Sticky and Sweet tour at the O2 arena, in London,
Saturday, July 4 2009. AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Madonna's cracked the secret of fitness (again).
Madonna has kicked off her summer European tour and the 50-year-old wonder body is apparently looking better than ever.
And aren't you glad we have the inside scoop on that, thanks to the Queen of Pop's personal trainer, Tracy Anderson, who told Mail Online that the beautiful bod is due to the coconut water she has all her clients drink.
- See slides of Madonna's Sticky and Sweet tour
We also find out that Anderson has completely changed Madonna's workout routine. Anderson claims that, "I told her to forget everything she had been taught before and to give up yoga, which can make you look terribly veiny."
Could it be that the "veins" remark, and the entire "new workout" spin, is due to an article that Mail Online (UK's Daily Mail) wrote last July in which they noted that Madonna was seen wearing, "a T-shirt which exposed the veins standing out on arms subjected to endless workouts."
BodyJuggling - they say it's so easy a beginner can do it. Uh, a begining what - Circque du Solei performer?
OK, fine. Let the company's PR call BodyJuggling "Zen in Motion." Attribute it to "years of meditation, spiritual discipline, martial arts and yoga," and tell us how good it is for weight loss.
But looking at the YouTube video (below) it's hard to believe that anyone would attempt this at home. Maybe the recent press release was really the first step in a greater plan to franchise the workout and become the next Zumba?
Not to be a skeptic, but: for real folks? If anyone has done BodyJuggling, write in and let us know how long it took to master the basics.
UPDATE, October 1: As you'll see in the comments, the BodyJuggling community has spoken! They love it - which is why it's always more fun to hear from participants than press releases. We'll be looking for opportunities to write more about BodyJuggling in the future.
That stairway in your office building could soon offer everything but a shower.
Thanks to NYTimes.com for reporting on an article in The Southern Medical Journal, in which researchers said that even a moderate increase in the use of stairs could play a role in helping to solve the nation’s weight problem.
"Now, researchers are urging building designers to rethink their approach to stairs," said the Times, "even including using music — to encourage people to use them more."
Among the improvements being recommended for the stairway of the future: art, music, carpeting, air conditioning.
Sorry I was late to the meeting boss, but the stretch station on the 15th floor landing was having a Jane Fonda retrospective.