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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...

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The West Coast fitness gurus you need to follow on Instagram

Instagram can be so much more than selfies and scenery. Follow the right mix of trainers, yogis and nutritionists in California’s #FitFam, and you’ll find it easier to stay motivated and on track with your goals. These California Instagrammers can help you find workouts, inspiration and those fitness...

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  • L.A. Walks: Strolling around the lakes in El Dorado Park in Long Beach

    L.A. Walks: Strolling around the lakes in El Dorado Park in Long Beach

    Most people probably visualize the Pacific Ocean when they think about Long Beach and a body of water. But El Dorado East Regional Park, in the eastern part of the city, contains six lakes. This walk takes in four of them, and includes lovely pathways and unexpected wildlife. Enter north into El...

  • Holly Robinson-Peete on autism and obesity: Get kids moving

    Holly Robinson-Peete on autism and obesity: Get kids moving

    Holly Robinson-Peete and her husband, Rodney Peete, are a can-do team — not so surprising for a successful TV actress and a former NFL quarterback. And the busy parents of four remain proactive. This year their reality show "For Peete's Sake" aired on OWN and Robinson-Peete’s book “Same but Different:...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • At age 74, designer Betsey Johnson is still doing the splits — and cartwheels

    At age 74, designer Betsey Johnson is still doing the splits — and cartwheels

    After living in New York for 55 years, fashion designer Betsey Johnson, has moved into what she describes as her “little Malibu, Paradise Cove dollhouse.” Yet another East Coaster making the switch and diving into the West Coast, sunshine-y groove. Johnson, an entrepreneurial force field of pink...

  • Not every marriage should happen ... and other messages from the Brangelina divorce

    Not every marriage should happen ... and other messages from the Brangelina divorce

    Trying to avoid the gory details of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce? It might be wise to pay attention and learn from their mistakes -- because, under all that glitz, they’re human too. “I don’t think it’s fair to say that celebrities are more narcissistic or self-centered than noncelebs,...

  • Meditation takes many forms. Quietly ponder these insights

    Meditation takes many forms. Quietly ponder these insights

    Scientific and secular supporters of meditation are using the ancient practice as an aid for modern afflictions such as high blood pressure, insomnia, depression and anxiety. “Thirty million Americans have tried meditation. It’s in the mainstream and it’s good for your mental health,” said Varun...

  • Can gadgets actually make you more zen? We give 3 a try

    Can gadgets actually make you more zen? We give 3 a try

    Maybe hacking your meditation practice with high-tech programs and devices also is the ultimate irony, but can they really be time savers? A brain-trainer? I tested three systems that promised to deliver more quickly the effects of meditation. As they say about traditional meditation, you don’t...

  • Keep it simple, silly. Forget the fads and take a good walk

    Keep it simple, silly. Forget the fads and take a good walk

    Fitness these days might be all about a newfangled studio fad — but sometimes there's nothing better than a good old-fashioned walk. Here are a couple of ideas for getting in your steps: Try the Detour app for some colorful insight into the neighborhood you're ambling through. Detour brought in...

  • How to bounce back from a fitness failure

    How to bounce back from a fitness failure

    If you're going to run, cycle, climb or otherwise strive for fitness, at some point you'll probably fall down, slow down or just feel down. That's why we cling to our beloved motivational quotes, like this old favorite from Confucius: "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every...

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