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Actress Shalita Grant's five laws of motion

Fitness can feel like a race to the bottom: How many pounds can I lose? Can my lunch be lighter? What’s the smallest size that’ll fit? Actress Shalita Grant is over the less-is-more attitude. Scratch being skinny. She’d much rather be strong. “We are given to feeling guilty and ashamed of ourselves,”...

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  • Three workouts that promise spiritual fitness — and happiness

    Three workouts that promise spiritual fitness — and happiness

    Happiness workshops, spiritual fitness workouts and socially uplifting yoga sessions: Here are several upcoming events that aim to help people live more fulfilled lives: Celebrity trainer Jill Payne calls her program “Spiritual Athlete” for a reason: Her workouts are a combination of high-intensity...

  • Norovirus outbreak continues at Santa Monica schools

    Norovirus outbreak continues at Santa Monica schools

    Nearly two months after a norovirus outbreak began during a class trip to Yosemite, students in Santa Monica are still falling sick with the stomach bug, according to school and public health officials. Cases appear to be falling, but 100 students still contracted norovirus last week in the Santa...

  • 14 last-minute tips for running the L.A. Marathon

    14 last-minute tips for running the L.A. Marathon

    Congratulations! You've done the months of training, assembled the proper gear and are ready to crush Sunday's L.A. Marathon, and its 26.2-mile “Stadium to the Sea” route. Now don't screw it up in the last days. Here are my essential tips for what to do — and not do — in the hours before the big...

  • First person: For long-suffering Northwestern basketball fans, it's time to dance

    First person: For long-suffering Northwestern basketball fans, it's time to dance

    The futility of Northwestern basketball first really sank in when Bobby Knight, a fractious sort known for throwing chairs, lobbed a compliment the Wildcats’ way. “If I’m watching this game,” the legendary Indiana coach said, “I’m rooting for Northwestern.” Easy for him to say. The Wildcats had...

  • 9 ways to give your running gear a spring makeover

    9 ways to give your running gear a spring makeover

    Even if you’re not racing in the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, the mere sight of so many fit, active people ought to inspire you to bump up your running routine. Sometimes, all it takes to improve your performance or motivation is an upgrade in gear. Athletic supply companies know this and have...

  • 13 surefire ways to tap into your creativity

    13 surefire ways to tap into your creativity

    Here in L.A., many a “creative”  crafts vision boards, recites affirmations and generally begs and barters with the gods for inspiration and stick-to-itiveness —  as still-undone projects nag at the do-it-tomorrow soul. Rather than letting your genius ideas languish another year, another decade,...

  • How a harried L.A. mom got her first book published — at age 47

    How a harried L.A. mom got her first book published — at age 47

    “Mommy, do you love me more than your laptop?” “What?” I asked, my fingers frozen above the keyboard. “Of course! Why would you ask that?” “Because you’re always writing,” said my 8-year-old daughter. She’d come home from school and asked for a snack. I promised to make her a grilled cheese in...

  • With Obamacare in jeopardy, California considers going it alone with 'single-payer' system

    With Obamacare in jeopardy, California considers going it alone with 'single-payer' system

    With President Trump now vowing to put forward a replacement for the Affordable Care Act in March, some California politicians and healthcare advocates are once again promoting the idea of a state-run “single-payer” system that operates like Medicare. Backers say the uncertainty surrounding Trump’s...

  • When snowboarding and skiing get old, there's snow biking

    When snowboarding and skiing get old, there's snow biking

    “We’ve reached the point of no return,” Ken Long said, motioning to a snowy trail on the right that plunged down the mountainside. “If we do this, we commit. It’ll add an hour.” I looked at my watch. I looked at the snow packed so high it almost covered the trail sign. I glanced at the shimmering...

  • Non-Catholics use Lent as a chance for a resolution reboot

    Non-Catholics use Lent as a chance for a resolution reboot

    Allie Hanson was sitting  in a coffee shop when she found herself eavesdropping on the conversation between two men at the next table. The topic: What they planned to give up this year for Lent, the 40-day Catholic ritual of self-sacrifice that begins March 1. Hanson, 36, is more interested in...

  • Here's an incentive to work out: Raising money for a cause

    Here's an incentive to work out: Raising money for a cause

    Getting out for a walk or run is gratifying in itself. Doing it in alignment with a good cause is even better. Some upcoming fundraisers do double duty by exercising the body while elevating the spirit of giving: Take a leisurely post-sunset amble through the Rose Bowl Stadium to benefit the Lupus...

  • Why therapists are having such a hard time talking about Trump

    Why therapists are having such a hard time talking about Trump

    In her 35 years as a therapist, Arlene Drake has never heard so many clients talking about the same issue. Week after week, they complain of panic attacks and insomnia because of President Trump. They’re too anxious to concentrate at work. One woman’s fear turned into intense, physical pain.  “It’s...

  • Rooftop yoga in DTLA

    Rooftop yoga in DTLA

    Boot camp, bouncing, biking and yoga: a range of fitness events around town make it easy for workout fans to mix things up: Waiting to exhale Start your Saturday night with Deep Exhale, a rooftop yoga-dance class in downtown Los Angeles led by yoga teacher Cristi Christensen and DJ Marques Wyatt....

  • Take a hike into a ghost town — not far from DTLA

    Take a hike into a ghost town — not far from DTLA

    Even people who know Los Angeles well (or think they do, like me) may be surprised to learn there is a well preserved ghost town, the site of Southern California’s first commercial oil well, freeway-close in nearby Valencia. But Mentryville is all that and more — including a movie set and a great...

  • Why former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager dumped her Instagram, Twitter apps

    Why former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager dumped her Instagram, Twitter apps

    To lead by example, former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager, 35, recently took a bold step to encourage women — especially new moms — to boost their fitness levels: The contributing correspondent on NBC’s “Today” got weighed and measured on the show.  For four weeks, the teacher and author of three...

  • How to bring calm and serenity to a strained relationship

    How to bring calm and serenity to a strained relationship

    Valentine's Day doesn't have to be just about gorging on chocolates and tossing back the Champagne. Here are some unusual and relaxing ways to enjoy the day with someone special —  and there's even one if you're flying solo. Acrovinyasa is a type of yoga that needs to be done in pairs —  given...

  • 7 safety tips to remember for online dating

    7 safety tips to remember for online dating

    When searching for Mr. or Ms. Right, online dating is now so widely accepted that personal safety sometimes gets overlooked. After all, most dates that start online end up in either a love connection or with the two of you going your separate ways. But it is easy to let your guard down or find...

  • Zika virus is here to stay. Here's how California is preparing for that new reality

    Zika virus is here to stay. Here's how California is preparing for that new reality

    Jason Farned set down a clear container in the middle of a table. The people gathered around leaned forward to peer at the tiny, zooming blurs trapped inside. “The deadliest creature in the world is the mosquito,” said Farned, who works for the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District,...

  • Dedicate a weekend to creating a more spiritual and sustainable world

    Dedicate a weekend to creating a more spiritual and sustainable world

    Sacred activism is on the agenda, and organic farming proponent Vandana Shiva is among the keynote speakers at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles on Feb. 10-12, where visitors can also browse through the offerings of 200 vendors showing organic clothing, crystal jewelry, medicinal honeys and...

  • Healthful Super Bowl snacks FTW

    Healthful Super Bowl snacks FTW

    Snacks for the Super Bowl party table don't have to come with a side of guilt. Here are some ideas for smart and healthful swaps: Primizie makes thick-cut crispbreads in flavors like Gouda and garlic, and chile and lime; a gluten-free version is made from whole-grain organic amaranth, quinoa and...

  • How does actor Mark Feuerstein stay so fit? Multitasking

    How does actor Mark Feuerstein stay so fit? Multitasking

    To hear Mark Feuerstein talk, you’d have no idea the 45-year-old actor is as fat-free as the New York high school champion wrestler and Princeton University football player he was before he discovered acting, or that he was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People" in 2003. Best...

  • 10 health gadgets that we can't wait to buy

    10 health gadgets that we can't wait to buy

    The giant Consumer Electronics Show, held last month in Las Vegas, dazzled the world with inch-thick, flat-screen TVs and driverless cars. The cutting-edge wellness gear on display at the event may have been less glamorous but was no less amazing. If you swim, run, play basketball, cycle, fish...

  • Dr. Ruth explains why morning sex is just the best

    Dr. Ruth explains why morning sex is just the best

    Dr. Ruth Westheimer is, at a sprightly 88, still doling out her take on love and loving. (She tweets regularly at @AskDrRuth to her 88,400 followers.) We spoke to her recently about online dating, sexless relationships and getting frisky during the golden years.  Read on as the high priestess of...

  • L.A. County patient was infected with drug-resistant E. coli

    L.A. County patient was infected with drug-resistant E. coli

    Scientists were alarmed last year when they found that a woman in Pennsylvania had been infected with bacteria that was resistant to colistin, an antibiotic that is considered the last line of defense against particularly nasty illnesses. It was a scary reminder that bacteria are increasingly able...

  • This is the year you start mindfulness and yoga practices

    This is the year you start mindfulness and yoga practices

    Struggling with mindfulness? Here are a few events that can help sharpen those stilling-the-mind skills. Kit and Ace, a maker of technical apparel, will be offering complimentary mindfulness sessions from Saturday to Monday at its Pasadena and El Segundo locations. The hip clothing brand is hosting...

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