Archive for Shape Magazine

Is Indoor Cycling A Good Workout?

Sandwiched in between the Jane Fonda and the Pilates decades, spinning was a hot gym class in the late nineties then seemed to fizzle out shortly into the twentieth century. When most fitness fads die, they pretty much die (the flow, sliding or wedge classes anyone?). That’s why I’ve been so surprised at the spinning renaissance that’s taking place.
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Why Do I Always Regain The Weight?

When U.S. News & World Report weighed in with their “Best Diet” rankings a few weeks ago, let’s be honest: The one thing we all wanted to know was which plan is best for weight loss. Compared to 19 other popular diets, Weight Watchers ranked first with Jenny Craig and the Raw Food Diet coming in second and third.
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What’s the Deal with Barefoot Running Shoes?

I resist any fad that holds up Neanderthals as a health role model. I’m not using boulders to resistance train and I am certainly not gnawing on a hunk of raw meat for lunch. My one exception to this rule applies to my feet: If running in lightweight animal skins or naked feet was good enough for our stone aged ancestors then by golly, it’s good enough for me. Read the rest of this article here »

Will Body Mass Index Be Replaced?

Doctors and scientists have been estimating body fat with Body Mass Index (BMI) for nearly 200 years. Looks like it may be time for an update. Read the rest of this article here »

How Will Kelly Osbourne Stay in Shape After Foot Surgery?

After Kelly Osbourne went on Dancing with the Stars, something just clicked. The TV personality—she’s currently on E!’s Fashion Police—embraced working out and healthy eating. Kelly lost 50 pounds and revealed her new bikini body on the December issue of SHAPE.
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Should I be working out in the Fat Burning Zone?

Virtually every piece of cardio equipment at the gym has a slow-paced “fat burning” program on the display panel that promises to help you stay “in the fat burning zone.” If you are trying to lose weight, cover it with a towel and ignore it. Workouts that focus on the fat burning zone are a relic of the persistent yet outdated belief that long, slow workouts are always better for weight loss than faster, shorter workouts. But you can file that along with other fitness myths you should ignore: The best fat burning workout plan is simply the one that burns the most calories.
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