion Fitness downloadable 30-minute video online in July 2011. One big plus is that it can be done anywhere—which is great for travelers because it alleviates muscle stiffness and strains from being cramped on a plane or in a train or car for hours.
Now tell us: How do you maintain your fitness, posture and strength with a gadget-filled lifestyle?