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When self-improvement is self-destruction: The 4 warning signs

In the age of Instagram, self-help and wellness have never looked more glamorous and appealing, says inspirational speaker Danielle LaPorte. But as she points out in her new book, “White Hot Truth,” sometimes the path to self-improvement can become self-destructive. “So much of the self-help space...

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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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  • That moment you realize you can't work out like you used to ...

    That moment you realize you can't work out like you used to ...

    As I near the half-century mark, I find there are more exercises that I physically cannot do. Mentally, however, what I can’t do is stop being active. Aging requires adaptations. When we were young, we felt bulletproof and pushing through pain was rarely problematic. Our youthful bodies healed...

  • Lululemon Athletica uses science to reinvent the sports bra

    Lululemon Athletica uses science to reinvent the sports bra

    When it comes to sports bras, the longstanding idea was to keep breast movement to a minimum during exercise, but Lululemon is turning that notion on its head. After two years of development, incorporating everything from advancements in neuroscience to behavioral psychology, the activewear firm...

  • Oprah and Deepak want to teach you to meditate

    Oprah and Deepak want to teach you to meditate

    Guided meditations, fitness and meditation on the go, and a way to find the perfect workout buddy. Here’s are ways to take it to the next level: Monday was the kickoff for “Hope in Uncertain Times,” a 21-day digital audio meditation series offered by Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra. Participants...

  • 7 steps to making your health your No. 1 priority

    7 steps to making your health your No. 1 priority

    If you’re like many of us, you make well-intentioned health and fitness resolutions — perhaps on Jan. 1 — only to break them days or weeks later. We asked Betsy Mendel, a Los Angeles personal trainer and author of “Move a Muscle. Change a Mood,” for tips to help get back on track when we lose our...

  • 10 high-tech gadgets to help you get to sleep

    10 high-tech gadgets to help you get to sleep

    We’re losing sleep over … sleep. Blame it on job stress or the circadian-rhythm-wrecking blue light of cellphones and tablets, but studies show that nearly half of Americans don’t sleep well and that significant percentages of us suffer from chronic insomnia and sleep apnea, and that causes us...

  • Can you snack your way to a healthier brain?

    Can you snack your way to a healthier brain?

    Brain fog? There’s no shortage of new products claiming to boost mental energy, sharpen focus and improve concentration. There are even a couple of intriguing options to power up that morning coffee. ♦ Good Day Energy Chocolates are the brainchild of entrepreneur Simeon Margolis and Dr. Andrew...

  • How one of the fittest guys in Hollywood was inspired by Oprah

    How one of the fittest guys in Hollywood was inspired by Oprah

    Colin Egglesfield is one of the fittest actors in Hollywood. With roles on TV’s “All My Children,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and the film “The Space Between Us,” Egglesfield is a hard-core triathlete with three straight wins in the celebrity division of the annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon. The chiseled...

  • They want to enlist 1 million yoga fans for the world's largest class

    They want to enlist 1 million yoga fans for the world's largest class

    Sunset asanas turn into a dance party; kidney health gets an up-close look; an influential women’s group makes wellness a focus; and the world’s biggest yoga gathering kicks off. Here’s a look at four events you want to know about: Expect to see a long line outside Lululemon's SweatBox interactive...

  • Why actor Josh Lucas will never let his son play tackle football

    Why actor Josh Lucas will never let his son play tackle football

    Actor Josh Lucas’ activism in social causes started young. He spent his early childhood traveling with his parents as they organized civil protests across the country. “They believed the government was spending too much on building nuclear weapons instead of on education, nutrition and healthcare,”...

  • 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...

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