Where did you get that body?
We plucked these hotties off the street to find out how they manage to have such excellent physiques. The best part: They're not all gym rats.
Tue Sep 9 2008
26, barista, West Brighton, Staten Island
What is your diet?
I snack all day. I'll usually have a yogurt or a bran muffin for breakfast, then I'll have a soy latte, then a cranberry-oatmeal cookie or a Starbucks triple-chocolate brownie. And I always have a huge dinner with rice, beans, salad and some sort of meat. Then I have to have something sweet afterward, like a brownie or peanut brittle. I also drink a lot of coffee.
What is your exercise regimen?
I don't go to the gym. I'm lazy, so I usually stack two and three boxes of supplies on top of one another and I'll carry six gallons of milk at a time just so I don't have to go back and forth. I also walk my dog a lot—well, he actually walks me. He's a two-year-old pit, so he's still in the pulling stage. I walk him about two or three times a day for ten to 15 minutes. Other than that, I don't work out.
What is your fitness philosophy?
I've always just been this way, so I don't really have a fitness philosophy. I guess I have good genes; my whole family has really well-toned bodies. The only things I do to keep fit are part of my work and part of my life.
THE EXPERTS WEIGH IN
"By carrying unstable things like milk gallons, Magdalena's working with an uneven distribution of weight, which means she has to use her entire core in order to stabilize and carry it," says Fitness magazine's senior fitness editor, Lindsey Emery. "In the gym, using equipment like kettlebells or a medicine ball can achieve similar results, because they too force your muscles to constantly readjust and use your entire core. "
"The one good thing Magdalena's doing is grazing throughout the day," says Esther Blum, nutritionist and author of Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous. "But she's eating enough carbs for an entire family. Her blood sugar is all over the place, which makes her have sugar crashes and crave more sugar. She needs to eat more protein, but the most important thing is to cut out the coffee. Coffee stimulates the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that, in excess, can cause weight gain, especially around the stomach. She should switch to green tea—it has organic acids that actually help burn fat. As for soy, it disrupts your body's natural hormones and can result in fertility issues. Instead, she could drink almond or rice milk."
Want to build your core? Try Speedball (speedballfitness.com).