One of the best weapons in the anti-aging arsenal is exercise, yet staying motivated can require as much effort as actual exercise. To stay on-track, here are some easy ways to sneak in exercise, eat like a non-fat French chick, look chic, and take your coiffure from post-gym to after-hours.
WALK & TALK Your gym membership maybe moldering, but all that time you're on the phone could be put to use sculpting your gams. Simply slip on some Shape Up Shoes and stroll about for at least 30 minutes a day - the muscles used to maintain your balance strengthen like a Stairmaster, pump blood in ways that fight varicose veins and cellulite, and even help fight lower back pain. On your next business trip, tuck a pair in your suitcase and come back in better shape...and all for $40. Available at ShapeUpShoes.com.
LEARN PORTION CONTROL Most diets fail simply because they are a short-term band-aid rather than a longterm lifestyle change...after all, who really wants to be sentenced to a life of the same 5-7 prepackaged "meals"? Ask any loser who has kept it off successfully over the years, and to a (wo)man they all sing the same tune: portion control. Yet, in our supersize-me culture average potions have expanded like 70s hyperinflation and all-you-can-eat has replaced all-I-need-to-eat. Clever portionpals are a set of five silicone mini-cutting boards, each showing what an actual portion looks like of meat, chicken, fish, sides, and, yes, dessert. When you're cooking a casa, use them religiously so that when you eat out, if you do over-do, at least it will be by choice. $18 at Portionpal.com.
SNAG A CHIC BAG The thought of schepping your gym bag, lunch bag, and regular bag is enough to deter even the most determined working girl from working out. However, the Physhion handbag-meets-gym-bag makes it easy to carry your life to work, meetings, lunch...and the gym - all in the same chic bag. Each of the four models has a 100% waterproof lining, a removable pouch for toiletries, pockets for your cell, iPod, PDA, keys, and the other gadgets you can't live without, including a gym pass holder and reprogrammable lock for your locker...so you'll never have to worry about whether your life (and lovely bag) will still be there when you get back. Available at Physhion.com.
SEX UP YOUR POST-WORKOUT TRESSES Don't let the effects of a sweaty session on your 'do keep you from doing the right thing. This summer, hair maven Mario Diab will be at the Equinox on 69 Prince Street in NYC on the first Monday of each month, demonstrating how to use Artic Chill to chill out your frizzy 'fro and set your coiffure right for a night out. (via WWD)
EAT RIGHT IN-FLIGHT You deserve better than in-flight packaged peanuts or convenience boxes full of even more packaged junk food - just ask Mireille Guiliano, the very svelte & fabulous author of French Women Don't Get Fat, who wisely maintains that one of the key secrets of the good life is eating well. For slightly more than the cost of a fancy restaurant lunch (or a few fancy calorie-laden coffee drinks), you can have a gourmet meal delivered to you at the airport. Skymeals has over 70 entrees, brunches, wraps, sandwiches and desserts to choose from, including shrimp and asparagus farfalle, poached salmon, grilled portobello mushrooms, gazpacho, and flourless chocolate cake. And if you take the time to savor each bite (armed, of course, with knowledge you're not violating your newfound adherence to portion control), you'll land more rested, well-nourished...and less likely to raid the minibar. Available at Skymeals.com.
- Lesley Scott
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