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Tips for a rockin’ body this summer

- July 2nd, 2011

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Rock your body this summer with the following tips from Kelly Dooley, the designer of BodyRock Sport:

• Avoid simple carbohydrates and high starch foods like pasta, white breads, and sweets. Replace them with salads, sweet potatoes, and other vegetables.

• Drink plenty of water and avoid high-calorie drinks, for example, soda, juices, and coffee drinks.

Kelly_1• Avoid drinks with artificial sugars, such as diet drinks and crystal light. To spice up plain water, add lemon, grapefruit, lime or orange.

• Aim for the daily recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

• Skip the late-night snacks. This will only lead to poor food choices and more calories.

• Avoid eating due to stress, or out of boredom.

• If you love sweets and truly can’t live without them, fit a trip or two to your favorite bakery or ice cream shop into your weekly diet. With these desserts out of the house, you will be able to treat yourself, without over-indulging.

• Try eating more frequent, small healthy meals about every three to four hours.

• Include protein in every meal, and decrease your intake of fat and carbohydrates.

• Add spices to your food for a flavor boost that will help you feel satisfied.

Here’s some more info about Dooley and BodyRock Sport courtesy her PR rep:

Kelly_DooleyKelly Dooley empowers other women to achieve challenging fitness goals while inspiring self-confidence with the creation of attractive workout wear.

Dooley has been passionate about staying fit and active since the days when she was a tomboy chasing her big brother around.

These days, Doolely partakes in running marathons, competing in triathlons, and attending intense fitness classes such as hot yoga.

Dooley enjoys keeping in shape with fitness activities that challenge her on a daily basis. Dooley also realizes the importance that her diet plays in her everyday life and on her body; therefore, she pays tribute to her body by following a healthy lifestyle.

Dooley’s inception of BodyRock Sport was thanks to the longing for helping others look good, while feeling good at the gym.

“Why not combine my two passions, fitness and fashion, into something that really and truly rocks?”

Founded in March 2009, BodyRock combines working out and style in a functional way for chic women who don’t want to sacrifice style at the gym.

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Weight-loss coach’s tips for summer health

- June 27th, 2011

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Think you’re too busy to keep fit this summer?

Think again, says celebrity weight-loss coach Valerie Orsoni.

The good friend of Keeping Fit is back with the following tips for summer health — no matter where you happen to find yourself in the next few months:

IN LINE AT STARBUCKS: While waiting in line (because there is always a line) alternate the following moves: contract your glutes (two cheeks together, then right/left), suck in your tummy as if you wanted to glue your abs to your spine, this will work your deep abs, the ones that make your tummy flat. A great way to work in isometry without sweating it off at the gym.

AT THE GAS STATION: Do you know how long it takes to fill up your tank? Anywhere from three to seven minutes! Use these minutes to get fit. Do waist rotations — just spread your arms, not too wide, keep your hips straight and twist your upper body. In just three minutes, you will trim those love handles! Or, wash your windshield as fast as you can — you will burn calories AND clean your windshield. Or, shift your weight from one leg to the other and squeeze your glutes each time you change sides.

IN THE POOL: Summer means time in the water — yay! Get a workout while cooling off. Do POOL PUSH-UPS — With your feet not touching the bottom of the pool, place your hands on the pool edge slightly wider than shoulder-width apart. Exhale and push up as if you are getting out of the pool. Contract your abs, keep your shoulders down and avoid locking elbows. Inhale and slowly lower yourself back in the water. Do two sets of 15 reps.

WATCHING KIDS AT THE POOL: If you have to keep any eye on the kids, don’t just sit on a lounge chair. Sit at the edge of the pool and kick. You can still talk to your friends and burn calories at the same time. Better yet — grab a ball and play catch in the pool.

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Weight-loss coach has tips for teens

- April 19th, 2011
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Valerie Orsoni is always on the ball.

Today’s teens are under more pressure than ever to be thin, but the number of overweight teens continues to grow, says Valerie Orsoni.

The celebrity weight-loss coach remembers all too well what it was like to be an overweight teen.

Here are some of her recollections:

“When I was 17, my best friends were called ‘Cinnamon Roll’ and ‘Chocolate Sundae with Extra Sprinkles.’ I was quite incapable of contenting myself with just a single scoop of ice cream as opposed to most of my friends, and quite frankly, back then a cinnamon roll could be swallowed in just one bite (because they were a lot smaller than they are nowadays).

“I had zip will power. Adding a topping to my sundae was just a lame excuse to console myself after the realization that I would never get the dream figure I saw splashed all over magazine covers … that’s right, I read every fashion magazine that came my way; all of them featuring skeletal models, who to me, represented the normal weight that was attainable by anyone. I (almost) hated my friend Karen, who one day announced she didn’t like chocolates or candies. How was that possible? How was I totally unable to have such will power? I really didn’t like myself too much, I must admit!

“In a way I was lucky, because my dad was also overweight. I say lucky because due to this we decided to lose weight together. Not to look like a model, but to get healthy, and be able to live a long and happy life. So we tried every fad diet possible, always losing a few pounds (and sometimes a lot) in the process, and always regaining it all afterward. Of course, this yo-yoing became very frustrating, leaving us feeling doomed to be overweight.

“It was then that we decided that all of these fad diets were actually harming us, and we started going to the library to educate ourselves. (This was before the Internet era, so the library was the logical place to go.) At that time the Glycemic Index studies were being conducted in Australia and this concept was the springboard to helping me lose a lot of weight with a healthy approach: easy fitness (nothing crazy and dangerous), no forbidden foods, and learning how to love my body no matter what. In the end it was a combination of self love + yummy food in controlled portions + regular exercise that did it for me. I have NEVER regained the weight I lost then, and nor has dad.

“My personal struggles with my weight, and my successful journey to discovering a balanced approach to life, food, and body image, is what inspired me to build a coaching empire focused on healthy living. I have a passion for health and I believe that everybody deserves to feel great in their own skin. Be kind to your body. You can do it!”

And here are some of Orsoni’s tips for teens:

1. When at school, go for the soup to start with (there is ALWAYS a soup). It will bring you healthy nutrients and fiber and will curb your appetite by 25%.

2. At lunchtime, instead of just staying on a bench with your friends, talk and walk. You will tone your body, burn calories without even sweating!

3. To get glowing skin: start your day with a freshly squeezed lemon in a glass of water.

4. Hang out with friends who are not obsessed by their weight (weight obsession is contagious and not healthy).
Start your day with 10 sprouted almonds for great skin.

5. Always carry a small healthy snack in your bag: 1 apple + beef jerky for instance — and stay away from the 100-calorie pouches. They are a real trap!

6. To get yourself motivated, find a favorite picture of yourself and put it up somewhere where you can see it often. Write an inspirational message on it that can become your mantra anytime you need a pick me up. Good ones are “You Can Do it!”, or “You Go Girl!” and “I have the Power.” Or any other statement you like!

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Don’t use dishwasher: fitness expert

- May 26th, 2010

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Some chores are better off done by hand — such as washing dishes.

Just ask Valerie Orsoni, a San Francisco-based fitness expert.

Washing dishes by hand will burn 78 calories per half hour, she says.

Knowing that a pound is about 3,500 calories, and assuming you will wash dishes for half an hour every day, then over 45 days, you will have lost one pound without knowing it (in a year, this amounts to about eight pounds!).

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