Thursday, May 5, 2011

Want A Perkier Bust?

Who doesn't? And nothing gets my attention quite like a headline that reads "Moves To Perk Up Your Boobs". So when I saw Self magazine was promising just that, I was there in a heartbeat.

Ring My (Bike) Bell.

Spoke N Wheel

Why have a plain silver bike bell, when you can have one of these? Ring-a-ding-ding!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It's Gonna Be A Perry Good Day!

So I'm seeing Katy Perry tonight. Try not to be too jealous. I've been eagerly looking forward to this day since I bought the tickets exactly six months and three days ago. And while I play Firework on repeat and annoy everyone in my near vicinity, I thought I'd honour of the fabulous pop princess herself by recapping of some health and fitness advice she dished out to Women's Health on her last tour... 'cause any girl that looks that good in Lycra must have some pearlers, right?

Walk it off. "I got really bad acne this past summer because I was so stressed out. I was on tour and had 14 smelly guys in my face all the time! When I feel like my serotonin is falling, or I'm thinking too much about one thing and letting it affect me, I'll get a massage or take a hike. I just put on a Madonna song and go."

Be nice to your body. "On holiday, I eat whatever I feel like. But on this tour the catering will be a lot more grilled chicken—nothing fried. Everything is going to be organic, and I'm going to have soy milk. No chips in sight—if they're in front of you, you eat them. Drinking a lot of water and staying hydrated is important too. I don't understand how some people live off of diet soda. I have a couple of friends who I have never seen with a bottle of water in their hands. I don't know how they get recharged."

Squeeze in exercise. "My concerts are an hour long, so I usually jump rope for half an hour beforehand to get warmed up. It's intense. Thankfully, I have a fast metabolism—though I may not be saying that 10 years from now."

Play it by ear. "I like to do spontaneous stuff with my friends. The other day we went bowling and played air hockey. My girlfriends and I are always looking for activities we can introduce each other to. Right now I'm setting up this thing called 'Dining in the Dark,' where blind people serve you [dinner] in a pitch-black room. [Ed's note: Trust us—this is an actual trend.] I love stuff like that. For me, a good dinner party is always better than a night out drinking."

On The Couch: Misfits.

It's just the way of the TV world that some programs get a heap of hype (often when they don't even deserve it) while other truly excellent shows slip quietly under the radar. So just in case you never heard about Misfits, I thought I'd fill you in – after all, it's only fair that you have the chance to get addicted, too.

So here's the story: They're possibly the most unlikely superheroes – five delinquents doing community service. But this gang of ballsy Brits realise they've developed special powers after they're struck down by lightening in a freak storm. It's British street humour at it's best and a killer cast that are oddly likeable.

Intrigued? Here's the trailer... (And if you're already a fan, rest assured the third season is on it's way.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tried & Tested: The "Magic Circle".

Ultra-Fit Circle

I've always thought a circle was a happy shape. I mean smiley faces are circles, the sun is a circle, smarties are circles... you get my drift. But all that was shot to smitherines when I was coerced into using a "magic circle" in my pilates class yesterday. Now I hate circles.

In case you've never had the extreme unpleasure of using one before, the circle is incorporated into your mat workout for extra resistance that, in a nutshell, just makes the whole thing a lot more painful. I've posted a video below to give you an idea. But when your buns of steel are too sore to sit on, don't say I didn't warn you...

Monday, May 2, 2011

Thanks A Lot Mum...

Able And Game

My mum has spent years telling me that the things I like least about myself – my man hands, my wingnut ears, my short legs – are all thanks to my dad's genes. And that might be true, but it turns out Mamma Harrington is not off the hook entirely, because I just read an article in the Daily Mail that suggests your mother's gentic input might matter more than you think when it comes to health and wellbeing. So what are the big ones, according to the experts?

  • Migranes: If your mum gets 'em, there's a 70-80% chance you'll get 'em too.
  • Breast cancer: If you carry the mutated gene BRCA1 or BRCA2, you're more likely to inherit the condition.
  • Fitness: The ease at which you build muscle and improve your fitness is up to 50% inherited.
  • Depression: There's around a 10% risk of the illness if your mum suffers from it.
  • Rheumatroid arthritis: If your mum had it, you're 50% more likely to develop the condition.
  • Alzheimer's: There is only a 3-5% increased risk of developing dementia but a 30-50% greater risk of suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's if your mum did.
  • Heart disease: Up to 20% more likely if your mother had a heart attack.

Not sure if your mum or granny had any of these ailments? It could be worth sitting down with her to find out. So at least when the Doc asks you if you have a family history of heart disease, you can say, "Well, actually..." instead of doing what I did and just shooting him a shrug and a confused look.