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Bridal Body Prep Plan: Total Body Meltdown and Boost Up

Author: adminbg
Posted: July 19, 2012, 4:18 pm

How to Get Pippa's Famous Butt

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The Royal Wedding may have been Kate and Will's big day, but the bride's little sister unsuspectingly stole the show — months later, we're all still talking about her amazing figure on display in that iconic, white Alexander McQueen dress.

Good Morning America reports that the "Pippa butt lift" is becoming a huge plastic surgery trend. Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Constantino Mendieta reveals 20% of his butt lift patients specifically ask for a derriere like Pippa's. "People want those dimensions. She's just gorgeous," he said.

You don't need to go under the knife to get a toned, trim backside—just follow these exercise pointers and you'll be showing off your bridal tush in no time.

Butt Blast Cardio Tips:

Running is an excellent cardiovascular activity that burns fat and helps tone and trim your lower body. Many of my clients notice a flattening of the gluteus maximus when they begin to run with more frequency.

For an added butt booster, try running on an incline 1-2 days per week. If you're using a treadmill, set the incline at level 2 or 3. If you're an outdoor runner, find a loop that has a few challenging hills. It's also important to balance your running with weight training exercises that strengthen the buttock area. (Plus, it's always nice to have a little extra lift in those favorite pair of jeans!)

Strength Training:

Try these power moves to add a bit more bounce to your butt! Aim for 3 sets of 12 repetitions, 3 times per week. 

Exercise #1: Butt Lifts

1. Get into a push-up position on the floor and put a fitness ball underneath your shins so that your feet are off the floor. Hands should be in a direct line with your shoulders.
2. Flex your right foot and squeeze your butt as tight as possible. Tuck in your abdominals.
3. Slowly raise your right leg off the ball, about 4-6 inches. Remember to keep your butt contracted and don't let your lower back sag.
4. Slowly lower your leg to the starting position, try not to touch the ball, and then repeat for 12 repetitions.
5. Repeat sequence with your left leg. 

Exercise #2: Sumo Squats

1. Stand with your legs more than shoulder width apart. Your toes should be pointed slightly outwards. 2. Hold a light dumbbell out at arms length in front of you, one end pointed towards the floor.
3. Keeping your back straight and chest out, bend your knees and slowly lower your body towards the floor. Make sure to push your heels into the floor as you lower—toes should remain flat on the ground. 4. Push yourself back up, focusing on keeping your butt and inner thighs tight. Repeat to complete the suggested number of reps.

Exercise #3: Reverse Lunge

1. Standing with your feet together, keep your arms at you side and hold a light dumbbell in each hand, palms facing in.
2. Starting with your right foot, step backwards by bending both knees. Left knee should stay over toes, right knee should almost touch the ground. Focus on keeping your back straight, abs tight and chest out.
3. Push yourself up with your right foot, back to starting position. Switch legs and repeat the sequence of moves. A cycle of each leg counts as one rep.

Author: adminbg
Posted: September 28, 2011, 4:09 pm

Fitness Tip of the Week

  1. Work larger muscle groups first. Larger muscle groups utilize more energy to train, so exercise those muscle groups first before you get tired.
  2. Save the abdominals for the end or your workout. Tiring your core in the beginning of the workout may lead you to compromise your forms when training other muscle groups.
  3. Schedule a regular time throughout the week for physical activity. Putting a workout time in your daily calendar helps avoid “I’ll do it later” syndrome.
  4. Start a daily fitness log! A log should record your workouts, both cardiovascular and strength training. Not only will it motivate you but it also tracks your progress over time.
  5. Start  your own home gym for under $75. Simple things will get you results! Start with a set of free weights, a fitness ball, a mat and a good pair of sneakers.
  6. Pack a lunch! It will save you hundreds of calories!
  7. Park and walk. Park as far as you can from the entrance of the mall or grocery store. All those minutes of walking will add up at the end of the day.
  8. Start slow. Most beginners make the mistake of doing too much too soon. If you haven’t exercised in a while, start with a walking program for your cardiovascular activity and use light weights when strength training.
  9. If you don’t have 45 minutes to workout, break it down into three fifteen-minute sessions.
  10. Don’t forget the water! At least 8 glasses a day!
  11. Change up your cardio workouts, especially if you live with seasons. In the spring and summer, swim and bike. During the fall and winter, try jogging, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ice skating.  Cross training is the most effective way to burn calories.
  12. “No pain, no gain” is a myth. If you are in pain while exercising, STOP! Make sure your form is correct and you’re not using too much weight.
  13. You can’t spot reduce! Doing 500 crunches a day will not get you those six-pack abs. Great abs are a product of genetics and losing the layer of fat that covers them. Cardiovascular exercise is the best way to burn those unwanted fat cells away.
  14. Exercise alone cannot guarantee your ideal weight. Regular physical activity and a balanced diet are the most important factors for successful long-term weight management.
  15. Don’t forget the goal! Tape a picture of your wedding dress on the refrigerator. This will help motivate you when you just don’t feel like working out.
  16. Close the door and use your office as a gym. Get in a quick workout with triceps dips (using your chair), incline push-ups (use your desk), lunges, water bottle biceps curls and a few sets of crunches.
  17. Sign up for a run/walk event. There are some great ones for charity.
  18. Regular walking, house work and gardening for an hour a week has been shown to reduce heart disease and burn calories.
  19. Genetics plays a huge role in how your body responds to exercise. People don’t react to exercise the same way. Throw out those celebrity magazines and those picture-perfect bods!
  20. Exercise alone cannot guarantee your ideal weight loss. However, studies have shown regular exercise is the key to long-term weight management.
  21. You cannot “bulk up” from strength training. Women do not produce enough testosterone for this to happen. Strength training helps decrease your body fat percentage and maintain muscle mass.
  22. Make sure you take 10,000 steps everyday. The average sedentary person only takes 3,000 steps each day. Invest in a pedometer.
  23. Any activity is better that none!
  24. Keep your remote next to the television. Force yourself to get up to change the channel.
  25. Exercising 3-4 times a week will help relieve premenstrual cramps. Regular exercise will help strengthen the muscles in your lower back and abdominals area where cramping occurs.
  26. Be careful with sports drinks. They often contain high levels of sugar and salt. Water is great and has 0 calories!
  27. Hate a particular exercise? Don’t do it! Because you’ll only do what you enjoy, and in the end sabotage your workout.
  28. The best stress release? EXERCISE! Not only does exercise keep your anxiety down, it also raises your self esteem.
  29. Want to stop smoking? Exercise can help! When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. They lift your mood and help keep depression away.
  30. Give yourself some rewards. You lost 5 pounds? Great! Go treat yourself to a new sweater. 10 pounds? Wow! Now is the time to pick up those earrings you’ve been eying!
  31. Strengthen your core. Sit-ups and crunches will increase core strength.
  32. Buy shoes that fit. Shop for shoes at night or late in the day, as your feet expand over the course of the day.
  33. Don’t exercise when you are sick. Your body needs to heal itself. Don’t use those resources for a workout.
  34. When riding a stationary bike, practice riding one-legged. This forces you to ride more efficiently by concentrating on pulling up at the bottom of the stroke.
  35. Pay for personal training sessions up front. This ensures that you will not cancel sessions (as there usually is a cancellation policy).
  36. Stretch between sets. Research indicates it improves strength.
  37. Work out opposing muscle groups, i.e. quadriceps and hamstrings. You’ll get a faster workout with less time to rest.
  38. When you run, breath so that your belly rises as you inhale. This makes sure that your lungs are inflating with oxygen.
  39. If you’re a runner, shoes last about 500 miles. Record your weekly averages to determine how long your shoes will last.
  40. Start exercising today. Don’t wait until Monday!
  41. Enroll in a wellness program at work. Take advantage of anything your job provides.
  42. Bike to work and use the cash you save on gas to buy a new outfit!
  43. Need motivation? Take “before” photos of yourself and place them somewhere you look at every day.
  44. Try video games such as Nintendo Wii for a different kind of workout.
  45. There’s no such thing as a “magic pill.” Weight loss comes from exercise and a proper diet. Period!
  46. Change up your running route. Doing the same thing leads to boredom, which leads to doing nothing. Run in a new neighborhood, run on the beach, jog with a friend.
  47. Get inspired by reading about others who have been successful. There are tons of web sites and blogs that follow these stories.
  48. Make over your running routine. Add sprints and interval training into your run for efficient calorie burning.
  49. Keep your abs contracted while doing crunches. Most people lower their bodies to the ground while crunching. That’s doing half a crunch. Only lower your body 3-4 inches away from your bent knees.
  50. Hit the dance floor! Dancing is a great calorie burner and helps build cardiovascular endurance.
  51. Find a few great fitness DVDs. On a rainy day, you'll have no excuse not to get a fun workout in!
  52. Get a dog. Yes, walking the dog 3-4 times a day is a great form of exercise!
Author: adminbg
Posted: December 20, 2010, 6:37 pm

Tackle Your Wedding Weight-Loss Plan!

Before diving belly-first into your wedding-day diet plan, psych yourself up with these tips from wellness coach and nutrition expert Jackie Keller:

Make a plan. Having a solid plan is the basis for any successful diet. Healthy carbs, from fruits and whole grains, should account for 50%-55% of your calorie intake, with the remaining 45%-50% split between proteins and fats. Fiber-rich legumes are the best protein source, while olive oil, grape-seed oil and nuts ("good" fats) promote glowing skin and satiety.

Give your pantry a makeover. Go through your shelves, read labels and toss out everything made from processed fl our and sugar, like crackers and cookies. If you need help with organizing a more diet-friendly kitchen, ask a friend for support.
Keep nutritious snacks handy. Stock up on fruits like apples, pears and bananas. A great snack to keep on hand: string cheese with whole-wheat pretzels. Proportioned servings of nuts (especially almonds and walnuts) are nourishing and portable.

Commit to a healthy mindset. If you aren't in the habit of eating lots of fruits and vegetables, make a list of healthy food habits that you need to adopt, and start to embrace them as the new you. "Brides have to prepare themselves for a new relationship with food, just like they’re preparing for one with their husbands-to-be," says Keller.


Author: adminbg
Posted: August 25, 2010, 8:54 pm

3 Quick Skin Fixes

Photography: Getty Images

Solutions for skin emergencies may be right at your fingertips. David Bank, M.D., a dermatologist in Mt. Kisco, New York, suggests some fast fix-it tips for common problems.

1. Puffy Eyes

Soak cotton pads in cold milk and place on the eyes for five minutes. Soothes and reduces puffiness.

2. Dark Under-Eye Circles

Apply an eye cream with caffeine in it (try Hydra Floral Deeply Hydrating Eye Contour Gel-Cream, available at Sephora), and pat in for 15 seconds.

3. A Blemish

Combine one-quarter teaspoon table salt with one cup water. Dip a piece of tissue into the mixture, then press against blemish for one minute.

Dr. Bank adds that you can use a dab of Neosporin or other antibacterial product on a pimple. But, he adds, contrary to popular belief, toothpaste won’t help. It simply dries out the skin without unblocking the pores (and that’s where the problem lies).

Author: adminbg
Posted: July 19, 2010, 6:07 pm

Bridal Beauty Overview

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No Regrets:
Become a Beautiful Bride

• Get your manicure the day before the wedding. Your hands will look great for the rehearsal dinner, you'll have one less time-consuming task on the big day, and you'll know for sure your polish is set before you touch your gown.

• Whether you're doing your makeup yourself or going to a professional, do a complete practice run in advance. Take photographs to record the look you choose, and be sure to write down exactly what products and shades were used.

• The best way to choose your hairstyle is the old-fashioned way: Rip pictures you like out of magazines and start experimenting. Consider comfort and durability as well as appearance—you don't want a look that requires enough hairspray to turn you into a fire hazard!

Every bride wants to be gorgeous on her wedding day—little wonder, since you'll be watched closely by three important audiences (your groom, your guests, and your photographer's camera). The following beauty tips will help make sure you'll be ready for this most photographed, most gazed upon day of your life.

Perfect Skin

"For beautiful, silky skin the day of your wedding, start working on it right after you get engaged," says Yasmeen Djerradine, owner of the Yasmeen Djerradine Institut de Beaute day spa in New York City.

  • To begin, ask a dermatologist or aesthetician for an assessment of your skin. Both are armed with powerful treatments to control the signs of aging and improve skins clarity. Most important, you want to avoid any additional damage to your delicate dermis.
  • Next, schedule a facial. Today's non-irritating facials—packed with oxygen, vitamin C, seaweed and essential oils—are great for stimulating the vital functions of the skin, days Djerradine. And don't forget the rest of you! Body treatments, like the Power Peel or seaweed body wrap, work wonders on rough spots on the back, chest, elbows and knees.
  • At home, use products that mimic prescription and spa remedies. Wash twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Use an a.m. moisturizer with SPF 15 and alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids to reduce the appearance of fine lines. At night, treat skin to a more intensive moisturizer.

Though its difficult in these busy days of wedding planning, try to stay calm. Stress triggers the hormones that affect acne, says Rena Brand, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. If you feel the tingly sensation that's a sure sign of an imminent breakout, Dr. Brand suggests mixing a teaspoon of table salt in a cup of clean warm water. Soak a piece of gauze in the liquid and use it as a compress on the troubled spot. That should help prevent a small breakout from becoming a large one.

If you do break out the week of the wedding, don't panic. Ask your dermatologist to administer a mild cortisone injection, which will soothe the inflammation. "It's best if the injection is given a few days or a week before the wedding, but you can do it that day in an emergency," says Dr. Brand.

Flawless Makeup

"The number-one thing brides need to know about wedding-day makeup: There shouldn't be any surprises," says Robert Huitron, a New York City-based makeup artist. "You want to look like yourself—but with more oomph!" This generally means that less is more, and you should stay close to your natural look.

  • If you plan to use a professional makeup artist, its a good idea to book her about four months before the wedding, and to experiment with colors and techniques at least a month before the date, suggests Los Angeles-based celebrity makeup artist Natalie Miller.
  • To find your makeup style, collect magazine photos of makeup looks you love. It's also helpful to bring a good picture of yourself so the artist can see how you normally photograph, to help determine which features to play up. Also bring a picture of your wedding gown, and your hairstyle if that has been determined already.
  • Do color rehearsals. Try different palettes (taking your gown's formality and style and the wedding's time of day into consideration) and take photos to pick the winning look. Also note the products and shades used so you can duplicate those choices on the big day.
  • Our suggestions: For a solid base, start with a long-lasting foundation. Looking for the perfect match? Apply a sample and then step outdoors for a natural-light check, says Huitron. Apply the foundation with a dry sponge, then set with a powder puff. (If you're having an outdoor wedding, be sure to use a foundation with a built-in SPF so you dont begin the honeymoon with a burn.)
  • For eyes, think smudgeproof and waterproof—tears of joy shouldn't trigger smears of worry. Even if you don't usually wear eyeshadow, try adding just a hint of color for the big day. To make it last, begin with a base coat on lids of your regular foundation (blended will and blotted to remove any excess) or an eye primer made for the job.
  • Use a lip liner only one shade darker than your lipstick, suggests Miller, and blend the liner into your lipstick to prevent the harsh look of an outlined mouth. For stay-put color, apply lipstick with a lip brush.

Knockout Nails

Who won't look at your hands on your wedding day? "Start now to get them in great shape to show off that ring," says Dida Paraschivoiu, manicurist at the Avon Centre Salon and Spa in New York City.

For salon results at home, rub moisturizer into cuticles every night to soothe those ragged edges. Give your nails a buff and shine every couple of days. With the coarse side of an emery board, shape the nail, then use the smoother side to fine tune. Next, use a buffing block to soften ridges on the nail.

Once a week, add polish: Start with a base coat to fill ridges. For color, choose a long-wearing, chip-resistant enamel. Seal with a quick-drying top coat. To strengthen tips, apply the top coat underneath the nail as well.

If you're going for acrylic nails, test them two weeks prior to the wedding to prevent allergic reactions.

Gorgeous Hair

"If hair isn't in great condition, no style will work," says Christophe Belkalemi, senior stylist at Jacques Dessange salon in New York City. First stop: a consultation. Depending on your lifestyle and hair type, you may need to detoxify the scalp, condition the ends or add moisture to your hair. Your stylist can advise you on specific products for your needs.

"Determine the basic shape of what you're going for at least six months in advance," says Belkalemi. Get a trim early on to begin establishing that shape.

If you color your hair and are happy with the shade, stay with it. But if you think you'd like to change your shade or try coloring for the first time, go ahead—"Just leave yourself at least a few months to live with a new hue."

Finally, "get your last haircut about two weeks before the wedding," says Belkalemi. "That's when the haircut's true shape emerges."

Brow Wow—Grooming Essentials

With DIY plucking, it's all too easy to get tweeze happy, says Christine Chin, eyebrow guru to stars like Gisele Bundchen and Penélope Cruz.

Your brows may end up unbalanced—too thick at one end and too thin at the other. For goof-proof shaping, Chin recommends seeing a professional. But for at-home grooming, her advice is to keep it to a minimum.

Remove unwanted hairs between brows, then clean up strays just below them. (Tweezing on top will mess with the natural shape.) No single shape works on everybody, Chin says, but in general, your brow should follow the line of the bone just above your eye.

Author: adminbg
Posted: April 22, 2010, 3:28 pm

Workout Routine for a Sheath or Short Dress

enzoaniThe following workout routines (with variations for both gym and home workouts) were developed by Bonne Marano, a certified personal trainer in New York City, to help you get strong and look great in your wedding gown. Please remember, when you try this or any other new fitness regime: safety first! If you're not sure you understand an exercise please seek out a qualified fitness professional who can check your form in person.

In the Gym

First, warm up for 5 to 10 minutes by jumping rope, walking on a treadmill, or anything else that gets your muscles moving. Then do three sets of each of the following exercises. Be sure to adjust the suggested weights based on your personal ability.

Side Lunge

The set-up: Place the feet arms" width apart. You will lunge sideways on this exercise.

The movement: Bend your right knee and lower yourself toward the floor, being careful not to hunch your back. You can extend your left arm out for balance. In a slow, controlled motion, come back up into the middle, until both legs are straight and stand. Make sure your right knee does not extend past your toes. Repeat 15 times on each side.

Cable leg abduction

The set-up: Use the ankle strap attachment on the cable machine, attached on the low pulley, near the bottom of the cable frame. Start with 10 pounds on the machine. Face sideways with the left side of your body to the cable frame, and an ankle strap around the right leg,

The movement: Bend your right knee slightly and extend it from the hip out to the side. Hold for a count of three and release. Repeat 20 times on each leg.


The set-up: Arrange a Step Reebok platform with 4 or 5 risers underneath it so the top of the platform is approximately 10 to 12 inches high. Stand straight in front of your step with good posture. Holding 8 or 10 pounds in dumbbells is optional.

The movement: Step up by placing your right foot on the bench, lining up the knee at a ninety-degree angle over the ankle. You then "step-up" so your left foot comes to rest next to your right. Step down right foot first, then left. Repeat 15 times on each leg.

Outer Thigh Machine

The set-up: Use 40 or 50 pounds. Sit straight up in the abduction machine, knees against the pads.

The movement: Contract your glutes and push the pads out to the side. Hold for a count of 5 and release. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

At Home

Start by warming up for five to 10 minutes by jumping rope, marching in place, or anything else that gets your muscles moving. Then do three sets of each of the following exercises. Be sure to adjust the suggested weights based on your personal ability.

One Leg Squats

Variation #1 - with a stair step:
The set-up: Face sideways to the step, right foot on the platform, left foot on the floor. Feet are hip-width apart, arms by sides.

The movement: Sit back in a squat and reach your arms forward (to help with balance). Lower until the thighs are parallel to the floor. Squeeze your butt as you come up.

Variation # 2 - without a step:
The set-up: Stand up straight with your legs hip-width apart. Take a small step back with your right foot and plant it firmly on the floor. The feet are about 3 inches apart. Bend both knees slightly with your left foot flexed (toes point up).

The movement: Hold the arm out for balance, and lower your hips, as if you were sitting in a chair. Return to start position and repeat 15 to 20 times on each leg.

Weighted Leg Raise

The set-up: Rest on your knees and elbows. Keep your back straight and abs tight to help support your back. Place a 3 to 5 pound weights behind your bent left knee and squeeze it to hold it in place.

The movement: Keeping the leg bent almost at a 90-degree angle, raise your leg and flex the foot as if you were going to touch the ceiling with the bottom of your shoe and hold, making sure your thigh is parallel to the floor. Slowly lower your left knee to the floor. Do not go beyond the right knee. Repeat 25 times on each leg.

Sidekick (from kickboxing):

The set-up: Stand on your right leg with your right foot turned out in a 45-degree angle. The right knee is slightly bent. (You can hold on to a chair to help with your balance.) Turn your left hip out and rest on the ball of the left foot.

The movement: Lift your left knee parallel to the floor and extend from the knee. Do not lock your knee on the extension. Bend the left knee and lower. Repeat 12 to 15 times on each leg.

Outer Thigh Weighted Leg Raise

The set-up: Lie down on your right side. Place a 3 or 5 pound dumbbell in your left hand and rest it on your left leg. Align your hip so your inner thighs don't touch.

The movement: Bend your left leg slightly and extend it from the hip over the right knee. Maintain a space of 2 to 4 inches throughout the exercise. Lift the leg an inch higher and return to the start position. Repeat 25 to 30 times on each leg.

Workout copyright of Bonne Marano. Photo courtesy of Enzoani.

Author: adminbg
Posted: April 22, 2010, 2:23 pm