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Jewel’s rules for keeping fit

- June 17th, 2010

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Jewel graces the cover of the July issue of Shape.

In the issue, which hits stands Monday, Jewel reveals how she found her “internal compass” and how she’s navigated toward a secure, successful, and happy life, acccording to a press release.

Here are some snippets provided in advance by the magazine’s PR firm:

Jewel’s Rules … for staying healthy, happy, and this beautiful come down to one thing: Be true to yourself.

A few things strike you when you first meet Jewel in person. The singer/songwriter is a natural beauty, with sparkling green eyes, glowing skin, and a sincere, open smile. And despite wearing a bandage that covers a debilitating ankle injury, this 35-year-old is in amazing shape – slender and toned.

jewel-11It’s a very different woman from the 19-year-old who became an overnight success in the mid-90s with her first album, Pieces of You. Back then, the Alaskan singer was not only dealing with frequent kidney infections, but also struggling with her weight.

“I’ve always had to strive for balance when it comes to my health,” says Jewel, sitting outside of the ranch-style house she shares with her husband of two years, nine-time world champion rodeo cowboy Ty Murray.

“I cut myself a lot of slack”

When she was just getting famous, Jewel was labeled the “chubby Renée Zellweger” in a newspaper article. “My feelings were so hurt by that story, I ended up bingeing on an entire cake,” she says. “Afterward, I actually tried to throw it all up, but thankfully I couldn’t do it. It made me think, ‘I can’t go down this road.’ I had seen so many performers develop eating disorders or try to control their weight with drugs, and I decided I would do no harm to my body.” Still, for years she was caught in a self-defeating cycle of hating the way she looked and then soothing herself with food. “It became a self-fulfilling prophecy. The worse I felt about myself, the more I overate.”

Besides her weight, she was also teased for her crooked teeth. Sometimes, however, they worked in her favour. In 1999, Jewel got a part in Ride With the Devil, a Civil War drama directed by Ang Lee. “I asked Ang, ‘Why me? You could’ve had anyone you wanted.’ And he said, ‘You have period teeth.’ So I got the job because I was the only actress in Hollywood who hadn’t gotten her teeth fixed!”

JEWEL2But rather than resort to drastic diets, cosmetic dentistry, or plastic surgery (she thinks her nose is “fantastically large”), Jewel says: “I had to remind myself that standards of beauty are very fickle. One minute J. Lo’s body is considered beautiful, and the next everyone wants to look like Kate Moss. I’m all for people wanting to feel more confident, but altering your body to fit a current trend is serious stuff.”

The singer pauses, then says with a laugh, “We should be more like men, God bless ’em. They can take their shirts off and show their man boobs, and they don’t give a hoot. But women are so critical of themselves. We can be gorgeous and hot and still be embarrassed to wear a tank top. So if you can’t stop looking in the mirror, at least try to not think badly about yourself when you do.”

“I give in to my cravings”

Changing her diet helped Jewel get her body back on track. “I try to stay away from an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to food,” she says. “It’s like a pendulum: The more extreme I am — like saying, ‘I’m not going to eat any carbs’ — the further it’s going to swing to the other side and I’m going to binge.”

These days, Jewel limits processed foods whenever possible and sticks to a very simple, balanced diet. She likes high-fiber cereal or steel-cut oats in the morning, and a big lunch filled with protein and brightly coloured vegetables.

“My dad sends me fresh salmon and halibut from Alaska as well as dried nettles, which I like to put into soups,” she says. “I also eat a lot of raw vegetables or bitter greens, like kale and dandelion greens, lightly sautéed in olive oil. People are so fat-phobic these days, but eating good fats is important, which is why I always try to get some olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado into whatever I’m making.” When she does want a splurge, she indulges, saying, “I love a vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting!”

Jewel-Kilcher-29“I do my thing, Ty does his”

You’d think that Jewel’s healthy habits would have rubbed off on Ty, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. “It’s so frustrating!” says Jewel. “He doesn’t work out. Ever. At all. He’s naturally fit no matter what. It would certainly be easier for me if he did it with me, but he won’t!”

And, according to Jewel, he still eats like a college kid, skipping breakfast and having spicy — and calorie-laden — dishes like chiles rellenos for lunch, then a bowl of cereal for dinner. “Maybe someday he’ll have to watch what he eats,” she says, “but for now he’s blessed with a high metabolism. But I’m living proof that even if your spouse isn’t into your way of eating, you can still be successful at it!”

Kardashian fit role model: Shape mag

- May 23rd, 2010

kim-kardashian-fitness-videoIn the June issue of Shape, actress Kim Kardashian dishes on how she found some simple ways to nix cravings, enjoy exercise and be body confident.  She even shares her full body workout that mixes cardio, core exercises with strength training, according to a PR rep who provided the following excerpt for Keeping Fit blog readers:

On a gorgeous Sunday morning, Kim Kardashian walks onto a Miami set for her Shape cover shoot. With still-damp hair cascading down her back and completely devoid of her trademark eye makeup, the 29-year-old radiates a fresh, natural beauty not often seen on her hit TV series, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Sipping from a bottle of water (she always carries one with her), Kim curls up in a chair to talk exclusively with Shape about the challenges she faces to keep her weight in check and her self-confidence up. Her strategies are so doable, we think everyone should try them!

‘I need to work out to feel my best’
No matter how busy she is, Kim knows the only way to manage her weight and stay toned is to get moving every day. “It probably sounds weird, but for me, there’s nothing better than getting up and going right to the gym,” says Kim, who is working on sculpting her entire body and toning up her trouble zones. “I have cellulite, just like almost every other woman on the planet. And just because I feel secure with my body doesn’t mean I think cellulite is cute! It will always be an issue for me. So let’s just say it’s a work in progress!”

To stay slim and curvy and keep her cellulite under control, Kim does a combo of cardio and sculpting. A few days a week, she works out with Los Angeles trainer Gunnar Peterson.

When she’s feeling competitive, she hits Barry’s Bootcamp in L.A. with her sister Khloé, where a little sibling rivalry is likely to pop up. “Khloé thinks she’s tough,” laughs Kim, who has produced three Fit in Your Jeans by Friday DVDs. “But she’s not nearly as hard-core in the gym as I am.”

kim_kardashian-bikini‘I finally said enough with the junk food!’
About a year ago, some tabloids published bikini photographs of Kim that were far from flattering. “Yeah, it bothered me initially, but I told myself that everyone, especially women with curves, has issues just like mine,” she says. “But it did motivate me to finally drop those last 10 pounds.” Besides stepping up her exercise routine, she made some major changes to her diet. “Before, all I’d have for breakfast was a grande soy chai latte,” she says. “Now it’s either oatmeal with bananas and blueberries or scrambled egg whites with tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions, a side of turkey bacon, and a scoop of cottage cheese.” She’s also eliminated old favorites, like cheese-smothered enchiladas and cheeseburgers with onion rings. “I wouldn’t dare eat like that now,” she says. “These days I prefer salads with grilled chicken or turkey burgers without the bun.”

‘My motto is: Fake it till you make it’
As proud as she is of her curves these days, there was a time when Kim was insecure about her body. “I was only 10 when I started developing breasts,” she recalls.

“I remember crying in the bathtub. I took a washcloth, made it really hot, put it over my chest, and prayed, ‘Please don’t let them grow any bigger! They’re embarrassing me!’ I was the first girl in my class to wear a bra. And Kourtney would taunt me and tell all the boys, ‘Kim has such big boobs!’ I hated it!”

With the help of her mom, Kris Jenner (whom Kim calls her role model), and her stepdad, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, she learned to become more comfortable with her figure. “Our family was always really active, playing soccer, tennis, and swimming,” she recalls. “Bruce filmed exercise infomercials in our living room! He was also a big Tae Bo fan—we all were! Everyday after school we’d run home, do homework, and then go to Billy Blanks’ classes.”

Still, she had to deal with the fact that she didn’t look like everyone else in her high school. “All my friends were super skinny, and that just wasn’t my body type. But I watched my
mom, who was always comfortable with herself, and she helped me with my outlook: I have curves and that’s never going to change, so I’d better start embracing them or I’m going to have a miserable life. It took me a while, but I finally caught on.”

For more, visit http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/kim_kardashian.

Shape hands out 2010 Shoe Awards

- April 19th, 2010

Shape Magazine Logo

These are big shoes to fill.

This month’s issue of Shape magazine puts its best foot forward with the 2010 Shape Shoe Awards.

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Sara Bowen Shea

Shape’s shoe review editor and footwear expert, Sarah Bowen Shea, selected a panel of 300 active women to test 43 varieties of new athletic sneakers hitting shelves this spring, according to a press release.

They chose 13 “chart toppers,” which are featured in the April edition of Shape.

The shoes were evaluated on the following criteria:

• fit and comfort – sizing accuracy and general comfort
• stability – how the shoe handles impact
• design performance and style – ventilation, traction and cushioning
• overall impression

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the winners …

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Nike Zoom Fly Sister One+

Training:
Best for fitness classes
Nike Zoom Fly Sister One+ ($110; nike.com)
Who needs it: Dancers and steppers who require cushioning and flexibility
What it offers: Gossamerlike strands on the upper “hug the feet without confining them.” And thanks to multi-directional grooves, the “super flexible” outsole “bends in every direction, so feet can move fluidly.” Kickboxers and steppers raved about the “extremely comfortable heel cushioning” that helps absorb impact.

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Asics Gel-260 TR

Best for all-around gym use
Asics Gel-260 TR ($80; amazon.com)
Who needs it: Women who mix it up with cardio, strength training, and classes
What it offers: Gel-filled inserts under the heel and forefoot provide extra cushioning. “I barely felt the pedals, so I could go for an hour on the elliptical without my feet getting numb,” said one tester. In classes, the outsole “never slips on studio floors” and the ankle padding “supports the heel, even during quick Zumba steps.”

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Mizuno Wave Rider 13

Running:
Best for speed
Mizuno Wave Rider 13 ($100; roadrunnersports.com)
Who needs it: Runners intent on picking up their pace
What it offers: This neutral shoe offers a smidgen of pronation control. “It’s light and stable, which made me feel fast,” said one racer. The upper has “lots of mesh” to improve ventilation and provide “some give in the toe box.” Nubs on the front half of the outsole enhance traction, which “makes hill climbing easier.”

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Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10

Best for distance
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 10 ($100; brooksrunning.com)
Who needs it: Women who run 10K or longer races
What it offers: Firm foam on the inner side of the midsole provides extra stability. “I was able to run with a straight, easy gait, even up steep hills,” said a marathoner. A gel-filled midsole insert under the heel gives “generous shock absorption,” helping one tester feel “less knee pain” after her runs.

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New Balance WRW760

Walking:
Best overall
New Balance WRW760 ($85; newbalance.com)
Who needs it: Dedicated fitness walkers
What it offers: A plastic bar in the midsole boosts stability, helping one tester “walk for miles with no ankle pain.” The toe box provides “plenty of wiggle room,” and the upper “prevents feet from overheating—even on long treks.”

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Montrail Rockridge

Trail Running:
Best for rugged terrain
Montrail Rockridge
($90; backcountry.com)
Who needs it: Runners who tackle any path
What it offers: The upper is made of a strong mesh that “keeps toes dry and cool” yet “withstands pokes from branches.” With rock-deflecting lugs underfoot and nubs around the perimeter, the outsole makes you feel “secure enough to run anywhere without fear of slipping.”