Enrique has a new album out--The pop singer
, who usually sells out arenas, will instead embark on an exclusive five-date tour next month that will take him to much more intimate ballrooms and theatres in the U.S.
Fans who sign up for the mailing list on the singer's official website, EnriqueIglesias.com, will recieve ticket pre-sale information for his "For the Fans" tour this Wednesday.
Iglesias plans to give tour-goers an exclusive preview
of some of the new songs
off his upcoming studio album
, currently scheduled for a spring, 2007 release.
The as-yet-untitled album will be Iglesias' first since his 2003 hit, "7."
And Anna is in Elle magazine- ELLE BEAUTY BODY HEALTH
GOOD SPORT: THE DO-LESS WORKOUT
Everyone Skips A Gym Session Once In A While. ANNA KOURNIKOVA Investigates Whether Cutting Back Will Shortchange Her Fitness Progress
Motley Crue once sang, "You better use it before you lose it." While they were referring to the fleeting nature of life, this phrase also applies to exercise. People lament that it's difficult to get into shape, but wildly easy for all their hard work to slip down the drain when they take a few weeks off from their regularly programmed fitness regimen. I've seen this firsthand. While I've continued to work out since I've stopped training at a professional level, my body has changed in the last three years. My weight is basically the same, but I'm smaller and my muscles have become less bulky.
(A pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat, but take up less space. If you increase muscle mass while shedding fat, the number on the scale won't move, but you'll look slimmer.)
The physical alterations I've noticed made me curious about how much effort one needs to expend to maintain cardiovascular activity and muscle. For example, say you've been preparing for a 10K run or a 50-mile charity bike race. You've trained for months, the event has come and gone, and now what? Can you keep your new body without the time commitment required for hard-core conditioning? For answers, I called Mark Kasper, a professor in the kinesiology and physical education department at Valdosta State University at Valdosta, Georgia.
"Once you complete a big event, allow your body adequate time to repair itself," Kasper says. "After a half-marathon,give yourself two-weeks of lower intensity exercise, such as swimming."
Postrecovery, it's time to get back in the gym. After just three weeks without cardio, you can kiss almost all of your hard-earned aerobic capacity goodbye. Thankfully, retention isn't an all-or-nothing proposition. "If you maintain or increase your intensity, you can reduce the volume of your activity," Kasper says. "If you're running 20 miles a week at eight minuites a mile during training, switch to ten miles a week at a seven-and-a-half-minuite pace." According to Kasper, the same holds true for muscle size. Lifting more weight less frequently preserves muscle tone. "If you stick to this program for two months between races," he says, "your time will be basically the same."
Additional reporting by Hillary Kerr
I'm always curious about new fitness products, even though I think many are gimmicks. This month, ELLE sent me Harbinger Weighted Fitness Balls with Straps ($20 to $30, http://www.everythingfitness.com/
). They come in 6-, 8-, and 10-pound versions. I did my lunges with the six-poind ones and was pleasantly surprised. They're a lot easier to grip than dumbbells and much more versatile -- you can also use them as a medicine ball for core work. It's like getting both pieces of equipment rolled into one brightly-colored package. I'm definitely going to keep them in my routine; they'll also be easy to travel with -- since I'll be checking my luggage anyway.
- Anna K.
Even if you haven't just come off training for a marathon, you may be looking for a loophole that lets you slip through the holidays with the least amount of exercise. To avoid backtracking, Valdosta State's University's Mark Kasper suggests the following:
CARDIO: Now matter how many days or miles a week you run (or walk or bike), you can cut your program in half and sustain your current aerobic ability. The catch is that you have to push yourself by increasing the intensity of those exercise bouts. Aim to work at no more than 85 percent of your maximum heart rate, but no less than 65 percent.
RESISTANCE TRAINING: Once again, the 50 percent rule applies. You can engage in your regular weight routine half as often, as long as you use slightly heavier equipment.
- Anna K.