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Music Monday: Hot for the Holidays

Written on December 3, 2012 at 9:32 am , by

Written by Deanna Cioppa, editorial intern

The weather may be colder and the days shorter, but that’s no excuse for skipped workouts and poor nutrition! Our workout plans are great season-round, and to help you stay hot while the temperature drops, we’ve crafted a playlist stocked full of wintry tunes to get you holiday party-ready. Go ahead and enjoy that cocktail, guilt-free.

Now you tell us: Do holiday tunes sneak into your workout this time of year?


One Fierce Female: Explorer Felicity Aston Skis Across Antarctica Solo!

Written on February 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm , by

Written by Kate Branciforte, editorial intern

Aston celebrates reaching the South Pole by planting her country's flag. (Photo courtesy of Kaspersky Lab)

Could you ever imagine skiing across Antarctica? How about skiing across Antarctica alone?

Felicity Aston, a 33-year old explorer from Great Britain, did just that last month, and now holds the title as the first women in history to cross the continent. She is also now the world record holder for the longest solo journey ever made by a woman! Talk about girl-power.

Aston began skiing during her first trip to Antarctica when she was 23, and has enjoyed the sport ever since. For the past 10 years, Aston has taken expeditions all over the world and in 2006 she started to lead these expeditions. After training a group of women for their first trip to the South Pole, she decided to make the trek by herself.

Why did you want to do this alone?

I did it alone because I think I was curious to see if I could. When I hear about an expedition, my question is always, “Would I behave in that way?” and I was curious to find out if I could.

How did you train?

It was all about endurance and stamina. I did a lot of high-intensity walks while pulling tires with a harness along the beach. The sand is very similar to snow. The training isn’t something I enjoy, but it was a means to an end. I need to do this or else I would not be able to do that.

What did you take with you?

It had to be very lightweight, because I was pulling absolutely everything. I started out with two sleds that weighed almost 190 pounds—that’s like a full-grown man! I didn’t have as much clothing as you would think.

To hear about Aston’s 5,000-calorie diet and how she dealt with fear, click below.

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Fashion Diaries: Brighten Up!

Written on January 27, 2012 at 10:12 am , by

It is usually around this time of year—after all of the fun holiday festivities are over and the new year has settled in—that winter goes from fab to drab. The twinkling lights of Christmas trees dwindle, all of the yummy treats have been eaten and the cold, unwanted winter air sticks around for much longer than many of us would like. And dare I say SNOW—thinking about it makes me cringe! If you are feeling like winter is getting the best of you, fear no more. I have the cure: Fun, colorful pieces to brighten up those winter blues!

  • After hitting the weights to work off all of those cookies you ate during the holidays, swipe on some of this Bobbi Brown lip gloss in cosmic pink. It will instantly brighten your face for a fun and fresh look.
  • Did your New Year’s resolution of working out more fail after only a few days? Run out of your rut by trying out these awesome neon green Saucony sneaks which will be sure to put a little pep in your step.
  • Does your iPhone lack some spunk? We’re totally digging this bright green Incipio phone case.
  • Be proud of your sexy, toned arms and rock some wrist-candy like this technicolor Dannijo bracelet. It’s super fun, don’t you think?
  • Break away from the boring black sports bra, by trying something in a cool color or print. This girly and fun heart-printed bra from Forever 21 is most definitely a winner in our books.
  • Attention all surfers! We’ve found the perfect tide watch (it’s Nixon!) to brighten your surf sessions.
  • There are tons of iPad and tablet cases out there on the market, but we love the sporty yet fashionable take on the Marc by Marc Jacobs version. And it’s neoprene! What could be better than that?!
  • Tote all your stuff to the gym in a Puma bag that’s roomy enough for all of the essentials.
  • Wearing these sunny yellow Sperry TopSider boat shoes on a dreary day will have you wishing it was summer more than ever. A girl can dream can’t she?

Tear Up the Slopes During Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month!

Written on January 5, 2012 at 10:11 am , by

So what if you're a beginner? Lessons will have you on your feet in no time. (Photo by Alexa Miller)

For winter sport newbies, the slopes can sure be intimidating. Staring down a steep hill and plunging off the top…I can just feel my heart beating faster thinking about it! Thankfully, there are many resources available to make novices more comfortable, and many of them have teamed up in January for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

Last year during the festivities, instructors offered more than 75,000 beginner lessons and passed along priceless scoop about how to fuel winter activities, what to wear when on the hills and lifts for hours and how to stay safe. You can also find retailers and resorts near you to gear up and plan your next adventure—Vail, anyone?

For all of the details, visit skiandsnowboardmonth.org and stay tuned because next Friday our fashion team will be pulling together their favorite looks for your snow adventures this season here on The Fit Stop!

And for tips straight from the pros, look no further:

Now tell us: Are you a snow bunny? What is your favorite snow sport?

Your Winter Workout Woes – Answered!

Written on December 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm , by

Learn to love your workout, snow or shine! (Photo courtesy of Alexa Miller)

Baby it’s cold outside! But for those of us training, sans gym membership, or just yearning for some fresh air, we can’t let the chilly weather keep us from an outdoor workout. If you find your morning runs too cold, have achy joints, or just want to make it through a run without wiping out, we hear you! That’s why we asked Dr. Scott Weiss, clinical director and owner of Bodhizone Physical Therapy your burning cold weather workout questions. Read on below to see how you can have a successful workout no matter what the weather.

The cold weather makes my joints hurt! What stretches can I do before a workout to stop constantly feeling sore?

If cold weather is making you sore, the worst thing to do is go and stretch since you’re more likely to pull a muscle or tear some cartilage. In the cold weather, the key is total body warmth. Spend a little more time warming up, by adding 5-10 minutes to your normal warm-up routine. Stretching while your joints are warm will then enhance flexibility and range of motion while also reducing your chance of injury.

Sometimes when I go for a run in the winter, my toes lose feeling. Why is this happening and how can I fix it?

Most of the time numb toes are a minor circulatory or footwear issue. Try making a fist with your toes, or do some calf raises to get the blood pumping. Once you get home, be sure to elevate your feet to relieve the pressure. If tingling persists, it could be something more serious (like frostbite), and you should contact a physician.

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Olympic Snowboarder Hannah Teter’s Winter Workout

Written on November 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm , by

Looks so easy, right? (Photo courtesy of Eric Lars Bakke/Shazamm/ESPN Images)

For most of us, winter is a time to hole up in the gym, trading in our favorite trails for the treadmill. For Olympic snowboarder Hannah Teter, it’s prime time to amp up her training routine. We got the chance to chat with Teter about her workouts in both seasons, her favorite moves to nail, and more. Read on and get inspired to hit the slopes this season!

Tell us about your training routines during in season and off?

My workouts during the off-season consist of slack lining (a variation of tight rope walking, with the rope being more slack than pulled tight), surfing, jumping on the trampoline and biking. Slack lining is insanely good for balancing skills, working your core, and mental strength. I love it because you can set it up anywhere, even between two trees. I usually warm up on the slack line and then do 360s, walk backwards, and 180-degree jumps.

Once the summer is over I snowboard pretty much every day, on top of traveling. I recently started to practice Ashtanga yoga, so I’ll incorporate that into my workouts during the winter as well.

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