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Now that we are a couple of weeks into the new year many of us have probably made and broken a few resolutions to do something better in our lives. One very popular promise many of us make is to get in shape in an attempt to keep things snatched and looking cute. Did you know that there are certain jobs that can help you on your fitness endeavors? Now this doesn’t mean you should skip a session at the gym, or that you’re going to run out and take one of these jobs. But, hey, good to know. Here are some jobs that burn the most calories.
I was talking to an old friend recently about my weight loss.
It had been a solid year since the last time we’ve physically seen each other. Back then I was two and a half dress sizes bigger than where I am now. He said I was looking good. I smiled and then said, thanks. And then proceeded to tell him about all the effort I had put into my weight loss. I might have been a little overzealous in my description of my fitness and health regimen but I had been giving serious consideration to my health and fitness lately and felt rather proud of myself. Also I thought that my friend, who is also into his personal fitness, might appreciate my journey. However my dear friend didn’t share my enthusiasm. Instead when I told him about my next fitness goal, which is to run a 5K, he advised me to, “don’t get too skinny.”
No, “hey good job.” Or “hey here’s some tips on how to improve your stride.” My friend, who had listened to me for years cry over pains and other ailments likely brought on by my excess weight and overall poor eating habits, felt that my fitness priority right now should be how not to get too thin. I was slightly annoyed but laughed his comment off as just the misguided compliment of a man with a preference for bigger women (nothing wrong with that). However, my friend is not the first to express such weighty sentiments.
Over the years, I have struggled to find the perfect regimen to manage my weight. (Who would have thunk it to be good ole’ diet and exercise?) And for years, I have had those naysayers. The casual girlfriend, who compliments me on how toned my legs have gotten but advises me to watch that I not get too hard and bulky. The nosey coworker, who in the midst of singing the blues over her own weighty issues,throws shady jabs at me while expressing her fear of losing her curves. The random guy at the gym, who invasively interrupts my workout routine just to tell me that I don’t really need be in here because “men like women with some meat on them.” Even my own dear old dad, who would hound the teenage-me about my weight and the need to exercise but upon seeing first draft of the adult thinner me made the remark, “you don’t look well.”
Individually, the comments deserve an eye roll but the collective sum of “concern” makes me wonder why some folks seemed adamant on protecting me from getting too thin? And maybe, I should be concerned too?
“It’s just ignorance in the purest form. And by that I mean people are just unaware,” said Jena Renee Rogers, Philadelphia-based certified personal trainer, who has over 15 years experience instructing mostly African American women (including me) on how to reach and maintain their fitness goals.
She adds, “What happens is that when people see someone losing weight, they don’t really have a point of reference. It’s not that you are getting too thin, they just see you still exercising and eating healthy. They don’t understand your fitness goals, where you are and where you are going. They don’t understand health benefits. They don’t understand BMI. They don’t understand your hip to waist ratio. They don’t understand visceral fat around your waistline. The majority of the people, I find who make comments like that are the ones, who are not working out. So there is no point of reference. They don’t really get it or understand.”
The understanding Rogers speaks about is the knowledge that losing weight is not an easy task. Nor is maintaining a healthy weight. So while you might have reached your fitness goal, and you may look great in the eyes of your concerned spectator, there is still work required to maintain it all. Roger said that means continuing on the same dietary and exercise regimen that got them to the point. “To maintain that lifestyle, to maintain that look and to maintain that level of fitness, exercise is necessary for the rest of your life – at least three days a week, 30 to 60 minutes a day,” she advises.
Rogers says that she too hears among prospective clients the fear of bulking up and losing their curves, which she says is just all code talk for losing all fun feminine parts like boobs, hips, thighs and an ample behind. But she said that outside of having an eating disorder like anorexia and bulimia or some other health ailment, the odds that you could get to a point of being “too skinny” just from a healthy diet and exercise alone are relatively slim – pun intended.
“The amount of work that you would have to do to get bulky is unbelievable. Like you are not going to get bulky by lifting some five to ten pound weights and doing some squats and jumping jacks. I mean you have to change your diet. You have to be extreme. You have to be working out five to seven days a week, for one to to hour bouts at a time. It’s excessive to get those muscles,” she said.
She also adds that skinny women can have curves too. “Look at Angela Bassett or Jada Pinkett Smith. Look at Halle Berry. Look at that woman from 12 Years a Slave [ Lupita Nyong'o]. She is really thin but has a very toned physique and some wonderful curves. The whole idea that you can’t be thin, toned and have nice curves is silly,” she said.
And because it sounds ridiculous Rogers advises those, who find themselves facing the “too skinny” criticism to not get defensive. Instead, she says to just thank them for their concern and continue on with your fitness goal. “Seriously, just focus on the compliment you do receive,” she said.
ABOUT THIS EPISODE
In this episode of Mommy in Chief, Laila Ali demonstrates exercise tips to staying in shape when you’re a busy mom on the go. Still trying to get rid of that baby bump? Don’t worry because she has something for you too!
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- Episode 5: Actress Kym Whitley Talks New Baby & Food Allergies for Kids
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- Episode 5: Melissa Beck, From Hollywood to Stay At Home Mom
- Episode 6: Single Mom in The City
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If you’re anything like us you’ve essentially been counting down the days to Thanksgiving dinner since the month began and while we’re BEYOND excited we’d also really like to make sure we make it into our skinny jeans to hit the mall on Black Friday too. To prep for the week ahead we’re kicking our workouts into high gear and being a little more mindful of our consumption by eatting a bit cleaner and taking on some new fitness classes when we can.
Read more at StyleBlazer.com
If you and your partner want to get in shape and have become work out buddies, that’s great; but the rest of us go to the gym to take our minds off of things, including our love lives (or lack thereof). When working out with your partner in public, please refrain from the following — or else you will become that annoying couple.
Many of us were already aware that new X Factor judge Kelly Rowland was working with a bangin’ body, but for those of us who may have forgotten just how bangin’ that body is, the October issue of Shape Magazine serves as a great reminder. Inside, the “Dirty Laundry” singer talks about her intense workout schedule, “problem areas” and practicing self-control when it comes to food cravings.
On her weekly workout schedule:
“I work out five or six times a week. I feel better, look better, sleep better….Being fit makes me feel s*xy. Isn’t that everyone’s goal when they work out, to look good n*ked?”
On her “problem area:”
“As I’m getting older, the Rowland family trait of having bigger bottoms is taking its toll on my hips and butt. The other day, [my trainer] had me doing squats that were so hard I wanted to kill her. But my behind is getting higher and tighter. Exercise really does change your body.”
On controlling food cravings:
“When I want a steak, I grill some Portobello mushrooms and put a little goat cheese on them,” she says. “And I’ve learned to satisfy my sweet tooth by replacing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with half a tablespoon of almond butter on half a banana.”
On getting personal with “Dirty Laundry:”
“When I was writing [the song], I thought my story of abuse was too personal to share, but my manager reminded me that so many women are in similar situations—and that as an artist I’m supposed to be vulnerable.”
Doesn’t she look AMAZING?
When It Is That Time Of The Month: Exercise Tips To Keep You Going When Mother Nature Is Messing With Your Body
It’s that time of the month and you have to cancel on your trainer yet again because your cramps are on ten! Story of most of our female sweaty lives. Well, since your Aunt Flow will probably continue to make her monthly visits I have done us all a solid and checked in with PMS expert and founder of Girl Uninterrupted, Mayling Kajiya. You are going to love these tips on how we can still get our sweat on while our distant relative is in town.
1) Just Be Flexible
When you’re suffering from PMS symptoms the best thing you can do is stretch it out sis. Stretches that contort you actually help loosen the lower back and abdominal region. So next time your cramps have you curled over, curl up into these two stretches:
1) The Cramp-Crushing Forward Bend- Start in a seated upright position, open your legs into a straddle position (approximately 3 feet apart). Inhale and sit tall, then exhale and hinge forward at the hips (using your arms like a kickstand). Bend as far forward as you comfortably can. Hold for 1-3 minutes.
2) Spine Arch- Start on all fours, exhale and gently curl your spine so that your tailbone and the crown of your head point down toward the floor and your stomach pulls up into your lower back. Next, inhale and arch your spine in the opposite direction, drawing your back, crown of your head and tailbone up towards the ceiling. Repeat this movement 10X.
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Not everyone is an expert when it comes to working out and exercising. However, there are tons of tips, tricks, and secrets that will make working out one of the best things you’ve ever done for yourself. If you are looking to learn more about physical fitness or if you have decided that now is the time to lead a more active lifestyle, here are 15 workout tips that are sure to make your experience worthwhile.
Have realistic goals
Are you looking to lose 50lbs? Do you want to tone up and put on some muscle mass? Once you have a main goal in mind, you’ll want to divide it into more realistic and attainable goals. While you can lose 50lbs eventually, it’s a lot easier and much more self-pleasing to have mini goals, such as losing 5lbs each month. Make sure you have mini goals that lead to your main goal, or else you’ll have a hard time feeling like you’ve accomplished anything.
When it comes to staying active throughout the day and living a healthier life, our jobs tend to be the thorn in our sides. Since many people work sedentary or semi-sedentary jobs, it’s hard to stay active during work hours. But, the human body is designed to be on the move as much as necessary, which means that sitting down for hours at a time each day can be detrimental to your health. Thankfully there are plenty of ways to get your exercise in during work. Here are 14 ways to do just that.
Men can be vocal about what they want from their significant others, sometimes expecting them to anticipate their needs or indulge their desires. Yet, they don’t always express what they would like to do with their partners. So, here’s a list of things that your man might like to do with you, in regards to entertainment, sex, and hobbies, that you might not have thought of.
When love seems eternal, some men like to signify that by having the both of you mark one another with a token of affection, like an image or name written on the other person’s body. The latter idea is kind of a terrible idea, so even if your man doesn’t want you to tattoo his lips on your hips, or put his initials on your body, a lot of men simply enjoy getting tattoos with their significant other and hitting up the tattoo parlor together for a quick thrill.