OMG! It’s really them! That moment you realize you’ve identified a celebrity in the wild, out amongst mere mortals, living “just like us,” can be rather thrilling. For those who live in LA or NYC, it’s all too common to dine next to the hottest faces and grocery shop elbow to elbow with leading ladies, but for people in the other 48 states, running in to a celebrity on vacation is one of the souvenirs you hope to collect.
If you’re planning an active vacation this summer, hit these workout hot spots and you’re likely to sweat right alongside an OMG-moment-worthy celeb.
Picture or it didn’t happen, your friends will say after your excited tweet. But should you even let them know you know it’s them?
“When I see celebs in the gym, I think it’s poor personal etiquette to approach them during their workout,” advised Dan Flores, RTSm, a master personal trainer based in New York City. “I value my personal gym time and would hate to be interrupted. I would approach them after they were finished and on their way out of the gym.”
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Central Park is no stranger to the rich and famous; in fact, it’s practically their cardio playground. Free to enter, take your morning run to one of the most famous landmarks in the world and you’re sure to spot a name or two worth bragging about. Heidi Klum, Russell Simmons, and Gwyneth Paltrow are on the extremely short list of A-listers you’ll run or down-dog along with!
The Mark Hotel has a state-of-the-art fitness facility that rivals any gym getting your membership fees. Book your stay here, and your workout may coincide with that of Oprah, Sarah Silverman, Larry David, David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, and even dignitaries like the President of France! (more…)
In an all encompassing interview about his life, airing this Sunday on OWN, with media mogul Oprah Winfrey, the Reverend Al Sharpton discussed his substantial weight loss. The civil rights leader, who’s always been a fierce orator, decided to become just as passionate about his health as he was with his beliefs. After a max weight of 305 pounds left him feeling like a “prisoner in my own body,” Sharpton has since lost nearly 170 pounds.
The 135-pound Sharpton once coupled his larger than life sermons with an equally boisterous body. While his physique can now be best described as shockingly petite, he’s still a spitfire in the pulpit. His come-to-the-scale moment happened when he realized the contradictions involved in preaching self-control while he overate and lived a lethargic lifestyle. He told Oprah, “We can’t preach community control when we aren’t practicing self-control.”
So, how did the good reverend do it? Simple portion control and exercise. He swapped platefuls of fried chicken for whole grains and salads and exercises on a cardio bicycle everyday. “You live seven days a week, that means you should exercise seven days a week,” he told Oprah. (more…)
When we think of alone time, we often picture ourselves shopping without chasing children, having a quiet pedicure, or simply lying in the bathtub uninterrupted. For some truly quality alone time, you don’t have to go much further than inside your own mind. Meditation is a contemplative state where by you silently remove yourself from the physical and the present to reflect, increase clarity, and find a more serene or deeper state of consciousness.
It’s an ancient practice, often associated with yoga, that’s becoming increasingly popular in our scattered, harried, pressure-cooked society. Business professionals use it to decompress after a tough meeting or even find their center before heading in to the bull pen. Men and women alike use meditation to strengthen their minds, reduce stress, and even attain that “me time” that is so necessary.
It’s something Julia Roberts’ character in Eat Pray Love grappled with during the pray portion of her journey at an Indian ashram. But in real life, celebrities are embracing it seemingly with ease for a vast many reasons.
For instance, Richard Gere says a meditation practice helps him to stay grounded amongst the excess of Hollywood life. Eva Mendes credits meditation for helping her mine her best creativity, according to Well and Good. And Gisele Bundchen, who delivered her second child at home this month, has called meditation the source for her post-baby weight loss.
“A regular meditation practice creates mindfulness. Being mindful helps keep us from feeling distracted and impatient with life when things don’t go our way,” said Jill Lawson, our resident yogi expert. “When we are fully aware of our feelings through the practice of meditation, we can move toward being more proactive, instead of reactive. Taking action versus being frustrated is the first step in living a joyful life.”
We found 20 famous men and women who have dedicated themselves to the art and practice of meditation. If this group can make Power Bracelets, veganism, and the Master Cleanse a storming success, maybe they can serve as models to make us all a bit more mindful out here in the real world. (more…)
Everyone finds inspiration in different places. Whether from a book, a speech, or even a friendly conversation, words have a way of striking us at the right time and place and motivating us for the better.
For Oprah, those words struck years ago while speaking with Maya Angelou. The poet shared what Oprah calls the best advice she’s ever received. “When people show you who they really are, believe them the first time.” They are words she lives by.
For a woman whose every word is hung on, it was actually quite easy for Oprah to share the best advice she’s ever given. Her go-to bit of insight is to tell people to find a way to be most themselves. “Listen to the rhythm of your own calling, and follow that,” she said.
If you’re looking for more guidance on how to eat well, work hard but allow yourself to play hard too, and embrace your life in a more present way, then Oprah has 101 of the best pieces of advices you’ve ever heard. It’s the feature in the October issue of O Magazine, which just hit newsstands. (more…)
For as public a woman as Oprah is, her life behind the cameras is very closely guarded. Who can blame her? Part of that life is a relationship with her long-time partner Stedman Graham. The two remain mostly out of the limelight together, leading seemingly separate lives. The truth, is the two are very close and very connected, especially in the kitchen. Every woman knows the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach!
Oprah might be one of the most powerful women in the world, with an Outlook schedule that would put all of ours collectively to shame, but she still makes time to make her favorite homemade dishes. In his very first appearance on the cover of O Magazine, something Oprah rarely shares with anyone, Stedman and his leading lady grant us a peek inside her kitchen as part of the recent first-ever Food Issue.
In an interview for O Magazine, Stedman raves about Oprah’s work in the kitchen, saying, “Chefs don’t have anything on [Oprah],” calling her a fantastic cook and adding that he enjoys anything she cooks, even that he appreciates her work.
It’s difficult to have Stedman narrow down his favorite recipe of Oprah’s, but one that stands out was an accidental creation she made just for him based on various on-hand ingredients, and it became known as the Love Sandwich, a panini made with pepper Jack cheese, turkey, avocados, tomatos and scallions served on seven-grain bread. (more…)