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This workout takes less than an hour, but you'll feel it for days

In recent years, cross training has been practically monopolized by the popularity of its trademarked offspring, CrossFit. But now in Sherman Oaks there’s a new contender: XO Cross Over Fitness. What makes it different? High-intensity but low-impact, XO Cross Over Fitness combines traditional Pilates reformers...

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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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cool wheels! Here's a look at bike trends for 2017

    Cool wheels! Here's a look at bike trends for 2017

    Cycling's bigger than ever, but unfortunately, so are the near misses involving cellphone-distracted drivers. That's why safety was one of the big topics  at the recent InterBike show in Las Vegas, along with urban bikes, cargo bikes, e-bikes, stand-up bikes, fatter tires and simpler, speedier...

  • The simple reasons why actress Jessica Biel avoids wheat and dairy

    The simple reasons why actress Jessica Biel avoids wheat and dairy

    Actress Jessica Biel glides into Au Fudge in West Hollywood looking lithe and radiant, wearing a cinched-waist, midi pencil skirt and silk blouse.   Au Fudge is her parent and kid-friendly all-in-one marketplace, creative space (you’ll find cooking and other classes here) and restaurant replete...

  • Obamacare repeal would also affect your employer health insurance

    Obamacare repeal would also affect your employer health insurance

    Stephanie Blythe isn’t due to give birth until April, but she already ordered a breast pump through her insurance company because she’s worried about the future of the Affordable Care Act. “Once I have it, they can’t take it away from me,” said Blythe, 31. About 5 million Californians gained health...

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