Taking the Helm – Oxygen Magazine

Taking the Helm – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
After a devastating car accident, Geri Helm used fitness to steer her life back on course.Geri Helm was always involved in sports, and while she never struggled with weight, she did struggle with her body composition: Helm spent a lot of time at the gym doing cardio but noticed that she never really looked any different. She decided to subscribe to Oxygen magazine and began lifting weights — and the changes began to come. “That fueled my passion for competing, which I began doing at age 42,” she says. “Although I didn’t really have a clue what I was doing, I fell in love with the sport, the way I looked, the way people looked at me and the way it made me feel, inside and out.”Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteHer…
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Future of Fitness – Oxygen Magazine

Future of Fitness – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Christina KorenChristina KorenBurlington, Ontario, CanadaStats: 48 • 115 lb • 5’6”Gig: Manager of customer service and billingRevenge Is Sweet. It wouldn’t be fair to call her impressive results a “revenge body” — but a difficult end to an eight-year relationship helped prod Christina Koren into the gym on a regular basis. “Working out was an amazing outlet,” says the 48-year-old former competitive swimmer and aerobics instructor. “Before I realized it, I had lost 27 pounds and achieved a body-fat percentage of less than 10 percent.” Flying Solo. Although she gets plenty of moral support from her three teenagers — Olivia, Hunter and Greighson — when it comes time to lift, Koren goes it alone. “I believe in forging a strong mind-muscle connection, and training alone helps me concentrate,” she explains. “Afterward, the…
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Ask The Nutritionist: Food and Stress

Ask The Nutritionist: Food and Stress

Healthy Eating for Women, Life, Nutrition for Women, Stress Prevention, Women's Health
Spice TeaQ&A: My New Year’s resolution is to reduce stress. Are there any foods I can eat to help with this?Yes, certain foods can absolutely help you keep calm and carry on, such as a bowl of warm oatmeal or a hearty veggie-bean chili. As your body digests the complex carbs in these foods, the level of tryptophan (which converts to serotonin) in your blood rises, leading to feelings of relaxation and happiness. Citrus fruits and vitamin-C-rich produce such as red bell peppers and berries also can work in your favor: In one study, people who took vitamin C before a stressful task experienced a quicker return to normal of their cortisol and blood pressure. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteAnd make sure you’re getting plenty of magnesium, which may help reduce anxiety.…
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Mobilize Your Midback – Oxygen Magazine

Mobilize Your Midback – Oxygen Magazine

Back Exercises for Women, Exercises by Bodypart for Women, Life, Neck & Back Health, Training Tips for Women, Women's Health
The health and mobility of your thoracic spine is integral to spinal and shoulder function, and ignoring this area could negatively affect performance, strength and posture, and could even add pressure to your lower back, resulting in pain and discomfort. Using several stretching techniques in the same session is a great way to improve overall thoracic mobility. Start with some dynamic exercises to naturally warm your body and slowly and safely increase your range of motion. Follow those with some foam-rolling moves to further increase your range of motion, and wrap things up with a static stretch to lengthen your muscles. Though static stretching preworkout is not advisable in all instances, you can use it to help reinforce proper position without reducing power or strength if you’re training exercises like…
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Stop the Self-Sabotage – Oxygen Magazine

Stop the Self-Sabotage – Oxygen Magazine

Healthy Living for Women, Life, Mental Health, Women's Health
Ask someone you trust for his or her best memory of you and how that person remembers you at your best.New year or not, making a goal and seeing it through is tricky business, and in some instances, you are your own worst enemy when it comes to success. “When your unconscious patterns hold you back from having an appropriate emotional response, you sabotage your own success,” says Rock Thomas, motivational speaker and author of The Power of Your Identity: The Secret to Creating Lasting Change (AuthorHouse, 2006). “This leads to a disempowered state and results in a decision that does not take you closer to your desires or goals.”Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteAccording to Thomas, success is an inside job, and your internal dialogue has a lot to do with…
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Transitioning from Ms. Bikini Olympia to New Mom

Transitioning from Ms. Bikini Olympia to New Mom

Athlete Spotlight, Healthy Breakfast Recipes, Healthy Recipes for Women, Life, Nutrition for Women, Recipes By Meal, Women's Fitness Personalities
Nathalia MeloNathalia Melo fell in love with fitness early and was spending her allowance on a gym membership at age 14. Her love for all things exercise rocketed forward from there: In 2004, Melo moved from Brazil to Florida; in 2009, she was an IFBB Bikini pro; and in 2012, she was crowned Ms. Bikini Olympia. In 2014, however, Melo hung up her competition heels, moved to Ireland and got married. Though happy, Melo was left without a definitive career. “I did a lot of soul-searching to find that one thing in the fitness industry that gave me butterflies — but I kept coming up blank,” she says.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteA Pregnant PauseIn 2016, Melo became pregnant and watched helplessly as the body she had so meticulously trained, toned and…
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Wonder Women: Erin Stern – Oxygen Magazine

Wonder Women: Erin Stern – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Erin SternIf I could go back and give my younger self advice, I would tell myself to be kinder, to enjoy life more and to practice being grateful. I think we miss out on a lot by being self-conscious or picking ourselves apart. Gratitude puts things into perspective and delivers happiness. Once a week, I’ll put on a facial mask and just lie on the couch for an hour — that is my guilty pleasure. It’s kind of fun donning a robe and looking like a sea monster for a little while! My best memory from my Bikini competition days was in 2012: I won the Figure Olympia, hopped on a plane to New Delhi and won the Sheru Classic. From there, I traveled to Spain and won the Arnold…
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Hit the Sack for Heart Health

Hit the Sack for Heart Health

Life, Women's Health
Protect your heart by going to bed at a consistent time.The next time you’re considering an all-night Netflix binge, take this to heart: Numerous heart-related health risks are linked to sleep deprivation, including weight gain, insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. What’s more, new research published in the journal Scientific Reports indicates that when you go to bed is just as important as the amount of sleep you get and that consistency is key: Study volunteers with irregular bedtimes had higher body mass index, blood sugar and blood pressure, and they were more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in the following decade than individuals who maintained regular sleeping patterns. Thanks for watching!Visit Website Protect your heart by going to bed at a consistent time, even…
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Beware of Your Beauty Products

Beware of Your Beauty Products

Life, Style and Beauty for Women, Women's Health
Be mindful of the beauty products you use on a regular basis. Many personal-care products, such as shampoo, moisturizers and sunscreen, contain chemicals that may alter reproductive hormones, increasing the risk of breast cancer, heart disease and infertility, according to a new study published in Environmental International. Consumer products often contain parabens (anti-microbial preservatives) and benzophenones (which filter UV rays), and though they have been studied separately quite a bit, researchers believe that studying these chemicals in combination more accurately reflects a person’s real-life exposure.Thanks for watching!Visit Website“We saw that together, even low levels of these chemicals increased estrogen levels in healthy women, which is associated with some forms of breast cancer,” says Anna Pollack, Ph.D., MPH, lead study author and an epidemiologist at George Mason University.Though more research is needed, Pollack…
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Estrogen Dominance, Our Gut and Fat Loss!

Estrogen Dominance, Our Gut and Fat Loss!

Healthy Living for Women, Life, Women's Health
As women, it’s important that we ensure our hormones and gut health are in check.I’m sure many of you have heard the buzz about “gut health” and its impact on our health and fitness success. As women, we all want our efforts in and out of the gym to be optimized. I don’t know about you, but my main reason for spending time in the gym and kitchen is to ultimately feel my best and be as healthy as possible. Piqued interest surrounding the importance of “gut health” has many talking about its role in chronic diseases. Modern medicine has finally begun to recognize the digestive system as a core component to the overall good health puzzle. Recent studies have shown a cause-and-effect relationship between the gut and many of…
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