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Training Tips from Jennifer Van Allen of @RunnersWorld (Part 2) #runchat #sweatybetties 1

Brooklyn Fit Chick Special Interview!

Jennifer Van Allen

Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World and author of Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

 

Runner's World August 2013

Runner’s World August 2013

Hey Gang!

Today I am featuring the second part of my interview with Jennifer Van Allen (Special Projects Editor) of Runner’s World where she talks about her favorite training tips for runners. Please know that you should plan to run frequently for at least a year before planning your first marathon.

Enjoy!

Jennifer Van Allen/Runner’s World

Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner's World

Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World

 

Completing a marathon is an amazing, life-changing experience. Covering 26.2 miles (a distance most people hate to even drive!) on foot helps you discover just how strong you are, how much more powerful you are than you could have ever possibly imagined. And once you make those discoveries on the road, that new sense of power, and self-confidence spills over into other corners of your life – your friendships, your career, your love life, etc.   Every finish line is just the start of a whole new adventure.

However, we typically recommend that you have at least one year of experience running regularly (3 to 5 times per week), then follow at least a 16-week training program to prepare for the event. (Runner’s World offers over a dozen marathon training plans, for people of all abilities and level of fitness at runnersworld.com/trainingplans.com)

We also offer the Runner’s World Challenge, an online coaching service for folks training for marathons and half-marathons. http://www.runnersworld.com/challenge

For half-marathons, it’s best if you have at least six months to a year of experience running regularly, and follow a 10 to 14-week training program. (RW has over a dozen of those plans too at runners world.com/trainingplans).

Why bother with a training plan?

A plan helps you gradually build up the fitness you need to cover 13.1 or 26.2 miles feeling strong without getting hurt. One of the biggest challenges of training for a long-distance race is getting to the starting line injury free. Many runners run too many miles too fast, before their bodies are ready, or without giving them enough opportunity to recover, and they develop overuse injuries, like shin splints, IT band syndrome, plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, etc. That’s because the musculoskeletal system (bones, ligaments, joints) take much longer to adapt to running than the cardiovascular system (the heart and the lungs.)

So, with a training plan you gradually build your mileage, starting with 20 to 30 miles per week with a 10-mile long run, and peaking with a 50 to 60-mile week with a 20-mile long run. Most plans also have a built in taper, a period of reduced mileage in the weeks before the race, to give your body a chance to recover from the work it’s endured, and rest up for the race effort ahead. Most importantly, the plan will feature longer two to three-hour runs to prepare your feet, lungs, legs, heart, and head for the challenge of covering the race distance.

Those long runs are “race rehearsals,” so in addition to getting accustomed to spending hours on your feet, as you’ll have to do on race day, you’ll also get an opportunity to try out different type of gear, shoes, apparel, and fueling. There are so many different products on the market. There’s no one product that’s best for everyone. So you have to find out what product is best for you.

One of the key aspects of training is learning how to eat on the run. When you’re on the road for more than 75 minutes at a time, you’ll need to refuel with 30 to 60 grams of carbs/hour on the road. This helps keep your energy levels stable all the way to the finish, so you avoid hitting the fabled “wall.” Many people use products like energy gels, sports drinks, chews, and even real food to do this. It’s important to start regularly fueling about 30 minutes into the long run or race, and keep refueling at regular intervals all the way to the finish. If you wait until you’re tired or hungry, it’s too tough to catch up.

A lot of the race day advice boils down to “do what’s worked for you during training.” Each person is different in terms of the types of foods they can tolerate while they’re on the road. So it takes time to test out different products to figure out what works for you.

Thank you again Jennifer!!!!

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Interview with Jennifer Van Allen of Runner’s World @runnersworld #runchat #sweatybetties 0

Brooklyn Fit Chick Special Interview

Jennifer Van Allen

Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World and author of Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon and Half-Marathon Training

Runner's World August 2013

Runner’s World August 2013

Hey Gang!

I am planning on walking either my first marathon or half-marathon this coming Saturday with Walk the Walk NYC and decided that I needed the best of the best to advise me on how to train and what to expect for my big first—whatever it turns out to be. (Check out my latest Vlog where I go into my dilemma in more detail.)

So the good people at Runner’s World offered me a chance to interview their Special Projects Editor, Jennifer Van Allen who in turn gave me so much great information that I am posting this in two parts. Wee!

Today Jennifer advises gives us her best tips for handling your first marathon and half-marathon. Tomorrow will feature her advice for proper training techniques. Enjoy and happy running (or walking!)

 

Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner's World

Jennifer Van Allen/Special Projects Editor of Runner’s World

RUNNER’S WORLD TIPS FOR MARATHONS & HALF-MARATHONS

Even for seasoned racers, the days before a marathon or half-marathon can be stressful. With all the hope and hard work that you invested in your goal event, you want to arrive at the starting line feeling calm, healthy, and ready to run your best. Here are a few reminders to keep you on track in the critical days and hours before the starting gun fires, and to help you recover after you cross the finish line.

THE DAYS BEFORE THE RACE

Don’t do anything new. Race day isn’t the time to try new shoes, new food or drinks, gear, or anything else you  haven’t used on several training runs. Stick with the routine that works for you.

Don’t overdo the expo. Pick up your race number, but give yourself a time limit and stick to it. Get off your feet and relax before the race.

Graze, don’t chow down. Rather than devouring a gigantic bowl of pasta the night before the race, which could upset your stomach, try eating carbs in small increments throughout the day before the race.

Put your hands on your bib and chip. The night before the race, put your chip on your shoes, and fasten your bib on to your clothes. Those are two supplies you must have at the starting line. Don’t show up without them!

RACE DAY

Don’t overdress. It will probably be cool at the start, but don’t wear more clothing than you need. Dress for 20 degrees warmer than it is outside. To stay warm at the start, bring clothes that you can throw off after the first few miles.

Set at least two goals. Set one goal for a perfect race and another as a backup in case it’s hot, windy, or it’s just not your day. If something makes your first goal impossible halfway through the race, you’ll need another goal to motivate you to finish strong.

Fix it sooner, not later. If your shoelace is getting untied, or you start to chafe early in the race, take care of it before it becomes really painful later in the race.

Line up early. You don’t want to be rushing to the starting line, so don’t wait for the last call to get there.

Start slow, and stay even. Run the first 2 to 3 miles 10 to 15 seconds slower than goal pace, with the idea that you’ll finish strong. Don’t try to “bank” time by going out faster than your goal pace. If you do that, you risk burning out early. Try to keep an even pace throughout the race, and save your extra energy for the last few miles.

AFTER THE RACE

Keep moving. Get your medal and keep walking for at least 10 minutes to fend off stiffness and gradually bring your heart rate back to its resting state.

Refuel. Within 30 minutes of finishing, refuel with carbs and sources of lean protein. If you can’t eat post-race, pack a recovery drink in your gear bag. Within a few hours try to eat a regular healthy meal with carbs and protein.

Get warm. Change out of the clothes you ran in, and get into dry clothes as soon as possible. After you cross the finish line, your core temperature will start to drop fast, and keeping sweaty clothes on will keep you cold.

The next day, get going. As sore as you might feel the day after the marathon, it’s important to do some sort of nonimpact activity like swimming, cycling, or working out on the elliptical trainer. The movement will increase circulation to your sore muscles and help you bounce back sooner. Just keep the effort level easy.

 

That’s all for today! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the rest of Jennifer’s advice for training. (Thanks Jennifer!)

 

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 43 Featuring @Fitbloggin Goodie Bag, Maria Menounos’ Laugh and @Walk theWalk NYC 9

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 43

Featuring: A Fitbloggin’ Goodie Bag Giveaway, Maria Menounos’ Laugh Plus (Maybe) Walking My First Marathon

 

Enter to win this goodie but not the kitty cat. (She is high maintenance anyway!)

Enter to win this goodie but not the kitty cat. (She is high maintenance anyway!)

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

 

How are you guys? I am posting a quick Blog post today because I was out in the sun having too much fun in Prospect Park with my Peeps and forgot to get something ready for my weekly Vlog—oops! So let me just say that you have until Monday, July 15th at Noon to enter to win my goodie bag from this year’s Fitbloggin. (Check the right hand side and look for episode 42 of my Vlog for the full details.)

Contents of this here goodie bag are:

 

Anyhoo—back to this week’s Vlog post (which I filmed after getting in waaaaaaay too much sun) where I talk about the following things:

  • My nest reviews which include Fitness and Women’s Health magazines.
  • Maria Menounos and her distinct laugh.
  • Walking my first marathon Walk the Walk America
  • My upcoming interview with Jennifer Van Allen of Runners World magazine

 

 

Thanks for coming back and I will be back here next week after (possibly) walking my first marathon. (Guess I should have trained more for it?)

 

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick “Ventura Highway” Playlist featuring Robin Thicke, Jake Bugg, Jamie N Commons and Bowie! 5

BROOKLYN FIT CHICK’S WORKOUT PLAYLIST

“Ventura Highway”

50-Minute Intervals Ride

 

Bowie

Bowie

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

Recently I found a playlist a colleague of mine left behind at the gym and found a plethora of new tunes that I needed to check out right away.

Sooooo—today’s list is a 50-minute interval ride with more flat roads at high speeds than heavy resistance climbing. It starts off with a remix of a mellow 70s songs that I love to death and finishes with a favorite “Babooey” tune. So let’s get to it!!

  • Ventura Highway(Deepsky’s Blizzard Remix): America

This song is a new favorite discovery for me. It’s just so light and sweet and makes me want to wear a poncho and sit by a campfire.

 

 

  • Rumble and Sway: Jamie N Commons

“Don’t you give me no truth I want all of your lies—whoo hoo!” (Tell me this doesn’t make your butt wiggle a bit!)

 

  • Short Skirt/Long Jacket: Cake

The video for this one always makes me smile.

 

 

  • Once in a Lifetime: Talking Heads

I usually play the live version because it rocks too freaking hard!

 

 

  • I Am One: The Smashing Pumpkins

Back in the day I would play this song at full volume tearing down the California highway. (Good times…)

 

  • Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke

Here comes the dirty video!!!

 

  • Lightning Bolt:  Jake Bugg

No this is not Bob Dylan but rather a teenager from England–really!

 

 

  • Just Like a Pill: P!nk

Love, love, love this song to death.

 

 

  • Heroes: David Bowie

The second climb of the ride is a long, windy one and features this tune by one of my favorite artists of all time.

 

 

  • Snow (Hey Oh): Red Hot Chili Peppers

I know all of their songs sound the same but they also all sound good IMHO.

 

 

  • My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark: Fall Out Boy

This has to be my favorite tune of the summer of 2013.

 

 

  • Helen Wheels: Paul McCartney & Wings

My favorite Beatle performs this (one more before we cool down) ditty. (Seriously, how cute is he?)

 

 

  • Baker Street: Gerry Rafferty

Okay Howard Stern fans—when you hear the sax sing “Ba Ba Ba ba booooooooey!”

 

So what do you think of my list? Remember to send me your favorite tunes in the comments below.

 

Until next time…

 

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with @JillianMichaels on the Cover! 10

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape: July/August 2013

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood

Jillian Michaels photographed by Don Flood

 

Shape Cover Star for July/August:

Jillian Michaels is on the cover and looking mighty fit in a bikini. Jillian a busy mother of two young kids and knows how hard it is to fit in a workout—even just 30 minutes. Here she gives advice for staying healthy while heading out on the open road for summer vacation.

Shape also has an exclusive body sculpting routine in this issue which you can see here.

 

Jillian Michaels 001

 

So what else is inside the July/August Shape?

“Hit Your Stride”

Do you have a Cybex machine at your gym and are not sure how to get the best workout in your lunch hour? Try out the advice here given by Angela Corcoran, director of education for Cybex.

Cybex 001

 

“Biceps Curl”

Jay Cardiello (http://cardiellofitness.com/) offers three types of bicep curls to get you strong and toned.

 Biceps 001

 

“2013 Shape Snack Awards”

Shape found the best “good-for-you noshes” that you can find at your local grocery store.

Shape food awards 001

 

“In the Swim”

Ooh, a pool sounds so refreshing right now—doesn’t it?  Here we get advice from Olympian Natalie Coughlin.

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“Take a Seat”

Pull up a seat for your next workout created by Melissa Chiz of Zumba (this looks fun!)

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“Surf’s Up!”

Jessica Bellofatto of KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton, NY combines yoga moves with her love of surfing with the poses you see here.

Surf Up Yoga Athletica 001

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

  • “Give Your Beach Bag a Checkup” Shape offers advice on how to what to pack in your tote for a fun day in the sun.
  • “At-Home Solutions” Lotions and potions that will make you even more gorgeous than you already are (how is THAT possible?)
  • “A Lifetime of Good Skin” What you need to do in your 20s, 30s and 40s to keep your complexion in top shape.

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  Lots of workouts featured here and informative article aplenty. This made me happy!

 

Have you read the July/August Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

 

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 42 Featuring @Fitbloggin Goodie Bag Giveaway! @Reebok @attunefoods 28

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 42

Featuring: My Super-Duper Fitbloggin’ Goodie Bag Giveaway

You can enter to win everything except the cat. She stays with me.

You can enter to win everything except the cat. She stays with me.

 

 Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am back and self-hosted ladies and gents! That’s right—Brooklyn Fit Chick is now its own thing and I could not be more thrilled—freedom!!! So in the next few weeks you might see some bumps and bruises of this little site exposed to the whole world but I am learning the ropes as I go along. Please forgive any typos or technological hiccups you see along the way. It should like spiffy and clean very soon.

A BIG thank you to Janice Luke-Smith of Borden Lane Solutions who helped me out on a moment’s notice and got me up and running in TWO DAYS—thank you Janice! Seriously, if any of you need help with your web pages—I say check her out first. You will be glad you did!

I also want to give a big shot out to Shelton Koskie of EightyGrit who talked me off the ledge when my old site had issues. He is an expert with WordPress and really knows how to maximize a site’s marketing potential. Thank you Shlton!!

Today I want to offer part of my goodie bag from Fitbloggin as my official giveaway this week. Whoo hoo!

In this goodie bag you could enter to win:

 

This week’s Blog post:

 Link here to the You Tube clip: http://youtu.be/Glmvd8bEBXg

 

 

Okay—got that? So if you want to win this goodie bag you must do the following to be in consideration.

That’s it! I will pick one winner next Monday, July 15th (Continental U.S. only please!) and contact them via e-mail. Good luck!

 

Until next time…

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What Did We Learn This Month? @MensHealthMag @MensFitness @MensJournal 6

What Are the “Men’s” Teaching Us This Month?

Recaps of Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health and Men’s Journal

Hi Gang!

It’s been ages since I devoted this space to just the “Men’s” titles so why the hell not break it out again today? If you are ready—I am ready.

Let’s get to this thing!

Hugh Jackman photographed by Ben Watts

Hugh Jackman photographed by Ben Watts

Men’s Fitness: June 2013

  •  Hugh Jackman: Wolverine!! The buff actor follows the “8-Hour Diet” plan which means he eats up to 6000 calories per day in an 8-hour window of time and works out like a madman to get into A-Lister shape.  Honestly—is there anyone more charming than Hugh Jackman? No. Such. Thing.
  • “10 Diets We Won’t Be Trying This Summer” I love how snarky the “men’s” magazines can be and this page made me crack up. For example, about “The Air Diet” –Perfect for guys who love cooking but hate the annoying eating part that inevitably follows… Well done Men’s Fitness!
  • “Fitlandia” Portland, Oregon is declared by Men’s Fitness as the “Fittest City” for men. See how your city ranked here.  (El Paso, TX is the fattest by the way.)
  • “7 Ultimate Guy Getaways” Ideas for dudes who want to take the average week off and make it the experience of a lifetime.
  • “The Fascia and the Furious” If you own a foam roller (and if not, why the hell not?) then you know how important it is to keep your fascia (the tight band around the outside of your legs) in top shape.
  • “6 Week Slimdown” A workout you can take to the outdoors to get in the best shape of your life.
  • “The Wolverine Workout” Hugh Jackman’s trainer David Kingsbury offers his classic strength-building workout. Wolverine!!!!

You can check out Men’s Fitness: www.mensfitness.com

Chris Pine photographed by Ture Lillegraven

Chris Pine photographed by Ture Lillegraven

Men’s Health: June 2013

  • Chris Pine: Kirk!  Chris Pine has survived tough reviews of his work (being called a “chia pet” by one critic for his work in Princess Diaries 2—ouch!) and he is now a hot, in-demand actor who happens to play one of the most famous Captains in history. You can try out his personal workout which is featured in the magazine. (FYI-I would probably have sex with him if he was obliging.)
  • Ed Helms: One of my favorite comedic actors is also a bluegrass musician (who knew?) and is about to embark on a whole new stage of his life after The Office and The Hangover.
  • “Her Sex Lies Exposed” Three women were asked questions while hooked to a polygraph (which are total nonsense by the way) and asked how they really feel about sex and stuff.
  • “Bar Exam” The latest health bars are rated here for best snacking potential that is also healthy.
  • “How to do Everything Better” Men’s Health talks about how to do a whole bunch of things “better” including waging a water balloon wars and getting critters out of your home.
  • “Be a Pop Star” Awwww, here we get advice on men can bet better father’s to their children based on the age and development level of the child.
  • “Win the War in Your Gut” Having fought the “gut” battle in the past—I can personally attest to how important it is to pay attention to the good& bacteria in your belly.

Check out Men’s Health online: www.MensHealth.com

Keith Richards photographed by Peter Lindbergh

Keith Richards photographed by Peter Lindbergh

Men’s Journal: July 2013

  • Keith Richards: True story—once when I was teenager my mother called me into the living room yelling “you need to see this!” Turns out Keith Richards was being interviewed on television and she could not understand “how the dead can talk.” Well Keith is STILL alive and kicking thankyouverymuchmom and he is rather sanguine about getting older and still rockin’.
  • “Attack on Everest” Holy sh*t! Sherpas are starting to attack climbers on Mount Everest. The topic of overcrowding in the famous mountain is explored here.
  • “How to Blow $100 on Fireworks” This is NOT an article you would find in a woman’s magazine!
  • “The Complex Truth About Low Testosterone” Hormone replacement is being talked about with greater frequency in the media as a wonder cure—but there still isn’t any consensus on who actually needs to use it and when.
  • “Paleo Converts” More and more distance athletes are trying out the Paleo meal plan to gain an edge in competitions. But do they actually work?
  • “50 Great American Places” Looking for vacation ideas? Try one of these groovy spots you can find in the good old U.S.A.

Check out Men’s Journal online www.MensJournal.com

 

 

That’s all she wrote for today folks. Be sure to check back for more recaps soon.

Until next time…

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 39 @SweatyBetties @BexLife, Reggie Bush, @BrettHoebel @DosCaminos @OxygenMagazine 15

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 39

Featuring: Fun with Sweaty Betties, The Biggest Loser’s Brett Hoebel, MISSION Endura Cool Gear, Reggie Bush and

Sad News about Oxygen magazine

Sweaty Betties & Social Academy Madison Square Park NYC

Sweaty Betties & Social Academy Madison Square Park NYC

 

 

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

I am back to my regular Blog schedule and happy to be reporting back to all of you. (Woo hoo!) This past week has brought so much unexpected fun that I am not sure where to start. So how about I begin with how my week started, shall I?

This past Monday I woke up to find out via e-mail that Danny J. of The Sweaty Betties (I am an ambassador for them) was not only flying into NYC from Dallas that very afternoon on behalf of The Sweaty Betties business but that she was also planning on staying with me! Yikes! After doing a quick, panicked run around my apartment to make sure it was semi-hospitable for my lovely house guest (this was the first time we met in person) I decided to give up some of my long held phobias about having company over (fearing of judgment is a big deal for me) and embrace the unexpected.

Turns out Danny J. is just about as warm, friendly and fun as a person can possibly be. My cats loved her (which is the BIG test) and I was given the rare privilege to show her how to use the NYC subway system which she took to it right away. Goo Danny!  Follow her on Twitter @SweatyBeitties

While Danny was bopping around New York she brought along with her the tall, gorgeous and immeasurably cool Rebekah Borucki of Bex Life.com who came over and hung out at my place for a spell Tuesday afternoon. (Honestly—Blogging about health & fitness has given me the opportunity to meet the best people in the world!) You can (and really must) follow on Twitter @BexLife.

On Wednesday Danny & Bex set up a get together of women from all over the East Coast (#NextLevelNYC) who have either belonged to the Sweaty Betties in the past or just completed The Social Academy (which I may just have to try out when it starts up again.)

On an unbelievably perfect day we met in Madison Square Park and let me say these are just some of the coolest women I have met in my life (I keep saying that, don’t I?)

Next Level

After a quick yoga/plank competition in the park a group of us had a mighty fine time at Dos Caminos where I sat with a group of Latina women who explained to me the number of names I have mispronounced over the years (I took French—get off my back!)

Outside Dos Caminos

Outside Dos Caminos

(Me with the incredible Danny J. One of us has experience posing effectively on camera. Guess which one?)

Mariette

Madison Square Park #NextLevelNYC

(Me and the lovely Mariette of Namaste Mari with a special photo bomb by Amber of http://exsoycise.com/!)

Now it’s time for me to introduce my Vlog post for this week. Among the highlights:

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post!

That’s it for me this week folks. Talk to you all next week!!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @Shape_Magazine with Britney on the Cover!! #fitbloggin 7

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Shape: June 2013

Britney Spears photographed by Don Flood

Britney Spears photographed by Don Flood

 

 Shape Cover Star for June:

Britney!  Alert all of your gay friends—because the queen of Pop is on the cover of Shape and looking totally amaze balls!  Brit Brit is about to head off to Las Vegas for a two-year deal with Planet Hollywood (they are still around?) so the singer and dancer is going through her paces to get as fit as possible to put on an amazing Extravaganza every night.

Tops on her list for fun active type things to do is yoga and inside we get photos of Britney going through her favorite poses. She practices at the EQI Yoga Studio in Los Angeles with the owner Elizabeth I. (That is not a typo. Really!)

Britney Spears inside 001

So what else is inside the June Shape?

 

“Team Up to Firm Up”

For those looking for a “couple’s” workout—try this one from the insanely gorgeous duo Heidi & Chris Powell who starred in Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Chris’s new book it titled Choose More, Lose More for Life and is on sale now.

Team Up 001

“Walk this Way”

Shirley Archer, author of The Walking Deck: 50 Ways to Walk Yourself Healthy shows how to get ‘a serious sweat session” from a good old-fashioned powerwalk.

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“Rule the Court”

Tips for you wanna be tennis pros from Mary Joe Fernandez, former singles champ and U.S. Fed Cup captain.

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“Tame Your Trouble Zones”

Another fabulous workout from celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels that will help you get a hard body.

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Sarah Chalke

The actress talks about how she stays in shape in spite of a busy life. (She will always be “Becky” from Roseanne to me!)

Sarah Chalke 001

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

  • “Well Suited” Shape asked fashion expert Stacy London to pick the best bathing suit for every figure type.
  • “Nice Hotels Don’t Have Bed Bugs” This month I head to Fitbloggin’ and you just know that I am ripping this page out as a guide for my hotel room. (For sure!)
  • “Surprising Skin Savers” The latest research on the best ways to prevent skin cancer (outside of the usual “wear sunblock and stay the heck out of the sun when you can” stuff)

Follow Shape magazine online at: www.Shape.com

Overall Grade:

A  Tons of good workouts are featured and that always makes me happy. So nice to see Britney looking healthy and strong!

Have you read the June Shape yet? What was your favorite article? Let me know!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @goodhealth Health magazine Jordana Brewster on the cover! 1

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health: June 2013

Jordana Brewster photographed by Matt Jones

Jordana Brewster photographed by Matt Jones

Health Cover Star for June:

 

Jordana Brestwer

Honestly, I do not know how a woman can be more beautiful than Jordana Brewster. I mean—it is almost spooky how lovely she is, no? Anyhoo, I have soooo many friends who will be psyched to see the Fast & Furious 6 star on the big screen once again.

She is the daughter of a Brazilian model so we know where she gets her good looks!

So what else is inside the June Health?

 

“The New Golden Rules of Sun Protection”

The latest and best products for skin care against the summer rays are featured here. (I am a BIG fan of the Vichy spray on sunscreen by the way!)

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“I Want My Great Legs Back!”

I guess Health is assuming many people have lost their great legs? Anyhoo—here we get products to make your legs look tan (without laying out in the sun) and exercises from Harley Pasternak (author of The Body Reset Diet.

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“Modern-Day Health Woes, Solved”

We live in an age where women are expected to wear high heels all of the time, wear earbuds way too loud and often and have a hard time going offline and just relax. I know this article spoke to me!

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“Your Aching Head: A User’s Guide”

I don’t know about you guys but I can get POUNDERS between my eyes on a grey, rainy day so I always appreciate this kind of information.

 

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“Stringer, Slimmer Arms”

Yoga goddess Kristin McGee shows how to strengthen and shape your arms with a few yoga poses.

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

  • “Sneak Peak” A feature on the brightest (and cutest) new sneakers on the market.
  • “Nigella’s Secrets to Delicious, Healthy Eating” The British chef (Nigella Lawson) talks about how to cook lighter fare with tons of flavor. Her newest book is called Nigellissima.
  • “Food Can Make You Feel Better” Here they talk about foods that can pleasantly affect your mood.
  • “Can You Think Yourself Well?” How often is illness mind over matter? Hmmmm?

Follow Heath online at: www.Health.com

Overall Grade:

B+ I still need more workout pages in my healthy lifestyle magazines but this was a big improvement from their last issue. .

Did you see the new Health magazine? What was your favorite section? Are you going to see Fast & Furious 6?

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