Health


April 23, 2012We all went them…MichelleObamaArms. I have been working on sculpting my arms since seeing Angela Basset in How Stella Got Her Groove Back.  And those stellar arms helped her kick major butt in What’s Love Got To Do With It. I hate to break it to you, but if it’s not in your genetic map, your arms will not magically chisel away and reveal perfectly shredded triceps and biceps…
April 9, 2012You there, eating the In-And-Out burger and the side of animal fries…for breakfast. Your time has come. It’s time to start taking your health seriously, and that means thinking about what you eat. And I don’t mean just opting out of the animal fries. We all hear about how important it is to eat naturally and organically, but how many of us actually do? With all signs pointing…
April 9, 2012 Aw, yeah….spring break! You have worked in base tan sessions and crazy workouts to make your bikinis, halter tops, and strapless dresses look good. Whoa! That’s a lot of work you put in to go on your trip. Looking good in the sun requires a little prep.Once there, don’t just “let it all go.” Continue looking hot by doing a few moves—you can do them between sips…
August 15, 2011 In our youth we're taught that routine makes life simple. We all have daily routines: wake up, brush our teeth, go to work, get home, eat dinner, spend too much time on Facebook, etc. We then have weekly routines: go to the gym, get the car washed, and of course--going grocery shopping. Seeing as gathering sustenance for the week is already incorporated into our everyday, it's simple…
March 25, 2012Hey you! Yes, you, the woman who can’t peel her eyes off the computer screen. Even if you have the most ergonomically correct workstation in the world, sitting there and working on your computer for hours at a time is one of the worst things to physically do to your body. First of all, who wants to look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame? And I won’t even…
March 12, 2012 I’m going to take a million dollar guess and say that you’ve never heard of celiac disease. Did I win? If it’s unfamiliar, you're definitely not alone. In fact, few people even realize they have it: 97% of those affected go undiagnosed, according to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center (UCCDC).  This year through working with food bloggers at my day job (I do PR for…
March 12, 2012Having a nice butt is important. Even if yours isn’t insured for $27 million bucks and you didn’t create a new word for it, I’m sure you still do the over-the-shoulder butt check. I know I do. No one wants something too flat or lumpy in the back for obvious reasons (ahem, boys...); but your rear should be in good shape for optimal health/fitness as well. The muscles…
February 27, 2012Ever get a nostalgic feeling to run free and ditch those mind-numbing hours at the gym full of repetitions and tedious treadmilling? While I love a good sweat session at the gym, I have to break up my workouts with some “real life” activity. Tennis, skiing, hiking – the fun outdoorsy stuff. However, athletic equipment can be a pricey purchase, and not everyone has easy access to hiking…
February 13, 2012More and more people are doing it. You probably have a few friends who have finished at least one. I’m talking about triathlons, the growing sport that has you swimming, biking, and running in one race effort. Triathlons, you’ve heard, are for the crazy and uber-athletic so you stayed away. Then you wondered, “how did that guy go and do one…and finish?” Here’s the true story. Triathlons, like…
January 30, 2012There is nothing worse than when you are just about to hit your stride on the treadmill and a Mariah Carey slow jam comes on. Don’t get me wrong, I love MC as much as the next girl, but unless I’m cooling down, I need to keep it upbeat. After 4 years of running track at UC Berkeley, I have developed specific criteria for workout songs1. It has…
January 30, 2012Do you eat between 400 and 600 grams of fruit a day? That is the recommended daily amount. We all know the good ole’ food pyramid and how we’ve been taught to eat since elementary school. But when was the last time you actually ate a whole five servings of fruit in a day? It’s important to eat our fruits and vegetables, and yet we don’t seem to…
January 3, 2012We all want them…MichelleObamaArms. I have been working on sculpting my arms since seeing Angela Basset in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" (actually, I realized I wanted them since I saw her play Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, but I was too young to hit the gym). I hate to break it to you, but if it’s not in your genetic map, your…
January 3, 2012You know you want to evade the curse of Quasimodo’s hump as you age. Avoid being the star in that “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercial. Just bypass frailty altogether. We think, “that won’t happen to me.” Reality check—10 million Americans already suffer from osteoporosis (a condition identified by weak bones that makes sufferers vulnerable to bone fractures and breaks) and 34 million are at risk.…
December 19, 2011Hey, last minute shopper! Yes, I’m talking to you. The countdown to Christmas seems to get faster each day and you are probably getting frantic. So, I’ve got the low-down on some favorite gifts that, if I say so myself, your active friends will absolutely L-O-V-E and feel eternally grateful to you for. To make it even more rewarding, get one for your bestie and one for you,…
December 19, 2011Since the beginning of time (well, maybe just since humans needed to figure out ways to be less sedentary and more entertained), people have explored different ways to be both active and amused. The popularity of pole and lap dancing fitness classes proves how adaptation of certain activities, formerly thought of unsavory by some, can go mainstream as acceptable group exercise classes. The underlying themes of all of…