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Oxygen January/February 2019

This magazine is designed to inform, educate and inspire women of all ages about the joys and benefits of fitness, proper nutrition, health and resistance training. Get Oxygen digital magazine subscription today to help you acquire a sound body and clear mind to achieve an energy-filled, stress-free lifestyle and empowered self-image.

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Winning Recipes OC4 Cover Contest winner Kayla Sanders shares one of her favorite plantbased eat-clean recipes. 5 New Foods to Try Sometimes it’s tricky deciding which foods are fads and which are fab. Certified trainer and nutritionist Alexa Uherek, NASM-CSCS, FMS, shares her five fave picks for 2019. Hip Fitness Use these five moves to strengthen the muscles surrounding your knees and hips to train harder, run faster and lift better. The Gut-Hormone Connection Did you know that a bacterial imbalance in your gut can cause estrogen dominance? Megan Rigby, DNP, explains. OVERCOME OBSTACLES Ninja Warrior training is all the rage! Test your own ninja strength and agility with this warrior woman workout. THE 20-MINUTE MILITARY WORKOUT Army vet Cassie Lynn Lambert, NASM-CPT, shows just what it takes to be a soldier with this total-body workout. Sign up for our free weekly…

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don’t hit refresh

it seems silly that people put so much pressure on themselves starting January 1 to “finally get in shape.” Why is January 1 such a magic number? Why not January 6 or April 11 or even October 24? In truth, any time of year is the perfect time to get fit and healthy — as long as you are fully committed and ready to do it. Here’s the thing: Lots of people make false promises to themselves around New Year’s because they feel like they should — it’s time to make a fresh start, right? Not necessarily. Maybe in January or February or even March you’re not ready to make it happen. Maybe you lost your job or got pregnant or have an injury, and it’s simply not the right time…

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my obsessed-with list

1 ChocZero Dark Chocolate Bark This keto-approved treat uses a special monk-fruit formula that adds just enough sweetness without the sugar. It’s also gluten- and soy-free and contains no gut-bloating sugar alcohols! Bonus: The company ethically sources its cocoa and uses non-GMO ingredients., $7 2 Swiss Diamond XD Skillet My glass-top electric stove is a pain in the a--. Not only does it cook unevenly, but it also warps every single pan I have ever bought. Not this one! Its cast-aluminum body won’t warp, and it has a PFOA-free, diamond-infused coating that is manufactured using an eco-friendly process., $180 3 NestLock Containers Food storage containers hog up precious cabinet space, and actually finding a base and a lid that match is an Instagram-worthy event. These color-coded NestLock containers solve such first-world woes with five bases…

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Regular Reader Love I have been reading Oxygen for years, and I love the recent changes. The mag went downhill some time ago, so I took a hiatus for a while. But I recently started buying it again. Great job! Love the “new” Oxygen! — CATHY, VIA FACEBOOK I fell in love with Oxygen the very first issue I ever read in 2006. Finally, a fitness magazine that focused on weight training and clean eating! Sure, I like fashion and makeup, but this is what I had been missing in my life. You never disappoint! — GINJANINJAFITNESS, VIA IG I’m not the kind of person to write in to magazines, but I just had to tell you how impressed I was with the September/October 2018 issue. I’ve always liked the magazine and the workouts but…

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SJ McShane, CPT, CN, SLMT Author of “Eat to Beat Soreness,” Page 24 After losing 30 pounds 14 years ago, SJ McShane committed to fitness for life. She became a personal trainer, blogger and author and has been at it for eight years. “I love to write about things that are inspiring, informative and that help others learn or grow,” she says. Gym-side, McShane loves high-intensity interval training such as sprints and trail running and is proud to have improved her pull-ups. There is one move she still finds loathsome, however: “I hate dips!” she says, laughing. “I don’t like admitting it because it means I have a muscular weakness, but I hate dips. There, I said it!” Alexa Uherek, NSCA-CSCS, FMS Writer and creator of “The Kick-Starter Meal Plan,” Page 76 A family illness inspired…

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trackers — trending in 2019

SLEEP AND YOUR CELLS In a new study published in Science Advances, researchers found that just one lost night of sleep had a tissue-specific impact on the regulation of metabolism. Not only did it negatively impact a cell’s clock genes — those that control your circadian rhythm — but fat cells also increased their capacity to store fat and muscle cells were broken down by the body for fuel. Keep your fat-loss and muscle-gaining goals on track by maintaining a consistent bedtime routine. 2 The number of minutes of high-intensity interval training needed to alter mitochondrial function for the better, according to research published in the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. All exercise helps create new mitochondria, improves the function of existing mitochondria and helps lower the risk…