Get Fit Through Stand-up Paddleboarding

Get Fit Through Stand-up Paddleboarding

Athlete Spotlight, Healthy Breakfast Recipes, Healthy Recipes for Women, Life, Nutrition for Women, Recipes By Meal, Women's Fitness Personalities
Candice ApplebyGrowing up in San Clemente, California, Candice Appleby spent her weekends riding the waves and became captain of her high-school surf team. She moved to Hawaii for college and began winning surfing competitions all over the world. By all accounts, she was well on her way to a career in surfing — until she discovered stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Appleby taught herself the sport by watching others and was soon competing against men in SUP racing and surfing — and winning. “My goal growing up was to be a professional surfer, but then stand-up paddling came along,” Appleby says. “Now I get to compete as a professional athlete in a sport that is not subjective and can surf for the pure joy of it without worrying about my next heat…
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Jennifer Nicole Lee: The Girl Behind the Cover

Jennifer Nicole Lee: The Girl Behind the Cover

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Jennifer Nicole LeeJennifer Nicole Lee’s parents were living the dream, immigrating to the U.S. and giving birth to their daughter — a first-generation American citizen. But this dream also meant working multiple jobs just to make ends meet and living below the poverty line, relying on food stamps to eat. These constant economic struggles drove Lee to become independent, strong and self-sufficient at a very young age, but by adulthood, those difficulties began to manifest themselves physically. Lee suffered depression, chronic fatigue, anxiety, stress and poor self-esteem. She developed an emotional eating pattern that led to years of yo-yo dieting and dramatic weight swings. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteStrong Is the New SkinnyBut life went on and Lee fell in love, got married and had two sons. However, she still felt…
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Meet These Five Inspirational Fit Women

Meet These Five Inspirational Fit Women

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Casey SniderCasey SniderEagle, Idaho Stats: 34 • 125 lb • 5’4”Gig: Business owner and licensed pilotLate to the Game: Belying her impressive competitive resume — two overall wins and five class victories over 11 bikini competitions thus far — Casey Snider wasn’t very athletic growing up and actually didn’t discover the gym until her last year of college. “I did a semester of workout classes and ended up wishing I’d pursued a degree in health instead of communications and psychology,” she admits. Fly-Girl: Snider owns a fertilizing company, and she earned her pilots license so she could fly around the country and check in with her customers. All that travel means she has to stay diligent with her diet. “At home, I typically grill every day, or If I’m cooking,…
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Ball Gowns and Bikini Crowns

Ball Gowns and Bikini Crowns

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Libby WestphalLibby Westphal had been a size 12 most of her adult life, but in 2007, her weight began to creep upward until she was a “tight” size 14. “I was fighting my fourth round of ovarian cancer, was serving as the primary caregiver for my dying mother and taking care of my young son,” she says. “Seeing my mother getting weaker and fearing I’d be next was incredibly painful, so I medicated my pain with pizza, ice cream, beer and wine.”Her mother passed and Westphal’s chemo treatments ended in 2009, but just when she thought the worst was over, she suffered a meniscus tear that required surgery. “By then I was the largest I’d ever been, and I hated the way I looked,” she says. “As I was leaving…
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Healthy New You with Katie Corio

Healthy New You with Katie Corio

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Healthy New You with Katie CorioNew Year’s is approaching fast, and if you’re like 99 percent of the world, part of your resolution is to get fit/lose weight/eat healthy. Unfortunately, the majority of resolutioners will abandon their healthy goals by March, and so continues the cycle of gym memberships that go unused. So also continues the cycle of quick-fix programs and yo-yo diets, which not only do a number on your metabolism but which also undermine your confidence.“I have been there,” says Katie Corio, NPC bikini competitor and creator of Oxygen’s Healthy New You online education program. “I have felt the guilt and the low self-esteem that comes with being out of shape. I understand what it is to want to be fit and healthy, but to have it seem…
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A Positive Outlook Changes Everything

A Positive Outlook Changes Everything

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If there’s one thing IFBB Bikini pro and certified personal trainer Angeles Burke has learned over the years, it’s that a positive outlook changes everything. “I spent a lot of my life feeling insecure and letting negative self-talk take over,” she says. “Rather than giving myself a pity party, I decided that surrounding myself with supportive, active and like-minded people was the best ‘therapy’ for me.”Thanks for watching!Visit Website Burke knows firsthand that training is a beneficial and productive way to channel any personal issues or self-doubt. She traded in late-night partying when she decided to start competing and has never looked back. Over the years, her priorities shifted from winning competitions to staying healthy and fit for life. “It is no longer about being a certain weight or a…
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How One Woman Lost Half Her Bodyweight

How One Woman Lost Half Her Bodyweight

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For many, Disneyland is “the happiest place on earth,” but for Christina Jordan, it was the most embarrassing place on earth. She was kicked off a ride in front of hundreds of people and her two young kids for being “too big,” just after having been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.“I was terrified because nearly every member of my family was overweight and had diabetes, and several had even died from it,” she says, explaining that she was teased and bullied her entire childhood and suffered from low self-esteem. “I had just had my second child and knew I had to change.”Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteCleaning Out and Cleaning UpJordan had an unhealthy relationship with food, starving herself all day long while drinking sodas and sugary coffee drinks. At the end…
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With All Her Heart – Oxygen Magazine

With All Her Heart – Oxygen Magazine

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Growing up, Mauri Peterson was an avid gymnast and surfer who thrived on competition. But around age 10, she began suffering from fainting spells and blackouts. She was misdiagnosed with anxiety and hypoglycemia for several years, but then she experienced a cardiac arrest. An EKG determined she had sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) long QT type 2 — a dysfunction of the heart’s electrical system that causes rapid and irregular heartbeats. Peterson had surgery to implant a defibrillator, which administered a shock to her heart each time it went into arrest.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteBut perhaps worse for Peterson was the news that came next. “My cardiologists said I could never again participate in physical sports because my heart was unable to sustain a rapid heartbeat,” she says. “I felt sorry…
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Athlete Spotlight: Susan Francia – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight: Susan Francia – Oxygen Magazine

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Oxygen: How many hours of sleep do you get per night?Susan Francia: I try to sleep about eight hours but usually get closer to six and a half. I’m a night owl. I somehow find a second wind at 10 p.m. Where is that second wind at 4 p.m.? Sometimes I take a 30- to 45-minute nap after work, usually before I work out in the afternoon. It's the perfect amount of time to wake up refreshed.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteOxygen: How have you adjusted your sleep schedule to cater to your training and travel schedule?SF: Practice starts pretty early. Nobody told me that when I joined rowing! So I try my best to go to bed early. When I’m traveling, I have to be very disciplined and not take naps.…
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How She Fuels: Sarah Brown

How She Fuels: Sarah Brown

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For 31-year-old Sarah Brown, health and fitness is a huge part of her family dynamic. So much so that she says, “Our son has been attending bodybuilding and fitness events with us since he was 6 days old! Yes, days!”It’s no surprise because being active is definitely in Brown’s DNA. As a teen, she dabbled in ice skating and competitive cheerleading, and she even earned a black belt in seidokan karate. Back in 2011 when she went to a bodybuilding show with her husband (who is a bodybuilder), she saw the Bikini division for the first time and thought, Now that’s a great look for me. I want to prep for one of these shows. She asked her husband to train her, and she placed in the top five at…
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