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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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  • Feeling sick but still want to exercise? Let the 'neck rule' be your guide

    Feeling sick but still want to exercise? Let the 'neck rule' be your guide

    It's that time of year again — the time for sore throats and sniffles, body aches and fevers. It's also the time for throat lozenges, hot tea with lemon, chicken soup and long naps. But what about sweating it out? What's a fitness fanatic to do when the gym emits its siren call? Will some perspiration...

  • Jessica Alba's Honest-to-goodness stress relievers: meditation, hot yoga, spin class with friends

    Jessica Alba's Honest-to-goodness stress relievers: meditation, hot yoga, spin class with friends

    Jessica Alba is a one busy woman. The Golden Globe-nominated actress is co-founder of the Honest Co., a billion-dollar personal care and home goods business. She recently launched Honest Beauty, a collection of skin care and beauty products. We're more than a little curious about how she juggles...

  • Think your kid (or you) could be a screen zombie? Take the 'Screenagers' test

    Think your kid (or you) could be a screen zombie? Take the 'Screenagers' test

    Are you a screen zombie? Are you fighting with your significant other, your teenager, your parents, your best friend — even with yourself — about how much time your digital device is distracting you from real, as opposed to virtual, life? Or maybe you're so buried in your screen that you don't...

  • 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...

  • The Marathon Goddess is running her 100th in L.A. -- all to raise research funds

    The Marathon Goddess is running her 100th in L.A. -- all to raise research funds

    You might remember Julie Weiss from the last time we wrote about her, in 2013, when she was celebrating running her 52nd marathon … in 52 weeks. Well, since we left her, she's kept on running. And now, Weiss, 45, of Santa Monica, is about to mark the running of her 100th marathon at Sunday's Los...

  • Want a well-rounded workout regimen? Add tai chi for flexibility -- and serenity

    Want a well-rounded workout regimen? Add tai chi for flexibility -- and serenity

    Walk through the shade-dappled woods of Mar Vista Recreation Center in the morning and you'll probably spot tai chi students going through their slow and graceful routines. And if you are thinking about starting tai chi, you definitely won't be alone. Around 2.3 million Americans practice this...

  • Did you know stretching before exercise is controversial? Here's the right way to do it:

    Did you know stretching before exercise is controversial? Here's the right way to do it:

    By Roy M. Wallack Some experts say stretching before exercise helps performance and lessens injuries. But, believe it or not, others say stretching does the opposite. Who's right? Proponents point to people who can't afford to be wrong: Athletes. The Clippers stretch before every game. And Meb...

  • Why crushing 30 easy goals in a row will help you stick to your 2016 fitness goals

    Why crushing 30 easy goals in a row will help you stick to your 2016 fitness goals

    So here we are again, early February, that vast wasteland of excuses for our failed New Year's resolutions. Enter fitness expert Jenna Wolfe with her new excuse-busting book, "Thinner in 30," a kind of post-holiday Advent calendar for becoming the thinner, fitter person you've always wanted to...

  • How Marianne Williamson advocates for mindful activism

    How Marianne Williamson advocates for mindful activism

    In this election season, a yoga studio is encouraging patrons to get off the mat and into citizen activism. On Saturday, Wanderlust Hollywood is hosting "Mindful America: Creating a Mindful Policy For a Healthy, Prosperous America." The six experts on the panel will pose answers to a provocative...

  • 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...

  • Want a calorie-torching workout? Head to a winter wonderland right here in So Cal

    Want a calorie-torching workout? Head to a winter wonderland right here in So Cal

    Cold-weather sports lovers, rejoice. With El Niño threatening to bring major snowfall throughout the season, many California mountain resorts have already transformed into a winter wonderland. For Angelenos who don't ski or snowboard, family-friendly activities including snowshoeing, cross-country...

  • Why CrossFit's founder wants the government to put warning labels on sugary drinks

    Why CrossFit's founder wants the government to put warning labels on sugary drinks

    By Roy M. Wallack CrossFit changed fitness. Now, the high-intensity workout colossus wants to change our diets, by cutting back on sugar-packed sodas and energy drinks, considered by many the key agents in the steep rise of obesity and chronic diseases including diabetes. "We're in a holy war with...

  • Drink to your health! The Blender Girl shares three smoothie recipes to kick off 2016

    Drink to your health! The Blender Girl shares three smoothie recipes to kick off 2016

    Did you overdo the cocktails and cookies this holiday season? (We sure did!) We asked L.A.'s Tess Masters — a.k.a. the Blender Girl — to help us get back on track in 2016. Masters, author of "The Blender Girl Smoothies: 100 Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Paleo-Friendly Recipes," says she has one foolproof...

  • Why John Stamos dropped the weights to get lean for 'Grandfathered'

    Why John Stamos dropped the weights to get lean for 'Grandfathered'

    John Stamos is lean, enthusiastic and, at 52, still sporting an impressive head of hair. His professional dance card is full: On Feb. 26, Netflix is set to start streaming "Fuller House," the reboot of ABC's "Full House," and Stamos will reprise his role as fan-favorite Uncle Jessie; a few weeks...

  • Solve the puzzle, explore the city: They're off on the Fantastic Los Angeles Race

    Solve the puzzle, explore the city: They're off on the Fantastic Los Angeles Race

    It was a bright Saturday morning in Hollywood and my friend Liz and I were about to embark on a giant treasure hunt known as the Fantastic Los Angeles Race. But first, we sized up the competition. On the far right was a crowd of seven in matching black T-shirts proclaiming "Potenza" in white lettering,...

  • Family recipes and bike rides help actress Bridget Moynahan stay balanced

    Family recipes and bike rides help actress Bridget Moynahan stay balanced

    On CBS' "Blue Bloods," now in its sixth season, Bridget Moynahan stars as Assistant Dist. Atty. Erin Reagan, who is not afraid to stand up to her police commissioner father, played by Tom Selleck. Next up, she's appearing with Keanu Reeves in the "John Wick 2" sequel, scheduled to open in 2016....

  • Want to lose weight in 2016? Experts say start right now

    Want to lose weight in 2016? Experts say start right now

    Do it. Now. If you're like most of us, you want to lose weight in 2016. The experts we spoke to suggest that you start now. As in, today. "There's no need to wait for January 1st," said Jocelyn Shaw, a Weight Watchers personal coach and leader. "The very next decision you make can turn it around...

  • Five tips to get a jump on your weight-loss resolution

    Five tips to get a jump on your weight-loss resolution

    We're betting you've already "treated yourself" a little too much this holiday season — hey, who can resist that extra reindeer cookie? Pretty much no one. But here's some good news. You can get a jump on your resolution to drop a few pounds in 2016 — and it won't be hard at all. New research shows...

  • Taking the first ballet step in a midlife quest to dance in 'The Nutcracker'

    Taking the first ballet step in a midlife quest to dance in 'The Nutcracker'

    My shoulders are lowered, blades squeezed, back expanded, ribs wrapped, pelvis tucked, glutes engaged, core activated, spine long and neutral. My feet — toes gripping, heels rooted — push back against the floor to lengthen the muscles of my thighs and calves. My neck is long, but not because my...

  • How Dr. Sanjay Gupta hit the reset button on his workout routine

    How Dr. Sanjay Gupta hit the reset button on his workout routine

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta did something I'd never heard of anyone doing during an interview: 10 pull-ups. For CNN's longtime medical correspondent, strength training is such a key part of his multi-sport fitness regimen that he says he periodically pops off 10 quick ones throughout the day at home and office....

  • Whoa! This equestrian trail in Griffith Park is great for walking

    Whoa! This equestrian trail in Griffith Park is great for walking

    Griffith Park and environs are laced with equestrian trails, and some of them offer good walking too. This one features a horse tunnel under the freeway and a horse bridge over the Los Angeles River. Of course the horses have the right of way, but this route is a great flat walk for bipeds too....

  • It doesn't have to hurt: How to use soft rollers and balls to gently melt away aches and pains

    It doesn't have to hurt: How to use soft rollers and balls to gently melt away aches and pains

    All sorts of fitness buffs have taken to using foam rollers on backs and arms and legs, but it's often a no-pain, no-gain venture. That made no sense to the developer of a gentler way to self-massage muscles and other troublesome areas of the body. "If you are in pain, why would you cause pain...

  • Why 'Once Upon a Time' star Jennifer Morrison is a fan of yoga, naps

    Why 'Once Upon a Time' star Jennifer Morrison is a fan of yoga, naps

    Jennifer Morrison moves from reality to fantasy. On-screen, she's Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming on ABC's "Once Upon a Time." Off-screen, Morrison, 36, is a mentor and advocate for teenage girls. A short film she directed, "Warning Labels," debuted at the Tribeca Film...

  • A triathlete discovers 6 ways to get faster, including: Stop with all the selfies

    A triathlete discovers 6 ways to get faster, including: Stop with all the selfies

    Everyone thinks triathlon is a sport made of three sports: swimming, biking and running. But after my results were posted for the Nautica Malibu Triathlon held in September in Zuma Beach, I was rudely reminded that triathlon is actually four sports. "A seven-minute transition! Are you an idiot?"...

  • Want to hang with La Jolla's rock stars? Kayak to them.

    Want to hang with La Jolla's rock stars? Kayak to them.

    "Look — it's Bruno!" shouted our guide. All heads turned left. Sprawled on an isolated rock in the water below the shoreline cliffs, his reputation as massive as his size, was a true American hero and the rock star of La Jolla Cove: Bruno the sea lion. There's a lot to see in a 90-minute kayaking...

  • Dance fitness classes make exercise like a party

    Dance fitness classes make exercise like a party

    Fitness trainers say they are putting more dance moves in their routines, and high-profile trainer Shaun T has a dance workout called Cize for streaming or on DVD and at gyms including Bay Club in Santa Monica. Dancing is naturally social, and experts say that in dance fitness classes, students...

  • An accidental hike in Griffith Park leaves a confirmed city girl wanting more

    An accidental hike in Griffith Park leaves a confirmed city girl wanting more

    My first hike happened by accident. It was forced upon me, sort of. It was the Sunday when the eclipse of the super blood moon took place. My husband and I planned to take our daughter to see it at Griffith Observatory, where live classical music would be played. I thought it seemed like a great...

  • This Sierra Madre trail conjures the 'great hiking era' of the Old West

    This Sierra Madre trail conjures the 'great hiking era' of the Old West

    Sierra Madre was the starting point for many expeditions into the San Gabriel Mountains during the "great hiking era," which began in the 1880s and continued until the Great Depression. From a former pack station that also functioned as a speak-easy and gambling house, this charming mountain community...

  • Why Barre fitness classes are exploding in popularity: 'Everyone can do it'

    Why Barre fitness classes are exploding in popularity: 'Everyone can do it'

    I never took a single ballet class as a girl, despite my whining, and while I got over that, I still can't ignore the allure of long graceful muscles and good posture -- which is the sweet promise behind barre workouts. Barre teachers say the workout's combination of dance exercises, yoga and Pilates...

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