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  • Using yoga to heal after the devastating loss of a child

    Using yoga to heal after the devastating loss of a child

    Ten years ago, Pasadena resident Kiley Hanish and her husband, Sean, were expectant parents, excitedly planning a future as a family. When their son Norbert was stillborn, the couple found themselves adrift with few resources to manage their grief. Kiley Hanish, an occupational therapist, and her...

  • 6 nutritional rules that everyone can agree upon

    6 nutritional rules that everyone can agree upon

    That bag of quinoa & black bean tortilla chips may boast the words “organic” and “natural” and "healthy" on the label, but it’s still a bag of chips – and loaded with calories.  “People aren’t aware of what they’re consuming and the number of calories,” says Dr. Edward H. Phillips, co-medical director...

  • Fighting Zika virus in a Silver Lake backyard: The hunt for the 'cockroach of mosquitoes'

    Fighting Zika virus in a Silver Lake backyard: The hunt for the 'cockroach of mosquitoes'

    Randy Garcia points a flashlight into a bush and shakes the leaves. Martin Serrano climbs a ladder to peer into rain gutters. Yessenia Avilez ducks under stairs and flips over a plastic tarp collecting water. In a Silver Lake backyard resembling a small jungle, the team — dressed in khaki shirts...

  • 6 subscription boxes for the fitness fanatic in you

    6 subscription boxes for the fitness fanatic in you

    Whatever your sport, chances are there’s a box for it. Subscription deliveries of health and fitness apparel, supplements and sports gear have taken off recently, with big brands such as Adidas even jumping into the fray recently to reach its time-starved customers. For consumers, subscription...

  • L.A.'s newest fitness mashup? Cardio pilates

    L.A.'s newest fitness mashup? Cardio pilates

    Does Pilates leave you wanting more? A new fitness studio in Santa Monica is offering a hybrid of pure Pilates —  and extreme cardio. Andrea Speir, owner of Speir Pilates, has set out to distinguish herself from other Pilates purveyors by adding cardio to the workouts on the standard reformer —...

  • 7 tips to hiring the best personal trainer — for you

    7 tips to hiring the best personal trainer — for you

    There are gyms that cost as little as $10 a month, and Zumba classes for around $5. And then there’s the zero cost of opening your door and going out for a walk or a run. So if you decide to spend serious money -- private trainers are generally at least $100 an hour -- for more intimate training,...

  • These new fitness fashion looks work at the gym -- and on Instagram

    These new fitness fashion looks work at the gym -- and on Instagram

    Remember the childlike excitement of looking forward to doing homework just because you got a brand new set of pens? Think of fresh active wear as a fitness motivator. Stylish new gear can be just the inspiration you need to crush your next workout. Looks for this season range from bold takes on...

  • Why dieting for just one day -- or just one meal -- changes everything

    Why dieting for just one day -- or just one meal -- changes everything

    Your health should be a priority every day of the week, but that's easier said than done. Inspired by Meatless Mondays, the nationwide push for (very) part-time vegetarianism, we asked three Los Angeles-area nutritionists to share their suggestions about what to quit — or take up –— once a week....

  • How did Kevin Hart get so ripped? With workouts that are no joke

    How did Kevin Hart get so ripped? With workouts that are no joke

    Kevin Hart was breathing hard. "I feel like I'm having a Hart attack!" he joked to a crowd of about 1,000 doing body weight exercises and running along with him at Grand Park, across from Los Angeles City Hall, this month. Most people know the pint-sized, fast-talking comedian as one of the funniest,...

  • The best workout you're not doing: Taiko drumming

    The best workout you're not doing: Taiko drumming

    I took up Japanese taiko drumming because it looked fierce. Legs are planted wide as arms wield bachi drumsticks in broad arcs, striking barrel drums in communal precision. Everyone wears a scowl that borders on delight. For me, taiko felt like a way to express aggression in a productive way ––...

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