Nora Tobin is a nutrition specialist, editor for Shape and Sports Illustrated magazines and fitness consultant for Four Seasons Hotels.
Summer bodies are made in the winter! Images of svelte celebs on vacation can definitely motivate us to do those extra reps and forgo the fudge in hopes of getting a body like a Bond girl. The trick is to tighten up without losing those sexy curves. A routine that combines high-intensity intervals with the right food choices is a great way to accomplish this goal.
Workout of the Week:
A sure-fire way to burn fat, build lean muscle and keep the feminine look we all love is through high-intensity interval training (HIIT)—a combination of fast bursts of exercise and rest periods. The rest allows the body to maintain the muscle (curves), while the short, intense burst sheds fat (slim body). The intervals raise metabolic burn and keep the metabolism high for 24 hours post-workout. This means your workout will continue to shape your body well after you finish the last rep.
Perform intervals on a piece of cardio equipment or outdoors as quickly as possible for 30 seconds. Reduce speed for one minute. Repeat this sequence for 20 minutes. Perform the workout three or four times per week.
Beauty Tip of the Week: Effortless Waves
Look like you’re still at the beach during these dreary cold months! The best way to get loose, carefree curls is to apply a salt spray to your hair before you go out for the day. This product adds body while keeping tresses soft and moisturized. I spray it into my hair after a shower and let it air-dry. Easy and effortless!
Nutrition Tip: Healthy Snacking
It can be easy to tap the vending machine when you hit a wall at work, but white carbs and processed junk do nothing for energy or a fit physique. The key is to come prepared with snacks like almonds and carrots that won’t spike your blood sugar and lead to weight gain. By simply cutting out white carbs, you’ll begin to notice major transformations in your body!