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Nobody walks in L.A.? Ridiculous! This is a series of articles exploring the many opportunities for walking in (and around) a city of 3.8 million.

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  • A deadly diagnosis led actress Shiva Rose to a holistic, happy life

    A deadly diagnosis led actress Shiva Rose to a holistic, happy life

    Arriving at the Tower Bar restaurant at the Sunset Tower Hotel, actress Shiva Rose is in a befitting rose-colored, demure, high-necked blouse and matching lipstick; hair that wafts and waves over her shoulder, and a welcoming smile. It’s hard to believe the wellness-and-beauty entrepreneur behind...

  • 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...

  • Actress Shalita Grant's five laws of motion

    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,”...

  • 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...

  • Do you work out at night? Here's how to stay visible on dark L.A. streets

    Do you work out at night? Here's how to stay visible on dark L.A. streets

    It’s time to add a little flash to your outdoor workout. We’re not talking about bedazzling your bike shorts, but being sure you can see and be seen in the dark. With the end of daylight saving time, it’s important to raise your visibility during low-light hours as the sun sets or rises. Adding...

  • 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:...

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

    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...

  • 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. ...

  • Indoor cycling spins to a tech-heavy beat at Flywheel in Playa Vista

    Indoor cycling spins to a tech-heavy beat at Flywheel in Playa Vista

    Indoor cycling has legions of devotees in Los Angeles, who flock to it for the intensity of the exercise and compelling group vibe. But sometimes it's not enough to just do a class; some spinners want to know exactly how they did, how fast they cycled, how hard they worked. And they want the bike...

  • We put 3 of L.A.'s toughest workouts to the sweat test

    We put 3 of L.A.'s toughest workouts to the sweat test

    Angelenos are notoriously fickle about their workouts; always chasing the next insane challenge to crush. But more burpees aren’t necessarily the answer. Here are our picks for three workouts – all under an hour – that will bring the challenge without feeling like a chore. Heard of those hot new...

  • This hike takes you to an (allegedly) haunted mansion: The Cobb Estate in Altadena

    This hike takes you to an (allegedly) haunted mansion: The Cobb Estate in Altadena

    Lumber magnate Charles Cobb and his wife, Carrie, built an Altadena mansion in 1918. Over the next decades, the Spanish-themed estate survived brush fires, a public plan to turn the land into a cemetery, and ownership by the Marx Brothers before it was ultimately turned into public parkland. Now...

  • 5 new healthful snack options to keep the doughnut cravings at bay

    5 new healthful snack options to keep the doughnut cravings at bay

    Low-calorie, junk-free treats that can be tossed into a gym bag or desk drawer are a critical part of any health buff's arsenal. Here, a few new ones that have caught our eye: -- Los Angeles-based Nomva puts probiotics into its 100-calorie fruit-and-veggie pouches. Co-founders Caroline Beckman...

  • Concrete hiking: We walked Wilshire Boulevard, end to end. Here's what happened

    Concrete hiking: We walked Wilshire Boulevard, end to end. Here's what happened

    We Angelenos are led to believe that we don't walk much. Perhaps the exceptions prove that rule, and there we were, our group of comfy-shoe-clad, sun-hat-wearing, day-pack-carrying pedestrians. ¶ No matter, we were about to take off and walk the entire length of Wilshire Boulevard. The Sierra Club...

  • Actress Alyssa Milano: Why low-carb is the only diet that works for me

    Actress Alyssa Milano: Why low-carb is the only diet that works for me

    Actress Alyssa Milano said she's never experienced Hollywood-induced body-shaming. Not even after she gained 50 pounds with her first pregnancy, and then 55 pounds with her second. Her attitude toward the weight gain was, "'It just is what it is.' I just fed my body whatever I wanted." After the...

  • Think Malibu Creek State Park is too crowded for a hike? Here's a sneaky way in

    Think Malibu Creek State Park is too crowded for a hike? Here's a sneaky way in

    Malibu Creek State Park, in the Calabasas area north of Los Angeles, is a great hiking hangout, replete with sunny hillsides, shady valleys and hidden streams and lakes. But it's so popular that parking, especially on the weekend, is a nightmare. (It could be even more crowded while Runyon Canyon...

  • How a former pro beach volleyball athlete stays fit with... gardening

    How a former pro beach volleyball athlete stays fit with... gardening

    Courtney Guerra's lifestyle reflects the best of Southern California. A former professional beach volleyball player, the UC Santa Barbara grad picked up farming and cooking skills at Napa's legendary Meadowood resort and gardens before returning to the Los Angeles area. The Venice resident's latest...

  • Want to join a flash mob? Hoopurbia brings hula hoop mania to L.A.

    Want to join a flash mob? Hoopurbia brings hula hoop mania to L.A.

    Grab your hoops: Hoopurbia — billed as the world's first ever urban hula hooping festival — is coming to Los Angeles. The weeklong event starts March 14 at locations including Echo Park, downtown Los Angeles and Venice: It's designed for people who want to dive into the hot hula hooping trend,...

  • Oscars 2016: The workouts celebrities use to get red-carpet ready

    Oscars 2016: The workouts celebrities use to get red-carpet ready

    The Oscars are here, and that means celebs have long been prepping for the red carpet and all of the head-to-toe, 360-degree scrutiny that comes with it. How do they do it? Here are some of the workouts favored by people who must look good for a living: HULA HOOPING Celebs who've tried it: Oscar...

  • Rooftop workouts in L.A. aim for top-of-the-world experiences

    Rooftop workouts in L.A. aim for top-of-the-world experiences

    Lithe bodies reaching toward the heavens doing sun salutations on a helipad overlooking the Hollywood sign as the morning sun streams over the Capitol Records building. Chiseled bodies "visualizing" success and calling out affirmations in a spin class overlooking picturesque palm trees and the...

  • Country star Clay Walker says exercise keeps him moving through multiple sclerosis

    Country star Clay Walker says exercise keeps him moving through multiple sclerosis

    Country music star Clay Walker hails from Texas, a state that loves its football. As a kid, when he wasn't playing quarterback he was on the basketball court or exploring the outdoors with his cousins. Always into fitness, he was shooting hoops back in 1996 when he discovered something was terribly...

  • Fluidity barre classes are a breeze — for 10 seconds

    Fluidity barre classes are a breeze — for 10 seconds

    Fitness classes making use of a wall-mounted ballet barre are seemingly everywhere, mixing and matching dance-inspired stretches and pliés with aerobics and strength training. Fluidity says it stands out from the crowd by offering each client a free-standing workout station with an adjustable-height...

  • This fitness model is passing up the L.A. Marathon for a 100-mile run -- in Alaska

    This fitness model is passing up the L.A. Marathon for a 100-mile run -- in Alaska

    For the typical Californian, the idea of running in Alaska during winter seems ludicrous. Add to that the challenge of traveling 100 miles on foot while pulling a sled full of gear with a 48-hour time limit and you've crossed the line into straitjacket and padded cell territory. In many ways, 36-year-old...

  • We tried it: The Fixx class at Wanderlust Hollywood, where yoga goes with a musical flow

    We tried it: The Fixx class at Wanderlust Hollywood, where yoga goes with a musical flow

    Wanderlust Hollywood is a combination community center and yoga laboratory. Twice a day, the center offers a signature class: the Fixx, a 45-minute sequence of vinyasa-based poses set to specific musical rhythms. One of many classes offered at Wanderlust, the Fixx is also the first of a two-part...

  • How I reduced my prednisone use through diet and exercise

    How I reduced my prednisone use through diet and exercise

    When the prednisone my doctor gave me almost miraculously vanquished the paralyzing joint pain I was suffering from, I was hooked. At first, I didn't care that I had to take a second drug (alendronate, brand name Fosamax), to slow or prevent osteoporosis, one of the dreaded side effects of prednisone....

  • How Mario Lopez trains to stay in Mario Lopez shape

    How Mario Lopez trains to stay in Mario Lopez shape

    At 42, Mario Lopez has compiled a unique body of work. He hosts a celebrity TV news show ("Extra") and daily syndicated radio show ("On With Mario.") His show business career began at age 10 and has included acting ("Saved by the Bell"), dancing ("Dancing With the Stars" and Fox's upcoming "Grease:...

  • Why 'Billions' star Malin Akerman has no need for a personal trainer

    Why 'Billions' star Malin Akerman has no need for a personal trainer

    Malin Akerman showed her physical-comedy skills in "The Heartbreak Kid" and superhero fight moves, after intense training, in "Watchmen." For Showtime's "Billions," a power-, money- and sex-driven series premiering Sunday, Akerman, 37, displays her dramatic side as Lara, the streetwise, protective...

  • Here's a walk in Manhattan Beach that's all about the grass instead of the sand

    Here's a walk in Manhattan Beach that's all about the grass instead of the sand

    Everyone goes to Manhattan Beach to swim, surf or walk on the Strand to look at the ocean. But here's a long, grassy walk you can do without getting sand in your shoes. 1. Begin near Herondo Street and Valley Drive, at the southernmost point of Veterans Parkway. This wide, 3.5-mile-long green belt...

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