- Quaker Oatmeal | Summer Shape-Up | Mon, Jul 16, 2012 1:41 PM EDT | Comments
Increase your daily fiber with delicious oatmeal.
Fiber has become the mantra of healthy eating, and rightly so. High-fiber diets can reduce our risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, control blood sugar and aid in weight loss. Quaker Oats has been spreading the word about the benefits of their high-fiber oatmeal cereal for well over a century now. But just what is this fuss all about?
Why Breakfast Is So Important
You've probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After going 10-12 hours without food, both your body and brain need nourishment to re-energize and be ready for the day. Kids who skip breakfast don't perform as well in school, and experience higher tardiness rates and absenteeism. Adults who skip breakfast often feel tired and fuzzy, even though they've had a good night's sleep. Eating breakfast is better for everyone, and can actually improve memory, concentration, and productivity.
Why a High-Fiber Breakfast Is Important
Eating a breakfast high in fiber makes us feel full lon...Read More »
- Thedailyzeel | Summer Shape-Up | Tue, Jul 10, 2012 3:42 PM EDT | Comments
By: StacyAtZeelNot that we needed another reason to incorporate a new form of exercise into our routines, but if you haven't tested your Pilates skills just yet, says Zeel Expert Halle Clarke, then summer is the perfect time to start!
Need a little gentle encouragement? Check out these five ways in which Halle explains how the practice of Pilates can help make this your best-and fittest!-summer yet
1. Beach body ready. Of course, there's the whole idea that Pilates gives you that highly desirable, long and lean dancer's physique, but that's not all this dynamic practice can do for your summer bod. As Halle puts it, a Pilates practice can be designed to specifically target the core muscles-you know, the ones that get exposed between your bikini top and bottom.
2. Healthy and strong. While Pilates is known for its rehabilitative abilities, this highly beneficial practice also has the capacity to prevent injury in the first place. Keep your body healthy and strong all...Read More »
- Fitsugar | Summer Shape-Up | Tue, Jul 10, 2012 4:35 PM EDT | CommentsSource: Rock Your Bikini and Add Weights to Your Ab Work
According to celeb trainer Gunnar Peterson, the secret to awesome abs is "working consistently, working in different planes of motion, and adding weights to your abdominal work." Take this advice to heart - here are a handful of exercises that put these principals into action. Grab a set of dumbbells, from five to 10 pounds, and get ready to work on your abs.
- Single Leg Standing Wood Chop : The wood chop works the entire torso, and standing on one leg means you're challenging your balance, too. Bonus! This exercise works the obliques and upper abs. Although this is a full-body move, it doesn't require a lot of space, so you can do it almost anywhere. Learn the move directly from Gunnar in this video about Minka Kelly's ab workout.
- Leaning Camel: In yoga, Camel is a pose that increases flexibility in your spine, but this challenging variation using a weight strengthens your quads and abs. This exercise works the abs as
- Angie Greenup | Summer Shape-Up | Wed, Jul 11, 2012 2:44 PM EDT | Comments
Want a body like Jennifer Aniston? Celebrity yoga instructor Mandy Ingber stopped by "Summer Shape Up" to show us how to get a killer bod like her A-list client. Mandy created the DVD "Yogalosophy," which pairs a yoga pose with a toning exercise. In addition to Jen, Mandy incorporates the "Yogalosophy" moves with her other celebrity clients such as Kate Beckinsale, Woody Harrelson, and Helen Hunt to name a few. Here are a few yoga moves that Mandy recommends to achieve a sleek summer body.
Side Plank: Begin in plank position and turn to balance on one arm. Lift up your waist and place one foot slightly in front of the other. Try holding for eight reps on each side.
Triceps Push-Up: Begin this exercise in plank position. Graze your ribs with your elbows. Lead with your chest while lowering down, and keep your body nice and straight. Do five to eight reps.
3-Legged Dog/ Knee Ins: Begin in downward facing dog position. Extend your leg up, then shift your body weight fo...Read More »
- Healthy Self, Self Magazine | Summer Shape-Up | Tue, Jul 10, 2012 3:53 PM EDT | CommentsDana Meltzer Zepeda, SELF magazine
Between writing and directing movies, starring on 30 Rock and making her rap debut on Donald Glover's "Royalty" track last week, Tina Fey could easily say she's too busy to stick to a regular workout routine. Like so many other working women, the Saturday Night Live alum is still striving to find that perfect balance between taking care of business, her family (including her two young daughters) and herself....Read More »
"She isn't a fitness junkie but she knows the importance of being fit and healthy for her roles and job," says celebrity trainer Kristin McGee who began working with Fey on the set of Date Night. "We focused on her arms and doing chaturangas and vinyasa flow-style yoga, but she also loves balancing exercises like tree pose."
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And, no matter how busy her schedule became, Fey always managed to squeeze a regular sweat session in between scenes. "We just found a way to make it happen even if i