Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I Might Be More Inclined To Ride...

If The Lampshade Fits

If I had this Missoni-print bike with turquoise wheels. Swoon.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Why Are There No Men Like This In My Yoga Class?

UK Cosmopolitan

Just when I thought I was never going to get an opportunity to post naked pictures of Adam Levine on this blog, the universe gave me a bit of love and Adam gave Women's Health a little interview. So, let's hear what the Maroon 5 frontman has to say about doing the Downward Dog...  And while you're enjoying the pics, spare a thought for that hand model – it's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it.

How'd you wind up at yoga?
A year and a half ago, my trainer recommended I try working with Alanna to help with my flexibility issues. I'm naturally very tight in lower back and my hips and hamstrings too. My first class felt like someone was ripping my body apart. It wasn't what you'd call peaceful. But I was excited by the idea that the more dedicated I became the more effortless it would become to relax and give in to that tightness. Yes, the torture subsided a bit over time.

How did your body change?
Physically I have always been on the slender side. When I started practicing I instantly felt more sculpted. Yoga carves you into a different person—and that is satisfying physically.

Did it change how you work out?
I had been lifting weights for years. After our first yoga session, I vowed never to lift another weight again.

Do you believe in the mind-body connection?
I was skeptical, to say the least. I was wary of the cliche´s associated with yoga: spirituality used as a marketing tool or Eastern philosophy sold at Starbucks to disenchanted lawyers and accountants looking for meaning. What I soon realized is that yoga welcomes everyone—that's extremely appealing.

How do you maintain your practice on tour?
Being a traveler, yoga is by far the most convenient way to exercise while I'm on the road. You don't need anything but a few feet of space and a mat. And I can always find at least an hour a day to practice. 

(Levine made videos with his teacher to take on the road with him.)

What is your advice to people who think they are too inflexible to do yoga?
Start simple. Yoga will drastically improve you in every way imaginable. But let's face it, I only practice yoga because the classes are always packed with beautiful women. (I am totally kidding.)

Vitamin Injections: Yay Or Nay?

Huffington Post
I am terrifed of needles. Every time my doctor suggests a bood test, I invariably spend the next twenty minutes quizzing him on just how necessary it is to have a needle prodded in my arm. I might be low in iron? That's cool. I'm fine with not knowing.

So the idea that some people would elect to have injections – that shiz is crazy. But that's exactly what Glee star Lea Michele claims is her weight-loss secret. She has vitamin injections. Willigly. By choice. Regularly.

And she's not the only one. Other celebs like Madonna and Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake are doing it too. Apparently these vitamin jabs increase energy levels and boost the metabolism, aiding weight loss.

That might be true, but I could never bring myself to request a poke in the arm with a needle. Just writing this is making me squirmy. Would you?

Monday, August 8, 2011

There's Little Glamour In Running.

Sacha Goldberger @ My Modern Metropolis

But there is a real brutal honesty, as these intriguing pictures show. Last year, photographer Sacha Goldberger stopped joggers at a park near Paris and took their picture. A week later, he invited them back to his studio and snapped them again in their regular daywear. The results are surprising...

Jealousy Overload: Ashley Tisdale's Abs.

The Blemish

I haven't been giving this girl enough credit. Who knew she was so buff? And, more importantly, how do I get these abs of steel? Well, I've dedicated this week's New Move Monday to some creative core work, courtesy of Tracy Anderson and Marie Claire. Your abs can thank me later... or not.

The Click-Together Lift Crunch
Lie on your back, hands behind head, legs straight out and shoulder-width apart with knees facing ceiling.

Crunch up, but keep legs straight. Simultaneously lift legs 3 to 6 inches off the ground and touch together. As you return to floor, legs return to starting position. Do 50 reps.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Take The Pressure Off.


You can't be on top of things all the time. Some days just feel mellow. And that's okay.