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Donna Spangler: Beauty and Brains

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donna-spangler_workout Hollywood beauty, fitness and lifestyle expert, Donna Spangler is perhaps best known for her best-selling book, How To Get A Rich Man – A popular read that offers advice and guidance for finding the perfect man who is rich in spirit and heart while offering financial stability.

A former model, actress and Playboy bunny, Donna is the go-to expert for all things beauty, fitness and the Hollywood lifestyle. She often makes guest appearances on TV and can be seen in magazines and on countless blogs and websites. She also writes for LA Splash magazine, It’s A Glam Thing and her own blog, DonnaSpangler.com.

Health Beauty Life visited Donna in her lovely home in Beverly Hills, California, where she shared some tidbits about herself, as well as quick, at-home fitness and cooking tips. “I was into fitness early on,” says the blonde stunner and former pin-up model. “I was always into body conscious ways, being mindful about what I ate and how I looked. Being a Playboy model, I went out for bikini season and had to look good. So it was essential to stay fit and focused.” She continues, “In order to get the best, you have to make yourself the best and treat yourself well. A lot of women these days are treating themselves better than they did way back when. I think that’s really important because women are looking better. That’s also important because what you project to the world is what you think of yourself. Nobody wants to have someone who doesn’t take care of themselves or doesn’t have self-esteem. They want someone who takes pride in how they look.”

Donna feels that it is her mission to inform other women about the importance and benefits of having a healthy diet and keeping a regular fitness routine. She personally works out 4-5 days a week between the gym, taekwondo classes and an occasional ice skating session. When things get too busy or she’s writing from home, she likes to step up with some stretches and at-home exercises to stay fit and focused. Donna offers these no-excuses, get-fit solutions for busy women. Instead of complicated workout equipment, she opts to show simple exercises that anyone can do using everyday items found around the house.

Today women are more mindful of having more muscle tone, more so than yester year. I think a little bit of muscle tone with a little bit of curve is so beautiful… and it’s healthy!

Donna Spangler Fitness Routine

Warm Up

Starting with a heavy book and holding it in both hands, with feet slightly spread, raise the book high over your head but to one side.

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While keeping your back straight and your arms as extended as possible, bring the book down diagonally across your body as you lunge to the side bending that knee as you lower the book to that same side.

Repeat 12-15 times on one side and then change sides and repeat 12-15 times.

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Center yourself over spread-apart feet. With both hands on the book, raise your arms above your head. Keep your arms fully extended and lower the book straight in front of you. Bend at the waist and drop your arms, allowing the book to swing back behind you from between your legs, and then rise back upright.

Repeat 12-15 times.

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Center yourself again with feet apart, arms extended and raised above your head. Complete a full circular motion with the book in one direction 12-15 times and then repeat while going the opposite direction.

Lower Body

Lunge forward with one leg bending at the knee, reach down with your hands to the ground and balance the other foot on the tip of your toes. Go down as far as you can go being comfortable and stable. Roll your heal on the back leg to each side. This exercise will loosen your hips, and strengthen your glutes as well as inner and outer legs.

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Repeat 12-15 times and then stand upright again. Repeat on the other side.

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While standing, hold a can (or weights) in each hand while keeping your arms straight at your sides. Keeping your back up straight, lunge forward with one leg, bending at the knee but not touching the ground. Hold a second or two in the downward position and come back upright.

Lunge with the other leg and then repeat the process about 12-15 times on each side, rest and repeat.

Arms

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These are great exercises for the upper arms, to tone the triceps and biceps and diminish the dreaded flap of flab.

Use a stable chair on a flat surface. Sit on the edge of the chair and place your hands on the corners on either side of you. Walk your feet out so your legs are extended out in front of you. Holding yourself with your hands on the edge of the chair, scoot forward until your back end clears the chair. Lower yourself almost to the ground, hold a second or two and then lift back up and hold.

Repeat as many times as you can at first, working up (in time) to 12-15 repetitions, rest and do it again.

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Stand straight up; rest your elbow against your body slightly in front. With your palm up, grab a can (or weights when you work up to it), squeezing slightly for a good grip, and while concentrating and focusing on the weight, raise and lower the can while keeping your arm in a straight line.

Repeat 15-20 times on each side, rest and repeat.

Today women are more mindful of having more muscle tone, more so than yester year. I think a little  bit of muscle tone with a little bit of curve is so beautiful… and it’s healthy!

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