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Oxygen: Why the half-shaved head? Jen: It just felt right! There are so many things that I tell myself I can’t do, and you know, you only live once. I don’t want to look back and think that I didn’t do what I wanted when I wanted. It is funny, though
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My July/August Obsessed-With List
Since these bars are sweetened with stevia, you get all the pleasures of chocolate without the added sugar. And this one reminds me of a Nestle Crunch bar on steroids — decadent dark chocolate with crispy bits and 25 percent fewer calories than a reg
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The Grit Vs. The Grace
PHOTOGRAPHY BY CORY SORENSEN Karina Smirnoff IN THE PAST, The Oxygen Challenge has featured industry darlings such as Erin Stern and Amanda Latona or high-profile personal trainers and athletes such as Kaisa Keranen and Christmas Abbott. But this yea
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Proof Positive
If there’s one thing IFBB Bikini pro and certified personal trainer Angeles Burke has learned over the years, it’s that a positive outlook changes everything. “I spent a lot of my life feeling insecure and letting negative self-talk take over,” she s
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Beware The Smartphone Suck
Do you have nomophobia? Most people do, and this very real fear of not having your smartphone immediately next to you at all times can be a real issue, especially as it relates to your workout. It might seem like a no-brainer that when you talk or te
Oxygen3 min read
With All Her Heart
growing up, Mauri Peterson was an avid gymnast and surfer who thrived on competition. But around age 10, she began suffering from fainting spells and blackouts. She was misdiagnosed with anxiety and hypoglycemia for several years, but then she experi
Oxygen2 min readSelf-Improvement
We Exercise
Even if you didn’t win the genetic lottery in terms of hereditary heart disease, regular exercise could level the playing field. A study published in the journal Circulation followed a half-million middle-aged people who exercised and found that thos
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Future Of Fitness
Jillian Murphy Oxford, MichiganStats: 39 • 120 lb • 5’1”Gig: Category sales manager for Lipari Foods Fitness as Fuel: Overcoming challenges is nothing new for Jillian Murphy. She fought leukemia twice as a child and was diagnosed with melanoma as an
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The New Generation Of Hydration
Your body is made up of about 60 to 70 percent water, and although you could live several weeks without food, you’ll only survive a matter of days without water. This is because water is involved in just about every metabolic and cellular function yo
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Crowning Achievement
For many, Disneyland is “the happiest place on earth,” but for Christina Jordan, it was the most embarrassing place on earth: She was kicked off a ride in front of hundreds of people and her two young kids for being “too big,” just after having been
Oxygen2 min readFood & Wine
Kick-ass Kefir
With 30-some strains of gut-friendly bacteria (as compared to about seven in yogurt), kefir is a probiotic powerhouse, promoting gut health and helping break down your food efficiently. Its tart and tangy flavor makes it the perfect complement to jus
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Product Talk
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Ask the Nutritionist
Q+A Are any probiotics good for lactose intolerance? A whopping 75 percent of the world’s population experiences lactose intolerance, but research shows that you can change the balance in your gut for the better by adding probiotic supplements and pr
Oxygen7 min readNutrition
The Before And After Meal Plan
If you’re like most people, your actual workout time logs in at roughly an hour, but what happens during the other 23 hours of the day is what ultimately determines your results, especially when it comes to nutrition. What you eat before and after a
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Pec Power
No, training your chest won’t create cleavage or take you up a cup size as some workout programs would have you believe. But training your pectoralis major to be strong and shapely can define your collarbone area and add dimension to your décolletage
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Chill Out!
▸ Baby Kale: These little leaves are plush with nutrients and antioxidants, require no chopping and have a less-bitter taste than full-grown kale. Add to sandwiches, salads and green smoothies. ▸ Rotisserie Chicken: An already-cooked bird lets you ad
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Do yoga to relieve stress — and bowel issues. Some physicians refer to the gastrointestinal tract as your “second brain” because it’s common for diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis to be accompanied by psychologic
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Where’s The Beef?
Add mushrooms to your diet to boost immunity and make meals more satisfying. if you’re like most Americans, meat is your main source of protein. Yet as evidenced by the growing number of professional athletes going vegan and excelling — think Olympic
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The World’s Greatest Stretch
For hip flexors, hamstrings, adductors, glutes, calves, lower back Step your right leg forward and bend your right knee deeply, keeping your knee over your toes. Place both hands on the floor inside your right foot, aligning them with your instep, an
Oxygen7 min readFood & Wine
How To Have An All-Belly Pregnancy
No matter what your mother says, expecting a baby is not a hall pass to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. What you fuel your body with today has an effect on your child’s life tomorrow, and gaining a ton of weight is unhealthy for both of you
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Balance, Burn And Build
At the inception of functional fitness, there was the BOSU — a large, blue pimple composed of half a stability ball secured to a flat rubber platform. But unlike many “fad” training tools, the BOSU still holds its own, providing an unstable surface o
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The Joy OF NOT Cooking
There’s a lot to love about summer — flip-flops, yoga in the park and lazy days at the beach. What’s not fun is hovering over a hot stove to get a nutritious meal on the table. It’s hard to muster an appetite for roasted chicken and vegetables when i
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Selfies = success
700 The approximate number of lymph nodes in the human body Just when you thought you had your anatomy nailed, scientists discover something new: the interstitium. This organ is a network of interconnected, fluid-filled compartments that are supporte
Oxygen6 min read
What’s Your Point?
ACCORDING TO CONVENTIONAL weight-loss wisdom, dropping a few pounds is a matter of basic math: Burn more calories than you consume and watch the numbers on the scale plummet. But anyone who’s dealt with a stubborn plateau or struggled to maintain a l
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inbox ▶ LETTERS
Back in 2011 while at the grocery store, I stumbled across this amazing fitness magazine called Oxygen. I fell in love with it due to the serious fitness advice for the more advanced fitness junky and the limited ads. I subscribed immediately. Over t
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Spinal Tap
Photography by Cory Sorensen maintaining spinal integrity during exercise is paramount, but keeping your spine safe goes beyond the simple directive of maintaining good posture when performing big or heavy movements. It also expands into programming,
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Author of “Spinal Tap,” Page 50 Lee Boyce knows a thing or two about the spine. “The laundry list of back injuries I’ve overcome in my past led to plenty of research, practical applications and treatments with practitioners, which shaped my knowledge
Oxygen7 min readFitness
Weight-training Playbook
when you first picked up a barbell and began your fitness journey, the basics were enough — perform a few exercises per bodypart, do a few sets of 10 to 15 and feel the burn. Now that you’ve been at it a while, however, the gains that came so easily
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We always have way more fun content than we have space to print it — so thank goodness for cyberspace! Go to oxygenmag.com and read about how Jen Widerstrom got tongue-tied around Conan O’Brien, how Karina Smirnoff had to fake chemistry with her ex w
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Lift Heavy, Get Lean
PHOTOGRAPHY BY IAN TRAVIS BARNARD You’ve heard it before — there are no shortcuts when it comes to fitness. But what if this were only halfway true? What if there was a faster and arguably better way to change your body and lean out, involving fewer
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