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The Super Bowl is synonymous with friendly get-togethers and party food. Too bad it usually leaves us feeling weighed down by the time the night is over. This year, let's change that!
Whether you watch the game on your own this weekend or invite a few fitness-minded friends to join you, vow to keep this year's game night healthy with light Super Bowl eats or my favorite: The Super Bowl Workout Game! It's a fun, calorie-torching, muscle-challenging game that you can play (if you dare!) while you watch on Sunday.
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As some of you may remember, Coach Tanya recently blogged about how First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined celebrity chef Rachael Ray and announced last month that there will be changes to the school lunch program. To help support these new nutritional standards in schools, Teach.com has created and shared the following infographic with statistics that share lifestyle, consumption, and media activity relating to children, which contribute to obesity in childhood (and for some, into adulthood).
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Editor's Note (Nicole Nichols): So many workout DVDs land on my desk, but since I only have so many hours in the day to work (and work out), I've started enlisting the help of my fellow SparkPeople employees to test them. I asked Teri, a new employee on SparkPeople's sales and marketing team, to try the first (and recently released) DVD by Chris Powell, trainer from the TV show "Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition." When I previewed the DVD, I liked what I saw: lots of encouragement, good modifications (plus tips to progress exercises), and workouts that seemed introductory and geared toward beginners and/or people who have a lot of weight to lose. I also loved seeing the real people doing the workouts along with Chris. The DVD includes three workouts (15 minutes, 25 minutes, and 30 minutes) that increase in intensity as you get fitter.
Teri is getting back into fitness since starting her job at SparkPeople two months ago, and her goal is to lose 25 pounds. Find out what she thought about this workout DVD! Read More ›
Have you noticed how intense workout programs have become in recent years? The top-selling fitness DVDs are by "America's Toughest Trainer" Jillian Michaels (think 30 Day Shred) and also include P90X and Insanity (advertised as "the hardest fitness program ever put on DVD"). Even Crossfit, which combines gymnastics, power lifting, and plyometrics and was originally used by athletes, firefighters, and soldiers, is gaining popularity among unfit beginners and housewives alike. The ever-popular "Biggest Loser" TV series also depicts people exercising to the point of injury, hospitalization, and vomiting.
I remember a time when commercials for fitness products used to show how easy and effortless it was to lose weight and tone up in just minutes a day. But now, we see the sweat and strain and want to be a part of it. Are we crazy? Am I the only one concerned about this trend? Read More ›
How well do we know the important people in our lives? For many of us we only know what another is willing to let us know. Many times we take people at their word and trust a great deal about what they tell us when it is about things we don't experience with them. For many of us, the richest relationships come from those we can trust and confidently depend. We long for relationships that are fully committed, faithful, and loyal.
These character traits are explored in the next Family Movie Night installment presented by Walmart and P & G. This Saturday, Who Is Simon Miller will air at 8/7c on NBC and will explore what happens to a family when trust has been brought into question. The fast-paced spy thriller introduces the Miller family to the reality that their husband and father is not who he says he is. As they take on an international adventure, they also have to venture into feelings of hurt and betrayal. As the family unravels the mystery to save their father, they also put their trust, loyalty, and forgiveness to the test as well.
Moms4FamilyTV is a national group of moms who support and encourage companies that create entertainment options that families can enjoy together. They love that Family Movie Night's provide quality movies that are good for the whole family that offer not only family-friendly commercials but teachable moments as well. This movie provides the same opportunity for conversations about the values that are important in your family. Whether you play a significant role in raising your own children or helping raise nieces or nephews, grandchildren, godchildren or children of close family friends, watching movies together can provide opportunities for meaningful talk and teachable moments. Who is Simon Miller? touches on a number of important values that may trigger these types of talks. Moms4FamilyTV has provided the following discussion starters to help families make the most of this movie opportunity.
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The trick is all in the toning. Sculpt your arms sleek and sexy like Jillian's with her five go-to moves.
1. One-Legged Curl
Targets: Biceps, abs, butt, and legs
- Stand on left leg, holding a 5- to 10-pound dumbbell in each hand, arms by sides, palms facing forward.
- Lift extended left leg directly behind you and hinge forward at hips so that body is parallel to ground from head to left heel.
- Maintaining one-legged position throughout, bring elbows to sides of ribs and then curl weights to shoulders.
- Lower arms (extending them downward) and repeat.
- Do 20 reps, then switch legs and repeat. Do 2 sets.
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Throughout junior high and high school, I was a three-sport athlete, which included school records and state level competition. I attended college on a volleyball scholarship and enjoyed competition and recognition on a national level. Athletics have provided me with some of my most memorable and teachable moments outside of being a parent. They have taught me life lessons that guide me still today.
Sports will be used to tackle the timely topic of bullying in the sixth Family Movie Night presentation sponsored by P & G and Walmart that airs tomorrow, June 11,2011, at 8:00pm EST on NBC. When the star quarterback learns some of his teammates have been bullying the new transfer student, Tyler has to decide what to do. When faced with the choice of standing up for the new student at the cost of friendship and the state championship, does Tyler have the courage to do what is right?
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Many of us watched Candace Cameron Bure grow up on Full House. On Saturday, April 16th at 8 PM on FOX she will star in the new family movie night feature Truth be Told. Candace joins David James Elliot and Ronny Cox (does anyone but me still remember him from Apple's Way?) to unravel the secret of marriage. In the year since Wal-Mart and P & G first launched Family Movie Night, they have brought fun, action-packed entertainment that everyone can enjoy. This one will most likely be no different and will provide teachable moments and discussion opportunities surrounding universal truths like honesty and the pitfalls of compromising integrity to achieve a goal.
No doubt, many of us have been told that honesty is the best policy and the truth will set you free. Today we need people with moral integrity, character, and honesty more than ever. Every day we are faced with opportunities to operate and live in truth. Courage allows us to call things like we see them and increases our personal power. Here are nine benefits of living with integrity.
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By Amy Capetta, That's Fit
Maria Menounos interviews Hollywood's biggest celebrities as a reporter for "Access Hollywood," "NBC Nightly News," "Dateline" and the "Today" show. While making a career out of talking to A-listers, Menounos has learned how to look like one on a limited budget.
Menounos has just penned the new book "The Every Girl's Guide to Life," in which she offers her advice on how to live a healthier, happier and more balanced life. Menounos shared a few of her diet and fitness strategies exclusively with That's Fit -- and believe it or not, she stays fit without a trainer.
That's Fit: What are your favorite healthy snack tips?
Maria Menounos: My days can be really busy, so when I grab a snack, I want it to work as hard as I am. I want it to give me energy, fill me up [and] fuel my body. I like to grab veggies, like baby carrots or a handful of almonds. I also look for snacks that are high in protein and fat free, like Greek yogurt, which has two times the protein of regular yogurt to help satisfy hunger. Blueberries and apples are amazing, too. I often take apple slices to work with me.
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By Lisa Johnson of That's Fit
"The Biggest Loser" wasted no time introducing the new trainers, unveiling their identities before the opening credits. As we suspected, Cara Castronova and Brett Hoebel are "the unknowns," and the trainers spoke about the experiences that led them to the show.
Brett Hoebel has been in the fitness industry for almost 20 years and working in several forms of martial arts. "I've studied, I was a pre-med, there's a science to training," he said. "There's no guesswork on anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology." He also talked about being overweight as a teen. "It took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears," he said. "That's what I want to show the contestants."
Cara Castronova, who was ranked number two in the country in her weight class as a boxer and won two Golden Gloves in New York, has overcome her own life hardships. Her father, who taught her how to box, died when she was 14 and her mother passed away a few years ago after a car accident. "Having a hard life has made me stronger," she said. "I'm here to bring back the fighter in each and every one of them."
Read the rest of the story at That's Fit!
Photo credit: Trae Patton, NBC via That's Fit
Do you think the new trainers are as good as Bob and Jillian? Do you think they'll be as effective? What do you think about their qualifications? Read More ›
A few months ago, I started participating in a weekly Twitter chat with other healthy living bloggers. Through #FitBlog Chats, I met Katy Widrick, a producer for Growing Bolder, a radio and television show that's motivating and entertaining--something that can be hard to find!
Growing Bolder seeks out stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Aimed at those over 50, Growing Bolder says "our Community is not about age. It's about attitude; an attitude that's as powerful at 20 as it is at 60."
The can-do attitude and sense of community reminded me of the spirit we aim to cultivate here at SparkPeople, which is why I decided to write about the show.
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Perhaps you remember Brooke White from Season 7 of American Idol. This self proclaimed lover of anything "right brained" is now taking on acting in the latest Family Movie Night presentation.
Change of Plans is a "revealing story that shows how embracing life's unexpected events can open your heart and mind to new possibilities." This latest installment of better TV for families presented by Walmart and P& G will have its world premiere on FOX this Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 8 pm EST/7 pm CST. Although co-star Phylicia Rashad of Cosby Show fame caught my attention, what really put a smile on my face was Brooke's movie theme song video for Something Beautiful.
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Jillian Michaels has become a household name from her role as a tough-talking trainer on NBC's "The Biggest Loser". Fans have come to expect the duo of Jillian and fellow trainer Bob Harper with each new season of the show. (She has appeared on every season except one.) But last week, Jillian revealed that the next season, Season 11, will be her last. Will you still tune in? Read More ›
About a month ago, I found an interesting new movie on The Hallmark Channel. A Family Thanksgiving was about a happily single, high powered attorney and her taste of what her life could be like if she had made different choices. It was about the opportunity to walk in different shoes in order to recognize life's blessings more clearly. I love when movies cause us to reflect about what matters most in our own lives.
There is another movie coming up this Friday, December 3, 2010, with a similar theme and opportunity. Movie partners Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble will premiere their third made-for-TV family movie on local NBC stations at 8PM EST (Eastern Standard Time). A Walk in My Shoes looks at the sacrifices a military family endures in service to their country. Perhaps it will help all of us recognize the importance of not making judgments without looking at situations from another person's point of view. It may also inspire us to help others when we see a need as well.
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Freaky Eaters is a new TLC show shedding light on eating issues facing many adults. According to this Los Angeles Times show description, many times there are psychological components to freaky eating issues. While the show is focusing on people that avoid specific foods or only eat certain foods or food groups, picky eating for adults can be much more perplexing.
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