Blog Posts by POPSUGAR Fitness

  • Nicole Stuart on How She Keeps Kate Hudson in Shape

    Kate Hudson has a little help when it comes to looking so fab: trainer Nicole Stuart. Nicole is sort of a Jill of all trades; she studied Pilates under Mari Winsor, is a trained dancer, and has spent the last 12 years working with a roster of celebrity clients like Kate. With the holidays coming up, I asked Nicole what fitness tips FitSugar readers should keep in mind to balance all those extra goodies, cocktail parties, and holiday travel. Here's what Nicole has to say:

    1. Stay active and creative. Do something every day, even if it's only a walk around the block.
    2. Eat healthy and make smart food choices. No white flour, sugar, fried or processed food. No sodas! Lots of roughage, water, and protein!
    3. Get your heart rate up. Do 30 minutes of heart pounding activity at least four days a week.
    4. Keep a positive mind and attitude. You create what you think. If you think, "I'm fat," you will believe that and eat unhealthy foods. Be happy in your body and
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  • 5 Things Every Fitness Fanatic Needs This November

    We can't believe that it's already November - the year sure went by fast! Has the stress and excitement of the holidays hit you? We're definitely feeling it; Thanksgiving meals to plan, families to visit, and meanwhile, keeping active and fit throughout the whole shebang! Here are our picks to keep you happy, healthy, fit, and warm until December rolls around.



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  • Jillian Michaels Shares Her 10 Fitness Utimatums

    To get people excited over the November release of Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum 2011 ($39), the trainer is giving fans a preview of her top 10 fitness tips from the game.

    If you're not familiar with the Jillian Michaels Fitness Ultimatum series, the game allows players to track fitness goals and progress, while also providing some kick-ass custom workouts. I definitely had a lot of fun playing it, but I think I love Jillian's DVD workouts more. An animated version of Jillian doesn't do it for me!

    Check out Jillian's tips:

    1. Exercise does more than just tone your body, it boosts self-esteem, improves mood and revs up metabolism. So suck it up and get moving!
    2. If you are looking to shed those last stubborn pounds, you need to increase the intensity of your workouts. Try working at 85 percent of your maximum heart rate (MHR) for optimal results.
    3. Getting bored with that same old exercise routine? Chances are you body is too. It's probably time to switch things
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  • Tips to Slash Your Calorie Intake

    Pumpkin pie, hot chocolate, and frosted cookies loom in the holiday future, which means it's time to get the calories in check. Unfortunately, holiday treats can make squeezing into that fabulous sequined number a challenge that we'd rather not handle. Instead of going on a crash diet at the last minute, try cutting back now with these simple (and hardly noticeable) calorie slashing tips. It will make nibbling on that piece of pecan pie a little less guilt ridden and a lot more indulgent.

    • Ask for salad dressing on the side and dip when you need a dab.
    • Chew on a piece of gum instead of eating a cookie.
    • Sub in mustard for mayonnaise.
    • Use lemon juice and a dash of olive oil for a healthy and low fat salad dressing.
    • Choose healthier toppings when ordering pizza.
    • Use agave nectar instead of pure cane sugar to sweeten your coffee and tea. It's sweeter, so you need to use less of it.
    • Ditch the croutons and bacon when ordering up salads.
    • Go for whole wheat or
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  • Kerri Walsh's Rainy-Day Workout

    The following post was written by Olympic athlete and mom Kerri Walsh, two-time gold medalist in pairs beach volleyball.

    For some reason I love jogging in the rain, but I know that's not practical (or advisable!) for most people, so here are some alternatives:

    Pop in a workout video
    : I've never really been into instructional videos but recently, since becoming a mother with limited time, I've found some fantastic video options. A favorite in our household (my husband has been doing this video for 10 years!), is Gaiam's Yoga Conditioning For Weight Loss. It's awesome and perfect for all levels. It tightens, tones, improves flexibility and helps to highlight your "problem" or weak areas. You'll love it!

    Body weight workout at home
    :

    • Wall sits - Sit back against the wall and bend your knees until they are at a 90-degree angle, and you are sitting against the wall like a chair. Hold for 45-90 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times.
    • Lunges - Hands on hips. Lunge forward making sure your
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  • Celebrity Body Transformations: Stars Who Lost the Weight and Got in Shape

    Weight loss stories are inspiring - especially when there's photographic proof. Even though a good majority of Hollywood stars are in great shape, there are a few good weight loss stories among the celebs, too. If you're looking for some motivation to lose a few pounds or add a little definition to your arms, keep reading! And don't forget to take a look to your left - since appearing on DWTS, Kelly Osbourne has dropped five dress sizes. Inspiring, right?

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  • Life Lessons Learned From My First Marathon

    Each October, New York starts gearing up for the ING New York City marathon, held the first Sunday in November. The route is marked by banners, and eager New Yorkers complete their final long training runs in preparation for the race. Two years ago, I ran the race, and it was a life-changing and awesome experience! Here, five somewhat clichéd but completely true life lessons I learned from my first marathon:

    • Pain is temporary, pride is forever. The origins of this statement are debatable, but it's true. Two years post-race, I still rightfully call myself a marathoner. Ten years post-race I will probably still call myself a marathoner.
    • Never, ever underestimate the importance of support. That photo to the right is of my family, who were the most supportive people I could imagine - I mean, check out the sign! The NYC marathon is especially great because there are very few parts of the race with no cheering spectators. And during those last draining miles, crowd and family
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  • Why Chocolate Cake Won't Ruin Your Diet

    Earlier this week, many of you said that you increase the intensity of your workouts after indulging in heavy foods. It seems like a logical approach: the more calories you put in, the more you need to burn off. Not so, says a new study. Findings show that having a healthy diet is enough to compensate for the occasional indulgence.

    Researchers created a mathematical model of human metabolism, playing around with different formulas to see what dietary changes need to happen before weight gain occurs. What they discovered is that the body doesn't tally calories precisely as once believed. As long as an individual's long-term calorie intake remains constant, diets can vary by 600 calories (plus or minus) on a daily basis. In the study, small fluctuations of 600 calories led to "negligible weight gain" over a 10-year period.

    Researchers believe that little to no weight gain occurs because healthy individuals usually "undereat" one day and "overeat" on another. So in the end, it

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  • Speak Up: What Song Pumps You Up?

    Nearly everybody has one - a motivational song that can get you through anything. It's the song you reach for when you're 15 minutes into your run and you're starting to drag a bit, but you're not quite ready to throw in the towel. I've admittedly watched enough Live with Regis and Kelly to know that Kelly Ripa turns to the Rocky movie theme song, "Gonna Fly Now." Envisioning herself in gray sweats running up and down the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, she powers her way through the rest of her exercise routine.

    Other popular invigorating tunes are The Who's "Baba O'Riley," Guns 'n' Roses' "Paradise City," and Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger." I get my motivation from current pop songs like Vampire Weekend's "A-Punk" and The White Stripes' "Blue Orchid," though a good dose of Michael Jackson or Black Eyed Peas always gets my motor running. Now tell, everyone, what's your go-to inspirational workout song?

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  • Halloween Survival Tip: Wait to Buy Your Candy

    There are two topics discussed all year long at my house: birthday party planning and Halloween costumes. And although my daughters have put their candy requests in - they would like to hand out Kit Kats and Starbursts - I have dug in my heels on this one. I am not buying any candy until the last minute, which is hard for me since I am a planner. I know that mini treats often lead to over indulgence, and I can be weak when it comes to chocolate. The candy calls to me from the pantry, and I end up eating a good-sized portion of those miniatures before a single trick-or-treater rings my doorbell. FAIL. This year, I'm playing it safe. If the candy is not in my house, I cannot eat it. I do trust that I can make it through one night with the sweets in my house, so I will be buying my Halloween candy on Oct. 30. Unless you have an iron clad will, I suggest you do the same.

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