Blog Posts by Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine

  • 9 Ways to Relieve Work Anxiety and Stress (and Maybe Even Be More Productive!) Right This Second

    by Lexi Petronis

    Bill DiodatoBill Diodato

    For every 10 working Americans, eight of them are stressed out by their jobs. Makes sense, right? Work can be a huge stressor.


    But, according to Jessie and Tara--the lovely duo behind How You Glow--there are plenty of things you can do to help alleviate stress and anxiety--even while on the job. Which means you can do them now.


    Take a brisk walking meditation around the block. If you are feeling overwhelmed or have been sitting too long, go outside and move. Get some fresh air and vitamin D while also getting your blood pumping.

    If you have the kind of job that lets you do this, get out of the office and take meetings with people. Socialize and brainstorm with coworkers, as well as pros in different industries--it can help spark inspiration and creativity.


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    Have a pad of paper on your desk--separate from your "to-do" list notebook, or any other pad that holds just-work-related issues--where you write out notes

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  • Miranda Kerr's No-Equipment Butt Workout ("It Really Makes a Difference") and Steamy New Reebok Skyscape Shoe Campaign

    by Marissa Gold

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    Miranda Kerr is the spokesperson for Reebok's new Skyscape Runaround shoe, which was inspired by bras (yes, bras. I'll explain). Molded foam bras, specifically, were the inspiration for the shoe, which was designed to cushion and support feet for all sorts of daily activity. We'll get into that, but first--heeeeere's Miranda.

    The shoe is for active women who are constantly running around. In fact, it's meant to be so comfy, that you might even forget to take it off at the end of the day. Here's a closer look:

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    I met up with Miranda to check out the shoes and hear about how she stays active. When I asked if she gets much sleep, she laughed, but she had plenty to share in the way of workout tips--including the exact moves she loves for toning her booty (which you'll see plenty of in the commercial above).


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  • How to Bounce Back from Daylight Saving Time

    by Lexi Petronis

    CN Digital StudioCN Digital Studio I know, springing forward ultimately means we only lost one little hour--so it seems like it should be easy-peasy to get back on our feet. But--speaking as someone who somehow turned off her alarm during the night and overslept by exactly one little hour--it can mess with your sleep schedule. In fact, the effects of daylight saving time can be sort of like what you experience with jet lag: less energy, less mental alertness, overall feelings of tiredness.

    Eventually, it all evens out as your body adjusts. But there are a few things you can do now to expedite that process--and stay as safe and healthy in the meantime.


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    1: For the next week, try to get some immediate exposure to the sun in the morning--sit in front of the window while you have your breakfast, or go for a quick walk around the block. It helps your internal clock synchronize to the time change.

    2: Leave extra time to get to wherever you're

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  • Self-Defense Tips for Staying Safe Before, During, and After Your Outdoor Workout

    by Lexi Petronis

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    I intensely dislike that we even have think about this topic when we hit the streets or the park for a workout--but women are often targets for violence.

    None of this is to scare you! But it's important to be aware so you can stay as safe as you can while doing your thing, says self-defense and fitness expert Jarrett Arthur, and that's why she's provided these tips:

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    Before:
    * Put on well-fitting workout clothes and, if you have long hair, style it in a side braid or slip it under a cap in lieu of a ponytail (both of which can help reduce the risk of someone being able to grab you).

    * Find a friend to run or train with. Co-exercising is a great way to stay safe, and it adds some good, fun motivation. If there's no one available, take your pup with you, says Arthur--or ask your friend if you can bring her dog out for some exercise.

    * If you're going solo, choose your route ahead of time and

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  • 4 Super-Easy Ways to Eat Less Sugar

    by Lexi Petronis

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    Americans eat a lot of sugar--collectively, we consume more than 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day. That's about 6 teaspoons more than has been recommended...until now. The World Health Organization has recently said that we should cut back our sugar consumption to 6 teaspoons a day, which translates to about 5 percent of our daily caloric intake, or about 100 calories total. Less than a can of soda.

    Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, there are still lots of food items that harbor sugar--and some of them are things you wouldn't guess, like ketchup (one tablespoon contains a teaspoon of sugar), jarred spaghetti sauce (10 grams of sugar per half-cup serving), and soy milk (6 grams of sugar per cup).

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  • Does Your Instagram Feed Make You Feel Better or Worse About Your Body? Discuss!

    by Lexi Petronis


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    I don't know about you, but the recent trend of barefaced, beautifully raw selfies kind of gives me a body image boost. #Nomakeup, #nofilter, no apologies.

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    But maybe I'm alone out there... a recent study of nearly 600 social media users actually proved that looking at friends' (#humblebrag!) pictures and posts triggers feelings of envy, depression, stress and just generally makes us bummed about our own lives. What do you think? Do Instagram, Facebook and Twitter make you feel worse or better about your body image?

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  • More Than 500 Foods Contain the Same Chemical That's in Yoga Mats. Ew

    by Lexi Petronis


    Devon JarvisDevon Jarvis Earlier this year, foodbabe.com blogger Vani Hari successfully persuaded Subway to stop baking breads with azodicarbonamide--or "ADA"--a chemical foaming agent that's known for creating spongy, light materials in things such as yoga mats...like the ones Vanessa Hudgens and her friend are carrying here. "Carrying" being the operative word here. Not eating.

    Since then, the Environmental Working Group has researched more than 80,000 food items and discovered that ADA is on the ingredient lists of lots of well-known supermarket brands of breads, croutons, snacks, and sandwiches. Five hundred of them, as a matter of fact--pizzas, tortillas, hot dog buns, and more (you can see the full list, organized by brand, at www.ewg.org).

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    As a chemical additive, ADA has been generally accepted in U.S. food items because it hasn't necessarily been determined to harm people who eat it in small doses (though workers handling ADA

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  • Get a Red Carpet Body for the Oscars with This Workout

    by Lexi Petronis


    When stars get ready to walk the red carpet--which they're prepping to do right now for the Oscars this weekend!--that means plenty of gym time and trainers aplenty.

    The rest of us may not have those kinds of resources at our disposal (and, OK, may not be on a red carpet any time soon), but Anja Garcia, a Southern California Equinox group fitness instructor, has some key tips for getting a celeb body-even with just a little time on your hands (and she should know! Equinox's star clientele includes people like Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Cameron Diaz, and Mark Wahlberg).

    "This workout incorporates movements that work multiple body parts at the same time--so you'll burn more in less time," she says. The moves target specific areas for strength training, and offer extra benefits as "compound moves"--meaning they use multiple muscle groups to challenge your whole body. Anja says to do them one after the other as a circuit, and you'll have a full body cardio strength

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  • 7 Healthy Things You Can Do Before You've Even Had Breakfast

    by Lexi Petronis

    Courtesy How You GlowCourtesy How You GlowI am fully the kind of person who tries to sleep up to the very second her alarm clock goes off, but the truth is--you can actually get a lot of healthy things done if you wake up a little earlier. Even just 10 minutes!

    The ladies from How You Glow--Jessie Groveman is a yoga instructor, Tara Sowlaty is a natural foods chef and holistic nutritionist--came up with this list of healthy things you can do before eating breakfast tomorrow (or any day!).


    Yoga stretches: You don't even have to get out of bed! First, draw your right knee into your chest, and breathe deeply. Put your knee down and switch to your left knee; repeat deep breathing. This helps massage your colon (yes, I know, "colon massage" sound like a weird thing to do, but the move can help with digestion for the coming day). Next, hit the floor (or stay on your mattress) for a downward facing dog, with heels up the wall. Finally, try a sun salutation: circle your arms wide up toward then sky, bring hands

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  • Feeling Alone? This One Word Can Make You Happier (and Live Longer)

    by Lexi Petronis

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    An estimated one in five people (about 60 million Americans) suffers from loneliness--which may actually increase the risk of early death by 45 percent, which is more than obesity or excessive alcohol use.


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    That's where this so-simple-yet-so-smart campaign can make a difference. "Just Say Hello" is the result of a partnership between Skype, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, encouraging you to say a simple hi to someone you see every day that you may not usually talk to, or reach out to someone from your past that you haven't talked to in a long time.


    In the official video for the campaign, Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, and more celebs give little shout-outs--it's cute.

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    Honestly, this advice resonates with me right now--a longtime former boyfriend passed away unexpectedly recently, and I so, so wish that I'd taken even a

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