What Did We Learn This Month: Health, July 2010
Health magazine: July 2010
Health Cover Model for July:
Christina Hendricks of Mad Men (new season starts soon!) who looks lovely if just a bit out of place by wearing a dress on the beach. But I appreciate the fact they feature a woman with real curves on the cover and not yet another stick-thin celeb in a string bikini who is proud of her 'body confidence." (Seriously sick of that expression.)
Christina seems to be a lovely and gracious person who admits that not only does she break "every healthy rule" there is but that she could "sit down with a bag of chips and French onion dip and go to town!" (Love this gal!)
Here is a pitctue of Christina in a Diane von Furstenberg "Zora" dress that I want like...now.
How Christina Keeps in Top Health:
The actress who plays whip-smart Joan Holloway really does embrace her curves but regrets her parents did not follow a regular workout routine. Christina hits the treadmill (even though it bores her,) balance trains on her BOSU ball and tries to watch what she eats. Her favorite "body love" is Jessica Alba and the reason her skin is so perfect and creamy is due to her habit of moisturizing often. Sometimes even with olive oil when necessary which is a little hardcore for me. Perhaps next winter when my legs feel like sandpaper...
Also in the July Health:
Whose Stay-Thin Tricks Should You Steal?:
Health editors pick three different actresses (Anne Hathaway, Valerie Bertinelli and Halle Berry) and illustrate their unique diet strategies that could work for you. I think I get that but the graphic confuses the hell out of me. Can any of you figure this out? I think I am a "Hathaway" but not totally sure. See for yourself!
WTF? Too much partying in my 20s is affecting my ability to process this one. Moving on...
Wake Up Prettier:
I am a HUGE beauty junkie and am always looking for new potions and lotions to make me prettier. This month the Health beauty editors features "give me that and that and that" glamor-puss products that "work straight through the night."
Yes please! (I can vouch for the efficacy of the Lash Boosting Serum from L'Oreal Paris by the way.)
The Bar Method at Home:
I keep hearing about The Bar Method created by Burr Leonard and how tough it is. To the point where I heard tougher chicks than me cried after a Bar workout!
Combining ballet and Pilates, this month's issue features a Bar Method workout to try at home in which they claim you can lose "three inches from your waist and thighs" in one month. Not sure I buy that but maybe Burr has seen it happen with her students and I could modify this for my classes...hmmm.
Anyhoo, here she is with a couple of moves I plan to try out for myself.
What Else is in This Month's Health?
Got a Headache? What's Really Causing It:
I have numerous friends who have problems with headaches so I sending this along to them right away. In a nutshell look out how you hold your Blackberry or iPhone (wow--who'd a thunk it?), make sure the chicken you get at the supermarket is fresh (really, really fresh people) the overuse of saline sprays causing more problems than being a help with allergies and watch out for your medications. Got that?
How Bad Are Your Past Sins Really?
Kind of a cool feature on whether or not you can "undo" damage you have caused in the past. Topics include unsafe sex, living on junk food in your 20s, sun exposure, how long it takes to "undo" a smoking habit (15 years, yikes!) and extreme dieting. Good advice throughout.
The rest of the best of this issue of Health:
- World's Best Beauty Buys: Great ideas for affordable beauty items from around the globe that won't break the bank.
- The 7-Day Carblovers Kickstart Plan: Health features a week-long plan from the hot diet book The Carblovers Diet. Nice to know the demonization of carbs is going away--whew!
- Healthy Skin at Every Stage: The best advice for overcoming beauty issues in your 30s, 40s and 50s.
- Four Surprising Women Can't Lose Weight: The 'hidden health issues" that can make you keep on extra pounds.
- Hoop Yourself Slim: A fun routine using hula hoops that will whittle your waist. I never learned to hula hoop have you? Is it hard? Is it one of those things you have to take up as a child?
- Road Trip! Eat Healthy--Anywhere: How to eat healthy on the road whether you are at a rest stop, diner or fast food mall. Very helpful!
- Super Cool Treats: Page after page of drool-worthy, frozen yummy-ness. We are talking low-cal ice cream, frozen yogurt and sorbet--am I dreaming? Seriously, I am drooling right now just typing this down. (Nom nom)
And now the rest of the rest of Health:
There's an important story about keeping your reproductive system healthy and the headline says "Good News About Down-There Cancer.' Down where? My feet? Shit like this really bugs me. Use proper names and terms please! Your readers are grown-ups--really!
But that is really the only article/line that made me wince. The rest of the magazine is an informative and easy-going read. Nicely done Health magazine editors!
B Very strong issue full of the good stuff that is perfect to take along to the beach. Good job!
Until next month Health!
Brooklyn Fit Chick
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