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Get ready for an obstacle course; embrace your inner feminine power; try some not-so-hot yoga and shake up your workout in 27 minutes. Here’s what’s happening on the L.A. wellness scene: If you’ve ever considered entering one of those obstacle-course races — rolling tires up hills, lugging sandbags...

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  • This diet was just named the best way to eat in 2018

    This diet was just named the best way to eat in 2018

    The bad news: It’s January, so we’re all looking for ways to be more healthful after our holiday excesses. The good news? If we embrace the Mediterranean diet, which was just named the best overall diet for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report, it should be pretty easy to stick to. The Mediterranean...

  • 13 ways to become a runner in 2018

    13 ways to become a runner in 2018

    So here we are again, after another season of overindulging, and yet another crazy-busy month of shopping, parties and family gatherings. Somewhere along the way, we misplaced our exercise routine and found an extra 10 pounds. Let’s face it, we’re overweight and overtired and getting outside for...

  • 'Drynuary': Could you give up alcohol for a month?

    'Drynuary': Could you give up alcohol for a month?

    When Steve Byrne’s friend dared him to give up alcohol for the month of January five years ago, Byrne accepted the challenge. He cleared his calendar of beer-filled social events and doubled down on his CrossFit workouts. He had expected a little sacrifice, but was surprised that he felt so much...

  • Hit 19 gyms in 3 hours: Start 2018 off with an LA 'fitness crawl'

    Hit 19 gyms in 3 hours: Start 2018 off with an LA 'fitness crawl'

    Two new yoga studios in Echo Park; the Y on the Westside goes upscale and cardio replaces cocktails on a Pico Boulevard “fitness crawl.” Put these on your agenda to start the new year right. :: There’s still time to sign up for the Jan. 13 Pico Fitness Crawl, where participants can work out at...

  • E-bikes help you get in a workout — and a breezy commute

    E-bikes help you get in a workout — and a breezy commute

    The market for pedal-assist electric bicycles is red hot, with well-known bike, car and component name brands like Specialized, Raleigh, BMW, Yamaha, Bosch and Shimano getting in on the action. It’s no surprise why: E-bike riders are dazzled by the fun of pedaling on the flats for fitness while...

  • Flu death toll rises in California

    Flu death toll rises in California

    The number of Californians under 65 who’ve died of the flu has jumped to 42, compared with nine at the same time last year, state officials said Friday. The flu season, which runs from October through May, typically peaks in February. Public health officials say they don’t yet know whether the...

  • California flu season could be one of the worst in a decade, state officials say

    California flu season could be one of the worst in a decade, state officials say

    California health officials said Tuesday that the state’s flu season could turn out to be one of the nastiest the state has seen in a long time. “This appears to be one of the worst seasons we’ve had in the last 10 years,” state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez said in a call with reporters. “We’re...

  • Why powerful men make women watch them masturbate

    Why powerful men make women watch them masturbate

    There’s one disturbing and confounding thing that many of the powerful men who have been accused of sexually harassing and assaulting women have in common: They like to masturbate in front of women. The sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, screenwriter and...

  • Walk the footpaths of the Hansen Dam Recreation Center

    Walk the footpaths of the Hansen Dam Recreation Center

    Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Lake View Terrace is a popular spot for swimming, horseback riding, golf and soccer. But it’s also a wide-open space laced with footpaths. Here’s a circular walk that will give you a good feel for the place without wearing you out. 1. Enter by turning southeast from...

  • Stay fit without leaving the house, with this creative workout gear

    Stay fit without leaving the house, with this creative workout gear

    Can’t get to the gym? Fitness pros have come up with effective and transportable at-home exercise equipment that will counter just about every excuse. Although Erika Rayman was an avid runner, it wasn’t until she regularly performed a series of intense squats with a trainer that she noticed a difference...

  • We tried Aerospace, the sleek new cardio-boxing gym in West Hollywood

    We tried Aerospace, the sleek new cardio-boxing gym in West Hollywood

    What if the anger about our unjust world was taken out in a boxing class instead of by devouring cake, writing anxious posts on social media or crying into a pillow? This past month, after the bad news vortex, my air punches at Aerospace High Performance Center, a new boutique boxing gym in West...

  • The 9 worst things you can do to your teeth

    The 9 worst things you can do to your teeth

    It’s that scary time of year — sugar season. You might know it as Halloween, when Americans are predicted to buy $2.7 billion worth of candy, according to the National Retail Federation. However, dentists and wary parents know the holiday is the unofficial launch of a sweets bacchanal that starts...

  • California declares state of emergency over deadly hepatitis A outbreak

    California declares state of emergency over deadly hepatitis A outbreak

    California Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency Friday because of a hepatitis A outbreak that has killed at least 18 people in the state. The declaration allows state health officials to buy additional doses of the hepatitis A vaccine to try to halt the outbreak, which is already the nation’s...

  • Sorry, pumpkin spice latte. You're not the only way to indulge this holiday season

    Sorry, pumpkin spice latte. You're not the only way to indulge this holiday season

    Pumpkins are for more than carving or scooping out of a can and into a pie crust. The seeds of the bright orange squash, and the spices associated with it, are showing up in handy, pantry-friendly products, lending a festive nutritional punch to everything from nut butters to popcorn. “Pumpkin...

  • What Dirty John reveals about domestic abuse

    What Dirty John reveals about domestic abuse

    The Los Angeles Times series “Dirty John” tells the story of a grifter in Orange County who lied to and manipulated his wife. John Meehan threatened Debra Newell’s family and isolated her from them. He told her he loved her, but called her names and said her kids were waiting for her to die so...

  • Hacking your health at the new Bulletproof Labs in Santa Monica

    Hacking your health at the new Bulletproof Labs in Santa Monica

    The first thing Dave Asprey will tell you about his newly opened Bulletproof Labs in Santa Monica is that it’s not a gym. Rather, he says, it’s the world’s first “human upgrade” facility dedicated exclusively to biohacking, or tweaking your biology for better performance. At first glance, the light-filled...

  • Do-it-yourself gels and strips can do the job, experts say

    Do-it-yourself gels and strips can do the job, experts say

    According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Americans spend more than $1.4 billion on teeth-whitening products annually, so don't be surprised if you find yourself amid their ranks and browsing the enormous selection of gels and strips, rinses and toothpastes — online or at the local...

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