What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with @JulianneHough December Issue

What Did We Learn This Month?


December 2014

Julianne Hough photographed by Don Flood.

Julianne Hough photographed by Don Flood.

Shape Cover Star for December 2014:

Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) is a busy gal who tours with her equally famous brother Derek, and is creating a show with him called Blackpool which will be a ballroom dancing drama. In addition to her dancing & singing career Julianne acted in the Footloose reboot and (my personal favorite) the “so bad it is good” Safe Haven. (Get it on Netflix if you ever have the chance. She is fine in the part but the script is amazingly cheesy and awesome!)

The multi-hyphentate is also a workout fiend who keeps in top shape by getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night, eating healthy and dancing as often as she can (even on top of her two-hour shows!)

When home in Los Angeles she prefers works with professional trainer Astrid McGuire and you check out some of their workout in the pages of the December issue.

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What else is in this issue of Shape?

“Long and Lean”

Sadie Lincoln is the founder of barre3 studio (there are over 70 locations!) and she offers to Shape a few exercises she prefers to keep her muscles “long and lean.”

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Shape Gift Guide:Tone Up Fast”

I literally want every single item from this page. Every. Single. Item. (Who is going to be my Secret/Awesome Santa this year?)

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 “Flat Abs Fast”

Every day it seems I reading more and more about New York City-based trainer Adam Rosante who has a book coming out in March called The 30-Second Body. Here he gives us his favorite moves to get your abs tight.

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“Jump to a Hot Body”

If you ever want to watch me make a total fool out of myself—ask me to demonstrate the proper way to jump rope. I am sort of a deranged 4th grader when it comes to skipping rope and would rather NOT do it at such a high level.

However, I know it is a fantastic workout and this program developed by Punk Rope creator Tim Haft looks like it would whip anyone into fighting form,

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

  • “How Can I Ramp Up Results to Get Toned Fast?” If you are looking to get your strength training up a notch—try out these tips from Shape expert Jay Cardiello.
  • “Pretty in Picturs” Good tips on how to take better selfies.
  • “Sneaky Health Threat: Your Vacuum” Did you know that Hoover can “spit bacteria and dust back into the room?” Well, you do now. (Cleaning out mine right now.)

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A The December issue brought it big-time with the good workouts and useful information. Plus, the gift guide was tops!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @goodhealth Health mag with Jewel on the cover #fitblog

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health: May 2013

Jewel photographed by Matt Jones

Jewel photographed by Matt Jones

Health Cover Star for May:



Jewel is stretching her artistic muscles by portraying June Carter Cash in the Lifetime TV movie Ring of Fire (check out a preview link here!) When she is not on the road playing music or acting you can find Jewel and her family on her ranch in Texas where she likes to just hang out and watch Iron Chef on TV.

Jewel is known for her great curves which she embraces thoroughly. “Our bodies are our bodies. And they’re beautiful whether you’re more hippy, or bosomy or you’ve got a belly,’ says the  songstress.

Here is a photo of Jewel with her husband Ty Murray and totally adorable son Kase.

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So what else is inside the May Health?


“What Doctors Don’t Tell You (but Should)”

Dr. Danielle Ofri (a general Internist based in New York City) talks about how to get the most out of your doctor’s visits. Plus, the reason you need to get a check-up every year and the signs your physician is not giving you the right amount of attention.

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“Do Trendy Diets Work?”

Every week there seems to be a new juice cleanse to try out or sweaty workout that will help you drop pounds in a flash. Which of the new trends will actually bring long-lasting change? Check it out here.

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“10 Ways to Look Great This Summer”

Summer sweat doesn’t have to interfere with your beauty—work with it using these tips and tricks.

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“Your Hormones: A User’s Guide”

The new thing to look into these days is hormone levels as they can affect your weight, skin, mood—just about everything. Learn all about hormones here!


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“Dance Yourself Slim”

Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke created this salsa-based workout to help you shimmy yourself to good health.


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

  • “Get Gorgeous While You Sleep” The latest beauty products that work overtime and overnight to get you looking lovely by the morning.
  • “Fix It With Fitness” Some of the most common ailments (including sleepiness and back pain) can be eased with the right workout. Check out what you should do here.
  • “Your Healthy Gardening Guide” I have a black thumb but maybe I should take the advice from the editors of both Health and This Old House in this feature.
  • “Allergy-Proof Your Day” Ugh—this season I need to read as many of these articles as I can. Grrr.

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B Really lacking in workout pages this month. What gives Health?

Did you see the new Health magazine? What was your favorite section? Are you a Jewel fan?

Ox ox,

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