Beach-Ready and Beyond (More Good Things to Say About Jillian Michaels)
July 17, 2012
As summer continues, there are a few things I am certain of: high temperatures, taking trips to the local ice cream shop, roadtrips throughout the country, and relaxing by the pool or, if you’re lucky, at the beach. But for me, it’s a perfect time to get back in shape – namely because I have my 10 year high school reunion at the end of the month.
Now, even if you’re not going to a reunion, there is no better time to get in shape than now. And, I have a few recommendations if you are in the same boat.
First off – Nutrition
It doesn't matter how many hours you spend at the gym if you head over to fast food joints every night. There is a great cookbook called the Master Your Metabolism Cookbook by Jillian Michaels. Now, with most cookbooks, I try out a few recipes at a time before I decide if the cookbook is worthwhile. This cookbook gets 5 out of 5 stars. Every recipe is easy to follow, and even describes what’s good about the meal. It breaks down the number of calories, the protein, etc. All the recipes boost your metabolism, but they can also promote digestion, prevent cancer, promote heart health, etc.
Some other cookbooks to try:
- Good Housekeeping Light & Healthy Cooking: 250 Delicious, Satisfying, Guilt-Free Recipes
- Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy by Ellie Krieger
This one presents150 healthy adaptations for such classic favorites as meatloaf, lasagna, and chicken pot pie, in a volume that shares easy-to-implement tips for rendering popular comfort foods lower in calories and fat.
- The Biggest Loser Flavors of the World Cookbook: Take Your Taste Buds on a Global Tour with More than 75 Easy, Healthy Recipes for your Favorite Ethnic Dishes by Devin Alexander
Most renditions of our favorite comfort foods are full of fat and calories. Here are recipes drawn from cultural classics as well as regional American dishes, reinvented to fit into a healthy lifestyle.
If you need more inspiration, feel free to browse the 641.5 range in the non-fiction section at your local MCPL branch for more healthy cookbooks.
Second – Workouts
The Library has lots of great DVDs that get you moving.
For Overall Fitness:
- Exhilarate: the Ultimate Zumba Fitness experience – this is a high impact cardio workout that gets you dancing within the comfort of your own home. The kit includes seven DVDs, a program guide, and two Zumba toning sticks.
- Jillian Michaels Extreme Shed and Shred – this workout has two levels, with the first level being about 30 minutes. The second is more intense, and lasts an hour. This workout is designed for fast results, and so Jillian recommends working out five days a week.
- Kickbox Fast Fix – another Jillian Michaels DVD, with three different workouts. All incorporate the lower body, but the 1st also includes the upper body, and the 3rd focuses on your abs. All workouts are 20 minutes long, and thus are quick and intense.
- Ripped in 30 – I haven’t tried this one yet, but if I know Jillian, I’m in for a treat.
For Targeting the Lower Body:
- Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs – this workout has different levels, so beginner’s choose level 1 to begin with and then progress to the harder ones. The key exercises include squats, lunges, and kicks.
These workouts recommend the use of a mat and hand-weights. You should also work hard to keep hydrated as you work out. As always, you should speak to your physician before starting any workout regimen.
The library has plenty more workout DVDs for every need and every age group. Exercise guides and DVDS are located in the 613.7 - 613.71 range in the nonfiction and DVD sections of the Library. Please check out our catalog to see what we currently have on the shelf (or at another branch!), because there is something out there for you. Remember, with the Library, you can access the world.
North Independence Branch