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Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

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Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

Getting Serious About Getting Fit: A discussion on work & physical fitness, and finding balance between the two . . .

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” —Aldous Huxley

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

Interior Inspiration: The gold shelves at Tracy Anderson’s Brentwood, Los Angeles fitness studio, designed by Windsor Smith.

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

June 6 marked the one year anniversary of when I first began working out three times a week, every week. Quite an achievement, given that my relationship with physical fitness of any kind has always been a difficult one, having always been slight with little or no effort. There is a thought in our circles that you are either in business or you’re fit — said, of course, in jest — but the sub-text is that keeping fit takes an enormous amount of time and energy, and if you are running a successful business, you most likely do not have the time and energy that it takes to sculpt a perfect body. And perhaps there may be some truth to that.

I adore working (a little too much at times, perhaps), and when we began running TIG full-time, I happily threw myself into the work, simply because I loved it so, and love it still. However, all the long hours and late nights at the office lead to a somewhat sedentary lifestyle, which in turn lead to weight gain—a little at a time, nearly imperceptible, until one day, I no longer felt like myself . . .

With the start of many long walks and climbs up Arthur’s Seat and bicycle rides along the coast in a new city, the weight began falling off, and I began thinking that perhaps it was time to find a compromise between working & working out, and that the two need not be mutually exclusive, but rather, that the working out could actually help with the work (energy, creativity, etc.). Since then, I have been training at the gym (with the help of someone who knows what he is doing) three times a week for a little over a year now, and have never looked back.

Our workouts involve strength training (working with weights), and phrases like progressive overload (gradually increasing the stress placed upon the body during training to continuously increase the demands on the muscoloskeletal system in order to gain strength and endurance), Bulgarian Squats with weights, and Dead Lifts, (among other rather ambitious things), and a lot of hard work.

I still work too much, but I also take as much time off as I like, whenever I like (we recently took a four-day trip to Ibiza, left) and more importantly, I now make time for fitness and I look and feel like myself again, only stronger, which may be the best achievement of all.

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. ” —John F. Kennedy

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

THIS & THAT

From the The Is Glamorous Instagram, raspberry & coconut smoothie bowls for breakfast. Here’s a Mango Açai Smoothie Bowl Recipe, and find more recipes here.

 

 

 

Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit
Health & Beauty: Getting Serious About Getting Fit

Style Inspiration for Late-September’s Blustery Days

WHILE IT HAS been sunny lately and all the leaves are still wonderfully green with only a few touches of yellow here and there, and only a few that have fallen along pathways and around the foot of signs at coffee and ice cream shops, it was blustery today. The kind of blustery wind that has a coolness attached to it, the kind that is meant to shake leaves from trees and carry them away …

News 22.09.21 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, signed off last month on a new initiative code-named Project Amplify. The effort, which was hatched at an internal meeting in January, had a specific purpose: to use Facebook’s News Feed, the site’s most important digital real estate, to show people positive stories about the social network. The idea was that pushing pro-Facebook news items — some of them written by the company — would improve its image in the eyes of its users, three people with knowledge of the effort said. But the move was sensitive because Facebook had not previously positioned the News Feed as a place where it burnished its own reputation. Several executives at the meeting were shocked by the proposal, one attendee said.

News 20.09.21 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

It’s simple, we are often told: All you have to do to maintain a healthy weight is ensure that the number of calories you ingest stays the same as the number of calories you expend. If you take in more calories, or energy, than you use, you gain weight; if the output is greater than the input, you lose it. But while we’re often conscious of burning calories when we’re working out, 55 to 70 percent of what we eat and drink actually goes toward fueling all the invisible chemical reactions that take place in our body to keep us alive. “We think about metabolism as just being about exercise, but it’s so much more than that,” says Herman Pontzer, an associate professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University. “It’s literally the running total of how busy your cells are throughout the day.” Figuring out your total energy expenditure tells you how many calories you need to stay alive. But it also tells you “how the body is functioning,” Pontzer says. “There is no more direct measure of that than energy expenditure.”

Notes from the Weekend & a Few Lovely Links

THIS WEEKEND WE were glued to the news, trying to find more information about the missing van-life blogger Gabby Petito and the generally strange circumstances surrounding the entire case. Coincidentally, we had been talking about the whole #vanlife phenomenon which has swept social media the past few years, because P had been watching videos of tiny homes and the algorithm began throwing converted vans across his path …

The Camaleonda Sofa by Mario Bellini

YOU MAY HAVE noticed a certain modular sofa set all over social media the past year and a half in the homes of celebrities and influencers alike, and you may even have known that it was the Camaleonda sofa, originally designed by Mario Bellini over fifty years ago, but did you know that it has become so popular in contemporary times that it was reissued in 2020? The Camaleonda currently has such a following, that four of the homes we featured recently here at TIG all included it: here, here, here, and here. In this instalment of Design History, we will be taking a closer look at the über-trendy Camaleonda, beginning with its designer, Mario Bellini.

News 17.09.21 : Today’s Articles of Interest from Around the Internets

For most of 2020, I passed the pandemic alone in my studio apartment. I turned 33, then 34, and my body seemed to grow old without bringing my spirit along with it. My right knee was clearly deteriorating — I couldn’t sit cross-legged at my desk the way I used to — and because I wasn’t wearing makeup, I could track each age spot as it bloomed to the surface. When I pulled my hair back in a tight ponytail, I could see a patch of scalp. But in that same period had my life evolved at all? Had I met anyone? Surprised myself? Stemmed the tide of collective crisis? My mother often urged me to dance, just a little, by myself in the kitchen — “It’s good medicine,” she said, “despojo.”