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Great Gait! Seven Steps to Better Walking

Any time of year is a great time to take a walk, but at this time of year you see hundreds of news reports and blogs touting the benefits of a Thanksgiving Day walk. Have you ever wondered if the WAY you walk is helping or hindering? Read to learn seven steps to a great gait.

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10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Everyone has great ideas for avoiding weight gain during the holidays. Our ideas actually work. How do we know that? Well, I have been in the fitness industry for over 30 years, I know (and write professionally) about healthy eating, and I have a Master’s in systemic counseling. More importantly, we use these tips ourselves.

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3 Santa Barbara Walks Only Locals Know

No matter where you live, walking outside is beneficial. And the nice thing about where you live is that your town has a few hiking paths that only locals seems to know about. Santa Barbara is no exception. We’re going to share three that will put you “in the know” for the day you come to town: one on the beach, one at a lake, and one in the mountains.

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Miracle Marathon: Walking for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Starting tomorrow and ending on October 12, I have pledged to walk at least one mile per day as part of the Miracle Marathon to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. That is 27 days of me walking and you donating. If you don’t, I might sing in public. Then you will want to pay me to stop.

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How Will You Celebrate Your Next Birthday?

Exercising My Birthday Rites (of Passage) at Rancho la Puerta. Travel, fitness, good books (and their authors), great friends, healthy food – who wouldn’t have a special birthday?

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Facials, Feet and Fitness

Part of active aging is taking care of your feet and face, especially if you walk outdoors as often as I do. If your feet are in pain, you won’t want to walk, dance, stand, run, or anything else that is upright. And I’m fairly vain, so I want to have skin that is sunburn-resistant and elastic. Dry and wrinkly is a great way to advertise raisins, not faces.

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Nature Lovers Live Longer and Leaner

Want to live happier, longer, better, with less stress? Step outside for a moment and contemplate the extent and degree to which nature positively affects you. Whether you hike, walk, run, roll in a wheelchair, or ….

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A Trip to The Past in a Car For the Future: Driving Around Los Angeles in a Chevy Volt

Thanks to Chevy, I was offered a Volt to drive around for the weekend anywhere I wanted to go in Los Angeles. Immediately I knew I’d head to Hermosa Beach (my hometown) and downtown L.A., as I fell in love with the downtown area when I took a tour with the Los Angeles Conservancy a few months ago. Come with me for some L.A. sightseeing.

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Best Workouts to Burn Fat For Women Over 50

Do you have a goal to be lower fat? Did you know you don’t have to burn predominantly fat in order to lose fat? Try these 4 workouts called the “Best for Fat Burning.”

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Hiking at Sky Ranch Fitness Spa: My Naughty Dog Story

Are you ready for a low class poop story to reveal how high class the Sky Ranch Fitness Spa experience is? First, to cut to the chase: If you are looking for a beautiful, healthy, intimate spa getaway that emphasizes hiking, movement classes, personal attention and nutritious meals, this is the place for you. Now back to the part of my week that was really stinky!

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