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Fitness Pros on Their Favorite Rest-Day Activities



Just like it took me a bit to get into the home workout groove when gyms closed, I also had to work at establishing a healthy rest-day schedule.

Once I discovered the at-home workouts I actually liked, and after my resistance bands and dumbbells arrived in the mail, I got in the habit of intensely working out every single day — which isn’t ideal because I wasn’t giving my body the proper time to recover and repair. I was potentially setting myself up for an injury and stunting my own fitness goals.

Just because I could do a workout in the comfort of my own living room with just a click of a button, doesn’t mean I should do so every single day.

After some reading on establishing a workout routine for my goals, I finally got it down — and now look forward to my days off from exercise. I turn off my alarm clock so I can wake up naturally, with help from the sun peaking through my curtains. I try to spend my rest days as digitally unplugged as possible, too – truly “resting” in every sense of the word. Sometimes I go for long, leisurely walks, other times I kick back on the couch and read through a few chapters of a new book.

Getting my routine in order made me start wondering what fitness pros do on their rest days, so I reached out to five experts — from Pilates instructors to certified personal trainers — to find out.

For Mercedes Owens, a Chicago-based Barry’s instructor, time spent with a good book always makes the list – oh, and some puppy bonding time, too, of course.

“My favorite rest-day activity is spending a couple of hours at the park with my dog, Leia, and a good book. I almost always keep a lineup of love stories, family dramas, and thrillers. Right now I’m reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett and A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum,” Owens says.

CorePower Yoga senior master trainer, Anthony Chavez makes self-care a priority on rest days. “I cue up whatever show I’m currently obsessed with on Netflix, then grab myself a treat (glass of wine on some days or Oreos — whatever I’m craving!). Give yourself permission to ‘take off your life’ and rest in ways that are self-indulgent. Rest is just as essential as exercise is for vibrant, human health, which is why it’s so important to me!”

But Chavez still incorporates movement on rest days, too — just in a different way.

“Second favorite rest-day activity is to incorporate stretching and body work. We all work so hard in the gym and at work. Carving out dedicated time to deeply stretch your muscles and connective tissue by doing some yin style poses actually helps me sleep better, which in turn promotes better recovery. Body work can also be getting a massage or investing in something like the Hypervolt by Hyperice to help breakdown and massage muscles when you can’t get an appointment from your favorite body worker! Ultimately, lean into doing things that fill you with joy and allow you to fully rest and reset,” Chavez says.

Light activity — like walking, hiking with his dog, and yoga — is an essential part of Mindbody Fitness Expert and NASM-certified personal trainer Keegan Draper’s rest days, too.

“I never truly take a complete rest day,” Draper says. “I don’t believe that taking a day to just lay around is the best for our body, or for recovery, so I always like to do some light physical activity. It’s easy to do, gets me out in the sunshine with the vitamin D, and is a nice way to meditate/clear my mind. This also helps get my heart rate above resting and helps get oxygen and nutrients spread out to the muscles that need them the most. I can still manage to get my daily steps in, too!”

For Pure Barre teacher, Shantani Moore, spending time at the beach and spinning poi is one of her favorite things to do on rest days, but Moore also mentions strolling around her neighborhood with tea at sunrise.

“I’ll even silence my phone sometimes or just turn it off entirely,” Moore says. “It’s so important to unplug and have that time to reset. I try to take a different route each time to keep it fresh, and sometimes I get some of my best ideas while I’m out!”

Sometimes, though, Moore mentions that rest days mean doing absolutely nothing: “Wake up, brush my teeth, hit the couch, and just veg. I think doing nothing gets a bad rep sometimes. When you’re so physically active and on your grind most of the week, it’s important to give yourself time to just eat hummus and binge Queer Eye. I mean, what else would you do on your day off?”

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James Corden could replace Ellen DeGeneres’s afternoon talk show slot amid toxic workplace scandal




James Corden is being lined up to replace Ellen DeGeneres’s afternoon talk show given the toxic workplace accusations made by her employees. Ellen, 62, has been accused of propagating a toxic work culture and has been called for her alleged bullying behavior by her employees, past guests and also fellow celebrities. 

It has now been reported that 41-year-old James Corden who is the host of the late-night talk show the ‘Late Late Show’ in the USA is ready to supersede the coveted late afternoon slot amid rumors that Ellen will be quitting her show. Sources familiar with the show have said that the team is concerned that allegations of a toxic work environment could force Ellen to quit. 

As per insiders at NBC whose network airs Ellen’s show, James had been seen as ‘the long term successor’ to Ellen much before she was engulfed in controversy and scandal. It was just last week that Variety had revealed that Ellen and her show were being investigated amid allegations of racism, bullying and also sexual harassment off camera. 

James Corden attends the 2020 Breakthrough Prize Red Carpet at NASA Ames Research Center on November 03, 2019 in Mountain View, California (Getty Images) 

Allegations also claimed that talk show host Ellen had turned a blind eye to these incidents and had not done anything to intervene. A source spoke to The Sun and said, “This issue has fast-tracked everything and made everyone look at the future today. James Corden was being eyed for Ellen’s job in the long term before any of this came to light. Now, this shocking new development places a spotlight on the next step.”

“James and his team have been trailblazers in modern TV, taking the once considered graveyard chat show slot into a cutting edge format with huge online, social media and global recognition,” an insider added. “Replacing Ellen was always going to be a tough challenge, but he is a natural fit and easy transition. James would freshen up daytime and with a free hand would be allowed to build a new afternoon era,” the source continued. 

It is said that James is contracted to CBS which airs his Late Late Show until 2022. 

Last week’s reports had suggested that Ellen was ready to leave her show as accusations of her ‘mean’ behavior continued to stack up against her. A source from the show told Daily Mail, “She feels she can’t go on and the only way to recover her personal brand from this is to shut down the show.”

Ellen DeGeneres attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images) 

They shared that the “truth is that she knew what was going on.” Earlier this week, Ellen’s staff had called out Ellen for putting the blame at the executive producer’s feet. A staff member said, “Don’t think for a minute anything she has said in that apology means anything. She created and then enabled this toxic culture to go on for so long.”

Ellen had written an apology note to staff and said, “On day one of our show, I told everyone in our first meeting that The Ellen DeGeneres Show would be a place of happiness – no one would ever raise their voice, and everyone would be treated with respect.

“Obviously, something changed, and I am disappointed to learn that this has not been the case. And for that, I am sorry.” 

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Michelle Rodriguez Doesn’t Want You to Know That Fast 9 Might Go to Space




Can’t ride on the hood of a spaceship and believe me I’ve tried.
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I’ve heard of vroom-vrooming on the road. I’ve heard of vroom-vrooming in water. Heck, I’ve even heard of things going vroom-vroom in the sky. But vroom-vroom in outer space? That’s far out, man. Rumors have circulated that in the next Fast & Furious movie, things are going to get real fast and real furious in space, where no one can hear you vroom. On September 10, Furious famiglia member Michelle Rodriguez appeared on SiriusXM’s Jess Cagle Show, and Cagle’s co-host Julia Cunningham asked the Letty Ortiz Toretto actress outright: “Are you in space with Ludacris [in Fast 9]?” Rodriguez answered, “No way! How did you guys find that out? Damn. See what happens? People start talking behind the scenes. When a movie doesn’t come out, forget about it. Things get out. Nobody was supposed to know that.” She then added, “No, I’m not. I’m not lucky enough to hit space,” and then she changed the subject to the fact that there will be a female writer on this latest installment. As a distraction. It’s hard to get a read on Rodriguez’s tone here — she sounds sarcastic enough when she’s reacting to the whole space thing that she could just be messing with the hosts, but she also seems so over the top that she may be covering for something that’s still under wraps. Note that she says, “I’m not. I’m not lucky enough to hit space.” Maybe her character stays back, while co-star Ludacris blasts off. Where else is there for Fast & Furious to go at this point? Hot-air balloons?

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‘Cheer’ Star Gabi Butler Addresses Jerry Harris Arrest: ‘My Heart Is Broken’




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