Celebrity Trainer Jackie Warner led a workout on the sand this past Saturday with Well & Good NYC and Evian Water. Photo: Facebook.com/Evian
This past Saturday, at a time when I would normally be sleeping in, I was sweating up a storm, working out my quads and biceps. What could possibly have gotten me out of bed and doing pushups and squats? Celebrity trainer Jackie Warner. Well & Good NYC hosted a workout event with Evian Water and Warner as part of Evian’s Live Young, Get Fit! series and I was lucky enough to be invited.
If you’ve ever seen either of Warner’s Bravo reality shows, Work Out or Thintervention, you know she’s an excellent motivator. In addition to leading an intense workout in the sand at Beekman’s Garden in NYC’s South Street Seaport, Warner talked about why she teamed up with Evian, and offered tricks for staying motivated to work out. Plus, she shared a delicious and easy recipe for a shake to drink before you sweat.
Maria Sharapova hitting hard (and staying glam) at the 2012 French Open. Photo: Zimbio
Ever wondered how female athletes manage to look so great, even when they’re pushing themselves to the limit? As I watched Maria Sharapova compete in the French Open this weekend, I was awed by how put together she looked even after hours of grueling play. (I was also awed by her tennis skills but that goes without saying.) It wasn’t just her kickass tennis dress; Sharapova looked fresh-faced and gorgeous in a way that I can’t even accomplish on a regular day. From my non-expert spot on the couch, I think she was wearing an SPF tinted moisturizer, SPF lip balm, and some seriously waterproof mascara.
While we rarely sport makeup at the gym, there are those times when workouts call for a little more effort (Saturday vinyasa with that hot yoga instructor, perhaps?). Here are our recommendations for looking healthy and fresh, whether you’re on the world stage or the treadmill:
Our creative team is pretty, well, creative and they come across beautiful imagery all the time. Why not share the inspiration? Keep an eye out each Friday for their Mood Board, a collection of images they’re loving.
If you’ve been keeping up with the happenings at Birchbox HQ, then you already know we’ve been doing “weekday workouts” for the past few weeks. Every hour on the hour, we’ve been taking a 60-second exercise break and trying everything from squats to planks. It’s so encouraging to see people of all shapes and sizes (even a pregnant employee!) willing to stick together and keep our office healthy. As the creative team, we figured that even though you can’t work out with us, you can at least be inspired to start your own weekday workout!
1.The Healthy Change 2. All Women Stalk 3. NY Times 4. Shape 5. Fitness Posters 6. The Healthy Change
If you’re an avid follower of Birchbox on Twitter, you may have noticed that we’ve started workday workouts in the office. We’re doing one minute-long workouts (squats! pushups! lunges!) every hour on the hour, every day. The goal is to make us a fitter, happier office without too much effort and it has the added benefit of making the day go a lot faster.
A few months ago, a friend gave me Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall. I was in a workout rut, and she told me that it would inspire me to put on my sneaks. And it did — the book is a fascinating spin through the world of ultramarathoners, human evolution biologists, and rural Mexican Indian tribes. Beyond that, it’s also responsible for the current barefoot running craze. By now, you’ve probably seen people jogging around in Vibram FiveFingers, the most popular of the so-called barefoot running shoes. And you’ve probably made fun of them — there is a vocal anti-barefoot movement decrying them as dangerous, ineffective, and just plain ugly.
I haven’t tried Vibrams, mostly because I can’t bring myself to spend money on footwear that looks like it escaped from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But I am intrigued by the idea that we don’t need overly engineered footwear, with corrective supports, supercharged springs, and other bells and whistles. Shouldn’t running be, you know, simpler?
Enter new minimal sneakers, which have enough protection and cushion to keep you from hurting yourself but not so much that you can’t feel the ground. I’ve been running in New Balance’s brand-new Minimus WR10, which feel light and bouncy but still have plenty of structure. I’m on day four and haven’t had the same foot pains and calf aches that newbie barefoot runners often get, and I’m also feeling springier on my runs (fair to say that this might be a placebo effect). As long as it keeps me running, I’m happy.
Have you tried barefoot running? Do tell!
PS - If you’re going on a run that is going to end at a farmer’s market or coffeeshop (what, you don’t do that?), stick a couple Herban Essentials wipes in your pocket to de-sweat after you finish. Same goes for bike rides!
We knew we liked LivLuna when we first read their mantra: “A digital tribe of fun fearless females who love natural beauty, healthy fitness and food, body positivity, yoga, eco-fashion, and social justice.” That’s why we’re super excited to have them guest blogging for us this week on a variety of topics, from eating healthily (and without guilt!) to their editors’ fave eco-friendly fashion finds. As for today, they’re sounding off on perhaps the most important message of all: being happy with yourself the way you are.
Photo: Michelle, LivLuna's fitness expert
The average American girl starts dieting when she’s eight years old; 78% of seventeen year old girls are unhappy with their bodies; and one out of four college-aged women have an eating disorder. Why do so many of us only see the imperfections when we look in the mirror? Why are negative thoughts about our appearance wasting so much of our time?
We see up to 600 airbrushed ads a day—no wonder our concept of beauty has become distorted, photoshopped, absurd, and omnipresent. We’re inundated with media telling us to lose this, tone that, shrink to this size, count calories, starve, suck it in, get in shape for bikini season — Enough of the guilt and fat talk already. The emphasis should not be on being a certain size and losing weight, but on how to be the healthiest, fittest, most happy and energetic version of yourself possible.
We guarantee extreme dieting, obsessive calorie counting, and working out like a maniac won’t do that. LivLuna believes that skinny does not equal healthy. Fit equals healthy, and fitness—like beauty—comes in different shapes and sizes. Next time you feel guilty, criticize yourself, or have negative self talk circling in your brain regarding food, your body, face, hair, all the things you want to change, or improve, or get rid of—STOP—take a deep breath, and tell yourself: I’m beautiful already. This body, including my soft jiggly bits, is hot! It takes time and effort, but you can reprogram your mind to be body positive.
LivLuna’s energy-filled fitness expert, Michelle, is all about health from the inside out. In our Dream Body video, she turns this concept on its head—can you imagine what your dream body feels like? Watch Michelle as she redefines SexyFit, demystifies Core Strength, and start feeling LivLunaFit!
Whether you’re working your mind or working your body, be sure to stock up on all the products you need to feel great by visiting our Birchbox Shop.