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Pole dancing expert redefines sexy

- November 29th, 2012

Think motherhood isn’t sexy?

The following may make you reconsider …

Sheila KelleySheila Kelley stirred up pre-conceived notions about “stripping” when she debuted her striptease inspired workout, S Factor, on the Oprah show in 2003. There are now seven S Factor fitness studios across the nation and Kelley is widely regarded as the worldwide originator of pole dance fitness. Her book The S Factor: Strip Workouts for Every Woman, not only thought outside the box, it smashed it. The Redefining Sexy: Believe in Your Beauty campaign will do the same.

S FactorThe Redefining Sexy: Believe in Your Beauty campaign aims to redefine the terms “sexy” and “beauty” through a series of provocative videos featuring true stories of real women. The first video in the campaign, “Cancer Warrior,” features Diana Schlobohm, a breast cancer warrior who needs a spotlight. After losing both breasts to cancer, one thing she did not lose is the knowledge that she is a sexy and beautiful woman. This raw and gritty video (http://www.sheilakelley.com/redefiningsexy2.asp) shot six days post-op, challenges the viewer to answer the question, “Are cancer survivors sexy?” The video went viral last month, with celebrities like Eva Longoria, Rita Wilson and LeAnn Rimes jumping onboard by asking their Twitter and Facebook followers to retweet it and “Believe in your Beauty” and “Embrace your Beautiful, Powerful Self!”

Redefining sexyKelley’s next video in the series, launching on #12/12/12, will take a closer look into motherhood, posing the question, “Is motherhood sexy?” The short video clip “Ali’s Motherhood Story” will show the true life story of Ali, a new mom who feels despair, upset and resentful toward her body after giving birth. She learns to overcome these feelings and regain her confidence and sense of beauty and worth through pole dancing. The provocative video shows Ali dancing for and with her infant son Jack. As she is dancing, the viewer can see how strong and beautiful Ali feels, physically and mentally, as she looks lovingly at baby Jack and radiates her loving femininity. The video will prove to women that any mother can feel sexy, powerful, and beautiful in her own skin, and that motherhood IS sexy!

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Tips for a healthy Halloween

- October 31st, 2012
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Bob Greene

Just in time for Halloween, here are some tips from Oprah’s trainer:

BOB GREENE’S BEST LIFE OFFERS TRICKS TO SURVIVING HALLOWEEN’S TREATS

Oprah’s trainer provides candy-shopping strategies and trick-or-treating tips for a healthy holiday

Niwot, CO — Halloween is upon us. For folks who are trying to follow a healthy lifestyle plan, the abundance of bite-sized sweets and treats can be too tempting to avoid. As if that weren’t frightening enough, Halloween also marks the unofficial start of the upcoming holiday season.

But fear not — Bob Greene, founder of TheBestLife.com, (www.thebestlife.com) offers a few helpful hints for having a happy and healthy Halloween, and starting the holiday season off on the right foot.

“The key to enjoying Halloween is to have a plan of action beforehand,” says Greene (who counts Oprah Winfrey as one of his clients). Create your own healthy Halloween plan using some of the tricks below.

Bob Greene’s Tricks for a Healthy Halloween from The Best Life:

  • Delay candy shopping: If you have bags of candy lying around your home for weeks before the holiday, you will start to dip into them. Stores will have plenty of candy to sell, even the day before Halloween so make this the last thing you do for the holiday.
  • Opt for lower calorie treats: When you do shop, consider getting hard candy, such as small lollipops, which have fewer calories than gooey chocolate and caramel treats.
  • Buy your least favorite candy. If there’s a type of sweet you can’t stand, make that your candy of choice for treat-or-treaters. That way, you won’t be tempted to taste.
  • Eat before trick-or-treating: You will need the energy to take your kids around anyway, so you may as well have a healthy meal before heading out. If you’re feeling full, you’ll be less likely to sample all the sweets.
  • Don’t neglect your workouts: It’s fine to enjoy a little candy on Halloween, but don’t forget to sneak in a workout. Try to add an extra 15 minutes to your sweat session to help offset the calorie splurge.
  • Partner with other families: Find other like-minded moms and dads in your neighborhood who want to offer healthier options and make those homes your designated trick-or-treat spots.
  • Go bobbing for apples: Apples are high in fiber, plus they contain quercetin, which has cancer-fighting properties.

About Best Life 

Best Life is a company devoted to helping you become your healthiest.

Its popular online weight loss plan, TheBestLife.com, based on Bob Greene’s best-selling The Best Life Diet, is focused on helping individuals create their best life and encouraging them to enjoy it each and every day.

Behind all of our advice is the belief that losing weight shouldn’t be about counting calories or deprivation, eating nutritiously shouldn’t require sacrificing taste, and living healthfully shouldn’t be a chore.

Rather, living your best life involves making smart choices that fit into your lifestyle. It’s about taking pleasure in eating foods that taste good and are good for you.

Ultimately, it’s a way of living that brings more joy and satisfaction to your life.

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Vince Vaughn’s fit mom releases Breakthrough book

- October 9th, 2011
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Vince Vaughn's mom, Shea Vaughn, has a new health and fitness book out.

Shea Vaughn is a certified personal trainer whose clients include Chicago Bear teammates and Oprah executives.

She’s also Vince Vaughn’s mom.

This month, Shea is launching her book Breakthrough: The 5 Living Principles to Defeat Stress, Look Great, and Find Total Well-Being.

Here’s the press release:

Fit Body + Fit Mind = Complete Fulfillment

East-meets-West health expert and celebrity mom customizes breakthrough lifestyle program for women

“I’m grateful my mom took the time to share her passion in this book. Her work ethic and optimism have always inspired me.” — Vince Vaughn, actor

“I practice internal medicine. What I found in SheaNetics was a program that improved my strength, increased my flexibility, and reduced stress. — Michael Sommerfeld, M.D. internal medicine

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Vince and Shea Vaughn

CHICAGO — Shea Vaughn, mother of actor Vince Vaughn, is a 25-year veteran of the fitness industry. As a fitness expert, professional trainer and wellness coach, Vaughn has become a spokeswoman for creating well-being at any age with her upcoming book Breakthrough: The 5 Living Principles to Defeat Stress, Look Great, and Find Total Well-Being (October 2011, HCI Books).

What Vaughn discovered, from both fitness training and personal experience, is that women over 45 often feel like they are spinning their wheels and failing to live up to their own expectations. She says the problem is a lack of a mind-body connection, which can lead to depression, discouragement, disconnect, and deflation in body, mind, and heart.

In Breakthrough, Vaughn offers women her Five Living Principles, along with a self-styled East-meets-West lifestyle, wellness and exercise practice developed from her decades of training in many disciplines and influenced by eastern philosophy, tailored to address specific issues facing women over 45.

The Five Living Principles of Well-Being: Commitment, Perseverance, Self-Control, Integrity, and Love, are an inspirational force in helping me create a positive lifestyle with a healthy body and the supportive mental and emotional paradigm to deal with changing and demanding times, says Vaughn. One encourages the other and together they help you find balance, self-confidence and a personal state of well-being.

Vaughn herself is no stranger to this phenomenon: a mother and entrepreneur, she has had similar personal challenges which led her to find a new way of living, including reconnecting her emotional health with her physical health and founding Sheanetics, a revolutionary blend of ancient and contemporary values and movements that deliver a powerful mind-body experience. Followers of this practice get in shape, feel great and naturally make life-healthy choices

From recipes for well-being to creating your safe space to meditation in motion and thought, Breakthrough offers a jumpstart for women looking to redefine their way of life in a sustainable way.

SHEA VAUGHN (www.sheanetics.com) is a certified personal trainer whose clients include Chicago Bear teammates and Oprah executives. Trained in ballet, Tai-Chi, martial arts, ZUMBA, yoga, pilates and more, Vaughn is well-versed in Eastern practices, including meditation for growth and stress reduction. Her DVD workouts have been featured on QVC and she has appeared on national and local television, radio, and in print media. She lives in Chicago and lectures nationally.

Healthy habits good for heart: study

Cary Castagna – September 22nd, 2011

File this under: “Well, d’uh!”

A new study confirms that a healthy lifestyle is … good for the ol’ ticker!

Really. You don’t say?!

Here’s the press release, which is rather redundant in my humble opinion but still worth posting — for a few guffaws at the very least:

heartHealthy Lifestyle Habits Lower Heart Failure Risk

Study Highlights:

• Adults who don’t smoke, maintain a healthy weight, get regular physical activity and eat vegetables lowered their heart failure risk.

• Each additional healthy behaviour helped to decrease heart failure risk.

• Healthcare workers should discuss and encourage healthy lifestyle habits with patients.

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DALLAS (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — If you don’t smoke, aren’t
 overweight, get regular physical activity and eat vegetables, you can
 significantly reduce your risk for heart failure, according to research 
reported in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association 
journal.

In a new study, people who had one healthy lifestyle behavior decreased 
their heart failure risk, and each additional healthy behavior further
 decreased their risk.

 Heart failure affects about 5.7 million Americans. At age 40, a
 person’s lifetime risk of developing heart failure is one in five.

“Any steps you take to stay healthy can reduce your risk of heart 
failure,” said Gang Hu, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and 
director of the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Laboratory at the
 Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La.

“Hypothetically, about half of new heart failure cases occurring in
 this population could have been prevented if everyone engaged in at
 least three healthy lifestyle behaviors.”

Previous research has shown an association between healthy lifestyle
 behaviors and lower risk of heart failure in men. The new study is the 
first to find a similar connection in women.

Researchers followed 18,346 men and 19,729 women from Finland who were
 25 to 74 years old. During a median follow-up of 14.1 years, 638 men
 and 445 women developed heart failure. Participants were classified by
 BMI: normal weight (less than 25 kg/m2); overweight (25-29.9 kg/m2);
 and obese (greater than 30 kg/m2).

After adjusting for heart failure risk factors, such as high blood 
pressure, diabetes and a past heart attack, researchers found:

• Male smokers had an 86% higher risk for heart failure compared to never-smokers. Women smokers’ risk increased to 109%.

• Being overweight increased heart failure risk by 15% in men and
 21% in women compared to normal-weight people. The risk increased to 75% for obese men and 106% for obese women.

• Moderate physical activity reduced the risk of heart failure by 21% in men and 13% in women compared to a light physical activity level. High levels of physical activity lowered the risk even
 further: 33% in men and 36% in women.

• Eating vegetables three to six times per week decreased heart failure risk by 26% in men and 27% in women compared to those who ate vegetables less than once per week.

Furthermore, the more healthy lifestyle behaviors a person engaged in,
 the greater the decline in risk. Engaging in all four healthy lifestyle
 behaviors decreased the risk for heart failure by 70% in men and
 81% in women, compared to 32% in men and 47% in
 women who engaged in only one healthy behavior.

Many people remain unaware of the link between unhealthy lifestyle
 behaviors and heart failure risk, researchers said.

 Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart 
muscle is unable to pump enough blood through the heart to meet the
 body’s needs for blood and oxygen. Basically, the heart can’t keep up
 with its workload.

“Healthcare workers should discuss healthy lifestyle habits with their 
patients and stress that they can do more,” Hu said.

The Finnish Academy and Special Research Funds of the Social Welfare
and Health Board, City of Oulu funded the study. 

Co-authors are Yujie Wang, M.Sc.; Jaakko Tuomilehto, M.D., Ph.D.; Pekka
 Jousilahti, M.D., Ph.D.; Riitta Antikainen, M.D., Ph.D.; and Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Ph.D. Author
 disclosures are on the manuscript.

Statements and conclusions of study authors published in American Heart
 Association scientific journals are solely those of the study authors 
and do not necessarily reflect the association’s policy or position.
 The association makes no representation or guarantee as to their 
accuracy or reliability.

The association receives funding primarily 
from individuals; foundations and corporations (including
 pharmaceutical, device manufacturers and other companies) also make
 donations and fund specific association programs and events. The
 association has strict policies to prevent these relationships from
 influencing the science content. Revenues from pharmaceutical and
 device corporations are available at
 www.americanheart.org/corporatefunding.

For more information, tools and resources for living healthy and
 reducing your risk for heart disease, including heart failure, visit
 www.MyHeartMyLife.org.

SHAPE mag rounds up 60 best covers

- September 8th, 2011

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SHAPE magazine, a friend of this blog, is turning 30.

To celebrate, staff have rounded up 60 of the all-time best covers — from Jane Fonda to Eva Longoria to Kim Kardashian to Oprah!

Click HERE to vote for your favourites and enter to win a gift bag filled with SHAPE goodies.

Here are some notable covers (as provided by American Media Inc.):

• Oprah in 1996, and she looks HOT!

• Ellen DeGeneres (May 2010) vs. Portia de Rossi (June 1999)

• Diane Lane (1983) vs. Jane Seymour from the same year

• Courteney Cox on the January 1989 cover; SJP on the January cover the following year

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Personal training big business – and growing

- April 13th, 2010
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Madonna (left) and ex-trainer Tracy Anderson.

Remember when personal trainers were once regarded as a luxury, when it seemed like only celebrities famous enough to be known by a single name – such as Oprah, Cher or Madonna – could afford a trainer to whip them into shape?

Holly Holton does.

“People thought it was something that was only for celebrities or the really wealthy,” says the owner of Pink Iron, a women’s gym in West Hollywood.

“But I think more of the general public is seeing that they can have a trainer, they can afford one and they can make the investment to do that because it really is a huge investment in themselves and in their health.”

Indeed, personal training has gone mainstream in recent years.

An employee of a new gym that opened last month in south Edmonton told me that the national fitness chain he works for plans to open three more locations in Alberta’s capital in the near future. And that means the company anticipates hiring as many as 100 personal trainers – just in Edmonton.

Last year, an employee from another gym chain proudly told me that personal training was one of the few industries that actually grew during the recession. And future projections for personal-trainer demand are astronomical, he said.

Selling memberships is no longer the sole focus for fitness clubs. Rather than turning members loose to fend for themselves in a jungle of complex fitness equipment, health facilities now offer one-on-one training – as well as group classes – like never before.

It makes good business sense.

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Holly Holton

But it also makes good sense from the public’s viewpoint, notes Holton.

The 25-year-old photogenic entrepreneur who’s based in the fitness mecca of Los Angeles – which is absolutely saturated with an abundance of trainers and fitness experts – tells me that personal trainers are viewed there as preventative medicine.

“I’ve had clients who were pre-diabetic, who were severely overweight, and they lost a lot of weight and now they have no health problems,” she says.

“If you don’t know the proper way to work out and to train yourself, then it’s great to get a personal trainer, at least for a few sessions. … It’s not just a luxury. I think it’s something that most people need. Everybody needs a coach. That’s what we are as trainers – we’re coaches … and we’re a friend there to listen to them whenever they hit rough patches in their programs.”

And sometimes we just need a good old-fashioned kick in the gluteus maximus.