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86 FEATURES Misty Copeland transformed the world of ballet. Now she’s raising the bar even higher.
78 Stronger Together Use the buddy system in your workout! These moves and motivation tips equal a super fun sweat session.
82 Night Moves ’Tis the season to celebrate! Add a pop of color and some sparkle on eyes, lips, or nails.
86 The Great Outdoors Bundle up and get outside in the season’s coolest, coziest gear.
94 Cool Mind, Hot Body Fitness studios are incorporating mindfulness to help you sweat and reflect—it just may be the ultimate workout.
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15 Lean Into It!
37 Quick Fix Tone arms, abs, and legs in a flash with our turbo workouts.
39 Trainer to Go
23 On Sleek
40 Gym Bag
A total-body routine
A polished ponytail how-to
24 #Mood Fun, festive products
52 Personal Best Inspiring reads and motivating podcasts
Multitask like a pro: Do beauty treatments while you work out.
59 SELF Made
28 Beauty Buzz
Paperless Post founder Alexa Hirschfeld on finding your strengths
Our favorite tips and trends this month
30 Sporty Style A chic, comfy look for a day on the slopes
42 That Moment When… CrossFit competitor Christmas Abbott took her first step toward becoming an athlete.
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Full disclosure: When December rolls around, I’m fueled mainly by Champagne and holiday cookies. Every night feels like a special night, because, after all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! And like most people, after an evening of indulgence, I find it especially hard to get myself to work out. But when you’re looking forward to seeing someone, or feeling the way you know you will after your favorite sweat sesh, it’s so much easier to motivate. Trainer Akin Akman (above, and on page 78) has that magic something that keeps you coming back. He has a way of making you work—and laugh—and work some more. I’ve never regretted showing up. Prioritizing time for the people you love is what the holidays are about. Every Christmas Eve I go on a hike with one of my best friends. We don’t speak often during the year, but we always find a way, despite the chaos of family and holiday obligations, to get #UpNOut. On the trail we open up about the highs and lows of the year gone by. Sharing secrets in the great outdoors is one of life’s most perfect pleasures (page 86). I hope you give it a try. Wishing you joy and love this season!
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Happy holidays! I’m looking forward to so much this season… FAMILY TIME Celebrating Christmas with my family is everything to me. This photo was taken last year with my grandmother and mom. It was my last holiday with my Yaya, and I’ll treasure it always.
HOT CHOCOLATE I’m addicted. It is my winter beverage of choice. I drink one every day, and it’s worth each sweet, milky, marshmallowy calorie.
PRETTY CARDS I love the stack of cards I get from friends and family near and far. This year I’m ordering mine from Paperless Post. Modern, cute, easy.
FUN NAILS I tend to be a subtle-mani person. But when it’s party season, I say, Why not? Let’s go green! POLISH Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer in Darjeeling Darling, $18; Birchbox.com
Only Akin could make me laugh while I’m doing my tuck jumps!
STATEMENT ACCESSORIES When the invitation says “festive,” I slip on my sexiest heels and grab a playful clutch, and I’m good to go whether I’m in jeans or an LBD. CLUTCH $1,695; Edie-Parker.com SANDAL $875; Shop.GianvitoRossi.com
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INTO IT! Stretching doesn’t just feel fantastic—it could help you fend off aches and pains. BY MEG LAPPE
Real talk: Does anyone actually stretch post-workout? (Gold star if you do.) “We always assume we’ll get to it later, but we don’t!” says Lisa Corsello, founder of San Francisco fitness studio Burn. Add that to hours spent huddled over keyboards/scrunched into tiny airplane seats/[insert your back pain trigger here], and it’s clear our bodies could feel better. Proactively stretching reduces your chances of becoming one of the 80 percent of Americans who suffer from back problems in their lifetime. So try this move: Prop a foot on a fitness ball, then lean into your front leg (as shown). Switch sides after 30 seconds. Feels nice, right? Turn the page for more ideas and tips to help you lengthen, tone, and feel fab all month long.
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Power through your A.M. Mix up your morning smoothie by adding an unexpected ingredient! Lindsey Pine, R.D., gives the dish on four tasty add-ins—all of which are currently trending at smoothie bars in New York City. If you’re dairyfree, tofu is a go-to plant-based protein. For smoothies, silken works best because of its yogurtlike creamy texture.
Brightly colored veggies like beets help lower blood pressure and the risk for heart disease. Roast them first for a smoother consistency.
A teaspoon sprinkled on top adds texture and a hint of tropical flavor. Just be sure you buy them unsweetened— some contain artificial sugars.
THE AMOUNT PRODUCTIVITY SOARS WHEN EMPLOYEES STAND WHILE THEY WORK. TRY HAVING A WALKING MEETING OR STANDING DURING CALLS!
Thanks to a type of fiber called beta-glucan, oats lower cholesterol and boost your immune system. Plus, they’ll keep you full all the way to lunch.
3 genius (pre!) ski moves Legs tend to feel tight, sore, and shaky your first days on the slopes. Pro skier Lexi Dupont’s moves will nix that. Add them to your regular strength routine a few weeks before your trip.
BOX JUMP / Stand with feet hip-width apart in front of a box 12 to 24 inches high. Jump onto box, landing with feet ﬂat and knees bent. Jump back to start for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 20 reps, resting 1 minute between sets.
WALL BALL / Stand with feet hip-width apart 2 feet from a wall, knees soft, holding a 5- to 10-pound medicine ball. Squat, then stand, throw ball at wall about 5 feet overhead, and catch it for 1 rep. Do 2 sets of 20 reps.
ROCK SIT-UP / Lie faceup, arms and legs lifted 45 degrees above ﬂoor. Keep abs engaged as you rock forward and backward, rolling from shoulders to glutes and back for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 20 reps.
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What workout did you do most often this year?
A great sweat sesh means something different to each of us. What’s most important is that you enjoy it! We asked you which activities you clicked with most last year: Here were the top ways you got #UpNOut, per a Self.com poll of more than 1,000 readers. We can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2017!
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Go-time playlist The beats at the indoor-cycling studio Swerve are always on point. Head instructor Dyan Tsiumis shares her top makeyou-move songs. Here We Go Now Crooklyn Clan Meets DJ Kool Need Somebody Alex Newell My PYT (clean version) Wale Teardrops Cole Plante x Bobi Chris Cox Radio Mix The Greatest Sia, Kendrick Lamar Step by Step Whitney Houston, Junior Vasquez Tribal x Beats remix
Bragging rights for a full year? Done. Jump-start your 2017 goals while you sweat with these festive holiday races happening across the country. NYRR Midnight Run
Brazen New Year’s Races
NYE 5K and Hangover Half
Beat the New Year 5K
New York City
Lake Chabot, California Wichita, Kansas
Salt Lake City
Kick it off with music at 10 P.M., then do a 4-mile Central Park loop under ﬁreworks at midnight. NYRR.org
You can run a 5K, a 10K, or a half marathon on December 31 or January 1. Or race both days! BrazenRacing.com
Run a 5K at 11:45 P.M., tackle the next morning’s 5K, or do a half marathon. HangoverHalf.com
Pick an 11:15 P.M. or 11:30 P.M. start, then race to beat the countdown to midnight. SLCtrackclub.org/btny
Acapella Kelis Little Bit More Jidenna Barricade Axwell Someone Who Needs Me (Club Mix) Bob Sinclair Happy C2C Tetra feat. Derek Martin Hymn for the Weekend (Seeb Remix) Coldplay
THE GEAR WE’RE CRUSHING ON THIS WINTER! We love J.Crew for day-to-night preppy essentials and New Balance for all our workouts. The brands have launched a new, 48-piece collection together, featuring high-performance materials and fun details like color blocking and polka dots. Essential wind-breaker, $120; JCrew.com
Party Time Danny English & Egg Nog
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New Year’s fun runs
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THE 12 DAYS OF WELLNESS
Little stuff adds up! Try folding in a few of these good-for-you ideas between all the eating, drinking, and merrymaking this month.
MINUTES FOAM ROLLING
TEN FORWARD LUNGES
SIPS OF WATER
EIGHT SEATED TWISTS
Office parties and secret Santas abound this time of year, and it’s more than likely there will be goodies in attendance. Instead of wondering what’s healthy-ish, BYO candy! We can’t get enough of California Crisps dried fruit (shown here). Each of the 18 delicious varieties, including orange, strawberry, apple, and pineapple, is made with zero added sugar. P.S.: They’re pretty enough to bring as a hostess gift. Mandarin Crunchy Slices, $2; CaliforniaCrisps.com
TWELVE DEEP BREATHS
FEEL AHHH-MAZING These common workout pains can derail even the most motivated athlete. To the rescue: ﬁxes from David Reavy, founder of React PT in Chicago. SHIN SPLINTS / Zinging shins will ruin a run, so ﬁrst check that you’re landing midfoot. Next, hold a lacrosse ball and apply direct pressure to the front of legs, starting just above the most tender area and slowly moving leg up and down and side to side. PLANTAR FASCIITIS / This ache at the bottom of your foot occurs during the push-off of your stride. It’s caused by weak glutes and hamstrings and exacerbated by tight calves. Relieve it by applying a ball or your hands to arches and calves to lengthen tendons. RUNNER’S KNEE / It’s caused by irritation of the cartilage under the kneecap, often due to weak stabilizing muscles, like quads, glutes, and your core. Strengthen them with squats and bridges; or, if you’re superstrong, try a supported headstand (pictured).
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HAIR, DENNIS DEVOY FOR LEONOR GREYL PARIS; MAKEUP, ALLIE SMITH FOR ARMANI; MODEL, CAREY MURPHY AT MUSE.
Kick your pony into (party) gear with a bit of polish. BY SOPHIE WIRT
Rouge Dior in Rendez-vous, $35 DRESS $998; Diesel.com EARRINGS
$140; JoomiLim .com
Photographed by NYRA LANG Styled by PEJU FAMOJURE
Here’s the secret to a smooth evening ponytail: It’s all about the details. NYC hairstylist Clay Nielsen suggests prepping damp hair with a lightweight styler like Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Serum, $5, for a shiny and bump-free finish. Blow-dry with a mixed boar-bristle brush and gather strands into a low pony. Secure with a bungee, then mist on a firm-hold hairspray such as Aveda Control Force, $31, and press down any flyaways with the can itself. No frizz, no flatiron—no kidding! DIY ’DOS See even more festive styles at Self.com/go/holidayhair.
( SELF ) I M AG E FIND A STYLE GO-TO “My days are ﬁlled with meetings, so I dress in pieces that make an easy transition, like a jumpsuit,” says Toronto-based blogger Sasha Exeter. “For cocktails, I’ll just add heels or jewelry.”
TINSEL TONE ’Tis the moment to sparkle! Sweep on this creamy whitegold shadow, or sheer it out to use as a highlighter. EYESHADOW Urban
Decay Liquid Moodust in Chem Trail, $22
COOL SHADE This season’s mani: a short square shape with dark teal lacquer. NAIL POLISH Essie in
Satin Sister, $9
Softer, smoother, more radiant skin— it all adds up to a #NoFilter selﬁe.
Try an update on classic red with this semi-matteﬁnish rosewood. LIPSTICK Givenchy Le Rouge Rose Audacieux, $36
SKIN IN THE GAME “I love doing facials to help get me ready. Taking care of your skin is the best beauty routine,” NYC stylist Kelly Framel says of how she preps for parties. “Other than that? Champagne!”
Make your look shine with a dash of shimmer, a swipe of color, and a spritz of something special.
SULTRY SCENT This delicious mix of vanilla, almond, and musk is simply sophisticated.
PRETTY PINE Line your lids with this rich evergreen. Flecks of glitter (think tiny, not chunky) add a playful, unexpected twist. EYELINER Estée Lauder Double Wear Inﬁnite Waterproof Eyeliner in Blackened Emerald, $24
Alaïa Eau de Parfum Blanche Spray, $150
PUMP UP THE JAMS
“When I’m getting ready, I’ll light a candle and blast music,” says L.A.-based deejay Samantha Duenas. “I have an extensive holiday-music playlist, which I’ll even play off-season!”
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SERUM Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, $97; Birchbox.com
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Combine your beauty and wellness routines to save major time: It’s a one-two punch. BY ALEXANDRA ENGLER
Condition nails at barre.
Do a mask and stream a yoga class.
Steam and hydrate post-gym.
Get clear skin while meditating.
At Spin, try a hair treatment.
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Apply a thin coat of Formula X Quench Nail Cuticle Oil, $15, along the nail bed before class. It repairs dry cuticles with a mix of grapeseed and vitamin E. Post-barre, clean and shape nails with Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit, $22. Then keep the look natural or swipe on a playful metallic lacquer (like Morgan Taylor in Let’s Get Frosty, $9) for a polished mani.
Apply the moisture-packed Dr Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask, $46, while you om at home. It quickly firms into a solid, no-drip texture and easily peels off when you’re done. Translation: zero mess, even during Downward Dog. For classes, try Yome (YogaMeditation Home.com)—it’s free and has sessions under 20 minutes.
After your workout, apply Curél Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer, $8, and visit the gym’s steam room for a seriously smooth body. The nongreasy lotion seals with external moisture (like the little water droplets that form on your skin from the steam) and helps infuse it into the skin’s surface. Basically, your legs and arms will stay softer longer. Take that, winter dryness.
Slip on the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, $40, before your next meditation. The device targets blemishes with LEDs (blue to kill bacteria, red to reduce inflammation). The result: glowing skin with repeated use. It takes 10 minutes a day, which is exactly how long a session lasts on the Headspace app ($13 a month; Headspace.com).
Before you clip in, comb a lightweight mask through dry hair (try Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque, $43, which will give you silky, frizzfree strands). Next, style hair into a topknot. Humidity from the class helps the coconut and argan oils penetrate, and (bonus!) most classes are dark, so nobody will notice you have it in. After: Wash, style, and go!
Bright lights, big impact A two-week UNICEF ﬁeld trip to Vietnam changed Sterling McDavid’s life. “I’d found my purpose,” she says. Upon her return, McDavid left her job in ﬁnance to start The Starling Project, a line of soy-based candles that helps fund solar-energy projects in impoverished areas around the world. For each candle sold, one community receives sustainable energy. Brilliant! —Sophie Wirt The Starling Project candles in Currant + Rosewood and Orange Flower + Amber, $55 each; StarlingProject.org
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( SELF ) I M AG E Ellis Brooklyn Rrose eau de parfum, $100
In bloom Ellis Brooklyn’s four new fragrances are distinctive and original, but not too out-there for everyday wear. (They’re free of parabens and phthalates, too.) If you’re looking for a fresh, lemon-tinged ﬂoral, try Rrose—it’s never stuffy or precious, just romantic.
SELF’s beauty director, Annie Tomlin, shares this month’s best finds.
Nannette de Gaspé Restorative Techstile Neck Masque, $100, Eyes Masque, $90, and Hands Masque, $85
DITCH DRY LIPS
The new lipsticks are here to party—and to baby your lips, too. Revlon’s hydrating gel formula glides on gorgeously, while Kjaer Weis lipsticks, $56, condition with organic shea butter. Prefer a velvet finish? Try Chanel Rouge Allure Ink, $37, or Le Métier de Beauté Moisture Matte Lip Crème, $42. Both are highly pigmented and leave lips smooth and soiree-ready.
Charcoal-based products are heating up. There’s the Adventure Project soap, sales of which provide stoves for women in Kenya. Char Essence ($43, Carbon Beauty.com) is an oakwood vinegar distilled from white charcoal. A standout from the Danish line Sort of Coal, it smells appealingly smoky (think campfires!) and works as a bath oil, face wash, or hair rinse. You’ll want to find coal in your stocking this year, trust!
Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor in Lava, $9
Apotheke charcoal soap, $20; www.theadventureproject.org/coal
SO FIRE, SO GOOD
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FACE FACTS After a 15-minute session with these completely dry multiuse textile masks, my skin is crazy-soft and moisturized. Here’s the high-tech scoop: Antiaging ingredients are dry-printed onto a Japanese fabric, so they’re more concentrated than water-based sheet masks. My inner science geek can’t get enough—and neither can my complexion.
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Here’s what’s on our winter wish list: ski style that takes you to the top. BY ALEXANDRA ENGLER
HAIR, DENNIS DEVOY FOR LEONOR GREYL PARIS; MAKEUP, ALLIE SMITH FOR ARMANI; MANICURE, MARTHA FEKETE FOR DIOR VERNIS; MODEL, OKSANA GEDROIT AT IMG. SEE GET-IT GUIDE.
Our favorite thing about skiing? The total thrill of hurtling down a mountain. Our second? All the cute, cozy clothing you get to wear during and after. For swishing down the slopes, we love this scoopneck ski suit: The flexible, high-tech fabric keeps you insulated without bulk, and a cool racer stripe down the side has a fun, retro aesthetic. After, go for a piece that’s equal parts comfy and chic, like this colorblocked knit vest—it will set you up for some serious après-ski festivities (bring on the spiked cocoa!). Fresh powder, meet fresh looks.
SKI SUIT $575;
PerfectMoment.com VEST Ganni, $381;
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With a black matte face and a classic Gucci red-and-green band, it’s a sleek standout.
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Their bold hues and graphic stripes will up your style game—and they make amazing gifts.
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HAIR, YUKIKO TAJIMA FOR ORIBE HAIR CARE; MAKEUP, BRIT COCHRAN FOR DIORSKIN; MODEL, CHELSEA AGUIAR AT WILHELMINA. SEE GET-IT GUIDE.
8 ON A 1-TO-10 SCALE, IT SHOULD FEEL LIKE YOU’RE WORKING THIS HARD DURING QUICKIE SESSIONS.
QUICK FIX Ready, set, sweat! Score a leaner, stronger body in a fraction of the time—then enjoy the energy boost all day long. BY EMILY ABBATE
When life gets busy, is it too much to ask for outstanding abs or toned triceps in a flash? Nope! A growing number of boutique studio favorites (Physique 57, Peloton, Barre 3) now offer classes that clock in at 30 minutes or less, plus even quicker streaming options for an at-home burst. “It doesn’t take loads of time to get your heart rate up,” says Jessica King, a personal trainer and senior instructor at Peloton Cycle in New York City. “Strategic quick workouts can give you big results with little to no equipment.” Plus, short bouts of intense exercise can produce hearthealth benefits similar to longer, traditional endurance training, according to a new McMaster University study. Sneak in your own mini sculpting session at home with one of our targeted routines. SPORTS BRA L’urv LEGGINGS Outdoor Voices SNEAKERS Nike
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Sculpted arms OUR EXPERT Prince Brathwaite, personal trainer and founder of New York City studio Trooper Fitness DO 5 reps of each exercise, cycling through as many rounds as possible (AMRAP) in 5 minutes THE MOVES Renegade row push-up Start in a high plank with dumbbells under chest. Do a push-up, then grasp right dumbbell and row once to chest. Repeat on left side for 1 rep. Arnold shoulder press Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells in front of you at shoulders, palms back. Press dumbbells overhead, rotating hands so palms face out. Return to start for 1 rep. Biceps curl Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells in front of thighs, palms out. Curl weights to shoulders, keeping elbows close to sides. Slowly return to start for 1 rep.
Awesome abs OUR EXPERT Rachel Mariotti, personal trainer at Equinox in New York City DO Each move for 45 seconds, then rest 15 seconds, AMRAP in 5 minutes THE MOVES Forearm plank with alternating crunch Start in a low plank. Bring right knee to right elbow, return to start, then repeat on opposite side for 1 rep. V-up Lie faceup with arms overhead on ﬂoor. Keep lower back on ﬂoor as you bring hands and legs together above torso. Slowly return to start for 1 rep. Plank march Start in a high plank. Lift right foot 4 inches off ﬂoor. Lower, switch sides, and repeat for 1 rep. Bicycle crunch Lie faceup with feet ﬂat, hands behind head. Engage abs as you bring right elbow to left knee while extending right leg. Keep core engaged and legs up as you twist to switch sides for 1 rep. Leg lift Lie faceup, palms on ﬂoor under glutes. Keep lower back ﬂat as you lift legs until they’re perpendicular to torso. Lower legs to hover an inch off ﬂoor, then lift them back to ceiling for 1 rep. SPORTS BRA
Tully Lou LEGGINGS Ivy
Whether it’s your lunch break or right after you hop out of bed, anytime is the right time to squeeze in one (or all three!) of these body-part-speciﬁc workouts. The best news? All you need is 5 minutes and a set of 5- or 10-pound dumbbells to get your burn on.
Leaner legs OUR EXPERT Jessica King of Peloton Cycle DO Each move for 1 minute, then rest 15 seconds, AMRAP in 5 minutes THE MOVES Squat Stand with feet slightly wider than hipwidth apart, holding dumbbells. Bend knees and sit butt back, keeping chest upright, until thighs are parallel to ﬂoor. Return to start for 1 rep. Dead lift Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells in front of thighs, palms back. Keep knees soft and back straight as you bend at hips to lower weights in front of you. Return to start for 1 rep. Lateral lunge with high knee Stand with feet together, holding dumbbells. Step right foot out to side, sitting butt back. Push through right heel and lift right knee to chest height, then return to start. Switch sides and repeat for 1 rep. Seesaw lunge Stand with feet hipwidth apart, holding dumbbells. Step right foot forward into a lunge. Push up through right heel and step back into a reverse lunge. Continue for 30 seconds. Switch sides; repeat.
Find more quickie routines at Self.com/go/10minuteworkouts.
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LOOSEN-UP PUSH-UP Works arms, core Stand with feet hip-width apart. Bend at waist, place hands on ﬂoor, and keep legs straight as you walk hands out into a high plank. Lower chest to ﬂoor, keeping elbows close to body (as shown). Slowly push back up to start; repeat.
Sculpt all over in a ﬂash with this 10-minute cardio and strength routine. YOUR TRAINER Chelsea Aguiar (pictured), a New York City personal trainer and founder of Athaya Fitness YOU’LL NEED A set of 8-pound dumbbells DO Two 45-second sets of each move 3 times weekly. Rest 15 seconds between sets. (Repeat as needed all month long!)
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GOBLET CURTSY Works legs Stand with feet shoulderwidth apart, a dumbbell close to chest. Step right foot back and to left. Bend both knees, lowering into a squat until left thigh is parallel to ﬂoor (as shown). Stand, switch sides, and repeat. Continue, alternating sides.
BALANCING ROW Works arms, back, core, glutes Stand with feet together, a dumbbell in each hand. Shift weight onto right leg. Keep right knee soft as you raise left leg behind you while lowering weights toward ﬂoor. Pull weights to chest (as shown) 6 times. Stand, switch sides, and repeat. Continue, alternating sides.
See a demo of these moves at Self.com/go/turboworkout.
HIGH-HEEL SQUAT Works legs Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, a dumbbell in each hand. Keep weight in heels as you lower into a squat. Shift weight onto balls of feet (as shown), then back to heels, 8 times. Return to start; repeat.
BICYCLE PRESS Works arms, core, legs Lie faceup with arms out to sides, a dumbbell in each hand, elbows bent, palms facing feet. Press dumbbells together above chest as you lift right leg to ceiling, foot ﬂexed (as shown). Return to start, switch sides, and repeat. Continue, alternating sides.
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“A healthy dec s on changes your l fe.” —Christmas Abbott, 34, CrossFit competitor As a young girl, Christmas Abbott never thought of herself as athletic. “I didn’t grow up going to sports practices like most kids,” she says. It wasn’t until age 22—when she was far from home in Iraq, employed as a civilian contractor—that fitness came onto her radar. Feeling unhealthy and unmotivated and hoping for a positive boost, Abbott turned to exercise. Her first goal? “Run one mile on the treadmill!” It turned out to be a brutal challenge. “I couldn’t walk right for a week,” she says, but still, she finished. Next Abbott began logging 20 minutes on an elliptical at her camp a few times a week. “Within a month I felt like my life was different,” she says. Soon she was experimenting with dumbbells, then CrossFit. Fast-forward a few years to her return to the United States. “A friend made me enter my first weight lifting competition,” she says. “Once I began competing, I realized: I really am an athlete.” And she hasn’t looked back. Abbott now owns a gym in North Carolina, regularly competes in national events, and works as a motivational speaker. “Fitness helped me discover who I really am,” she says. “A super optimistic person who loves life and wants to live it to the fullest.” TOP VPL BRIEFS Chromat SNEAKERS APL
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EAT, DRINK, ENJOY!
Invite friends over for a holiday party that’s as fun as it is easy (really!). Yes, you can host a gathering and spend the night actually hanging out with people—not mixing drinks and plating things on skewers. “Keep the menu simple!” says Half Baked Harvest blogger Tieghan Gerard. “It can still be so delicious.” Gerard, who created the recipes in this story, plans at least six parties each holiday season. Her go-to tricks: “I like
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BY SUZANNE D’AMATO
dishes you can make ahead of time or that taste great at room temperature,” she says. For drinks, prep a big batch the night before or try a serve-your-own bar. Turn the page for Gerard’s favorite dishes, all healthier spins on the classics. Pick a couple, do the prep, and get ready to feel like a guest at your own party—and a very relaxed and happy one at that.
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HOLIDAY SANGRIA “Put it in a pitcher, stir it, and forget it!” Get the recipe at Self.com/ go/sangria.
FIG BURRATA CROSTINI “Delicious at room temp, and candied walnuts add sweet crunch.”
ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS
KALE ARTICHOKE DIP WITH CRUDITÉS
“This onepan snack is tasty and really healthy.”
“It’s a lighter take on spinach and artichoke dip.”
GRAPEFRUIT CHAMPAGNE SPRITZER “Bubbly, fruity, and refreshing. I like it for a brunch as well.”
VANILLA DOUGHNUTS “They’re baked, not fried—and so cute, too.” Get the recipe at Self .com/go/ doughnuts.
PESTO FLATBREAD WITH ARUGULA “If you serve only one dish, I’d pick this one. It’s a crowd-pleaser.”
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“A no-brainer recipe, but the vanilla salt adds an elegant touch.”
Fig Burrata Crostini
Pesto Flatbread With Arugula
½ cup raw walnuts, chopped 2 tbsp maple syrup ¹⁄8 tsp cinnamon Pinch of crushed red pepper ﬂakes ¼ tsp salt 6 thick slices sourdough baguette Olive oil 1 sprig fresh thyme, roughly chopped, plus 6 sprigs for garnish 3 tbsp ﬁg preserves 4 oz burrata cheese 4 fresh ﬁgs, quartered 6 basil leaves, cut into ribbons Zest of 1 lemon Honey PREP Heat oven to 350°. Line a baking
sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, toss walnuts with maple syrup, cinnamon, pepper ﬂakes, and ¼ tsp salt. Spread mixture out in an even layer on baking sheet. COOK Roast 10 to 15 minutes, stirring 2 or 3 times, until walnuts are toasted and golden. Remove from oven; spread walnuts on a plate in a single layer to cool. TOAST Raise oven heat to 450°. Place bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper. Bake until toasted, 5 to 8 minutes. ASSEMBLE Spread ﬁg preserves evenly over bread slices. Break burrata into 6 pieces and place on top. Add ﬁgs, basil, lemon zest, and walnuts. Drizzle each slice with honey and garnish with thyme. Season with salt and pepper.
Kale Artichoke Dip With Crudités SERVES 6
2 tbsp olive oil 1 small onion, thinly sliced ¼ tsp each salt and black pepper 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 jar (12 oz) marinated artichokes, drained and chopped 1 box (10 oz) frozen chopped kale, thawed and squeezed dry 4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature ½ cup plain 2-percent-fat Greek yogurt ¼ cup 2 percent milk ¼ cup grated Parmesan ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella 6 cups (total) radish, zucchini, cucumber, and carrot slices
Olive oil 4 pieces naan or other ﬂatbread 1 cup Basil-Arugula Pesto (recipe follows) Crushed red pepper ﬂakes 1 cup shredded fontina 2 cups fresh arugula 2 tbsp pine nuts Seeds from 1 pomegranate BAKE Heat oven to 450°. Grease a large baking sheet with olive oil. Place naan on baking sheet and spread with pesto. Sprinkle with pepper ﬂakes. Top with cheese. Store in fridge until ready to bake. Bake until cheese melts and bread is crispy, 5 to 8 minutes. SERVE Remove from oven and top with arugula, pine nuts, and pomegranate seeds. Slice each piece into thirds; serve warm. NUTRITION INFO 443 calories per serving, 36 g fat (9 g saturated), 21 g carbs, 2 g ﬁber, 12 g protein
NUTRITION INFO 336 calories per serving, 16 g fat (4 g saturated), 41 g carbs, 3 g ﬁber, 10 g protein
PREP Heat oven to 375°. Grease 4 (8 oz) ramekins with cooking spray. SAUTÉ In a large skillet over medium heat, warm olive oil. Add onion, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion softens and caramelizes, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Stir in artichokes and kale. Remove from heat and stir in cream cheese, yogurt, milk, and Parmesan. Divide mixture among ramekins. Sprinkle mozzarella on top. Store in fridge until ready to bake. BAKE Bake until cheese melts and dip is bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm with sliced vegetables.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
NUTRITION INFO 224 calories per serving, 16 g fat (7 g saturated), 12 g carbs, 4 g ﬁber, 10 g protein
Grapefruit Champagne Spritzer
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1 cup pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp honey ½ tsp chipotle chili powder ¼ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp salt Pinch of cayenne pepper
6 oz red grapefruit juice, chilled 6 oz elderﬂower liqueur, chilled 1 bottle (750 ml) Champagne, chilled Sparkling water Grapefruit wedges 6 small rosemary sprigs
MAKES 1 CUP
2 cups fresh basil 1 cup arugula 1 clove garlic, chopped ¹⁄ ³ cup pine nuts ¹⁄ ³ cup grated Parmesan ½ cup olive oil Crushed red pepper ﬂakes MIX In a food processor, combine basil, arugula, garlic, and pine nuts, pulsing until ﬁnely chopped. Add Parmesan and pulse once more. Slowly add olive oil until desired consistency is reached. Season with pepper ﬂakes and salt. Store in fridge up to 1 week.
MAKES 20–30 PRETZELS
vanilla bean tbsp ﬂaky sea salt oz dark chocolate, chopped bag (16 oz) pretzels
PREP Heat oven to 325°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, toss pepitas with olive oil, honey, chili powder, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne. Spread mixture out in an even layer on baking sheet. COOK Roast seeds 8 to 10 minutes, stirring after 4 minutes. Remove from oven. Season with salt if desired.
MIX In a jar or cocktail shaker, combine grapefruit juice and elderﬂower liqueur. Divide among 6 champagne ﬂutes. SERVE Top each ﬂute with Champagne and a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge and rosemary sprig.
PREP Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Split vanilla bean and scrape seeds into a small bowl. Add salt and use ﬁngers to rub seeds and salt together. MELT Using a double boiler or microwave, melt chocolate, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth. TOP Dip each pretzel in chocolate and place on prepared sheet. Sprinkle with vanilla salt. Place pretzels in freezer to set, 10 minutes. Store in airtight container in fridge up to 1 week.
NUTRITION INFO 145 calories per serving, 13 g fat (2 g saturated), 3 g carbs, 1 g ﬁber, 7 g protein
NUTRITION INFO 217 calories per serving, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 19 g carbs, 0 g ﬁber, 0 g protein
NUTRITION INFO 123 calories per pretzel, 5 g fat (3 g saturated), 18 g carbs, 1 g ﬁber, 2 g protein
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GARLIC VANILLA EXTRACT
RED ONION MAPLE SYRUP
TANGERINES, 3 WAYS QUINOA
In a bowl, combine 1 cup whole-wheat pastry ﬂour, 2 tsp baking powder, a pinch of salt, and zest of 1 tangerine. In another bowl, whisk ½ cup buttermilk, 1 egg, ½ tsp vanilla extract, 2 tbsp maple syrup, and 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Cook according to wafﬂe maker directions. Segment 2 tangerines and serve over wafﬂes with extra syrup and zest. NUTRITION INFO 490 calories per serving, 19 g fat (2 g saturated), 72 g carbs, 8 g ﬁber, 14 g protein
1 Wafﬂes With Tangerines
The vitamin C–packed fruit adds a bright burst of flavor to sweet or savory dishes. RECIPES BY CARRIE PURCELL
2 Quinoa &
Tangerine Salad SERVES 2
Combine 1 cup cooked quinoa, 2 segmented tangerines, ½ diced avocado, ½ cup grated raw beets, 2 sliced scallions, ¼ cup crumbled feta, 2 tbsp olive oil, and ¼ tsp each salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature or chilled. NUTRITION INFO 394 calories per serving, 25 g fat (6 g saturated), 38 g carbs, 8 g ﬁber, 9 g protein
3 Tangerine-Spinach Pork Chops SERVES 2
Season 2 bone-in pork chops (1 inch thick) with salt, pepper, and 2 tsp Dijon mustard. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 2 tsp olive oil. Cook chops 8 minutes per side, adding juice of 1 tangerine at the last minute. In another skillet, sauté 1 small sliced red onion and 2 cloves ﬁnely chopped garlic in 1 tsp olive oil. Add 1 bunch spinach and sauté until wilted. Remove from heat; add 2 peeled, sliced tangerines. Divide spinach mixture between 2 plates. Top with pork chops. NUTRITION INFO 272 calories per serving, 11 g fat (2 g saturated), 21 g carbs, 4 g ﬁber, 22 g protein
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YOUR BRAIN ON HOLIDAY It’s the most wonderful (and totally crazy!) time of the year. Here’s how to maximize the joy—and tame the stress. BY KRISTIN CANNING
There are so many things to love about the holidays: delicious meals, gift giving, and a chance to spend time with the people who matter most. But amid all that once-a-year fun, we also tend to build up expectations, worry about others’, and, basically, put our brains in overdrive. “There’s a lot of pressure for holidays to be
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special, which can make the time less relaxing,” says Clay Routledge, Ph.D., professor of psychology at North Dakota State University. “You could be more prone to think about what can go wrong.” The best way to keep a cool head is to plan ahead, he says. Try these tips to enjoy the season that much more.
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LOOK FORWARD Whether you’re traveling cross-country or just taking an hour to get together with friends, holiday celebrations can seem to fly by—and that time-is-running-out feeling can be a major stressor. But, says Jaime Kurtz, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at James Madison University, “the anticipation can be some of the biggest joy.” Embrace good vibes ahead of time just by thinking about those delicious family recipes, that snowy walk, or the toast you’ll give at a party.
MORE THAN WORDS
Take a moment for yourself and cozy up with one of these inspiring releases. In Maria Semple’s third novel, Today Will Be Different, Eleanor Flood starts the day determined to be her best self—until life happens, with hilariously unhinged results. Steph Jagger’s Unbound chronicles the author’s epic yearlong journey to ski 4 million vertical feet. It’s a Wild-esque memoir of adventure and reﬂection. In Born a Crime, Trevor Noah pens a memoir of a different sort: The Daily Show host’s witty, illuminating essays unpack his turbulent childhood in apartheid-era South Africa and how it helped him develop grit and perseverance. Those are two qualities that champion swimmer Missy Franklin possesses in spades; she and her parents share her story in Relentless Spirit, a heartwarming testament to the power of family—and an uplifting reminder that anything is possible. —Kristin Canning and Romy Oltuski
SHARE YOUR SUCCESSES
PODCAST ALERT Tune in to these four buzzy podcasts to liven up your daily run, commute, or evening cooking sesh. They’ll keep you informed—and just might help you get a head start on some of those New Year’s resolutions. BY PRIYA RAO
ACT YOUR AGE It can be a great time of year to connect with family and old friends, but being around the people who knew you as a kid also makes it easy to revert to childhood ways (cue the eye rolling at Dad). If you have the urge to react to a situation like your adolescent self would, stay grounded by doing something you wouldn’t have done back then, suggests Kurtz. “If you and your mom always make cookies but she usually gives the instructions, try offering your own recipe and taking the lead,” she says.
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Veteran NPR host Guy Raz talks successes and failures with cool, self-made innovators like Vice cofounder Suroosh Alvi and Radio One entrepreneur Cathy Hughes.
Waiting for a lightbulb moment? These stories could spark some big ideas.
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Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu’s podcast takes you inside the world of female chefs like Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley and Adrienne Cheatham of Red Rooster in NYC.
Your next night in: These tales are best savored with a glass of vino in hand.
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A must for women in the workplace, journalist Ashley Milne-Tyte’s podcast digs into topics like achievement, self-care, and competition at the ofﬁce.
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Running coach Angie Spencer has completed 48 marathons, so she knows a thing or two about training. She chats with Olympians about technique, injuries, and drive.
It’s great for pounding the pavement—or if you’re considering signing up for a race.
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Gatherings are ripe with opportunities to compare your career, relationships, and personal accomplishments with others’, Kurtz says. On your way to a get-together, “focus on something in your life right now that you feel good about,” she says. “Have something ready to share, and own it.” For example, “I just finished a big work project I’m really proud of.” It’s not about one-upping those around you, she says, “but realizing that you have something to celebrate, too.”
LEARNING CU RV E
BE MY GUEST
Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi discovers the key to hosting a great dinner, and it’s not a Pinterest-perfect setting—or even the food. Entertaining is something I’ve relished since childhood. It started when I was in fifth grade. I was a latchkey kid, and my single mother worked long hours as a nurse. So I would come home from school and make surprise dinners for her. They were simple meals, like enchiladas with canned beans and sauce that I would top with grated cheese and bake (I wasn’t allowed to use the stove top yet). I’d put a vase of roses (slyly plucked from a neighbor’s garden) on the table and wait to see my mom’s smile when she came home. I loved making her happy with my food. It made me feel important, puffed up, having shown someone else how special she was to me. It’s a feeling I still get when I cook for others today. But now, as a big meal approaches, my enthusiasm often morphs into anxiety. Maybe it’s the pressure of being in the food world and feeling as if there are high expectations of me because of that. Maybe it’s that my life is just so busy (whose isn’t?). Maybe it’s that I want everything to be perfect. Because inherent in entertaining is the wish to please. We want our company not only to like us but also to enjoy the experience of being fêted. And we all cook in the hope of hearing a satisfied mmm as people take their first bites. Since those surprise suppers for Mom, I’ve hosted everything from intimate gatherings to grand Christmas feasts to raucous birthdays for more than 100. Most have gone well. I try to prepare as much as I can and build lots of leeway into the schedule. I also remind myself that when you host, your guests are there to celebrate with you. It’s a lesson I learn over and over. But every once in a while, terror still strikes. Recently I gave a small dinner at my home for some people I admire but didn’t know so well. I wanted to wow everyone. While I was out of the house—just a couple
of hours before guests were due—a carpenter who had been scheduled to come by the day before showed up and began sanding furniture outside. I arrived home to find sawdust all over the grass in my backyard, where my guests and I would soon be barefoot (I keep a somewhat traditional Indian home and ask everyone to take off their shoes). I tried not to lose my temper. What I did lose was an hour of cooking time. I sized up what looked like a mountain of veggies that still needed chopping for the coconut chicken curry I was making and began darting around my kitchen like a bumblebee. When my guests arrived, I hadn’t showered or finished cooking; I was still sweaty, splattered, and reeking of curry powder. But everyone insisted on pitching in, and in doing so, we all got to know one another. One guest even confessed he felt intimidated pouring my black lentil stew into a serving dish and thought it was a rare treat to watch me cook at such close range. Really? The night didn’t unfold the way I had imagined: It was better. I’d wanted so badly for everything to be perfect, to impress everyone with my poise and organization. But what brought us closer was a lively time in the kitchen, not a well-appointed table. My guests left looking satiated by both the conversation and the meal. That night I was reminded that entertaining is about opening up your home and your heart—and in the process I made a couple of new friends. So this holiday season I’m not aiming for perfection. I’m aiming for enjoyment, my guests’ and mine. Of course, I’m going to be as organized as I can. Right now I’m plotting some one-pot dishes, like pork chile verde and beef bourguignonne with potatoes, that I can make in advance and that will taste even better the next day. But once the party begins, I want to be at the party. I want to go with the flow and not sweat the superficial stuff. Most of the time it’s not the food or the place settings we remember anyway—it’s how we felt in one another’s company. Padma Lakshmi’s latest book, The Encyclopedia of Spices & Herbs, is on sale now.
FOR MORE on Lakshmi’s healthy lifestyle, visit Self.com/go/padma.
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“Every fall I take my kids apple picking and make a big batch of apple chips—simple, with a sprinkle of cinnamon. We put them in little bags to tie onto holiday gifts.”
“On Christmas morning my mom and I always go for a long hike on our farm in West Virginia. We bundle up and take the dogs with us. Then we have a big pancake breakfast, and the exercise deﬁnitely makes us want that second helping!”
“I cook Thanksgiving dinner every year. I make all the classics but tweak them to be dairy- and gluten-free (I’m gluten-free). I also don’t use reﬁned sugar. No one can tell the difference, I swear! And it makes the meal a little lighter.”
“Over the holidays my family and I like to drive up to the mountains in California and go snowboarding and skiing. I ﬁnd outdoor activities great that time of year because they encourage you to spend time with your friends and family, and they get you moving.”
“My siblings and I gather at my mom’s the morning of every holiday and do a potluck-style breakfast to ﬁll up on healthy foods before we head to our extended family’s massive holiday feasts. It’s been an awesome way to balance some of the less nutritious dishes we love.”
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Busy much? These mindfulness tips will help you enjoy each moment.
SCHEDULE DOWNTIME When making plans, carve out what Sara Harvey Yao, author of Drop In, calls white space. Either alone or with family and friends, reserve a block on your calendar with no agenda. “The trick is to not decide how you’re going to use it until it begins,” she explains. “When the time comes, ask yourself, What do I need right now? What am I—or what are we—inspired to do?”
This festive drink swaps sugary mixers for antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice. Club soda offers calorie-free hydration, while mint promotes digestion and freshens breath.
REMEMBER YOUR INTENT
Racing against the clock can make holiday shopping, cooking, and organizing seem burdensome rather than joyful, says Yao. “Take a quick pause, even if you don’t think you have time, to acknowledge the positive intentions behind all the prep.”
In the bottom of a glass, muddle 3 mint leaves with 1 tsp pomegranate seeds. In a cocktail shaker, mix 1½ oz vodka, 2 oz pomegranate juice, and 3 oz club soda with 4 ice cubes. Strain into glass and garnish with mint.
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“Red and silver says holiday but in an unexpected way,” says nail artist Miss Pop. Follow her easy steps to create this design. First, apply painter’s tape horizontally, just below center of bare nails. Paint on a base coat, then add two coats of red (try OPI in Got the Mean Reds, $10). Let polish set before lifting tape. Dip a striper brush in a silver polish (like Julep in Aurora, $14), and paint a small box on each nail, changing the position as you go for a sense of movement. Let set, add a top coat, and you’re done! WATCH $1,249; Apple .com RING $120;
“Bring your attention to the color, texture, and ﬂavor of what you’re eating or to the happy expression on a loved one’s face,” Yao says. Taking note of smaller things can help you make more intentional choices— and fully relish your experiences.
A DO-ANYWHERE STRETCH Stand with feet hip-width apart. Step left foot forward into a lunge, right knee directly under hip, left knee over toes. Engage core and lean into left leg. Hold 30 seconds. Switch sides; repeat. SOURCE: ALEX ZIMMERMAN, DIRECTOR OF EQUINOX’S TIER X PERSONAL TRAINING PROGRAM
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Hit the road—and feel great along the way—with these stylish ﬁnds and smart ideas.
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These effortless items will upgrade your look during your trip and at the party. ACTIVEWEAR Toss in fun workout gear and turn your jog or hike into a chic bonding activity. LUXE PAJAMAS With a cool, modern print like this one (above), who says pj’s aren’t meant for show? FAVE JEANS Pair with a jacket for travel and a fancy top for the fête.
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A cozy knit with a pop of color easily transitions from plane to cocktails.
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3/ BYO FITNESS Pack a resistance band: It takes up zero space, and you can use it to work every part of your body. Brittany Franklin, FlyBarre master instructor in New York City, swears by these moves. HINGED ROW Stand on band with feet hipwidth apart, holding ends in hands with thumbs up. Hinge forward at hips and row hands to waist, keeping elbows close to body, for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 20 reps. DIAMOND PRESS Lie on left side, supported by left forearm, hips stacked, knees slightly bent, with band around lower thighs. Keep heels together as you lift, then lower right knee for 1 rep. Do 20 reps per side.
If last night’s party turned into this morning’s puffy eyes, boost your glow with a green juice. “Ingredients like spirulina and chlorella diminish inflammation,” says New York–based derm Jeannette Graf, M.D. Or borrow a skin-brightening secret from Birchbox CEO Katia Beauchamp: “A mask takes no time, but it makes such a difference.” For instant radiance, try Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, $58 at Birchbox.com.
TREAT YOURSELF! Don’t forget to give yourself some love this season. Indulge in a spa day! Wrap yourself a gift! “When we are good to ourselves, it only helps us be that much more kind and giving with others,” says Jessica Koblenz, Psy.D. So celebrate! You deserve it.
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“I want to show the ballet world it’s possible to do all these things and not be rail-thin or have pale skin and blonde hair,” Copeland says. LEOTARD Ègal Dance MOCK-NECK TANK
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Misty Copeland has redefined what strength and grace look like— and now she’s soaring to new heights. By Meredith Bryan
“When I’m on the stage, I’m all about the physical. I can’t be worried about things,” Copeland says. “Other stuff just doesn’t exist.” BLACK TOP Roland Mouret MESH TOP Only Hearts by Helena Stuart SWIMSUIT (worn under tops) Le Swim BELT Sonia Rykiel EARRING Lady Grey
Soon after meeting the world’s most famous ballerina, I begin thinking of her not as Misty Copeland but as @MistyOnPointe. Her social media handle describes her day job as well as her general way of being: elegant, controlled, direct. When Copeland floats into the brasserie across the street from her Manhattan apartment, she is warm but focused; she maintains eye contact; even her outfit—a Mara Hoffman jumpsuit that shows off her toned shoulders and rock-hard calf muscles—is on point. “From 10:15 to 11:45 every morning is ballet class,” she explains, when I ask about her schedule. “Then we rehearse from noon to seven, sometimes with a lunch break, sometimes not.” At night she performs with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), and on Mondays, her “day off,” she makes appearances for her many sponsors, including Seiko and Under Armour. “It’s nonstop!” she says, sounding exhilarated. Indeed, Copeland has become ballet’s most celebrated, and active, ambassador. This month she’ll reprise the iconic lead role in ABT’s The Nutcracker, drawing throngs of young women to the theater to see the company’s first African-American Clara. Couple that with her impossible story, riveting physicality, and muscular frame—a deviation from the classical stereotype—and you see how she has inspired a generation of dancers who, like her, may not resemble traditional ballerinas. But Copeland has also transcended the stage, engaging in her own unique dance with pop culture. That’s her leaping with a sweaty brow and athletic intensity in Under Armour’s ad campaign, willing what she wants; that’s her with President Obama in a Time magazine video, discussing the challenges and opportunities they share as African Americans breaking boundaries in their respective fields. (“It was one of those ‘How did I get here?’ moments.”) In June 2015, when ABT promoted Copeland, making her its first black female principal dancer—the highest designation for a ballerina—the media interest was so intense that the company hosted an impromptu press conference. But at the center of it all, Copeland can be found calmly attending ballet class. She’s en pointe for up to eight hours a day, burning through 10 pairs of shoes a week. The thread that runs through her 2014 memoir, Life in Motion, her interviews, and her every movement is one of relentless self-discipline. It’s what helped Copeland master ballet amid the challenges of a hardscrabble Los Angeles childhood spent, for a time, living in a single motel room with her mom and five siblings. It’s what propelled her into ABT at 19, just six years after she took her first dance class at a Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro, California. And it’s what keeps her focused on honing her craft even now, at 34, having become ballet’s most eminent star. Today, Copeland owns her power so completely that it’s hard to believe she was once a shy girl who
barely spoke. “People thought I was mute,” she says. “That’s been the most shocking thing for my family to see. They’re like, ‘How are you speaking in front of all of those people?’ ” In her memoir, Copeland characterizes her childhood as “packing, scrambling, leaving—often barely surviving.” Her mother had been married four times by the time Misty was in elementary school and often struggled to feed her six children. “With the stress of not always having a stable home, I was a ball of nerves,” Copeland says now. Ballet presented a welcome refuge. “It was when everything clicked,” she says of her fateful first class at age 13. “School was hard for me. Finding dance was like finding a way I can learn, visually and in
my body.” Recognizing Copeland’s promise, the teacher, Cindy Bradley, invited Copeland to move into her house, near an elite ballet school, to focus on training. “I don’t think I understood the magnitude of what I was committing to,” Copeland says. At 16, when her mother asked her to come home, Copeland requested to be emancipated. A messy public court case ensued, but the young dancer’s commitment to ballet only deepened. “When I was in the studio, it was the one time I had this serene place I could escape to,” she says. “And it still is that to this day.” Soon, though, her burgeoning career would become the catalyst for a long struggle with body image. Copeland was invited to join ABT upon her
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Hours Misty dances every day
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“My back is my favorite body part,” Copeland says. “So I love wearing low-back leotards and dresses.” SWIMSUIT Jade Swim EARRINGS Botkier New York OPPOSITE TANK Alexander Wang EARRINGS
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high school graduation. But her physique—widely celebrated now—was met with criticism at first. As a teenager, she had been effortlessly skinny, but shortly after starting with the company, she began to develop curves. “I didn’t go through puberty until I was 19, and I was already a professional,” she says. “So everyone’s expecting your body, as your instrument, to look a certain way.” Copeland speaks candidly about being asked to drop pounds by ABT (she says they used the word lengthen). Rather than comply, she binged defiantly on Krispy Kreme doughnuts, ordering two dozen at a time. “Being told to lose weight, and being African-American, not having anyone else around who looked like me, caused me so much doubt,” she says. Learning to take care of her body was a long process that Copeland committed to once she noticed how much her diet affected how she felt and performed. She started eating mostly fish and veggies, limiting empty calories, and doing some cardio workouts in addition to ballet. “There was such a difference in my energy level,” she says. The changes didn’t cause Copeland to “lengthen,” per se, but they did help her dance so well that ABT stopped asking her to. “You can’t change your body to become something it isn’t,” she notes. These days, Copeland says, “I eat what I enjoy, just not too much of it.” She also developed a deep respect for her own physical strength. In so doing, she has helped usher in the era of the ballerina-athlete, a powerful rebuke
HER HEALTHY LIFE SHE GETS IN THE ZONE. “Before every performance I take a moment to myself. Being able to visualize the best way to do something keeps me calm and prepared.”
SHE STICKS TO A ROUTINE. “Even if I’m off from rehearsal, I try to be in ballet class every day, sometimes twice a day. When I’m not dancing, I take pilates or gyrotonics.”
to the old-school ideal of fragile, undernourished— and inevitably white—swans. Copeland is graceful, but she owns the stage with both her presence and her physicality. The Under Armour ad shows her pirouetting vigorously, no tutu in sight, as a young girl’s voice reads various criticisms that Copeland has heard throughout her career (“You have the wrong body for ballet,” “You lack the right torso length”). It’s earned her a new generation of megafans—and more than 10 million views on YouTube. “I’m not trying to change classical ballet,” Copeland says. “I love everything about it. But we have to show that we’re athletes. We’re putting in the same amount of work; we have the same muscles.” After learning to love her body, though, Copeland faced another physical setback: a midtibia stress fracture that threatened to end her career. She had just broken out with her much-discussed lead role in Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird in 2012 when she got injured, forcing her to take a hiatus from dance. To heal, she turned to floor barre, which adapts ballet exercises for the mat and allowed her to maintain her technique without the strain of gravity. One year later Copeland returned to ABT, and in June 2015, just before her promotion to principal, she became the first black woman to dance the lead in Swan Lake, which The New York Times calls “the most epic role in world ballet.” Of such achievements, she says, “I feel like I’m representing not MISTY ON POINTE > 98
How the ballet star stays in world-class shape
SHE EATS WELL. “It’s not about dieting or depriving. I create healthy versions of my favorite foods. Last night I made baked salmon with a Sriracha marinade and quinoa.”
SHE HYDRATES. “Most people don’t drink enough ﬂuids. I mix Pedialyte with water. It’s a quick way to hydrate when you’re sweating a lot.”
SHE REALLY LOVES BALLET. “It works every single part of you and builds a long, lean body. It targets the big muscles and the little ones that support them, too. Just go to ballet class, everybody!”
STRONGER The best antidote to a hectic holiday season: Recruit a buddy for smiles (and major motivation) while you sweat. BY EMILY ABBATE
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ON THE UP-AND-UP
December is usually one big blur of cocktail parties and missed morning Spin classes. But there’s a secret weapon to help you squeeze in fitness—and it will keep you from hitting SNOOZE. You need someone who motivates you to get #UpNOut…whether it’s a coach or a friend. Akin Akman (below) is both: a New York City trainer who leads the super buzzy Akin’s Army classes and often cranks out reps right alongside his fitness family. Beloved by his students—he cheers, gives high fives, and always plays awesome tunes—Akman creates sky-high vibes that keep the crew coming back day after day and week after week. “Things people think are impossible, like a handstand push-up, quickly become doable when you’re with someone,” he says. “You think, If I can do that here, I can do so much more everywhere else.” That rings true for top model Nina Agdal (right), who loves working out with Akman. She needs her workout to do more than just torch calories; it has to be so high-energy and positive that she wants to sneak it into her busy schedule of runway shows and photo shoots. Exercises like jump squats feel way more fun with a pal counting your reps, says Agdal. Even burpees are enjoyable (seriously!) when you’re racing your partner to finish first. “Adding a social component makes you much less likely to skip exercise,” says Los Angeles sports psychologist Sari Shepphird, Ph.D. Plus, teaming up for a workout with a stronger partner can make you go longer, according to a study published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine. “Akin’s classes are so fun, but they push me and my friends to the limit,” Agdal says. “He’s taught us that together, anything’s possible.”
Take turns tuck jumping and planking with your partner… at the same time. Go for 45 seconds, then switch places in 15 seconds or less; repeat 3 times. SWIMSUIT Asteria Active LEGGINGS Gap SNEAKERS Adidas by
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IT TAKES TWO
Going back-to-back with a friend adds an extra element of fun to a traditional wall sit. Challenge each other to sit lower and you’ll up the burn— and your results! SPORTS BRA Fit Mama Apparel CROP TOP Phat Buddha PANTS Alo Yoga OPPOSITE CROP TOP, SPORTS BRA Phat Buddha PANTS
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ECCENTRIC PUSH-UP Start in a high plank. Take 3 seconds to lower chest until it hovers off ﬂoor, keeping elbows close to ribs. Push back up for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 10 reps.
PLANK JACK Start in a high plank. Step right foot out to side, followed by left foot. Bring right foot back to center, followed again by left, for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 10 reps.
Not ready for pistol squats yet? You can still boost your strength with trainer Akin Akman’s full-body workout—it’s perfect for tackling with friends. Do it three times weekly with 5- to 10-pound dumbbells, adding any moves pictured for extra (calorie-burning!) credit.
SQUAT JUMP Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, toes out. Take 3 seconds to lower into a squat, then jump explosively, landing with knees soft, for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 10 reps.
LOADED LUNGE Stand with feet together, holding dumbbells at sides. Step right foot forward into a lunge, hold 3 seconds, then explode back to start. Switch sides; repeat for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 10 reps.
BURPEE Stand with feet hip-width apart. Squat, bring palms to ﬂoor, then jump feet back into a plank. Do a pushup, jump feet back to hands, then jump up and reach to ceiling for 1 rep. Do 3 sets of 10 reps.
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Going out tonight? Add a splash of color and a shot of sparkle for low-key gorgeousness. BY ANNIE TOMLIN
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CHERRY PICKING When you want to be party-ready ASAP, red is a winning choice. “A super vivid color feels modern,” says Sam Addington, the makeup artist behind these looks. Shades with a hot-pink base, as shown here, ﬂatter fair and dark complexions alike. Balance the boldness with a soft cream blush. LIPSTICK Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in Absolute Rouge, $32 EARRING Amber Sceats EAR CUFF Allison Bryan DRESS Tory Burch
TOP TIPS “Your mani can be just as stylish as your outﬁt,” says nail artist Miss Pop. To create her design, shown here, apply two coats of a white lacquer. Dip a striper brush in rose-gold polish, then paint an X shape from the tip to the cuticle line. Fill in the upper and lower triangles of the X, then paint a black diamond where the two triangles meet. Done! POLISHES Sonia Kashuk in White Lie, $5; RMS Beauty in Myth, $15 at Birchbox.com; OPI in Black Onyx, $10 EARRING Wwake EAR CUFF Allison Bryan RING Vanessa Gade DRESS Prabal Gurung
GILDED & GLOWING “Adding a metallic eye is an easy way to go from ofﬁce to party,” Addington says. To get the look, use your ﬁngers to apply a not-too-sparkly cream shadow, focusing on the center of lids. No need to reapply later—just dab on a clear balm for a ﬁrst-place ﬁnish. EYESHADOW Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour in Pure Gold, $37 EARRING Paula Mendoza Jewelry DRESS Vionnet
Hair, Tetsuya Yamakata for Oribe Hair; makeup, Sam Addington for Chanel Ultrawear Foundation; manicure, Miss Pop; model, Eliza Hartmann at Fusion. See Get-It Guide.
FROM TOP LEFT: NAIL POLISH Sally Hansen
Color Therapy in Haute Springs, $9; Essie in Penny Talk, $9; Zoya in Edyta, $10 EYELINER Urban Decay Razor Sharp Liquid Eyeliner in Goldrush, $22 EYESHADOW Givenchy Palette Ors Audacieux Eyeshadow, $63 POWDER MAC Mineralize Skinﬁnish in Soft & Gentle, $33 LIPSTICK Rimmel London The Only 1 in Best of the Best, $7
When you want to amp it up, try one of these tricks from makeup artist Sir John, who counts Beyoncé as a client. Apply a matte gloss to lips, then use a ﬂuffy brush to buff the same product onto cheeks. “It takes 30 seconds, but the effect is beautiful, like you’re blushing from within,” he says. (His pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss, $10.) Or apply several coats of a glitter liner right above lashes. “It looks like jewels on your eyes,” he says. ONE-MINUTE BEAUTY SECRETS
Get more of Sir John’s tips at Self.com/ go/holidaymakeup.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY CARLTON DAVIS STYLED BY SARA WACKSMAN
Your next adventure awaits! Just grab a friend—plus the season’s chicest, most colorful outerwear—and get outside.
PHOTOGRAPHED BY BOE MARION STYLED BY EMELIE JOHANSSON
MAGIC HOUR An oversize knit, like this cropped color-blocked sweater, is a cozy must for when the sun dips. SWEATER Victor Alfaro, $595 BRIEFS Baserange, $18 DRESS Louis Vuitton SOCKS Uniqlo, $4 SANDALS Louis Vuitton, $1,192
EASY GOING Take cover in a cute puffer jacket thatâ€™s ultra-lightweight and packable. JACKET Clouds, $902 BIKINI TOP $105 and BOTTOM $95,
Cynthia Rowley BACKPACK
ROCK THE BOAT Make waves wearing modern, scuba-inspired pieces in vibrant, poppy shades. RASH GUARD
Perfect Moment, $205 SWIMSUIT Lisa Marie Fernandez, $390 JACKET (tied around waist) Hunter Original Core, $215 SUNGLASSES
Vuarnet, $600 HIP PACK
Patagonia, $39 SNEAKERS
Christopher Kane, $525
BEAUTY NOTE Before your adventure, guard skin with Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen SPF 30, $10.
TAKE THE LEAP Go big with a graphic backpack that channels the ’80s—then add little shorts and a pastel pullover. SWEATER Clouds, $695 SHORTS Missoni, $660 HAT
Herschel Supply, $60 BACKPACK Epperson Mountaineering, $210 WAIST PACK REI, $25 SOCKS L.L.Bean, $20 for two pairs HIKING BOOTS
La Sportiva, $220
For Alyssa Shelasky, the holidays are all about fresh air with good friends. Here’s why every year, she takes the celebration outside.
One of the best New Year’s Eves of my life involved a long-AF trek in the Switzerland snow, a group of interesting strangers, and a Thoreau-esque sense of wonder. Together we walked 10 hilly miles to find a cabin in the woods that served not-so-great fondue, then took a ridiculous horse-drawn toboggan back to town. Some of them became new—now old!—friends. I still smile just thinking about the nonstop chatter that night. This is the magic that happens when you zip up and get out. Nature cracks us open. The wind drowns out all but the nearest sounds, creating a sprawling sense of intimacy, while meandering tree-lined paths give us the cover to look within ourselves. We feel free and safe to talk, really talk. Because air and space provoke honesty. And obviously that can happen anywhere; it doesn’t have to be my scene from The Travel Channel. As children in Massachusetts, my girlfriends and I would “hike” around our leafy backyards. As teenagers we’d “hike” to the local packie (which means “package store,” which means beer). Winter break never entailed chasing the sun somewhere else; it meant scavenger hunts in the woods and hauling ass to the pizzeria three miles away, in one-piece snowsuits. Which is why, to me, quality time during the holidays is synonymous with close friends and crisp air. They go together like a bathtub and a glass of wine. Walking, trekking, hiking, schlepping—whatever you want to call it—I find it’s the only way to digest extravagant meals (and some inevitable family dysfunction). I need my
brisk, conversation-rich hikes the way others need a post-turkey nap. So I make the winter wandering happen every year, as often as possible, wherever I am. My family lives in Brooklyn now, and while I can’t roam the gullies, streams, and booby traps I grew up with, I still find the call of the outdoors totally thrilling and therapeutic. These days I’m an avid thrower of dinner parties. I’ve been known to usher everyone out of my apartment and onto the Brooklyn Bridge for a midnight stroll. During one of these walks, a guest shared with me and a few others that she was struggling with fertility. She was in that headspace where she didn’t want to talk about it… but she really wanted to talk about it. We gave her the emotional legroom she needed to vent amid the soothing rhythm of our collective footsteps. I was honored by her candor and trust, and I think she felt a huge sense of relief and comfort. We all marched that bridge, pooling our lists of doctors in the dark, helping her sort out next steps. And you never know, by our next saunter, she might be a mom! For the last few years, I’ve booked a retreat in Maine with friends purely to enjoy the happy hiking of it all— the luscious layers of hills, lakes, and landscapes mixed with hearty food and juicy gossip. This winter we’re all going there to celebrate my next birthday. Yep, with a beat-up flannel and a tub of hot cocoa, I’m hiking into the wild that is the next decade of my life. I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Inspired? Here’s how to get your nature ﬁx, wherever you are.
1 TAKE A HIKE User-friendly app AllTrails (AllTrails.com) guides you through the best hiking paths nationwide and lists reviews from its 4 million–plus users.
TRY A RUN Friends who jog together… should try a relay race! Have a blast and cover major ground (some are more than 200 miles!). See Active.com.
BIKE ON Let the ﬁtness-tracking app Strava (Strava.com) help you ﬁnd your new favorite cycling route. It uses GPS to direct you while you’re on the move.
CAMP OUT If you want to turn a day trip into a multiday trip, check out OhRanger .com for area camping spots. (It also pulls up activities like climbing and ﬁshing.)
DO GOOD Help keep the great outdoors, well, great: Visit Volunteer.gov for fun opportunities like gardening and trail mapping in your state.
“The wilderness had a clarity that included me.” —Cheryl Strayed, Wild
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT COAT Acne Studios, $1,300 DRESS Louis Vuitton SANDALS Louis Vuitton, $1,192 SOCKS Uniqlo, $4 SWEATER Victor Alfaro, $595 BRIEFS Baserange, $18 SOCKS L.L.Bean, $20 for two pairs BOOTS Rag & Bone, $650 PUFFER JACKET Uniqlo, $70 SHORTS Paskho, $68 BACKPACK The North Face, $149 SOCKS Falke, $22 JACKET Rosie Assoulin, $3,495 PANTS Carhartt, $55 BACKPACK Epperson Mountaineering, $230 WATERPROOF BAG Outdoor Research, $18 BOOTS La Sportiva, $220 WET SUIT Cynthia Rowley, $235 CROPPED PULLOVER DKNY Pure, $228 JUMPSUIT (rolled down) Mugler SWEATER The Elder Statesman, $815 SHORTS Vince, $225
SUNNY DELIGHT In bright tangerine, a sturdy wind-breaker is practical yet playful. JACKET Emilio Pucci, $3,740 TOP
Osklen, $347 TROUSERS Scotch & Soda, $145 BELT
Fjällräven, $70 SOCKS L.L.Bean, $20 for two pairs BOOTS Rag & Bone, $650
Hair, Terry Saxon; makeup and manicure, Ignacio Alonso; prop styling, Thomas Grunder; models, Yvonne Wegener and Anna Eriksson; production, MIINE. See Get-It Guide.
ON YOUR TOES The hero of any excursion? Sneaks or booties that are comfy enough to go for milesâ€”and cool enough to wear post-hike. JACKET
A.W.A.K.E., $1,099 PANTS Karen Walker, $400 BOOTS Rag & Bone, $650 WET SUIT Roxy, $140 SNEAKERS Christopher Kane, $545
COOL MIND HOT BODY PHOTOGRAPHY, RAGNAR SCHMUCK
WE ALL WANT A BALANCED BODY—AND THAT DOESN’T MEAN JUST SCULPTED ARMS AND FLAT ABS. IT’S ALSO ABOUT A CALM, CLEAR MENTAL STATE THAT SETS YOU UP TO TAKE ON THE WORLD. INTRODUCING THE WORKOUT THAT DELIVERS ALL OF THAT…AT ONCE. BY LIZ KRIEGER Here are some of the things to love about sweat-drenched, heart-pumping fitness classes, such as boot camp and HIIT: They torch calories, tone your muscles, and help you look even more awesome in a body-con dress. Softer, gentler practices like yoga have a lot going for them, too: Breathing deeply through asanas and then pausing to reflect during Child’s Pose and Savasana transports you to a centered, confident headspace. Now you can score the best of both worlds with hybrid workouts that focus just as much on inspiration as on perspiration. A new wave of trainers and instructors are exploring the white space where mental breakthroughs, emotional epiphanies, and muscle-quivering exertion meet, transforming the minds and
CONCEPTUAL ARTWORK BY EVA JAUSS
bodies of women across the nation in the process. The rise in these kinds of classes coincides with a related trend in our culture: More of us are interested in incorporating mindfulness into our daily lives, from boutique meditation studios to apps and group wellness events with attendance that’s more typical of an Adele concert than an om session. Research suggests that high-intensity classes that include strategically timed introspective moments are a powerful way to boost your mood, improve your enjoyment of the workout—even make your brain healthier. And meditation has many proven health benefits, such as reduced anxiety and weight management. Adding those powerful tools to a fitness practice is more than a buzzy trend. It’s a game changer. THE MAGIC FORMULA You’ve probably heard people call running, or any workout for that matter, their therapy. (Maybe you’ve even said the same thing!) So what is it about this new category of classes that makes them different? Consider the format of Circuit of Change (COC), which creator Brian Delmonico refers to as “mind/body boot camp.” The 50-minute session starts and ends with meditation. In between, it’s packed with a nonstop mix of yoga, cardio
but, devotees say, it works. “We use the physical body to engage the mind,” says Toomey. “We ask students to stay cognizant of what they think and feel in moments of intensity. The result is a cathartic, purifying, calming release. The postclass vibes are very peaceful.” It takes serious aerobic fitness, yes, but also tough-assteel mental strength and colossal willpower. Students sweat and work hard—all while getting profoundly, blissfully lost in movement. “I think some people are more comfortable with meditation through repetitive movement and cuing as opposed to just sitting still,” says Ariane Machin, Ph.D., a sports psychologist and cofounder of the Conscious Coaching Collective in Raleigh, North Carolina. “These workouts are a way for women to fuel themselves with good stuff that incorporates spirituality and physical effort.” THE SCIENCE OF SWEAT Studies suggest the benefits described by Machin are not unusual. New research from exercise psychologists at Iowa State University in Ames shows that strategically pacing the intensity during challenging workouts can set you up to feel happier throughout—and make you more likely to come back. “In some people, intense exercise can backfire, at least from an emotional perspective, lead-
“I THINK WOMEN WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN FITNESS, BUT THEY WANT TO DO IT IN A WAY THAT IS NOT PUNISHING OR PUNITIVE OR JUST TO LOSE WEIGHT,” SAYS MACHIN. “WE WANT TO GO BEYOND A SUPERFICIAL AESTHETIC PAYOFF AND FIND MORE MEANINGFUL BENEFITS.” kickboxing, and high-intensity intervals, all set to a soundtrack of tribal music. “There are no mirrors and no weights,” says Michaela Morton, 25, a real estate agent in New York City who is so hooked on the experience that she goes a few times a week. “All the focus is on how you feel and finding the energy in your own body.” Other classes with a similar purpose have sprung up. At Woom Center, a new studio in NYC, challenging athletic yoga sequences are punctuated by sound therapy, visual stimulation, and aromatherapy. In a class called HeadStrong, offered at 19 Equinox clubs across the country, carefully choreographed movement sequences are meant to stoke brainpower and creativity. When you think about it, it makes sense that women reach their physical bests when they’re in an enlightened headspace. “That’s when I’ve seen my body transform,” says Melanie Watterberg, the 40-year-old founder of Cufitra, a wellness retreat company. “There’s something about being really in it, mind and body, that pushes you harder.” Watterberg regularly attends The Class, a 75-minute yoga and HIIT mash-up created by Taryn Toomey and offered in Los Angeles and NYC. It features repetitive, überchallenging moves—think burpees for the length of an entire song—interspersed with contemplative periods. There’s grunting, shaking…it’s out-there,
ing to more negative feelings during and immediately after the workout,” says lead researcher Panteleimon Ekkekakis, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology. “When you end a session in a tough, unpleasant place, you may take that with you.” But when your sweat session finishes with a portion of less intensity, you’re more likely to walk away feeling groovy, not just glad it’s over. In another recent study, from Rutgers University, depressed participants who did 30 minutes of aerobic workouts and 30 minutes of meditation just twice a week for two months saw their depressive symptoms reduced by 40 percent. Nondepressed participants also reported mood-lifting results, such as fewer negative, ruminating thoughts. “Before I started going to Circuit of Change, I had a much more intense response to stress: I’d go into fight-or-flight mode,” says Morton. “Now I can handle things better. Whether it’s stressful job stuff or apartment stuff or travel, I come to class and can shed all of it.” Traditional command-based exercise classes—where the instructor simply calls out moves or comments only on form, speed, or power—can fall short for people looking for more of an emotional lift from a workout, says John S. Raglin, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at Indiana University in Bloomington. There may be psychological benefits when you have a teacher who guides you in a
way that gets you out of your head with feelings-based cues instead of physical commands. Indeed, instructors like COC’s Delmonico are just as focused on changing the way you feel and think as they are on tweaking the size and shape of your butt. Throughout class Delmonico prompts students to release negative, toxic thoughts. “The sounds and movements we make are not comfortable at first, but you just start to let go,” he says. In addition to the mental and emotional benefits of these types of workouts, a number of studies have shown that exercise increases the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain that’s involved with learning and verbal memory. So a hybrid sweat session doesn’t just put you in a more confident and less anxious state; it may make you smarter, too! THE MINDFULNESS MOVEMENT The popularity of yoga has been on an upward swing for the past decade, but mindfulness has only recently become accessible 24/7. Stand-alone meditation studios, where people can drop in for instructor-led sessions in chic, peaceful spaces, are popping up coast-to-coast, anchored by spots like MNDFL in New York City and L.A.’s Unplug. Hundreds of apps have made it possible to meditate during your commute. These days you can seek inner peace en masse. In October nearly 800 people showed up for a group meditation gathering called The Big Quiet in the transit hub below 1 World Trade Center in NYC. You can even get a little dose of Zen on your wrist: The most recent Apple Watch software update includes a new feature called Breathe, which nudges you to take deep breaths for a minute or more each day. These active reminders to slow down, let go, and live in the moment are something many of us desperately need, says Machin. And not just during crazy-busy times of the year, like now, at the height of holiday season, or during stressful times at work. “Our culture has become very tense and anxious,” she says. “Everything is so nonstop and outcome-oriented, with no self-reflecting or appreciation of the process.” As a result, Machin says, many people feel depleted. “There’s this fatigue and self-talk that we’re never doing enough,” she says. In other words, it couldn’t be a better time for this kind of hybrid experience to become mainstream. “I think women want to be involved in fitness, but they want to do it in a way that is not punishing or punitive or just to lose weight,” she says. “We want to go beyond a superficial aesthetic payoff and find more meaningful benefits.” And that’s why these workouts have a tremendous amount to offer. They create an experience where students feel so much more than burning muscles and a racing heart. “It’s like moving prayer for me,” says Morton, the COC devotee. “It’s changed my life. I’m happier and more at home in this skin than I’ve ever been.”
GOOD VIBES ONLY WE LOVE THESE EASY MINDFULNESS TRICKS. INCORPORATE THEM INTO YOUR NEXT WORKOUT TO FEEL PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY STRONG. PUT YOUR HAND TO YOUR HEART Pre–sweat session, center yourself in the moment by sitting with legs crossed on the ﬂoor. Place your left hand over your heart and your right hand on top of your head, and take 10 slow, deep breaths.
WARM UP YOUR BODY Get your blood ﬂowing and build intensity by doing this sequence three times: From Child’s Pose, lift hips into Downward Dog, then get in a high plank.
CHOOSE A POWER WORD Set an intention for your workout by focusing on a word or phrase that feels right to you today. Maybe it’s clarity, or patience, or conﬁdence, or forgiveness. Repeat it to yourself and come back to it as often as possible while you sweat.
GET YOUR HEART RATE WAY UP Physical exertion sets you up for mental breakthroughs, so push yourself in the most challenging parts of your workout, whether that’s squat jumps, butt kicks, or mountain climbers.
SHAKE IT ALL OFF For one minute do a simple movement over and over, such as shaking out your arms and legs. In traditional Chinese medicine, practitioners use “moving meditation”—repetitive, purposeful actions such as wringing out the entire body—to transfer energy.
JUST CHILL Seal in all that good stuff at the end with ﬁve full minutes in Savasana, the yoga pose where you lie faceup, breathing deeply and allowing thoughts to come in and out of your mind. SOURCES: BRAIN DELMONICO; ARIANE MACHIN, PH.D.
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just the little brown girls but all AfricanAmerican dancers who came before me who were never promoted because of the color of their skin. Seeing someone who looks like you could change your path.â€? Copeland experienced this years before in her own life, when she collaborated with Prince, who invited her to star in his â€œCrimson & Cloverâ€? video. â€œHe was a big part of my growth,â€? she says. â€œUp until that point, Iâ€™d never met another artist who understood how I wanted to use my power as a black artist. It was the first time I started to understand my purpose.â€? Copeland has since been an eager advocate for dance education, forging a partnership between ABT and the Boys & Girls Club of America to launch Project PliĂŠ. The initiative brings ballet programs to public schools in the hope of introducing dance to groups that are traditionally underrepresented onstage. And sheâ€™s equally passionate about using her story to change the dialogue around body image in dance. â€œI want to show the ballet world that itâ€™s possible to do these things and not be rail-thin or have pale skin and blonde hair,â€? she says.
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In the spring sheâ€™ll follow up her best-selling memoir with a new book, Ballerina Body, which presents Copelandâ€™s own take on the term, with tips, recipes, and â€œbasic ballet technique that anyone can use,â€? she says. Meanwhile, sheâ€™s signed on to play the lead dancer in Disneyâ€™s 2017 live-action Nutcracker adaptation and is producing a television show with Fox inspired by her life. When we meet, Copeland is preparing for her honeymoon in the Maldives; she married attorney Olu Evans, her longtime partner, last summer, and the two like to travelâ€”not that Copeland is ever really off duty. â€œEven on vacation Iâ€™m doing ballet class every day,â€? she explains. â€œIf I canâ€™t find a gym, Iâ€™m in my room holding the back of a chair like a barre. I was in Guadeloupe last December, and my poor husband had to drive me 45 minutes every morning to a gym that had a ballet school attached!â€? So when exactly does Copeland relax? â€œI try to find time here and there,â€? she says with a laugh. â€œI love seeing concertsâ€”I just went to Drake.â€? The rapper has become a part of her preshow ritual
as well. â€œBefore every performance I put music on and focus on what Iâ€™m about to do. That keeps me calm, focused on my breath,â€? Copeland says. And sheâ€™s become an avid cook, concocting lighter takes on her favorite recipes, like banana-oatmeal cookies that her husband loves. Having journeyed such a distance to get to where she is, Copeland takes nothing for granted. â€œWhen youâ€™re in a company like ABT, youâ€™re only as good as the performance thatâ€™s happening,â€? she says. â€œItâ€™s not like I won a gold medal and can sit back and think, Everyoneâ€™s going to remember that. At every performance there are people whoâ€™ve never seen me before.â€? But Copeland also still views ballet almost as a sanctuary within which she shields herself from outside noise; if dance once gave her life structure, it now functions as a meditation, a way for her to close out the world and focus on her art. â€œI feel like itâ€™s my sacred time, when I feel the most protected,â€? she says. â€œWhen Iâ€™m on the stage, Iâ€™m all about the physical. I canâ€™t be on my phone or worried about things. All that other stuff just doesnâ€™t exist.â€?
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Englund, competing at the 2016 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Ljubno, Slovenia
SKI JUMP WHY I...
I’m addicted to the feeling of ﬂying through the air.”
I grew up cross-country skiing in Wisconsin. I can’t even remember my first jump, because I was always building small hills out of snow in the woods for fun when I was little. Once I was old enough, I’d hop into a van on weekends with other kids from my town and ski in the area. The steeper the slope, the more I liked it. I thought I’d quit once I went off a 120-meter-high jump, but I think that was actually the turning point: I became addicted to the feeling of flying. Ski jumping is like golf, only the skier is the golf ball. I take off from a hill 95 meters high with the goal of going as far as possible—usually between 88 and 105 meters. I ski off a ramp, called an inrun, at around 55 mph, and at first I can’t see the landing. I have to sense where I am in the air, so I’m laser-focused the whole time, aware of the wind and how it will affect me. It’s a feeling sport. That’s the coolest part: You have to trust yourself without any frame of reference for where you’re going. Imagine the sensation of the wind on your arm if you stuck
it out of a car window on the highway. It’s like that, but on your whole body. I try to land with one foot in front of the other—that earns more points—and I know right away if it’s a good takeoff, jump, and landing. The whole thing takes just four to five seconds. I moved to Slovenia two years ago to be near my coach. Now I train year-round. In summer we ski on plastic mats, and it feels the same as snow. In the winter I’m jumping every weekend at a competition. I also work out six days a week, doing a mix of weights and hopping exercises. I work on my mental game, too. If I’m nervous, I don’t jump well. So I practice clearing my mind, thinking about each part of the jump, and focusing on why I compete: that flying feeling. Last season I set a record in Kazakhstan on my final jump of the year. It was a big accomplishment; now I’m eyeing the Olympics! But I’m enjoying the ride, too. One of the best things about this sport is that it gives me adventures all over the world.
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By NITA ENGLUND, 24, ski jumper based in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
Published on Nov 15, 2016