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Why open water swimmer Diana Nyad wants you to start walking

Diana Nyad made history in 2013 when, at age 64, she swam 111 miles from Havana to Key West, Fla., in 53 hours.  Still, the fitness icon doesn't expect hordes of people to attempt endurance swimming. But what most people can do, says Nyad, is walk. Every day. Everywhere they can.  The Los Angeles-based...

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4 ways to indulge in the flavors of the season, without breaking your diet

Just because you're vegan, Paleo or following any other type of specific nutrition plan doesn't mean you have to forgo the flavors of the season. Here are four way to indulge in those festive ingredients without abandoning the diet. They are available only through the holidays: Kombucha is the...

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  • 7 L.A.-specific resolutions to make in 2017

    7 L.A.-specific resolutions to make in 2017

    Lose weight, save money, read the classics. Whatever. Everyone makes the same resolutions every year, and no one ever does them. This year, try something a little closer to home — and a little easier to pull off. We’ve come up with some ideas for New Year’s resolutions that can be accomplished...

  • Beer at your bookstore or nail salon? Alcohol at unexpected businesses could draw customers — but also health concerns

    Beer at your bookstore or nail salon? Alcohol at unexpected businesses could draw customers — but also health concerns

    Wandering around Echo Park recently, Tyler Sharkey was pleasantly surprised to find that he could now grab a beer at his neighborhood bookstore, Stories Books and Cafe. He’d already discovered some other unexpected places nearby with booze: Golden Saddle Cyclery, a Silver Lake bike repair shop...

  • Seven cases of measles reported in L.A. County

    Seven cases of measles reported in L.A. County

    Los Angeles County public health officials said this week that they’re investigating seven cases of measles, a contagious disease that in rare cases can lead to brain damage or death. “Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that spreads from person to person through coughing or sneezing,”...

  • This cross-cardio dance class gives the observant a safe spot to sweat

    This cross-cardio dance class gives the observant a safe spot to sweat

    Religious law and mainstream fitness classes don’t always mix. So Rachel Victor decided to create her own workout. Her cross-cardio dance sessions cater exclusively to fellow Orthodox Jewish women, giving observant students a safe spot to sweat. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy: Victor’s hour-long...

  • Photos: Looking in on Hollywood's hot new gym

    Photos: Looking in on Hollywood's hot new gym

    Hollywood is getting fitter. Equinox recently opened its 84th gym. It’s within the Camden, a new multiuse complex near the famed intersection of Hollywood and Vine, highlighting the neighborhood’s tony transformation. The 40,000-square-foot loft space is sleek and artistic with exposed concrete,...

  • Here are some hangover helpers. You're going to need them

    Here are some hangover helpers. You're going to need them

    That morning-after feeling is the curse of the holiday season. In addition to the tried-and-tested rules of social drinking -- pace yourself with a glass of water between cocktails, don't drink on an empty stomach -- here are a few products that will help mitigate that dreaded hangover: Sip super...

  • Give the gift of feeling great in 2017. Here are 23 ideas

    Give the gift of feeling great in 2017. Here are 23 ideas

    Give the gift of feeling great this season. Here are a few ideas to help a lucky someone — or yourself — happily and healthfully launch into the New Year. You’ll find hundreds more gift ideas at latimes.com/holidaygiftguide. At your door Subscription boxes are the gift that gives month after month....

  • How hip-hop legend Russell Simmons plans to save the world with yoga

    How hip-hop legend Russell Simmons plans to save the world with yoga

    Few people have their finger on the pulse of American culture like hip-hop godfather and fashion-film mogul Russell Simmons. The New York native, who has lived in L.A. for the last three years, co-founded rap’s first major label in the ’80s and went on to distinction in clothing, movie and TV production,...

  • California health officials report first death of flu season

    California health officials report first death of flu season

    California health officials on Thursday confirmed the state’s first death of this year’s influenza season and reminded everyone to get a flu shot before more people get sick. “As this unfortunate case illustrates, the flu can be deadly and causes thousands of fatalities each year in the United...

  • Time to switch to a standing desk? Here are three to check out

    Time to switch to a standing desk? Here are three to check out

    Have you wondered whether the “sit-stand” movement really offers a long-term health payoff? According to research from the University of Iowa, sit-stand desks in the workplace do indeed offer significant benefits, once you get in the habit of working on your feet consistently.  Study subjects who...

  • Designing a workplace to keep millennials healthy and happy

    Designing a workplace to keep millennials healthy and happy

    “You’re only one yoga class away from a good mood,” says the lean but muscular yoga instructor, who encourages us to smile as she leads us through a flow of warrior poses. Natural light floods the room through wall-to-floor windows and a skylight that breaches the lofted ceiling. Acoustic folk...

  • Dodge holiday weight gain with these healthy eating hacks

    Dodge holiday weight gain with these healthy eating hacks

    Load up on the eggnog and cookies at every turn, and you’ll end the holidays with a five-pound gift that’s hard to return. Learn to navigate the eating minefield that is the holiday season with these tips and tricks from top nutrition experts. Party strategy People tend to eat 50% more calories...

  • Why now may be the perfect time to start one of these diet delivery plans

    Why now may be the perfect time to start one of these diet delivery plans

    The hustle and stress of the holidays can throw even the most virtuous eaters off course. You could take some of the cooking and grocery shopping — and some of the season’s inevitable temptations — off your plate with a healthy meal delivery service. And you might be able to beat back the binge...

  • How you can go curling this winter — in DTLA

    How you can go curling this winter — in DTLA

    Curling is a sport rarely on most Americans’ radar until the Winter Olympics. But for a one-of-a-kind social workout, curling is worth experiencing. You can try a “Learn to Curl” session at the Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square presented by Bai, where Hollywood Curling — yes, it’s a curling club...

  • Get the holidays off to a healthy start with these events

    Get the holidays off to a healthy start with these events

    The spirit of giving, transformational breathwork and a stylish fitness-gear shopping event are all on hand as we head into the holiday season. Bring a new sleeping bag to donate at a free yoga class in Santa Monica on Dec. 3. The event is a collaboration between Reach & Root, a community based...

  • Why your doctor might start grocery shopping with you

    Why your doctor might start grocery shopping with you

    A mother and her teenage son approach Ana Cristina Jurczyk near the entrance of a Food 4 Less grocery store in Anaheim. Boxes of Cheetos and Frosted Flakes are stacked to the ceiling next to them. The mother explains to Jurczyk, a registered dietitian, that her son wants to vomit when he eats vegetables. ...

  • Dreading post-election Thanksgiving? 4 tips for survival

    Dreading post-election Thanksgiving? 4 tips for survival

    November isn't done with us yet. The election is over, yes. Finally. But soon, many Americans will be forced to revisit it all over again when they travel home for Thanksgiving. At the very best, Thanksgiving can be thorny. Exhaustion and stress from traveling,  plus intrusive questions from relatives,...

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