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August 22, 2014

Burn 300 Calories In No Time!

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Wondering whats the quickest and most efficient way to burn 300 calories in your workout session? Fitsugar saves the day by putting together a chart that breaks down exactly how many minutes it takes specific exercises to burn off 300 calories. You may be surprised that your P90X class doesn’t measure up to some basic exercises like jumping rope. Use your gym time wisely by studying this life saver chart below;

 

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Were you surprised by how long it takes for any of the exercises to burn those calories? If so , which one(s)?

Fit With Fallon: Transforming the Mind & Body with Yoga

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I remember the very first time I did yoga. I invited my friend to come with me to try it out. At the end of the hour class, the instructor dimmed the lights as we all laid in our pose of choice. I just laid on my back, I didn’t understand the concept of meditation, so I just prayed to God and relaxed. When I opened my eyes, I realized the class was over, the lights were on, my friend was gone,  and I guess I had fallen asleep. lol.

Since then, I realized I need more yoga in my life, not just for my body, but for the mind. The word yoga means “yoking together”. Yoga is a physical and mental spiritual practice or discipline that aims to transform the body & mind. Yoga occurs when the mind is “still”.

I like to compare my mind to a 5 lane highway, I have constant different thoughts going on in each lane.  When someone asks “what are you thinking?” And people respond with “nothing” I just can’t understand, I am always thinking. Racing thoughts often keep me awake at night. So falling asleep in my first yoga class helped me “still” my mind, which I so desperately was in need of.

 

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Yoga has many elements to it. One element that we often associate yoga to is “Asana” which are the yoga poses.

These physical yoga poses are designed to help master the body and enhance the body’s functions. Yoga exercises help with creating strength and endurance, improving circulation and energy flow, expanding muscles and joints. It is also said to help “cleanse” the organs and other systems.

Yoga was created thousands of years ago from the need to help create a healthy body. When the body is stressed with tension, and disease, it is believed to get in the way of achieving inner peace.

Some physicians even prescribe yoga to patients as a complimenting intervention who suffer from; cancer, asthma, heart disease, depression and schizophrenia.

Even if you are in good health, I suggest trying yoga. A lot of local gyms that offer group classes will have a couple variations of yoga classes. If you have tried it before,  and it just didn’t do it for you, try a different form of yoga like Antigravity yoga, which looks like Circus Soleil, or even Bikram yoga where the room is heated like a sauna.

That being said, I headed to the beach this weekend to find some calmness and stillness of my own, and to work on some of my “Asana” moves. Check them out below;

 

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Photographer: Kevin Tello 

What’s your favorite Yoga pose? I love child’s pose, it’s the easiest and most relaxing for me.

August 13, 2014

Zosia Mamet Admits to Serious Eating Disorder

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In the September issue of Glamour, “Girls” star Zosia Mamet reveals she had and still deals with a serious eating disorder that has affected her whole life.

“I was told I was fat for the first time when I was eight.  I’m not fat; I’m never been fat.  But ever since then, there has been a monster in my brain that tells me I am – that convinces me my clothes don’t fit or that I’ve eating too much.”

The 26-year-old went on to say, “At times it has forced me to starves myself, to run extra miles, to abuse my body.”

It wasn’t until her dad made her get help that she realized her disease was affecting everyone, not just her.

“He came home one night from a party, took me by the shoulders, and said, ‘You’re not allowed to die’.  It was the first time I realized this wasn’t all about me.  I didn’t care if I died, but my family did.  That’s the thing about these kind of disorders: They’re consuming; they make you egocentric; they’re all you can see.”

Even though she has been to treatment, it is still a daily battle for her;

“Today I am at a healthy weight, though I realize that my obsession will always be with me in some way.”

For the full interview, make sure to check out Glamour’s September Issue on stands now.

August 11, 2014

Zoe Saldana Has A Hard Time Slowing Down

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It’s not surprise that we all get older; and when most people get older, they tend to slow down.  But not Zoe Saldana.  In an interview with Women’s Health U.K., the Guardians of the Galaxy star admitted her body isn’t what it was years ago, but how she knows she needs to slow down.

The 36-year-old admits;

“My body is less toned.  I do look in the mirror and see things I don’t want.  My first reaction is I breathe and I think, ‘I’m a woman.  I’m 36.  My body is changing.”

Zoe’s level of workouts and how much she works out are based off what her body tells her.

“I’ve learnt to listen to myself, so whenever I don’t feel like doing anything that starts with ‘I should’ then I don’t.”

When this interview took place, the public did not know that Zoe was pregnant, but now that the world knows, you can see why she would want to slow things down.

I’m exactly where I want to be. I do feel beautiful in a way that even when I was working out a whole lot, I sometimes didn’t. Because there have been times that I was really slender and I didn’t like that I sometimes looked a little too muscular and flat chested – you’ll never be completely happy, so at the end of the day it’s like “F**k it. Just be happy, regardless.”

 

Photo Credit: Women’s Health Magazine U.K.

Dr. OZ Dishes On What’s The Right Protein Bar For You

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Protein bars can often-times be glorified candy bars, so beware! Some of them can pack as much sugar and saturated fat than your favorite candy.  Dr. Oz comes to the rescue, and shares his protein bar rules and which maybe the right one for you!

 

Here are the rules when deciding on which protein bar to eat;

  1.  10g Protein or mote. 
  2.  Less than 15g if sugar.
  3.  Less than 4g saturated fat.
  4.  Under 350 calories.

 

Some protein bars don’t even contain protein! and others have more than your daily servings of sugar for the day. Make sure you are looking at the nutrition labels before you take a bite.

Now,  depending on what your goals are will determine which protein bar is right for you. Dr. OZ gives his advice on which one is right for you with 3 categories; Weight loss, energy, or just a snack.

 

Weight Loss;

If you are looking to lose weight, you will need some fiber in your bar of choice, to help you stay full longer without taking in a lot of calories. grams of fiber or more, and if you are not regular going to the bathroom, this will definitely help you out.

Quest bar – coconut 17g of fiber.

FiberOne – chocolate peanut butter, 9g of fiber.

 

Energy;

Need a pick me up, or some energy before you go on your run, choose a protein bar that has 20g of carbs in it. Read more

August 5, 2014

Kim Kardashian Reveals Twenty Pound Weight Gain

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Mrs. Kimye has always seemed to be comfortable in her skin, wearing form fitting, hip hugging and bootylicious types of clothing that puts emphasis on her figure in all the right places! However, Kim Kardashian got real open and honest with her followers recently on her twitter page. It seems that even tho she exudes confidence, she may not be as comfortable in her skin as she portrays.

I guess having a baby, and getting married has added a couple more pounds than Kim would have liked. She tweeted;

 

“Off to an intense workout. Can’t seem to shake this last 15-20 lbs. of baby weight. No more excuses. my baby is 1 years old! UGH, I’m not gonna call it baby weight bc that’s an excuse. I just gained weight & that’s it. Why is it so much harder to lose after baby though?!!”

 

Kim gained 50 pounds during her pregnancy with baby North, and reportedly lost about 43 pounds just a couple of months after giving birth, and if our calculations are right, she must have packed on another 13 or more pounds since.

So what happened? She responds with some more tweeting;

 

“I think after having a baby u get so excited u lost a lot of weight then u get comfortable and eat how you used and it creeps back up….Do any of u moms see their bodies just not the same? a different shape?”  “Ughhhh my hips and butt are huge now! They were big to begin with!”

 

So, is it really harder to lose the weight after having a baby? Is there a difference between getting rid of the extra pounds before compared to after having children? Kathleen Zelman, a Nutritionist explains

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Zoe Saldana’s Guardians of the Galaxy Workout


Zoe Saldana is kicking butt and looking great doing it in the new flick “Guardian Of The Galaxy”. Recently, SHAPE magazine caught up with her personal trainer  Steve Moyer, to find out what secrets he used to whip Zoe into shape. He also dishes on her nutrition plan, and gives great advice on how to fit in a workout when you are short on time.

Shape: What does a typical workout with Zoe entail? Steve Moyer: Generally speaking, we work her full body with an emphasis on staying lean and strong. I like to combine three or four exercises in a row to keep the workout moving and take advantage of the time. When she’s in town, sometimes workouts last a full hour. Sometimes it’s 30 minutes. I’ll do lots of cardio and core if I know I won’t be seeing the client the next day. If I know we are working out on consecutive days, I split the workouts according to body parts. For a full body workout, I like to do a leg exercise like squats, followed by a core exercise like plank push-ups (which also hits the triceps), followed by a cardio exercise, which also targets the legs like Jumping Lunges. That’s a great series that will build strength and endurance and can be a major aid in leaning out and shedding unwanted pounds.

 

Shape: Do you help Zoe with her diet as well? SM: She has used my meal-delivery business before, MoyerMeals. My service is gluten-free, no added sugar, nothing

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Fallon Mercedes is a Celebrity Fitness Reporter.

She is a Certified Personal Trainer who has years of experience in Entertainment Reporting.

Putting her two passions together fitness and celebrity news, she created a unique concept, blog and show called “Fit With Fallon” that educates and inspires individuals to get fit in an entertaining and fun way.
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