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‘Biggest Loser’s’ Dolvett wants women to up their health game

NEW YORK NY - MAY 12:  Dolvett Quince  attends Self Magazine's 19th Annual Workout In The Park May

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Dolvett Quince attends Self Magazine's 19th Annual Workout In The Park on May 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Self Magazine)

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Self Workout in the Park

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2

Where: Butler Field, Grant Park

Tickets: $20 (includes $10 one-year subscription to Self magazine)

Purchase: SelfWorkoutin in advance or at the gate (cash only)

Updated: July 3, 2012 9:10AM

The latest longevity studies show women outlive men by some 5.3 years.

Whatever you do ladies, don’t raise a glass to that number. That figure has been going down since the gap was 7.8 years in 1979.

The shift isn’t so much because men have developed better health habits. The gap has closed up because women have embraced some pretty bad habits — smoking more, drinking too much, packing on the pounds and exercising less. These habits, along with succumbing to the stress of everyday life, have resulted in increasing rates of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and increased heart disease.

This is news to pay attention to, according to Dolvett Quince, the celebrity trainer best known for his role on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”

“This is a huge wakeup call,” Quince said during a recent telephone interview. He does, however, give points to those of us trying to do “small things” in our effort at “becoming better people.”

But really, does he have to spell it out for you as to what the solution is to stop the longevity slide? Quit the bad habits and get moving more, said Quince, whose clients include Justin Bieber and Janet Jackson.

Quince will be in Chicago June 2 for the annual Self magazine Workout in the Park. The four-hour event in Butler Field of Grant Park gives women an opportunity to try — in 20-minute segments — a variety of workouts, involving cardio, dance, yoga and Pilates. (My personal favorite — back from last year — is Masala Bhangra. What a blast!)

When it comes to exercising more, Quince suggests an attitude adjustment to turn it into a natural part of your life. “Don’t let being active be a burden,” he said. Instead think of it “more like that fun thing I do.”

If stress is a big problem in your life, consider exercise the antidote, the Stamford, Conn., native said. “There is no better option than [working out] as a stress reliever.”

As the Self Workout will show, there are so many ways to work out. If you don’t like one activity, try another. The possibilities are endless, and they don’t all have to involve going to a class or gym, either, Quince pointed out. Hiking, biking and swimming are all activities Chicagoans should consider for the warm days that are here at last.

Women should be working out for themselves and for their families, according to Quince. “A mother can get the kids and take them outside and run around with them instead of letting them sit in front of a computer or TV,” he said.

It’s important for the family to see mom engaged in activity and healthy habits. “More important than what you say to your kids is what you do,” Quince said, remembering as a child shopping with his mother who chose fruit over packaged treats. “I thought, I’m going to do that, too.”

A mother whose child sees her in her workout outfit ready to go to yoga or Zumba is sending this powerful message, according to Quince: “These are the things I do to stay healthy, and you should, too.”

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