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What Have the “Mens” Taught Us This Month? Recaps of @MensFitness @MensHealthMag @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!

The September issues are back and I for one could not be happier—(seriously, summer magazines are just not that interesting.) So today I am devoting my recap to three of the top men’s titles and what they to offer is this month. You’re welcome!

Let’s get to this thing!

Novak Djokovic photographed by Richard Phibbs

Novak Djokovic photographed by Richard Phibbs

Men’s Fitness: September 2013

  •  Novak Djokovic: The Serbian tennis pro is on the cover right now and he talks about his lifelong for all kinds of breads and pastas made him feel sluggish and sickly until adopting a gluten-free lifestyle. He says the path to good health is by changing your diet one step at a time.
  • “10 Most Bizarre Fitness Competitions” Have you heard of the “Wee Men” Australian Dwarf Tossing competition or the “Left Rook” Chess Boxing in London? Check out this article for some more unusual competitions.
  • “Your Own Fitness Trend” Men’s Fitness shows how to take bits and pieces of fitness workouts to make your unique routine.
  • “Natural Selection” Meal suggestions that are high in protein and veggies (my favorite!)
  • “10 Steps to an 8-Pack Abs” Can ladies get these? (Not that I would ever put in the time for it but I am just curious.)

You can check out Men’s Fitness:


Tom Brady photographed by Cliff Watts

Tom Brady photographed by Cliff Watts

Men’s Health: September 2013

  • Tom Brady: Of course the New England Patriots quarterback is on the cover of the Fall Fashion issue—he is sexy and married to a supermodel. Duh! (By the way—go Niners!)
  •  “6 Skills Leaders Know” I will give you three that they list: “Evolve Every Day,” “Lean on Your Team” and “Blaze a Trail”
  • “The Medicine Ball Blaster” Trainer Dan John offers ideas to use a medicine ball in your workouts. (Using some of these in my bootcamp classes for sure…)
  • “Weird Body Noises Explained” Men’s Health uncovers the medical reasons why your knees and ankles pop and you have a ringing  in your ear (among other annoying sounds you might be dealing with right now.)
  • “Worst-Face Scenarios” All kinds of tips for getting rid of skin damage. (I didn’t realize men worry about these things!)
  • “8 Secrets Your Hospital Keeps” If you are terrified of hospitals (and I certainly am) this article will make you stay up at night. For example, your doctor’s hands may be filthy and the hospital food could be even worse than fast food. YIKES!!
  • “How to Sell a Miracle” Even more medical news to scare the reader! Quackery still exists in the “medicine” world and too many people are distrustful of “big medicine” causing unnecessary illness. Oy!
  • “A New War on Sugar” Basically humans are hard-wired to love sugar more than is good for us and many of us are getting fat from it. Here are tips for cutting back on the sweet stuff.
  • “Barefoot Running Stumbles” First of all, those”barefoot running” shoes that were all the rage two years ago looked stupid–we agree on that, right? Now it looks as if they cause more harm than good (allegedly.)

Check out Men’s Health online:


Aston  Martin Vanquish Volante photographed by Anton Watts

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante photographed by Anton Watts

Men’s Journal: September 2013

  •  “Style & Design 2013″ We are talking cars, gear, kitchen gadgets, watches, office chairs, and more in the Men’s Journal annual style & design issue. (Men do love their toys, no?)
  • “24-Hour Sports Rumble” The Fox Sports network aims to take down ESPN by adding celebrity hosts (Regis Philbin?) and having a more fun approach to sports. (Um, okay. But they will never top “30 for 30”  in my opinion.)
  • “The Other White Meat” Recipe ideas for my formerly most-hated vegetable—cauliflower. (Dice and cook it in olive oil and garlic, people!)
  • “The People’s Coast” Must go back to Oregon again—the coastline is beautiful and open to the public!
  • “Massacre in the Himalayans” Holy sh*t! This past June ten mountain climbers were killed in the Himalayas by terrorists with their sole survivor, Zhang Jingchuan, left to talk about the effects on the local community.
  • Sonny Rollins: The jazz legend is featured here in an excellent interview.
  • Nathan Plank: The founder and CEO of Under Armour (which makes great gear by the way) talks about his business ethics and bringing jobs to Baltimore.

Check out Men’s Journal online

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 45: Lights vs. No Lights, “Joe vs. The Volcano” and @NOWFoods Giveaway (Bonus Cat Video) 18

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 45

Featuring: “Lights Versus No Lights” in the Cycling Room, “Joe Versus the Volcano” and My NOW Foods Giveaway

Plus: Bonus Kitty Video (Tuxedo Cat Enchanted by iPad App)


You can win the orange backpack filled with NOW goodies. The kitty stays here with me.

You can win the orange backpack filled with NOW goodies. The kitty stays here with me.

Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This has been an emotional week for me with friends moving to hither and yond but I know that this is a part of life and that (thank goodness!) we live in the 21st Century so goodbyes never have to be final.

I also had a very interesting discussion with a friend of mine who is a fellow instructor and tough as nails as the saying goes. She is one of those “bright lights” people and I would rather live by candlelight if I could (far more forgiving to my Dark Irish looks!)

On top of all that—I have a big orange backpack filled with stuff from the goof folks at NOW Foods who have lots of freebie samples on their Facebook page.

So let’s just dive into today’s post, shall we?

First—I am sad to say the best neighbors in the world (they have lived upstairs from me for five years) have moved to a place called Raleigh, North Carolina and while I am sure it is a nice place—I will miss them terribly and selfishly hope they make it back to Brooklyn one day!


Second—I had lunch with a friend of mine (who is also an instructor) this week and she insists that she teach her indoor cycling classes with the lights on (they are fluorescent lights) so she can see everyone and all of her students can see her. I state that I can see fine if there is an ambient light source (which there is) and that it is more pleasing for the students who often ask for the lights to be turned off during the ride.


My whole life I have had a particular hatred for fluorescent lights and think I can sum up “why” perfectly by showing this scene from one of my favorite movies of all time—Joe Versus the Volcano. (If you are really impatient-just move it to the 3:53 mark and you will see what I am talking about.)


So where on you on this debate? Do you prefer lights off or on during your indoor cycling class? I want to hear from you!

Third—this week’s giveaway! It comes from the good folks at NOW Foods and it is a groovy backpack filled with tons of goodies. (Check out this week’s video post below to see what you can possibly win.)

I am not being paid to sponsor this giveaway. (Please consult your physician about what vitamins and supplements will work best for your lifestyle.)


Here is this week’s Vlog post:


Go that? So all you need to do (Continental U.S. residents only please!) is:

  • Post a comment below.
  • Tweet out your interest to me @BrooklynFitChik and NOW Foods @NOWFoods

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, August 5th by Noon eastern time. Good luck! Enter as often as you like! 

Now for those of you who want to watch a Tuxedo kitty become fascinated by an iPad app that imitates the sound of cats—here you go! (Goodbye E—you were a great neighbor! We will all miss you!)


Until next time…

Ox Ox,


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What Did We Learn This Month? @goodhealth Health magazine with Julia Louis-Dreyfus on the Cover 6

What Did We Learn This Month?

 Health: July/August 2013

Julia Louis-Dreyfus photographed by Cliff Watts

Julia Louis-Dreyfus photographed by Cliff Watts


Health Cover Star for July/August:


Julia Louis-Dreyfus

I have yet to see VEEP but now I am dying to get through every episode because I just love JLD that much! Julia keeps in shape by running (she HATES cycling) and claims to be something of a “binge-knitter.”

So what else is inside the July/August Health?

“Gear Up for the Great Outdoors”

A whole page of cool gadgets and gear that gives me the “I Wants.” (Like those Stella McCartney hiking boots—me like!)

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“Is Something Fishy in the Seafood Aisle?”

Really important article about the safety issues of buying seafood. Read this one if nothing else!

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“How to Read a Label”

Have you wondered what all of those nutritional facts listed on the side of packaged food actually mean? This page will show you what to look for on the label before consuming.

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“Your Joints: A User’s Guide”

My hips and knees can be wonky at times so this information is always useful for me.

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

  • “How to Never Overeat Again” Seems like a big of a stretch to promise that, no?
  • “You Don’t Have to Dread Breast Cancer” Actress Angelina Jolie preventative mastectomy (while controversial) has given many women hope for a longer life and more control over their destiny.
  • “The Must-Eat List” The most healthful packaged foods are featured (including my favorite thing in the world—almond butter. Yum!)

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Overall Grade:

B- Kind of a stingy issue with no workouts. Not my favorite read this month. Looking forward to September though!

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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!)

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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.

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“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)

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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.

Great Legs 001

“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!

Health mysteries 001

“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?

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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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Fitness “Meet & Tweet” Recap! @FitnessMagazine @roccodispirito @DrJAshton @FitBottomedMama 10

Fitness “Meet & Tweet” NYC

Highlights of Blogger Extravaganza Including:

Top Editors from Fitness, Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Rocco DiSpirito

Plus, More Fit Bloggers Than You Can Shake a Stick At!


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Hey All!

Recently I enjoyed a day of fun, fitness, health and good cheer with some of the most amazing people in the Blogosphere with Fitness magazine’s second annual “Blogger Meet & Tweet” which was held this year at the fancy, schmancy Mercedes Club in New York City.

Throughout the morning we were treated to some interesting panel discussions featuring Fitness editors along with celebrity guests for a variety of topics.

Check out the view!

We were treated to a lovelier than expected day where we sat outside and got our collective learning on.
Fitness editor in chief Betty Wong was on hand to greet all Bloggers plus send us off to collect our loot (more on THAT later.)

Betty Wong

Betty Wong

There was a panel discussion featuring the top Bloggers in health & wellness including:

This panel discussion was moderated by Fitness digital editor Christine Griffin and provided all sorts of inspiration for us would-be money making Bloggers. (Not that I do it for the money…)

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In fact, Erin even though Erin I work for the same company (I am a NYC contributor to Fit Bottomed Girls) this was the first we chance we got to give each other a hug. (Hey again Erin!)

Me and Erin Whitehead FBM

I think my favorite segment was when Fitness health editor Lisa Haney talked about women’s health issues with Jennifer Ashton, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. who was ready to discuss everything from Angelina Jolie’s decision to get a double mastectomy to the importance of birth control pills. She was so interesting!

Dr Ashton and Me

So, of course, I had to run over and get my picture taken with her. (Just so you know I am 5’ 7”—this woman is a TALL drink of water!)

Also on hand were The Biggest Loser trainer Brett Hoebel who talked about the latest trends in “extreme fitness” and celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero who showed us how to stay gorgeous in the upcoming summer, sweaty months.

My favorite part of the day was watching my friend Mariette of Namaste Mari get totally gaga for Rocco DiSpirito. How cute do they look together by the way?

Mariette and Rocco

The “Meet & Tweet” was the perfect chance to catch up with friends like Jess,  Erica Sara, Patty Aziaga and my home girl Toni of Running Living Loving (below) as we are all too busy running around and never have time to catch up in person.

(Two Long Island chicks just hanging out, know what I mean?)

Toni and Me

So did I mention the goodie bag?

Well here is what it looked like coming home:

Goodie Bag

And this is how it looks when I tried to go through it:

Inside goodie bag

Among the items I received that day:

Whew! It was quite a day and I can NOT wait until next year so I can see what Fitness has in mind for us humble Bloggers.

And remember, you can be sure to check out Fitness magazine at

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Ep 37: Featuring @FitnessMagazine @KOSSCorporation and @ZaynaBostonBody Giveaway! #fitblognyc #Fit4Life 12

Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog: Episode 37

Featuring: Fitness Magazine “Meet & Tweet” Quick Recap, KOSS Headphones for Women and the Boston Body Barre DVD Giveaway

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

This has been an exceptionally fast, busy and fun week for me and I have so much to express that I can’t keep it to just one post. So today I will give you all a brief recap of my latest happenings and then will go into more details throughout the week with separate postings for different topics. Sounds good? Excellent! So let me get right to what I am talking about in my Vlog this week (it includes a nifty giveaway!)

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • My favorite moments from the Fitness magazine “Meet & Tweet” event which took place this past Thursday at the Mercedes Club in NYC and completely rocked my world. I will go into greater detail later this week with a full recap of my takeaways from the event but my personal favorite moments include:
  • My first week with my new KOSS headphones with two new products (The FitSeries) that are designed by women (including Olympic champion Dara Torres!)

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

Here is the press release for Boston Body Barre Sculpt Express:


Reshape Your Body with This Pilates and Barre Fitness Program…

(Boston, MA) Award winning Pilates expert and owner of five Boston Body Pilates studios, Zayna Gold, best known for her ability to engage and connect with her students, has just released her newest DVD in the Boston Barre Series: “BOSTON BODY BARRE: SCULPT EXPRESS” (60 minutes, $20 .) Viewers will reshape their body with this fun and effective workout as they get sculpted, toned and lean. Done two to three times a week, viewers will watch their bodies become stronger and appear leaner and more graceful. Sculpt Express will firm buttocks, flatten the tummy, and create long lean legs, while leaving viewers to feel energized and refreshed.

Boston Body Barre: Sculpt Express is the second in the Boston Body Barre DVD series. Zayna instructs and leads a fun, unique class that combines traditional ballet moves with Pilates, stretching and cardio to tone, lift and sculpt the body. Viewers can do the entire 60 minute workout, or they can isolate shorter segments to concentrate on sculpting the thighs, waist, buttocks, arms, and tummy. Zayna leads the workout as she demonstrates deep toning isometric exercises for conditioning, elongating and firming, to re-sculpt the body. Modifications are shown for all levels.

ABOUT ZAYNA GOLD: Zayna Gold is the founder and co-owner of Boston Body Pilates and Boston Body Barre with five locations in the Boston area. Zayna is the creator of the Balanced Body Barre training program. She travels the world to instruct other Pilates’ professionals in the Balanced Body Barre education program. Zayna was awarded the “Next Pilates Instructor” by Pilates Anytime in 2011 and is a visiting instructor on . Since 1989, Boston Body has been known for its relaxed and friendly atmosphere for all fitness levels. Great instructors are the key to Boston Body’s success. For the past 20 years, Zayna has enjoyed teaching them how to inspire and retain clients while maintaining a unique style to elevate their training to the next level. Zayna is certified by Stott Pilates and Power Pilates and is faculty for Balanced Body Education, Anatomy in 3-D and Boston Body Barre. Boston Body has been awarded Top Domestic Site for Balanced Education since 2008. Zayna has been seen on TV and is a contributor to national newspapers and magazines.

Here is clip of Boston Body Barre Sculpt Express:

If you are interested in winning Boston Body Barre Sculpt Express (Continental U.S. Only!) Please do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
  • Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to me at my Twitter handle @BrooklynFitChik (note the spelling!)
  • Also Tweet out to @ZaynaBostonBody

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, May 27th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

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What Did We Learn This Month? @goodhealth Health mag with Jewel on the cover #fitblog 4

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.

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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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