Kick Off the New Year with a Fitness Inspired Holiday

Kick Off the New Year with a Fitness Inspired Holiday

Sticking to your resolution of getting fit and healthy can be hard when it’s dark and cold outside in January and February. Going for a run when it’s literally freezing isn’t much fun. So, why not combine your New Year’s resolution with the chance for a holiday overseas? The following offer a variety of fitness inspired vacation ideas, of which at least one should appeal to those looking to get active in the New Year.

Visit a Hot Yoga Retreat

Relax, stretch and unwind with a week or two at one of the many yoga retreats around the world. Far from being too strenuous, it should make sure you return rejuvenated and not burned out. As the home of yoga, Asia is always popular, with India and Bali both providing a serene setting, whether you’re a beginner or expert.

Run to the Hills

You don’t have to be an elite athlete to enjoy a running holiday and it’s a great way to see more of a place while improving your fitness. From trail weekends to sports marathon training in Portugal, choose one that’s at your level and somewhere you’d like to go.

Enjoy a CrossFit Cruise

The idea of going on a cruise instantly conjures up images of retired couples sailing off into the sunset. But this is the 21st century and that’s not always the case. Now there are cruises offering fitness and wellness workshops onboard, so you can keep fit at sea and take in the culture of different places when docked.

Trek Through the Mountains

Along a similar line, walking holidays aren’t just for those in later life. They offer a great way to explore hard to reach areas and learn more about the place with a local guide. Plus, for a more active experience with Headwater there are routes and groups to suit all abilities.

Cycle Central America

A cycling holiday is a fantastic idea but in winter the cold, wet weather poses quite a challenge. Instead, head to somewhere warm and drier, such as Central America. This way you can get through a few countries at once as you head over roads and mountain paths, depending on your chosen route.

Ski You Later

One of the most common types of active holidays are ski trips. Across Europe there are loads of potential destinations where you can learn and practise your skiing skills, burning calories, improving fitness levels and having fun at the same time. Many places allow you to borrow skis and equipment too, so you don’t have to fork out a few thousand pounds first.

Lena Dunham on WWHL – Good ‘Girls’ Gossip + Calvin Harris Call out

As someone fascinated by the early exit of actors from successful series, I’ve long been curious about Christopher Abbott’s abrupt departure from HBO’s Girls in season 3. Though he returned for a cameo in the final season, the speculation has always pointed to a stark creative difference with Lena Dunham. On ‘Watch What Happens Live,’ Andy Cohen got to the bottom of it, and Dunham confirmed their cantankerous relationship, saying Abbott once said he felt “stuck on a sitcom.”

In the video below, you might notice that the press is far more interested in Dunham calling Calvin Harris her “least favorite” boyfriend of Taylor Swift, but I was more entertained by her use of air quotes while saying his name, given that Harris’ real name is Adam Wiles. It’s incredible how a fleeting moment of air quotes can display Harris’ douchiness far more than what she actually said out loud.

5 Reasons to Get a Manicure This Summer

Getting your nails done is the ultimate pampering session. And while putting on some polish at home can be a quick fix, getting a real manicure done will feel completely different, and if you need reasons to get it done, here are just a few:

Healthy hands and nails
A manicure is a lot more than just putting on nail polish. The first step is cleaning and shaping: the beautician will clean your nails thoroughly from any previous coats that were on there and shape your nails to grow straight and long. After you pick your color and you’re done with the beauty part, they’ll apply oil to the cuticles, making them soft and strong – especially important for cuticle/nail biters! They will also put on hand cream and massage your entire hand, improving circulation and hydrating your skin. When you step outside, you will feel like you can be a hand model and you won’t want to stop holding your own hand. The base coat applied under the polish will help feed and nourish your nails, while the top coat will protect them from breaking.

Me time
There’s nothing like visiting a spa to make yourself feel like you are worth a million bucks. It’s amazing “me” time that you deserve, and no matter the stress and chaos going on in your life, getting your nails done at a salon will always make you feel better. No matter where in the world you are, whether you’re in a nail salon in Hong Kong or in LA, you will feel amazing. It’s also akin to therapy, as you’re very likely to overshare with your beautician while getting your treatment. And if you’re getting it together with one of your besties – now it’s a party. If you make getting manicures a habit (and you really should), you’ll start looking forward to your sessions knowing that it’s a time just for you to relax and unwind.

Feel empowered
You know how sometimes you just put on a good pair of heels and all of a sudden, you’re walking with your head higher? Or you put on red lipstick and you feel like you can take over the world? Well, having your nails done can have the exact same effect. You will feel more put-together and like you can take over the world. Even more important – having plain, jagged nails will make you feel like you aren’t really ready for anything, and you might worry what someone is going to assume about you. But if you get a manicure – especially one that will last a bit longer – you can be sure you’ll be feeling great every day of the year.

Protection from outside conditions
If it’s cold where you live and your nails are exposed to wind, rain and snow, or even if you just have them in water often, like while washing dishes, working as a hairdresser or swimming daily – your nails are going to suffer. Having a manicure will help protect them from all of those factors by wrapping them in a tight protective layer from all sides. Your nails will grow stronger and they won’t break or warp.

Do something good for you
Most women are givers – we only care about others around us being happy, even if it means we put ourselves last. But those days are over, and you know you deserve to do something nice for yourself. Book a manicure, doll yourself up to go there and enjoy it. Besides all the benefits you’ll get from it, you’ll feel better just knowing you did something nice for yourself.

Hailey Bieber Taking Justin’s Name … For Beauty Products

Justin Bieber might be taking a break from his career, but Hailey‘s stepping up for the couple and taking care of business … the beauty business.

According to new legal docs obtained by TMZ … Hailey’s company filed trademark paperwork for “Bieber Beauty” with the intent of launching a beauty and cosmetic products line under the brand name.

Justin’s wife’s new venture would be a nice complement for those looking for more Bieber gear and accessories — as you know … he launched his own Drew House clothing line earlier this year.

Hailey also filed to register “Hailey Bieber” back in October for the purposes of launching her own clothing line.

As we reported … Justin recently announced he’s taking a step back from his music to focus on his health and his marriage, citing some “deep rooted issues” he needs to address.

Hailey’s clearly not letting that stop her from continuing to grind … someone’s gotta bring home the bacon.

This uncanny dupe of Holly Willoughby’s BAFTA gown is selling out fast

Fans went wild for Holly Willoughby’s BAFTA Television Awards look on Sunday night, which is unsurprising, since she looked totally gorgeous in her sheer gown by Maria Lucia Hohan. But, since the celebrity designer’s dresses sell for around £1000, we reckon fans will be even more excited to learn that there’s an affordable dupe of Holly’s dress available for just £68 – and it looks pretty uncanny. With a similar high neckline, sheer overlay and leg-baring thigh split, this number from Little Mistress is just the ticket if you want to steal Holly’s style.

Hurry if you’ve got your eye on it, because a number of sizes have already sold out on ASOS. Holly’s stylist Angie Smith has even shared the maxi on her Instagram Story, so we’ll take that as Willoughby-approved!

The This Morning presenter accessorised her BAFTA look with plenty of luxurious accessories, too, wearing Sophia Webster heels, Boodles earrings and a Stephen Webster bracelet. Her waist-cinching belt was a retro piece from London vintage store Modes and More.

Holly wasn’t the only star to ‘do an Angelina’ with a thigh-high split at the awards show, since fellow ITV stars Rochelle Humes, Charlotte Hawkins and countless others also went for a leg-baring skirt on the night. Like her This Morning co-star, Rochelle wore a matching bodysuit underneath her sheer gown, while Charlotte went for full glamour in her form-fitting Suzanne Neville dress. Joining them were the likes of Ruth Wilson, Billie Piper and Scarlett Moffatt who also went for high leg silhouettes. Who was your best-dressed on the night?

Can You Get A Safe Sun Tan?

Is there a way to safely tan without the damage that may lead to skin cancer? Dermatologists say no, that even the lightest tan is evidence your skin is shielding you against the sun’s rays. But you can prevent burns and protect your skin from too much damage. Moderate sun exposure is important in helping the body produce vitamin D, which boosts the immune system and promotes healthy bones, teeth and skin. The sun also boosts serotonin, which eases anxiety. So steer clear of skin cancer risks and premature aging. Use these tips for the safest sun tan.

Eat for sun protection.
On top of using a sunscreen, there are specific foods that can help shield you from the sun. Eating lycopene, an antioxidant found in red and orange fruit and vegetables such as tomatoes, can increase your skin’s own SPF sun protection by 33 percent. Green tea contains antioxidants called polyphenols, while caffeine is thought to help cut your skin cancer risk. Fish, which is rich in omega-3, has anti-inflammatory benefits. Dark chocolate is packed with flavonoids that can help protect skin against sunburn.

Check your sunscreen expiration.
Look at the label to see if the last year’s sunscreen you just found hidden in the back of the medicine cabinet has expired. An older sunscreen becomes less effective or may not work at all if it’s reached the expiration date. Did you store the bottle in a cool, dry place? If so, you may get more longevity out of it.

Choose the right formula.
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen or one carrying the UVA logo along with the word “high”. You want a product that will protect you against both UVA and UVB rays. Both can cause skin cancer, while UVB rays burn and UVA rays can age skin prematurely.

Choose sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 but up to 50. Choosing an SPF of 75-100 only increases the sun protection by 1-2%. This can give you a false sense of security and encourage you to stay in the sun longer.

If you’re planning to go swimming near coral reefs or other sensitive habitats, make sure your sunscreen is reef safe. That means making sure oxybenzone and octinoxate are not listed in the ingredients in your sunblock. In order for mineral sunblocks to leave corals untouched, they must be “non-nano”, meaning the ingredient particles must be above 100 nanometers in size so that they cannot be ingested by corals. This should say this on the bottle of sunscreen.

Recognize your skin’s shut-off point.
The old days of lounging by the pool for long periods to deepen your tan are over. Scientists know that our skin has a shut off switch and stops producing any more melanin at a certain point. The cut off comes for the fair skinned much quicker than for the medium toned, who should keep tanning time between two and three hours. Stay out longer and you risk burning and UV damage.

Get into the shade.
Shade is your friend. Getting out of the sun and into the shade for a break will lower UV intensity and reduce your risk of sunburn. Be especially careful to protect yourself from sun damage between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun is often strongest. If you’re planning to stay outside, cover up with a wide-brimmed hat, UV-blocking sunglasses, partial shade when available, and appropriate sunblock.

Nicollette Sheridan Leaves ‘Dynasty’ Too Following A Series Of Other Exits!

The CW series was renewed for season three but it looks like there is an exit already! Dynasty star Nicollette Sheridan has decided to leave the TV show in a shocking turn of events!

Nicollette, who is also known for her Desperate Housewives role, became a regular on Dynasty in season two. She played the character of Alexis Carrington.

But now, the CW and CBS Television Studios announced that she will no longer be part of the storyline.

This following statement about her exit was released: ‘Nicollette Sheridan will be leaving Dynasty in order to focus on some personal family responsibilities. She was a valuable asset to the show and we wish her continued success in the future.’

The actress took on the role that was originally played by Joan Collins in the original Dynasty.

But her exit is only the latest out of a series of such shakeups.

As fans may know, Nathalie Kelley and James Mackay have also left the show.

At this time, it is yet unknown what the screenwriters will do with her character.

The star has also released a statement regarding her departure via TVLine.

‘Working on the Dynasty reboot and reprising the iconic role of Alexis has been thoroughly enjoyable, but the chance to spend precious time with my terminally ill mother is more important to me right now,’ Sheridan explained.

She went on to state that ‘I am grateful to Mark Pedowitz (The CW) and David Stapf (CBS) for allowing me to return to Los Angeles to be with her, and I wish them and everyone associated with the show nothing but success. I am hopeful that my fans will embrace my successor with as much passion as they embraced me.’

Stars End Strong on Day 3 of Coachella

‘NSYNC already hit the stage with Ariana Grande, and that can only mean one thing … Weekend 1 of Coachella is over … but before you hang up your flower crowns and heart-shaped sunglasses, ya gotta see which celebs were in the crazy crowds.

Super hot model and DJ Chantel Jeffries peeled this orange number out, One Direction hunk Liam Payne gave getting ripped in the desert a whole new meaning and Victoria’s Secret Angel Gizele Oliveira strapped herself into a slingsuit … proving X truly marks the spot.

Check out Tommy Lee ?and Diddy ?hanging with their kids. Yup, Tommy and Brandon together. Halsey, Elsa Hosk, Larsa Pippen, Stella Maxwell, Winnie Harlow and 2 Chainz also got down.

Now get some sleep … Weekend 2 starts in 4 days!!!

Is This Going to Be the End for This Millionaire?

Good judgment is apparently not part of the curriculum.

When notorious rapper Tekashi showed up at his former middle school in Brooklyn last year, he was welcomed in and gave a spontaneous performance that quickly turned into a “dangerous situation” — when he threw cash at starstruck students, a newly released investigative report obtained by The Post reveals.

“This used to be my school!” Tekashi shouts to a crowd of kids, frenetic footage from inside the Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Williamsburg shows.

When the heavily inked hip-hopper “made it rain” by flinging cash in the air, taller teens jumped to snatch the fluttering notes as shorter kids scrambled on the floor to scoop up what the others missed.

Yet it’s unclear why a school staffer allowed the rainbow-maned rapper into the building in the first place.

Tekashi, whose given name is Daniel Hernandez, was expelled in the eighth grade, joined a street gang, and in 2015 posted a video on his Instagram account in which other men were seen having sex with a 13-year-old girl while he touched her and clowned for the camera.

He pleaded guilty to felony charges of using a child in a sexual performance in Manhattan Supreme Court.

In a federal case, Tekashi, 23, admitted in November that he belonged to the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and took part in shooting a rival rapper, gunpoint robberies and heroin sales. The feds found an AK-15 assault rifle in Tekashi’s Brooklyn home, officials said.

His sentencing has been postponed while he cooperates against co-defendants, but he remains in federal custody, said his lawyer, Dawn Florio.

Eight months before that guilty plea, the hip-hop artist, who has “69” inked onto his face, showed up at Juan Morel Campos on March 19, 2018, and asked to see a teacher, according to the report by the city’s Special Commissioner of Investigation.

A staffer then escorted him to the third floor, where a crowd quickly formed.

In the video, Tekashi gives props to his old teachers, saying, “I used to give them hell,” then tells the students, “If you follow your dreams, bro, I’m telling you — you can do whatever the f- -k you want.”

Students were thrilled.

“No celebrity came to the school before, and he was really popular at the time,” recalled seventh-grader Roselyn Almonte.

“Everybody was singing his latest song. Then he started throwing the money. He kept throwing it. He threw it high.”

While the older kids “grabbed it from the sky,” she said, “the short ones grabbed it from the floor.”

The video shows one seventh-grade girl excitedly showing off what appears to be at least $100 in $20 bills in her hands.

The “Oof” and “Gummo” rapper only wanted to connect with his Brooklyn roots, Florio said.

“Mr. Hernandez was trying to do a good thing by visiting the school,” she said. “A lot of students are fans of his. He did it to give back and show that he’s still one of them.”

Almonte recalled: “Before he threw the money, he gave us a speech — finish school, don’t drop out, go to college.”

Assistant Principal Jason Rosenbaum, who recorded the performance on his personal cellphone, “failed to properly supervise a potentially dangerous situation,” the Special Commissioner of Investigation concluded in a letter to Chancellor Richard Carranza.

Only after Tekashi began spreading his wealth did Rosenbaum ask security to remove the rapper from the building, says the SCI report.

Rosenbaum, in charge because Principal Esther Shali-Ogli was away, told probers he took pictures on his cellphone “merely to demonstrate that no students were injured.”

The city Department of Education said Rosenbaum got a letter of reprimand.

Florio said, “If an assistant principal got disciplined, I think that’s ridiculous.”

Rosenbaum and Shali-Ogli did not return multiple messages.

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