What Did We Learn This Month? @Goodhealth Health Magazine with Hilary Duff!


What Did We Learn This Month?


December 2014

Hilary Duff photographed by Cliff Watts

Hilary Duff photographed by Cliff Watts

Health Cover Star for December:

So have I ever told you guys about my Hilary Duff story? Ten years ago I was working for a teen magazine that is sadly no longer with us (RIP YM!) and once we had the teen queen on our cover.

Hillary was promoting her first album and had a big time CD signing at Virgin Records store in Times Square to celebrate. (Oy, that sentence seems so antiquated now!) Anyhoo– my colleague and I took a stack of magazines over with her smiling face on the cover to see if we could possibly get them autographed for the staff at YM.

I suppose we should have known better than to think we could just show up and say “Hi, we work at a magazine. Can we meet Hillary?” In fact—her security team kept us quite a bit away from the Duffster as she was being greeted by thousands of screaming fans (more than a few crying at the very sight of their teen idol.)

When we were finally able to get a close up look at the star we were told the line was closed and that Hilary had to leave right away. Let’s just say a few young fans were rather heartbroken and the energy changed from super exciting to rather stale and depressing in no time.

The one cool thing that happened though was that a NYC cop yelled out he was a big fan and Hilary leapt over to pose for a few photos with him for the fans who could not get an autograph which I thought was rather sweet.

I will also say my friend and I were worried about the teen star as that up close you could see how tired she was and terribly thin as well. Like scary skinny.

So it makes me so happy to see her now as a fully functioning adult (a mom nonetheless!) looking so happy and healthy inside the magazine.

Anyhoo—Hilary has a new show coming out in January called Younger and it is being produced by Darren Star who only created Sex & the City, people!

So yay Hilary!

Now, what else is inside the December Health?

“Sweat When You’re Sick”

If there is one question I get this time of year as an instructor it’s “hey—can I workout with a cold?” Well I will tell them all to check out the new Health magazine and find out for themselves. You can see it here, however!

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Health Holiday Gift Guide

Of all of their holiday picks for this season I like this page the most. (And I need to get that trigger point foam roller!)

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“I Want Killer Legs”

Yoga diva Kristin McGee shows us why she has some seriously nice gams.

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15 Minutes to a Better Body

Tracy Anderson, official FOG (Friend of Gwyneth), demonstrates some neat core moves you can do just about anywhere when you only have 15 minutes to fit in a workout.

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And now the rest of the best of this issue of Health:

  • “Your Breathing: A User’s Manual” I have about every single nasal issue you can imagine so I appreciated this article which talks about all sorts of breathing issues.
  • “Thinner by Dinner!” I am a little obsessed with body shapers and some of the brands featured here look good and are affordable. (Win/win)
  • “Too Many Scans?” Know what to ask your doctor the next time you are scheduled for a CT scan.

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B + I liked the gift guide very much and the health features but the workouts were lacking for me. See you next month Health!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 101: “Wobble Board” Challenge, Spin Class Fail, Yoga DVD Giveaway & More!

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode #101

My Go Fit Wobble Board Challenge, Spin Class Video Fail, Students With Body Dysmorphia (Fellow Instructors—Please Help Me!)

Book Vs Movie Podcast Takes on “Oz”

Plus: Element: 5-Day Yoga DVD Giveaway!

Enter to win this yoga DVD!

Enter to win this yoga DVD!

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am back in the saddle of Blogging and Vlogging and have SO much to tell you all that I think I am going to burst! It’s been a hectic week here and I have much to share (including a new yoga DVD giveaway) so let’s get to it shall we?

  • My Go Fit Wobble Board Self-Challenge: For almost three years now I have been working at a standing desk which I thought would help my core but lately realize that I am still not engaging myself proprioceptively—in other words my sense of balance is hardly ever challenged and my shoulders are showing signs of not-cute stooping. YIKES! So I am challenging myself to try and balance on a Go Fit wobble board whenever I am checking e-mails at my desk. It’s been two days so far and let me tell y’all—standing on a wobble board is hard as hell! So far I have found it to be a humbling experiment but I am going to report back to you all in one month to let you know my progress with it. (Shoot–now I am making myself accountable, huh?)
  • Whoa-This is a Spin Class FAIL: I have seen this video of a super-rowdy spin class all over the place and boy do I hate to be the spoil sport here but this is NOT a regulation indoor cycling class. I have been teaching for almost 10 years now and can spot terrible form all over the room (with WAY too much stress upper back/trapezius muscles) and the moves are just not safe! Okay, yes—they are exercising and having fun. The spirit in the room is truly inspiring, but I have to say that beware of any spin class where you are out of the saddle and doing crazy moves. (And for love of all that is healthy and sane in this world—enough with the damn “push-ups” on handlebars!) I go into more detail in the Vlog below on why this video is a big bucket of NOPE in my book.
  • Students With Possible Body Dysmorphia: Fellow instructors please help me! I have a student who takes my boot camp class who is so upset about wanting to lose five pounds she wants to drop my class because I am not “intense” enough for her. Let me make this clear—if I thought I was the issue I would walk away and wish her well. But this young lady does NOT need to lose weight and I am worried she has body dysmorphia. I am not her therapist but feel a responsibility towards her. Any advice for me on how I should handle this situation? Thank you in advance!!

And now for more fun topics!

  • Book vs. Movie “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”: Up next on the Book vs. Movie podcast Margo P. (aka “She’s Nacho Mama”) and I are taking on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (the 1900 book and the 1939 classic film) with the episode to drop on iTunes and Sticher this Friday evening November 14th. Let me say this—if you think the book that was the source for movie The Wizard of Oz was sweet & fun you have NO idea how truly twisted the Frank L. Baum classic is. So hang tight for that episode and if you haven’t done so already feel free to “like” our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. (Namaste!)
  • 5-Day Yoga DVD Giveaway: Do you promise yourself to make more time for yoga and yet can never seem to fit it into your day? (Hanging my head in shame..) Then this is the giveaway you have been waiting for because today I am giving one copy of Element: 5-Day Yoga to one lucky person this week. Check out how to win from the Vlog below and good luck to all of you. (Well—the Continental U.S. peeps as they are the only ones who can enter this giveaway!)

Now on to this week’s Vlog and giveaway details!


More Information about the Element: 5-Day Yoga DVD giveaway:


BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The idea of finding 90 minutes for a weekly yoga class is enough to keep many people from going at all. A little yoga every day may work better as a more achievable goal. Los Angeles based yoga and mind/body expert Ashley Turner’s newest DVD, “Element: 5 Day Yoga” is the first in the series to be made up of five easily customizable fifteen-minute sessions. They may be done one per day or strung together in any combination and order. All five segments may be played from start to finish for a thorough 75-minute practice.  “Element: 5 Day Yoga” will be available in stores and on Amazon for $14.98 (suggested retail price) beginning December 2, 2014 from Anchor Bay Entertainment. As with all Element DVDs, “5 Day Yoga” was filmed in a lush, tranquil location overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

There are 5 different 15-minute sessions to choose from:

Strength + Stamina focuses on toning the lower body with a strong series of standing poses.

Energy + Flexibility is an energizing and uplifting sequence designed to increase flexibility, release physical tension.

Core Power fires up the abdominals, hitting them from every angle.

Stretch + Restore targets the whole back side of body to unwind tightness and improve posture. This unique series systematically releases tension commonly held in the upper back, shoulders and neck. It is revitalizing and rejuvenating.

Stress Relief + Meditation is a perfect combination of standing and seated poses to flush out stress followed by a simple, potent breath meditation for calm clarity.

Each segment begins with a short warm up and ends with a brief savasana.

Ashley Turner is a Los Angeles-based yoga instructor with a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in depth (Jungian) psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She holds a private practice as a Marriage + Family Psychotherapy Registered Intern. Turner was formally trained in classical Ashtanga Yoga by Baba Hari Das (Mt. Madonna). She completed advanced Vinyasa training with Shiva Rea and has studied extensively with Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, Mark Whitwell, Ram Dass and Krishna Das. Turner leads workshops all over the world. Named the “#2 Online Influencer for Stress Relief” by Sharecare.com, Turner’s clients have included Michelle Branch, Tony Horton and Pete Yorn.

{Just a note—Anchor Bay Entertainment is not sponsoring this post and will ship the DVDdirectly to the winner. This giveaway is only available in the Continental United States.}

If you want to win a copy of the 5-Day Yoga DVD featured in the Vlog above you must do the following (Continental United States only, please!)

  • Post a comment below (on this post) letting me know you are interested.
  • Send a comment on Twitter and say “I want to win the ‘5-Day Yoga’ DVD by @anchorbayent from @brooklynfitchik”
  • If you haven’t already—let me know you are subscribing to my You Tube channel

I will pick one winner at random on Monday, November 17, 2014 at NOON Eastern Time and contact them directly. Good luck!

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