Healthy habits get rewarded, aerobics falls out of fashion, and a women's mag puts a real woman in its pages (FINALLY).
Fountain of Youth Want to look a few years younger? I, for one, sure wouldn't mind getting carded every once in awhile while buying a bottle of red. (Funny that getting carded used to be such a bother when I was younger, but now that I'm approaching 30, I take it as a compliment!) Well, turns out, there are a few foods that can really help turn back the clock, whether it's improving your memory, building stronger bones or beating stress. And, no surprise here, all of the foods are made from Mother Nature. She sure does rock. I plan on upping my intake of spinach to help my memory. Nothing screams 28-going-on-60 like having no idea where you parked your car.
High-Low A recent New York Times article asks an interesting question: What happened to Jane Fonda in tights? While Ms. Fonda in tights will always live in FBG's aerobic-lovin' heart, the article does pose a good question. Why did the 80s' aerobics craze slow down? I remember bouncing along to the 29 Minute Workout on VHS and thinking how cool the girls in leotards were. According to the article, nowadays, many clubs are offering fewer and fewer traditional aerobics classes. As a group exercise instructor myself, this makes me sad. Some of my best workout memories are in the group-ex studio doing high-low. However, the article does say that the group-ex scene is still alive; it's just less bouncy.
Real Women Most of us don't look like Barbie. And most of us don't come close to looking like the women pictured in magazines today (to be honest, nor do they with all the airbrushing that goes on). But one mag is finally starting to get it: REAL women really are beautiful. Glamour's September issue features Lizzi Miller, a size 12, sitting naked and looking completely fabulous. The mag has been getting a lot of praise from its readers on how refreshing it is to see someone who's healthy and comfortable in her own skin. Hooray for normal-sized women!