By Devin Almonte
Staying fit, the experts tell us, becomes harder and harder as we age. And while that is as true a part of aging as our gray hairs and laugh lines, it doesn’t have to limit our lives.
Just ask Susan Lucci, the beloved actress who has been wowing All My Children fans as Erica Kane since 1970. Lucci shows no signs of slowing down: she’s even introducing her own fitness apparel line to QVC, based on fan favorites from her QVC shows, and of course she looks fantastic both on and off the air.
We sat with Lucci and asked her to tell us more about her with passion about her go-to workout: Pilates. You may have already heard of Pilates, a specialized fitness training that focuses on helping you isolate and strengthen core muscles and deep muscle tissues. It’s usually touted as a high-end, high-priced way for movie stars and celebrities to keep looking toned and firm. But this exercise regime isn’t just about vanity: It’s also about how strengthening your core can help ease back pain, improve balance and posture, help men and women of any age enjoy an active, healthy life -- without the stresses and injuries associated with high impact sports.
Lucci was kind enough to take time out of her (very) busy schedule to talk to me about how pilates improves her life. And as an On-Air Health and Fitness Expert, I was thrilled to learn that Lucci, like me, is a huge fan of the Pilates PRO Chair, from the co-creator of Malibu Pilates. Our conversation was inspiring: In fact, I can still hear her voice echoing softly through the studio: “Zip up your abs, zip up your abs!”
Devin: How long have you been using the Pilates PRO Chair?
Susan: I’ve been using the Pilates PRO Chair for over 9 years, just before I was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. It helped me tremendously!
Devin: Why is the Pilates PRO Chair your go-to item for fitness?
Susan: It works! It’s a total body workout that gives you quick results. It’s the only one that really gives you that sculpting and toning that we all love so much; that lean muscle tone. Plus, you get a cardio workout at the same time. No need to take that additional walk or run; no need to find another way to get your cardio in for the day because you can do it all on the Pilates PRO chair.
Devin: Clients often worry that they need experience or specialized training in pilates before they can use the Pilates PRO chair. Do you think that’s true?
Susan: No. You can enjoy the Pilates PRO Chair whether you are completely new to pilates or a long time practitioner. What I love is that you are also getting 4 DVDs with your Pilates PRO Chair purchase through QVC because this will help you get started where you are and the appropriate level for you. So if you are a beginner, you can start with the Pilates Basics DVD, while if you are more advanced, you can use some of the more advanced DVDs.
Devin: What is your favorite exercise with the Pilates PRO Chair and why?
Susan: I have so many favorites, but I’d have to say that one of my favorite moves is the Pull-Up for Flat Abs. This is your modern version of the ab crunch. I love that you don’t have to get on the floor to do this. You simply lean forward with you hands on the seat of the chair in a C-curve shape. Jack-knife your way up, and then feel the assistance on the way up and the resistance on the way down. I love it because it flattens those abs! We all loathe that belly pooch in our lower abs. This is a great way to target that area and get rid of belly fat. I love that it flattens my abs, but even more, I love how it helps support my back so I can feel good on set, even if I 'm standing in heels all day. And it’s fun.
Devin: Is this for beginners and people who don’t exercise?
Susan: Oh, yes! If you are not used to exercise regularly or at all, this is a great place to start. It’s great if you are looking to lose a few pounds and are looking to gain more lean muscle tone. All ages, stages, and body types will love the Pilates PRO Chair. And like I mentioned before, you don’t have to be familiar with Pilates either. Of course, always consult your doctor before beginning any new type of exercise regimen.
As an On-Air Health and Fitness Expert for QVC, I highly encourage you to shop everything QVC! It's the place for great products, great deals, and great fun! Here’s what you get with your QVC Pilates PRO Chair Purchase:
So, now that you're considering the Pilates PRO chair, you can look the part too. Susan's brand new fitness apparel line is getting ready for its on-air launch at QVC on April 13, 2018 at 2:00pm ET. Transform your body in more ways than one! Be fit. Be fashionable. I think we'd all be smart to follow this leading lady's advice!
Disclosure: All comments written above are my own opinion and thoughts related to products and companies that I love and enjoy. I have not received payment for any type of product promotion, nor have I received commission from any of the above mentioned companies, products, or websites related to this article.
By Devin Almonte
Vitamin B12 deficiency remains a common problem in the United States. Dr. Edward, from the Global Healing Center, tells us that it’s estimated nearly 40% of the American population suffers from B-12 levels that are too low. With low B-12 levels, your brain doesn't work quite right and more often than not you’re suffering from chronic fatigue.
Vitamin B12 is crucial to the human body, which needs it to produce new DNA, red blood cells, proteins, hormones and fats. It's one of eight B vitamins hat help the body convert the food you eat into glucose, which gives you energy.
So what should you eat to ensure you are getting enough B12?
Always consult your physician before beginning any nutrition regimen. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate program for your needs.
All comments written above are my own opinion and thoughts as it relates to nutrition.
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