Go With the Flow – Oxygen Magazine

Go With the Flow – Oxygen Magazine

Workouts For Women, Yoga for Women
First and foremost — this is not yoga. It’s not capoeira. It’s not break dancing, parkour or gymnastics. Though you may see some familiar shadows of these practices here, Animal Flow is a beast unto itself. “Animal Flow is about understanding how to move from a really primal level,” says Venus Lau, a level-2 certified Animal Flow instructor, trainer and movement coach based in Los Angeles (venusfit.com). She credits Mike Fitch, her personal mentor and the creator of Animal Flow, with changing her understanding of exercise. “He created a system that is very step by step to help people connect to the ground, connect to their bodies, connect to their brains,” she says. “It’s about tapping in and not tapping out.” Thanks for watching!Visit WebsitePrimal PowerAnimal Flow uses only your…
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Massy Arias: Rise Above – Oxygen Magazine

Massy Arias: Rise Above – Oxygen Magazine

Life, Mind and Body for Women, Total-Body Workouts for Women, Women's Fitness Personalities, Workouts For Women
An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization. But despite its pervasiveness, there is still an unambiguous stigma attached to depression that makes it an unmentionable subject of conversation, no matter your race, creed, country or age. In fact, more than 50 percent of Americans don’t seek treatment for the condition, and even fewer admit to having a mental health issue at all for fear of judgment, shame and discrimination. Thanks for watching!Visit Website“Mental health is taboo everywhere, and in my country, we never talk about these things — people just get labeled as crazy, even if they are only depressed,” says the Dominican-born Massy Arias. “But I think we should be open about it, and depression should be treated the same as…
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Buck Furpees – Oxygen Magazine

Buck Furpees – Oxygen Magazine

The #OxygenBadassBurpees Challenge, Total-Body Workouts for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
Love ’em or hate ’em, burpees are an incredible exercise, working nearly every muscle in your body to build strength, power, endurance, coordination and agility. At their foundation, they require no equipment, and as for fat burning? They kick ass. Use these eight variations to shred up for summer and rock those short shorts with confidence.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteNothing spells nausea more than a workout riddled with burpees. And though you might think it was created by an evil masochist, the burpee was actually invented in the 1930s by an unassuming American physiologist and Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University named Royal Huddleston Burpee. He designed an exercise he called a “squat thrust”— place your hands on the ground, jump your feet back into plank, jump your feet back underneath you…
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Cover Girl Confidential: Karina Smirnoff

Cover Girl Confidential: Karina Smirnoff

The Oxygen Challenge
When did you start dancing? I have ADHD, and my parents were always looking for ways to make me tired! When I was about 9, my grandma took me to a dance studio. I remember walking in and seeing the dresses and the colors and the couples and was like, Wow, I want to do that! But I had to audition. In the Ukraine, you have to qualify for that school. I practiced and practiced and made it!Did you continue dancing when you moved to the U.S.?We came when I was 14, but I couldn’t take lessons again until I was 16 because we could not afford it. We had to start from scratch when we immigrated — my parents slept on a pool float that they would have to…
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How Protein Fuels Your Workouts

How Protein Fuels Your Workouts

The Truth About Protein
Let’s break it down. You probably already know that protein is one of your key macronutrients, along with fat and carbs. You need an ideal ratio of all three to fuel your body and maintain a healthy metabolism. But what role does protein play in your diet?What Protein Doesn’t DoFirst things first. When it comes to fuel, your body runs more on carbohydrates and fats during your workouts than protein. Carbs are the key energy suppliers and can amplify the intensity of your workouts and help you go longer and harder. See also "Make Your Carbs Count."Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteFat also supplies energy, helps your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K, and protects your organs from injury. Essential fatty acids aid in hormone production and regulation. So…
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Cover Girl Confidential: Jen Widerstrom

Cover Girl Confidential: Jen Widerstrom

The Oxygen Challenge
Now that you’re in Colorado, do you ski?Not once! Are you kidding? I have never been. I would fall down and be weird. I would have to go hire some very kind, patient ski instructor to take me down the hills a few times. I also don’t have any free weekends. It is great to be busy, but work definitely directs the sails on the fun stuff you get to do.How many seasons were you on The Biggest Loser?Two full seasons over the course of three years. Now we have been on hiatus for two years.Why did the show go on hiatus? It was a combination of things. First of all, Bob [Harper] had a heart attack, which was so unexpected. He is such a pivotal and critical part of the…
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Is Your Diet Rock-Solid? – Oxygen Magazine

Is Your Diet Rock-Solid? – Oxygen Magazine

Nutrition for Women, Supplements for Women
Most people focus on the big players in the vitamin and mineral game — E, D, B, magnesium, calcium and the like. However, it might just be the little guys that can ultimately help you achieve your goals. Case in point: the trace minerals iron, zinc and copper. This trio is essential for helping the body transport oxygen, repair muscle and improve immunity, and although the Recommended Daily Allowance for each is pretty small, female athletes often don’t get enough. “Minerals are understudied or underappreciated in terms of sports nutrition,” says Robert DiSilvestro, Ph.D., professor of human nutrition at The Ohio State University. This, he adds, is likely the reason they aren’t on many athletes’ radar.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteBut they should be: DiSilvestro studied the effects of minerals in a recent…
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Saluting a New Lifestyle – Oxygen Magazine

Saluting a New Lifestyle – Oxygen Magazine

Athlete Spotlight, Life, Women's Fitness Personalities
One morning in 2013, Navy instructor flight engineer Jennifer Suber awoke feeling dizzy and nauseated. What she initially assumed was food poisoning turned out to be a bout of vertigo that lasted for three weeks. Once the feeling subsided, she was cleared to fly and thought she’d put that behind her. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteHowever, a year later, she experienced a second episode. More testing revealed that she had superior canal dehiscence syndrome, a set of hearing and balance symptoms related to a rare medical condition of the inner ear. In February 2015, Suber underwent surgery but did not recover well — she required the use of a cane and a service dog, Lola, to help her walk and get around. She no longer was able to perform her job…
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How to Hold Yourself Accountable

How to Hold Yourself Accountable

Healthy Living for Women, Life
If you’ve ever made a pact with a friend, co-worker or spouse to hold each other accountable for reaching a goal, you know the struggle is real. While some accountability partners are a match made in heaven, others can be flaky, bossy, unrealistic or even toxic. But truly, if you’re looking for that one magical person who will change your life, look in the mirror because there’s simply no one better to count on than yourself. Thanks for watching!Visit Website“When you hold yourself accountable, a sense of ownership, mastery and pride is created,” says Dara Bushman, PsyD, NBCCH, RRT, a licensed clinical psychologist in Pembroke Pines, Florida, adding that those who are not accountable feel a loss of control and often leave tasks incomplete or complete them with a lack…
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