Blog Posts by Vitamin G, Glamour Magazine

  • 5 Ways to Fool Yourself into Exercising

    by Shaun Dreisbach

    Robert MitraRobert Mitra
    We know: It's hard to pry your body out from under the covers this time of year. These little tricks do it.

    Tell yourself, "I have to work out for only seven minutes."
    And if you want to stop after that, give yourself permission. You probably won't: It takes only about six minutes for the feel-good hormones of exercise to kick in, says Wayne Westcott, a fitness researcher and instructor of exercise science at Quincy College in Massachusetts. And if you do throw in the towel? Seven minutes is better than nothing.


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    Listen to your exercise playlist before exercising.
    Cranking the tunes you work out to pre-workout will get you into the right head space, says Kristin McGee, a trainer in New York City. "They create an almost Pavlovian response," says McGee. "You hear them and you know it's time to sweat."

    Work out with someone who is 40 percent more fit than you are.
    Women in a Kansas State University

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  • 6 REAL Ways to Reboot Your Fitness Resolutions

    by Lexi Petronis

    Kyle EricksenKyle Ericksen
    If you made a health or fitness resolution for 2014 and have already found it falling by the wayside--well, lots of us have found the same. Not to sound depressing, but 92 percent of resolutions are, apparently, given the old heave-ho by around January 20. Why? "Without a plan and a coach, people throw lofty goals into space," says Cedric Bryant, chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

    But it's far from too late to get back on track (pun maybe slightly intended). So if you need a little bit of a reboot for those resolutions, these tips from ACE just might help.


    Take baby steps. If your goal was super huge ("Have rock-hard abs by February") or vague ("Get healthy"), you may get frustrated by the lack of results-right-now. Instead of throwing the whole resolution out the window, think about the things you're doing now--maybe you can't see them yet, but they may still be there. Or take a minute to refocus your goal--instead of deciding to

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  • Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum Demonstrate What It's like when Couples' Diets Are Complete Opposites

    by Lexi Petronis

    Tyler BoyeTyler Boye
    There are the couples who are copacetic when it comes to what they eat every day--see: Bell, Kristen and Shepard, Dax--and then there are the ones who couldn't be more opposite. Case in point: Jenna Dewan-Tatum and her husband, Channing Tatum (here with baby girl Everly). Jenna is vegan--she embarked on a vegetarian diet as a teenager--and Channing has done anything but. She told People: "Sometimes I can drag him to my vegetarian/vegan restaurants-he politely eats, then promptly goes home and eats what he really wants!…Opposites attract!"


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    OK, Channing did actually try out the vegan thing in 2012 but said that he ended up gaining weight: "I don't like vegetables, so I basically had to wrap them in bread," he says, further explaining that there's something about the texture of fruits and veggies that he doesn't like.


    Sometimes the veggie-lover/meat-eater couple combo (that sounds like a pizza order!) can cause

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  • Um, so All This Cold Air May Actually Help You Lose Weight

    by Lexi Petronis

    Kyle EricksenKyle Ericksen Well, at least maybe there's an upside to freezing your buns off right now?

    According to research, regular exposure to cold air might help you lose weight. Wha? Well, the cool temperatures just might make your body burn more calories as it tries to keep its core temperature nice and warm

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    One possible reason: shivering. It produces heat, which helps keep you warm--but it also makes you expend five times more energy than you would normally. Another? When temperatures plummet, your stores of brown fat--which burn more calories to fuel the body than other kinds of fat--are called into action. In fact, one study found that several hours of hanging out in cold rooms increased the amount of brown fat in participants' bodies while decreasing the amount of white fat--meaning the brown fat was getting busy burning white fat. And another study discovered that people who spent two hours per day in a room that was

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  • 6 Reasons Science Says You Should Go Ahead and Have Some Coffee

    by Lexi Petronis

    Romulo YanesRomulo Yanes Not that coffee lovers all necessarily need these reasons...but when we do, this is how science has got our backs!

    It might help cut your risk of type 2 diabetes.
    Researchers from Qingdao University in China explored 26 different studies (involving more than 1 million participants) and discovered that those who drank the most coffee were up to 30 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who drank the least amount of coffee--so long as the java isn't overloaded in sugar. The researchers think that coffee may help because caffeine has been linked to lower weight and faster metabolism--two factors in diabetes risk.

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    There are nutritional benefits to coffee. Not only are there antioxidants in coffee--and it was even named the number one source of antioxidants in a study from the University of Scranton--it also contains vitamins B2 and B5, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and niacin, all of which are

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  • Thinking You've Slept Well Might Make You ACT like You've Slept Well (This Isn't an Excuse Not to Sleep, BTW)

    by Lexi Petronis

    Mark LeibowitzMark Leibowitz

    If you, like me, wake up most mornings and find yourself wishing for three more blissful hours of snooze-time--or, heck, one more hour that was even just so-so--this could be useful news.

    A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found that participants who were told they'd gotten enough sleep--even if they hadn't--seemed to perform more efficiently the next day.

    Researchers from Colorado College asked students to rate how deeply they'd slept the night before, then gave them some quick background about how sleep affected cognitive abilities. They explained to the students that adults require 20 to 25 percent of REM sleep each night, and that getting any less than that makes them score lower and perform worse on tests. The researchers hooked the students up to equipment that measured brainwave frequency--but very trickily told them that it would also reveal how much REM sleep they'd gotten the night before, and did some pretend

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  • Curious What Female Olympians Eat? We Asked a Three of Them to Share Their Daily Diet

    by Marissa Gold

    Julia Mancuso, alpine skier (most decorated on Team USA, took home Gold in 2006)

    Courtesy of subjectCourtesy of subject6:00 a.m. breakfast:
    I always start my day, especially when I'm training, with a smoothie. The coconut water keeps me naturally hydrated during my intense morning workout regime. Here's my favorite morning recipe (ZICO is a sponsor, but I luckily love coconut water so this is perfect):

    8 oz. ZICO Natural Coconut Water
    3 ice cubes
    1 teaspoon maca root
    1 teaspoon spirulina
    20 g scoop protein powder (rice, or goat whey)
    handful kale
    1/2 celery stick

    8:00 a.m. post-workout snack:
    Almonds and an avocado are my go-to snack, especially when I'm traveling. I also love putting JIF natural peanut butter on apples.

    12:00 p.m. lunch:
    I eat organic and local whenever I can, so for lunch I like to have fish or a lean protein, like chicken with lots of green vegetables and brown rice.

    3:00 p.m. snack:
    My guilty pleasure is definitely chocolate! To curve my

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  • Are You Making These 5 Doctor's Appointment Mistakes?

    by Lexi Petronis

    Lewin SivanLewin Sivan
    Every year, one of my biggest health resolutions is to get all my annual doctors' appointments scheduled all at once--well, at least know when I should call in order to be seen on schedule. That way, there's no excuse to put any of them off. (I guess that technically means my resolution is to stop procrastinating. I've had varying degrees of success with that resolution--I'll figure out why someday. Heh!)

    Anyway, according to ZocDoc--a free online service that helps you find a local doctor or dentist and book an appointment in real time--lots of us have similar ideas, because patients book nearly twice the amount of appointments in the beginning of January than during the rest of the year.


    So, while having appointments on your brain is a good thing, it's also a good thing to avoid making some of these mistakes while booking.

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    1: Requesting the most popular days and times. On the most-wanted list for

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  • Which Workout Burns the Most Calories? We Put Some Popular Classes to the Test

    by Marissa Gold

    Kyle EricksenKyle Ericksen
    All of us here at Glamour.com are into fitness, but sometimes we wonder just how many calories we're really burning during the various workouts we try. In order to find out, I had us all wear activity-monitoring bracelets (we all used Jawbone UP for consistency) to help us actually pinpoint the calorie burn of our favorite exercise classes. To give you an idea of how hard we worked, we rated each workout with the Jawbone's standardized system (Easy, Moderate, In the Zone, or Gut Buster). Here are the results:

    Workout Tested: Core Fusion Barre
    I've been taking these popular barre-based classes for a few years now and love the way they tone up each body part, one at a time. The one-hour classes don't include a lot of bouncing--they're all about small, muscle-specific moves done on the floor or at the ballet barre. I rated this one moderate intensity, as it ended up being one of the easier ones I've done. I felt like I was working out, but I definitely wasn't pushedRead More »from Which Workout Burns the Most Calories? We Put Some Popular Classes to the Test
  • Want Another Reason to Get Happy? Here's a Good One: It Can Help Make You Fit

    by Lexi Petronis

    photo: Giovanni Giannoniphoto: Giovanni Giannoni

    If "feel happy" is on your to-do list (it's on mine!), it looks like there's yet another reason to do the Happiness Challenge.

    A new study found that older adults who reported feelings of happiness and contentment were fitter than those who didn't. They walked faster than their less-happy peers, and their rates for developing physical impairments that affected their daily activities-such as getting dressed or getting in and out of bed--were much lower. In fact, the participants who said they were unhappy were more than three times as likely to develop physical problems as they aged.

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    A previous study discovered that happy people were 35 percent less likely to die compared with those who were unhappy--maybe because feelings of happiness have also been linked to fewer strokes and heart attacks. Other studies have pointed out that happiness may help give your immune system a boost, thanks to the release of fewer

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