With All Her Heart – Oxygen Magazine

With All Her Heart – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
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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How to Eat Healthy at a Barbecue

How to Eat Healthy at a Barbecue

Healthy Eating for Women, Life, Nutrition for Women, Nutrition Tips for Women
  We all know the importance of a healthy diet in keeping our bodies in optimal shape, but we also know how delicious food can be, especially at a barbecue. The aromas wafting from the grill alone can be enough to make our mouths water. And when the spread is ready, it’s easy to pile our plates high with the good stuff. Photo Credit: Stephanie McCabe   Thanks for watching!Visit Website     There’s no reason to leave a barbecue feeling guilty, though. If you know what you’re doing, it’s totally possible to eat healthy and thoroughly enjoy your food. Follow these five tips to satisfy your barbecue itch and remain on your health streak at the same time. 1. Always Start With Vegetables Yes, just like mom and dad used…
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Athlete Spotlight: Susan Francia – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight: Susan Francia – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
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

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Nutrition for Women, Supplements for Women, Women's Fitness Personalities
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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7 Habits that Age You

7 Habits that Age You

Healthy Living for Women, Life, Women's Health
Nobody wants to age any faster than they have to. Surprisingly, though, things you do, perhaps even daily, could be adding years to your life, even making you look older. Here’s how to put the kibosh on seven of these seemingly harmless behaviors.1. Your aging habit: Sipping from a straw How it ages you: Whenever you sip through a straw, you’re pulling on the muscle, the orbicularis oris, that circles your mouth. “As you repeat this, the skin on top of that muscle changes so you get burrows, just like the creases you get in your forehead,” says Ronda S. Farah, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteThe anti-aging fix: If you’re an occasional straw sipper or you’re using a straw because of…
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The Ultimate Fitness Cruise: Oxygen Partners With Blue World Voyages

The Ultimate Fitness Cruise: Oxygen Partners With Blue World Voyages

Life, Sponsored
Imagine a vacation at sea where you travel the world, go on extraordinary adventures, eat well and exercise daily with a community of like-minded, fit travelers.This vision becomes reality in 2019 as Oxygen teams up with Blue World Voyages, the first global cruise organization fully dedicated to fitness and healthy living. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteBlue World is redefining what it means to cruise, offering top-of-the-line, wellness-inspired features, including healthy cuisine, onboard fitness classes and active exploration for all passengers.What to Expect on a Blue World Voyages Fitness CruiseThis is not your ordinary cruise ship! Here is what’s in store for Blue World cruisers when you step aboard:An entire deck reserved for fitness, including a functional training center, a dedicated TRX area, multiple Spinning studios, high-definition golf and soccer simulators, batting…
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Ahhhhhrboretum – Oxygen Magazine

Ahhhhhrboretum – Oxygen Magazine

Life, Mind and Body for Women
Natural environments such as parks, lakes and forests have a positive effect on body image, but you don’t have to be in the great outdoors to reap the benefits, say the authors of a paper published in the journal Body Image. In three separate studies, researchers asked 124 women and men to rate their level of agreement with statements to determine their body satisfaction, such as I accept my body regardless of imperfections. After looking at photos of nature, participants took the body-image tests again, and both men and women scored higher than they did before viewing the images. A fourth test in which people walked through a park to test the activity’s effects on body image had similar results. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteBy contrast, looking at images of cityscapes such…
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Sitting Pains – Oxygen Magazine

Sitting Pains – Oxygen Magazine

Life, Neck & Back Health, Women's Health
Recent research has revealed that sitting for long periods could be as bad for your heart as smoking. But how can something that demands so little of your cardiovascular system be so harmful? It could have to do with troponins, proteins produced by cardiac muscle cells when they are hurt or dying. In an observational study published in the journal Circulation, a correlation was discovered between people who sat for 10 hours or more and had above-average troponin levels in their blood. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteThe levels were below those indicative of a heart attack but were high enough to constitute what researchers called a “subclinical cardiac injury.” Study authors note that sedentary behavior, which is associated with obesity, insulin resistance and fat deposition in the heart, can lead to injured heart…
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The Future of Fitness – Oxygen Magazine

The Future of Fitness – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
Vanessa RomondWestfield, New JerseyStats: 36 • 128 lb • 5’4”Gig: Interior designerDown but Never Out: Overcoming obstacles has defined Vanessa Romond’s fitness quest. “I’ve suffered from osteoarthritis and spondylolysis since I was 18, and recurring lower-back and neck injuries have forced me out of training for months at a time,” she says. Always athletic, Romond participated in track, skiing and kickboxing in high school while also earning NCA All-American honors as a cheerleader. She made it her mission to re-establish her fitness groove after having her second child. “I started strength training and focused on stabilizing my core, and my overall pain management really improved,” she says.Thanks for watching!Visit Website Fit Fam: Romond typically heads to the gym after dropping her kids off at school. “I’ll do HIIT cardio mixed…
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