Meditating sounds simple enough, but the truth is it can be really hard! Finding zen isn’t easy when we’ve got a list of places to go and things to do. As it turns out, quieting your inner chatter is actually a practice, and like most practices, starting small is the best way to get it right.
One of my favorite instructors at SoulCycle, David Zint, is famous for getting his riders to tap into a higher power during class. If anyone could teach me how to be there mentally, it’s him!
I asked David to share with us the mental workout I am lucky enough to experience in his classes, but in a way we can do it at home. Please let me know how your ten-minute meditation goes!
Most of us have heard the benefits: The peace. The calm. Reduced stress. The mental clarity. Regulated moods. More productive. Being more grounded. More present. Happier and yes — healthier. All from one practice: Meditation.
Yet many of us, myself included, resist it, criticize ourselves when we are doing it, fall out of practice with it and sometimes even fear it, because we just don’t know how to do it.
Let’s start simple and small. Ten minutes. That’s all it takes. Ten minutes a day. Put aside the time either early in the morning before you begin your day or at night to unwind — if you really want to bookend your day with calm and clarity then do both morning and night meditations. Let’s get started!
For this week’s Ask Jules, I’m going to share a question I actually had for one of my favorite people, David Zint! David is a senior instructor and training officer at SoulCycle, as well as a personal trainer and life and motivational coach. He’s pretty much the coolest person all around. I’m so happy to have David sharing his advice today, but remember — always do what feels right for you and your body!
I am wondering what the absolute best breakfast would be before taking one of your morning classes or getting into an early intense cardio session? If I were taking a super early the-sun-just-came-up class, do I have to eat breakfast beforehand or can I wait until after?
I’ve been dying to talk to you all about my make up from Monday night’s Dancing With The Stars. While I was getting ready, the cut and style of the dress reminded us of a mermaid, so my hair was braided back and styled cascading to the side, enhancing the mermaid vibe.
Spencer Barnes, my friend and pro make up artist, knew a fun, colorful eye was the way to go. Spencer chose a mix of cool blues, and I absolutely love the edgy look he created!
It was an incredible honor and exciting moment for me to stand by the cast and crew for Grease: Live at the Emmys. Getting to be a part of such a fantastically talented group was so special to me, and winning four Emmy Awards was icing on the cake. With all the excitement surrounding the night, the question of what to wear was a big one. I absolutely love the Zuhair Murad dress I wore. I felt elegant, sexy, confident, and most importantly, like myself!
I was very lucky to have my friend and stylist Anita Patrickson find this stunning couture gown for my very special night. She’s kind of like a fairy godmother, come to think of it!
So many of you commented on my photos, wanting to know more details about the dress. A few mentioned people mentioned they love the look but don’t know how to pull off a white dress. Anita shares her story from that night and offers some great tips for getting your white gown on below.
To take this look down a few notches for a fancy brunch or dinner party, I found some beautiful pieces that have a similar style in white and nude. If you “steal” my style, let me know by tagging! I want to see!
Like almost everyone else I know, I was pretty glued to the Olympics last week. There’s nothing more inspiring than witnessing others who have worked and trained so hard going after their dreams. I was especially surprised how excited I was while watching the rowing competitions. I love the aspect of teamwork, the graceful movements of the oars and how beautiful the boats look gliding across the water.
Watching these athletes perform inspired me to mix things up when it came to my own performance. I asked my trainer Erica Hood from Body By Simone if she would come up with a workout inspired by rowing for our next training session. Erica delivered an short and simple move that I’m so excited to share with you!
This exercise works your upper body, back, lats and core, and all you need is a good set of Resistance Bands and you’re ready to go!
Olympics-Inspired Rowing Workout: The Seated Upright Row
For more fitness inspiration follow Erica on Instagram @errrrrrrka.
Thrift shopping takes patience, persistence and often, a creative eye. Sometimes what you see isn’t necessarily what you’ll get as an end result. For example, a beat up picture frame might look like a piece of junk at first glance, but with some care and restoration it could end up becoming a work of art itself. The same goes for clothing. I was advised to pay attention to prints and patterns more than shape and size because a great tailor can turn almost anything into a perfect fit.
As much as I love looking for treasures, I’m no expert when it comes to seeking out a diamond in the rough. Luckily Mr. Kate, an expert in all things thrift, is giving us some of her best advice when it comes to shopping in thrift stores. And in honor of it being National Thrift Day, Kate threw in one of my favorite DIY projects featuring painted patterned mugs!
I’ll let Mr. Kate take it from here. Happy thrifting!
So many of you often ask when and how I began acting. The truth is – I always have! Of course in the beginning it wasn’t on a giant sound stage surrounded by professional camera operators but in the basement with my siblings. I didn’t have the same opportunities then as I do now but we found ways to create our own stage and I hope that inspires some of you who would love to act but don’t know when or how.
photo: Tommy Garcia / FOX
I am a big fan and I love your blog! I thought this was a great opportunity to ask you
I associate the word “dance” with feelings of energy, passion and beauty. For many, sometimes myself included, “dance” can also stir up less positive emotions such as intimidation and vulnerability. Everyone
has felt vulnerable at some point — whether her or she is a skilled competitor or just an casual dancer at school events or weddings.
Below, Anna and Sydnee represent two sides of dance: the teacher and the student. Their emails are brave, honest and relatable to anyone hoping to succeed in something new. I hope you can relate to both of them as much as I can.
I was very inspired by the Ask Jules email below from a reader named Missie. Missie is dealing with several health challenges, which make it difficult for her to be physically active, but you know what? Those limitations are not stopping Missie from finding activities she’s able to do to be healthy and fit.
Keeping up with your fitness isn’t all about appearance. We know it’s also about reducing levels of stress and anxiety, improving mental clarity and focus, having a greater lung capacity and getting a good night’s sleep.
My personal trainer, Erica Hood at Body by Simone had some excellent advice for Missie. Through that I learned about adaptive yoga, a type of yoga for people of all abilities, including disabilities.
I am one of your “older” newsletter and blog readers! I simply find you so inspiring! I don’t think inspiration has age limits! Here’s my question for you: I’m a 48-year-old empty nest mom. But I also have 2 serious health issues (CRPS/RSD and Sjogrens Syndrome) that really limit what I am able to do physically in terms of exercise. I’m unable to do anything that involves impact on my right foot/ankle or standing only on that foot. In addition, both conditions cause nearly debilitating fatigue which worsens if I overdo exercise.
I have heard the term “adaptive yoga” but don’t know anything about it. I’m trying to find out what it’s about to see if it’s an option for me. Is this something you have knowledge of? I appreciate any help you can give!
Often I’ll receive emails from you guys that I feel is best answered by an expert. Ashley’s email asks a popular question amongst my readers: how to get flat abs. I second what my trainer from Body By Simone, Erica Hood, says below.
It’s not only about the exercise you do but also what you put in your body. Eating clean and getting proper hydration is an essential part to achieving a tight tummy. Smart nutritional habits plus strengthening moves, as Erica suggests, equals a strong, healthy core!
The first and most important tip toward your flatter tummy is healthy eating. In addition to that, you want to make sure you are doing quality not quantity abdominal exercises. It doesn’t matter how many reps you can do, but that you execute proper form and really engage the core muscles to their max potential. Be sure to also switch up your exercises making sure to hit upper abs, lower abs and obliques.