Danai Gurira wants women to appreciate their powerful bodies

Danai Gurira wants women to start appreciating how powerful their bodies can be.The 42-year-old actress has wowed audiences with her impressive physique as Wakanda General Okoye in Marvel movies Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, and…

Danai Gurira wants women to start appreciating how powerful their bodies can be.

The 42-year-old actress has wowed audiences with her impressive physique as Wakanda General Okoye in Marvel movies Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, and she revealed how she feels more empowered the fitter she is, and wants other women to share her experience.

“(Women) aren’t encouraged to understand how powerful their bodies can be. I love it when women find their power. I love it when I find a different ability in my body that I didn’t know I could find or I could learn,” she told Women’s Health magazine. “I always encourage any young women I speak to to explore that part of yourself.”

Danai recommended taking up a sport, such as boxing or lifting weights, to help women find a fitness regime they’re excited by.

“Find the thing you enjoy – and it might be lifting weights, it might be boxing. Of course, all the astounding martial arts there are to learn. It’s an exciting kind of playground to play in and to find another part of yourself,” she explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, The Walking Dead star detailed the secrets of her sleek physique, and revealed she follows a “pesca-vegan” diet, and works out with her personal trainer AJ Fisher up to four times a week, focusing on circuit training and Pilates-inspired cardio.

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Halle Berry credits yoga with helping her combat ‘negative energy’

Halle Berry has credited yoga with helping her to banish “negative energy” from her life.The Oscar-winning actress often uses her Instagram page to promote her health and wellness techniques, as well as her new Re-spin lifestyle app. Opening up about h…

Halle Berry has credited yoga with helping her to banish “negative energy” from her life.

The Oscar-winning actress often uses her Instagram page to promote her health and wellness techniques, as well as her new Re-spin lifestyle app.

Opening up about her love of yoga and stretching sessions in a new article for U.S. Women’s Health magazine, Halle insisted the practice has been beneficial for all aspects of her health, especially when it comes to fighting stress.

“Thanks to plenty of personal experience, I believe that if we allow negative energy and stress to fester within us, they profoundly influence our health and wellbeing,” she wrote. “One of the most helpful stress-releasing practices for me is yoga. To me, it’s a physical form of meditation that allows me to move negative energy out of my body. Whatever type of yoga I practice, focusing on my breath and really feeling my body as I flow through and hold poses really centres me. It’s like the stress just lifts right out of me.”

Halle went on to explain that she tries to practice yoga three times a week for a minimum of 15 minutes, but will sometimes just do a downward dog or child’s pose.

And in light of the coronavirus lockdown, she’s found that taking a moment out of her busy day just to breathe and relax has really aided her in maintaining balance.

“In addition to making these practices a regular part of my routine, I also turn to them in the moments when stress threatens to seriously throw me off or consume me,” the 53-year-old added. “The other night, for example, I found myself stretching in my bedroom at 3 o’clock in the morning because the sound of helicopters outside was making me anxious. (I’m honestly a big fan of punching a pillow or kicking a heavy bag in these moments. Sometimes you just have to fight that unhelpful energy right out of your body…).”

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Halle Berry shares simple meditation tips for ‘peace and healing’

Halle Berry has shared her simple meditation routine to help others find “peace, healing and solace”.The Oscar-winning actress has been meditating for nearly two decades and relies on using the mindfulness technique daily to enable her to keep her two …

Halle Berry has shared her simple meditation routine to help others find “peace, healing and solace”.

The Oscar-winning actress has been meditating for nearly two decades and relies on using the mindfulness technique daily to enable her to keep her two children, Nahla, 12, and six-year-old Maceo, calm during the coronavirus pandemic.

“In times like these, I think that children need their parents to set the tone. If I’m frightened and frazzled, my kids absorb it all like sponges. Meditation helps me stay calm and balanced, so that I can show up for my kids and help them to feel more at peace and less afraid,” Halle told Women’s Health magazine.

“I’ve always found peace, healing, and solace in meditation – and that’s especially true (and important) right now when we’re amidst so much unrest and it’s so easy to operate out of fear.”

The Catwoman star starts her day with a session first thing in the morning – “sometimes for 10 minutes, sometimes for an hour” – and said it helps to keep her present and grounded.

“I believe meditation can have a profound impact on a much larger scale, too. Meditation can truly help all of us change the collective energy of our world and transform our reality into a more positive one,” the 53-year-old mused.

Halle then revealed her “incredibly simple” meditation routine. She starts by finding a quiet spot where she can sit and close her eyes, focusing on her breathing, and after a few minutes, she begins to “think about the intention of your meditation”, and ends her session by writing down her thoughts so she can reflect.

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Julianne Hough hopes dance classes help people connect with ‘inner child’

Julianne Hough is hopeful her virtual dance classes will help people connect to their “inner child” amid the coronavirus crisis.The actress/dancer rose to fame as a professional champion and judge on Dancing with the Stars, and was previously a member …

Julianne Hough is hopeful her virtual dance classes will help people connect to their “inner child” amid the coronavirus crisis.

The actress/dancer rose to fame as a professional champion and judge on Dancing with the Stars, and was previously a member of the America’s Got Talent panel.

Julianne launched a “high-sensory activated” exercise format called Kinrgy last August, and in a new interview with U.S. Women’s Health magazine, encouraged fans to take part while they are practicing social distancing at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s a blessing to be able to offer (via the Internet) what people need most in this world right now… which is to feel certainty that they’re going to be O.K., and that they have the power to release all that stress and anxiety and fear,” she told the publication, before insisting the routines are suitable for everyone to try. “I believe we’re all dancers. We were much more self-expressed when we were kids. I’m trying to help people reconnect back to that inner child.”

In addition to taking part in Kinrgy classes, Julianne keeps up her fitness levels by participating in yoga, cycling, or weight training sessions. But she also takes time out of her busy schedule to meditate and investigate holistic practices.

“There is no right or wrong in my viewpoint. It is based on what works well for you,” the 31-year-old insisted. “If those modalities feel strange to people, it may not be for them-or it may not be for them yet-and I’m O.K. with that. I believe in helping people trust what’s already within them.”

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Julianne Hough adamant spiritual ‘transformation’ curbed endometriosis symptoms

Julianne Hough is certain her spiritual “transformation” has helped ease her endometriosis symptoms.The 31-year-old decided to share her battle with the chronic condition last year, after she was diagnosed more than 10 years ago, and has previously spo…

Julianne Hough is certain her spiritual “transformation” has helped ease her endometriosis symptoms.

The 31-year-old decided to share her battle with the chronic condition last year, after she was diagnosed more than 10 years ago, and has previously spoken candidly about how endometriosis has affected her sex life with husband Brooks Laich.

But in a new interview with U.S. Women’s Health magazine, Julianne insisted she’s been pain-free since changing her outlook on life and removing herself from “societal beliefs and cultural beliefs and religious beliefs”.

“I believe in soul love, whatever that looks like. I kind of don’t believe in labels. It doesn’t mean that I won’t have a baby, etc. It just means that I’ve unplugged from what I feel like I should be doing versus what I actually want to be doing,” Julianne explained. “I will tell you, through this transformation of really connecting back to my truth, I haven’t had symptoms of endometriosis because of the love and kindness I’m giving to my body,” she shared, noting that there was an atmosphere of guilt and shame associated with endometriosis.

Elsewhere in the interview, Julianne, who wed hockey player Brooks in 2017, also discussed her decision to freeze her eggs. Due to her diagnosis, there is a high chance the Rock of Ages star will need to undergo in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) in order to conceive one day.

“I think the healthier I am from the inside out – as far as my beliefs, my energy, what I’m putting into my body-the better prepared I’ll be when the time comes,” she added.

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Halle Berry uses her son as a weight during at-home workouts

Halle Berry sometimes uses her son as a weight during her at-home workouts.The Oscar-winning actress is trying to stay on top of keeping fit by committing to at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, and in a new op-ed for Women’s Health magazine, she adm…

Halle Berry sometimes uses her son as a weight during her at-home workouts.

The Oscar-winning actress is trying to stay on top of keeping fit by committing to at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, and in a new op-ed for Women’s Health magazine, she admitted that she tries to get her six-year-old son involved as much as possible.

“I try to catch 10 minutes here and there with the goal of doing at least 30 total minutes of more formal exercise per day. I piece together a bunch of little bursts of exercise (many of which I can use my full-body resistance loop and booty band for) to meet my 30-minutes-total goal… I even use my son as workout equipment when we’re goofing around,” Halle wrote. “I’ll sit in a chair and he’ll lay across my feet, and I’ll do a few sets of leg extensions.”

Yet, the Monster’s Ball star also encouraged her fans to be kind to themselves while staying at home and practicing social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.

“As hard as it is to feel so out of my usual routine, I think we all need to remember to be gentle with ourselves right now,” the 53-year-old insisted. “This is an odd, stressful time, and we’ve all had a lot dumped on our plates. You don’t have to make big strides or do big things. Just keep it together.

“Move when you can and in a way that feels good, or in a way that gets your kids in on the action. Just hang in there. All any of us can do right now is our best.”

Halle shares Maceo with her ex-husband Olivier Martinez. She is also mum to daughter Nahla, 12, from her relationship with Gabriel Aubry.

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Alison Brie used to cry before red carpet events

Alison Brie used to break down in tears before Hollywood events because she thought she looked “so disgusting”. The GLOW actress suffers from body dysmorphia, a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their …

Alison Brie used to break down in tears before Hollywood events because she thought she looked “so disgusting”.

The GLOW actress suffers from body dysmorphia, a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance, and while she has a better handle on it these days, she recalled how it used to affect her before red carpet appearances in an interview with Women’s Health magazine.

“I go back to red carpet photos where I thought I looked so horrible, and there are some where I now think, ‘God, I looked beautiful,'” she admitted. “And I’ll remember: An hour before that I was in tears; I thought I was so disgusting. I think it’s something I’ll probably be working through my whole life. And depression too.”

The 37-year-old has found sticking to a healthy diet and working out six days a week helps her maintain a balanced mental state.

“When I’ve been in a really serious depression, I’ll drag myself to a yoga class – even if I don’t want to be around people – tears streaming down my face. But (I think), ‘Get in class, get out of your head, get blood flowing.’ It ends up helping eventually,” the star shared.

Alison also credits being able to talk to her actor husband Dave Franco about her feelings with helping her mental wellness, as he has given her perspective on her body dysmorphia battle.

“It’s been funny talking to him about it. He said, ‘Before I knew you, I’m not sure I believed body dysmorphia was a real thing. It’s so interesting to me what you see – and what I’m seeing when I’m looking at you – and the frank discussions we have about it,” she added.

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Alison Brie credits GLOW training for helping her overcome body dysmorphia

Alison Brie has credited her GLOW training for helping her to overcome her battle with body dysmorphia.The actress transformed her figure to play Ruth Wilder in Netflix’s comedy-drama series about the characters and gimmicks of the 1980s women’s profes…

Alison Brie has credited her GLOW training for helping her to overcome her battle with body dysmorphia.

The actress transformed her figure to play Ruth Wilder in Netflix’s comedy-drama series about the characters and gimmicks of the 1980s women’s professional wrestling circuit.

However, in a cover interview for the May 2020 issue of U.S. Women’s Health magazine, Alison shared how working alongside celebrity trainer Jason Walsh over all four seasons has greatly impacted her struggles with body dysmorphia, a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance.

“It helped with my relationship to my body times a million,” she shared. “Before, I always felt at odds with it; I wanted it to be something it wasn’t. But I didn’t have the tools to do that in a healthy way.”

For her gym sessions, Jason had Alison work on squats, lunges, presses, and lifts, and she was amazed by the way in which she quickly packed muscle onto her lithe figure.

“I like to lead the charge against people thinking that strength training makes women bulky. Jason uses my body as an example at the gym, because I can lift more than a lot of people. You can pack a lot of muscle into a lean little body,” the 37-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, Alison also opened up about her diet in the lead-up to shooting GLOW, noting that she abides by a strict eating plan involving oatmeal, protein shakes, salad, and stir-fries.

“I used to feel more out of control with it,” she commented of her old diet. “Being more diligent has been helpful for me mentally.”

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Carrie Underwood loves abiding by ‘rules’ of healthy eating plan

Carrie Underwood finds maintaining her health regimen easy as she “loves rules”.In a new interview with U.S. Women’s Health magazine, the country music star opened up about her diet plan, and revealed she eats 45 per cent carbs, 30 per cent fat, and 25…

Carrie Underwood finds maintaining her health regimen easy as she “loves rules”.

In a new interview with U.S. Women’s Health magazine, the country music star opened up about her diet plan, and revealed she eats 45 per cent carbs, 30 per cent fat, and 25 per cent protein to maintain her figure.

“I love rules,” she shared. “This is how I feel good about myself, and this is how I operate.”

However, Carrie also confessed that her first tour after winning American Idol in 2005 sent her lifestyle off the rails and she struggled to maintain balance.

“I would ‘fall off the wagon,’ then feel terrible and repeat the cycle,” the 36-year-old recalled, adding that she would sometimes eat as few as 800 calories a day. “Your body is screaming, ‘I need more calories. I need more carbs!'”

Now, Carrie abides by a healthy vegetarian diet, comprised of lots of vegetables, berries, avocado, eggs, and smoothies.

Though the Cry Pretty singer also insisted that she will occasionally indulge in a slice of cake, dark chocolate, or glass of red wine while watching The Bachelor.

“I do have my vice… and it’s red wine. It’s good for my heart, right?!” she smiled.

Carrie is currently promoting Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life. Based on her own routines, the book is filled with meal plans, recipes, weekly exercise programmes, and guidelines for keeping a weekly food and workout journal.

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Julianne Hough launching dance-inspired exercise classes

Julianne Hough is gearing up to launch a dance-inspired exercise class.The actress/dancer has risen to fame as a professional champion and judge on Dancing with the Stars, and is also a member of the America’s Got Talent panel. Over the past few years…

Julianne Hough is gearing up to launch a dance-inspired exercise class.

The actress/dancer has risen to fame as a professional champion and judge on Dancing with the Stars, and is also a member of the America’s Got Talent panel.

Over the past few years, Julianne has contemplated creating a new exercise format like the “SoulCycle of dance” but she’s since developed the concept further, and is about to unveil Kinrgy.

“When I think about what I want to create, I want to help people connect back to their truest self,” she said of the project in an interview with U.S. Women’s Health magazine. “When that happens, they can relate to the people around them with no filter and experience the world how we’re supposed to experience it-in its most pure form, which I believe is love.”

The name Kinrgy was invented by Julianne and her team, and merges the words kinaesthetic and kin, as in family, as well as energy. While the star shared few other details about her “high-sensory activated dance method,” she did explain that she wants others to be able to move freely.

“Dance is my superpower, and it has been my whole life, but I didn’t even know it,” the 31-year-old mused. “I have no boundaries when I dance.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Julianne opened up about her battle with endometriosis, a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb starts to grow in other places, such as the ovaries and Fallopian tubes, and how she uses exercise and abides by a healthy diet to help with her symptoms.

“If I don’t move my body in the morning, I have a fine day,” she smiled. “If I move it first thing, I have an excellent day.”

Julianne will launch Kinrgy in the near future and already has plans to open a studio in Los Angeles.

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