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  • Dentists debate need to extract wisdom teeth
    Dentists debate need to extract wisdom teeth

    The decision to remove wisdom teeth often seems like a routine part of young adulthood. But more people are starting to ask whether it's always necessary.

  • Fitness champs, like Mohammad Ali and Kris Carr, come in all shapes, sizes
    Fitness champs, like Mohammad Ali and Kris Carr, come in all shapes, sizes

    The 11th of 13 children, B.K.S. Iyengar was lucky to survive a childhood marked by frequent bouts of malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis. "My head used to hang down, and I had to lift it with great effort," Iyengar wrote in "Light on Life," his first of 14 books. "My poor health was matched, as...

  • Try This!: Jump in the pool for a three-move core workout
    Try This!: Jump in the pool for a three-move core workout

    When you're looking for a core workout, you probably don't think about the pool. But John Platero, director of education for the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers, says this three-move pool circuit is a great way to pay some attention to your six-pack.

  • Gear: Four watches that step up the time-telling game
    Gear: Four watches that step up the time-telling game

    There's only so much real estate on your wrist. "Activity" straps are great, but what if most of the time you just want to know the time — and need something that looks presentable in street clothes? The products reviewed here all function as bona-fide watches — and then some do a...

  • Lindsey Vonn says hard work and single-leg squats keyed comeback
    Lindsey Vonn says hard work and single-leg squats keyed comeback

    Dec. 6, 2014, was a good day to sit down with Lindsey Vonn. Her return to competition after a knee injury that crushed her Sochi Olympic dreams in February saw the star skier lead an American sweep in the World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Canada, on Dec. 6. Vonn, a gold and bronze medalist...

  • The Gym Rat: No-nonsense body sculpting at the Studio (MDR)
    The Gym Rat: No-nonsense body sculpting at the Studio (MDR)

    The Studio (MDR) offers Pilates-inspired — meaning generally tougher — workouts called the Lagree Method, using a pretty complicated machine called a Megaformer. It is indeed a full-body workout and a strenuous one, but it's low- to no-impact — perfect for people with knee...

  • BMI may not be the last word on health risks, some experts say
    BMI may not be the last word on health risks, some experts say

    When you visit your doctor for a physical, it's likely that your exam will include a calculation of your body mass index, or BMI. It's also likely that your doctor will use the resulting score to assess your weight status and related health risks. But BMI is simply a measure of weight in...

  • Gift ideas for the traveling health fanatic
    Gift ideas for the traveling health fanatic

    As a globe-trotting health enthusiast, I know how hard it can be to find a useful gift for me. We're a somewhat picky bunch — when you live out of a suitcase, you don't have much choice.

  • Winter equipment to protect you from ice, snow, the dark and cold
    Winter equipment to protect you from ice, snow, the dark and cold

    We're a little arrogant about our fitness here in Southern California. While millions of other Americans bundle up against the Arctic chill blasting a swath of the country, we happily keep on cycling and running and skating in shorts and tank tops. But now it's December; nighttime...

  • Deepak Chopra walks the walk of spirituality
    Deepak Chopra walks the walk of spirituality

    At age 6, Deepak Chopra experienced what he calls "an existential crisis." His grandfather died, and Chopra became frightened when he overheard his uncle remark, "Yesterday he was playing with his grandchildren, and today he is a fistful of ashes." His grandmother tried to comfort him by...

  • 'Amazing Race's' Phil Keoghan finds global opportunities to stay fit
    'Amazing Race's' Phil Keoghan finds global opportunities to stay fit

    Phil Keoghan gets around. The host of CBS' Emmy-winning "The Amazing Race" since its debut in 2001 is a 47-year-old native of New Zealand who has worked in more than 70 countries as host, producer, writer and cameraman on adventure-related shows over the last 30 years. A serious cyclist, he's...

  • The Gym Rat: Ultimate Sandbag class
    The Gym Rat: Ultimate Sandbag class

    Sometimes, in this high-tech era of fitness apps, vibration platforms and electro-stimulation, it's the simpler, more basic stuff that stands out most — like moving a bag of sand.

  • Companies make healthful food options more readily available to workers
    Companies make healthful food options more readily available to workers

    You're trying to eat more healthfully, but like many of us, you're also working harder. So what happens when you really need a snack before that late-afternoon staff meeting? Too often, the easiest option is a candy bar from the vending machine in the break room.

  • The loopholes that help bad habits block happiness
    The loopholes that help bad habits block happiness

    Habits can make or break happiness, says Gretchen Rubin, the author of "The Happiness Project." Habits, she says, are "the invisible architecture of everyday life and a significant element of happiness."

  • Massages that adopt the local motion, from Costa Rica to Berkeley
    Massages that adopt the local motion, from Costa Rica to Berkeley

    Get in line behind me if you've had a challenging year, and it's not even over yet. Mine began with last winter's flu, followed in short order by being diagnosed with an immune deficiency disease, several also-rans for plum jobs, a pesky and persistent low back pain, a little heartbreak and a...

  • Try This!: Gentle push-ups for moms-to-be
    Try This!: Gentle push-ups for moms-to-be

    Push-ups are just plain hard. But they're great for building upper-body strength, especially for expectant moms who will soon be doing plenty of lifting. Sara Haley is a Santa Monica based pre- and postnatal exercise specialist and creator of the "Expecting More" workout series for pregnant...

  • Nail polish heir Robbie Schaeffer jumps on his passion for bicycling
    Nail polish heir Robbie Schaeffer jumps on his passion for bicycling

    Growing up, Robbie Schaeffer always assumed he would join OPI Products, the nail polish empire his father founded (and which was bought by Coty Inc. in 2010). And so he became a licensed nail technician and opened a salon in Studio City. But then Schaeffer switched gears, literally. A...

  • Four fitness gear innovations to check out
    Four fitness gear innovations to check out

    Every imaginable problem and dream solution can now be tracked and addressed. Want to work out in Boulder, Colo., to get in some altitude training but can't afford the plane fare? Want to know your heart rate while running to music but hate wearing a chest strap? Wouldn't it be great to have...

  • Having trouble keeping an exercise routine? Ted Vickey has ideas
    Having trouble keeping an exercise routine? Ted Vickey has ideas

    When Ted Vickey was 24, he was brought on to run the fitness center at the White House. At the time, Bill Clinton was president and Vickey — a young entrepreneur — was in charge of ensuring that his administration had access to everything necessary to stay in shape.

  • The great outdoors can put a spring in your workout
    The great outdoors can put a spring in your workout

    Sometimes you don't feel like going to the gym. You're just not in the mood for the same old climate-controlled scene, bad music, boring equipment. Besides, on a beautiful Southern California day, why be stuck indoors with a bunch of bicycles to nowhere?

  • Gym Rat: Daybreaker dance workout gets day off to a rollicking start
    Gym Rat: Daybreaker dance workout gets day off to a rollicking start

    If you're feeling a little weary of cycling and other fitness classes, here's a way to start your day with your cardio workout under your belt and a little positive attitude besides: a 6:30 a.m. stomping, rocking party to dance in the day.

  • Coming to terms with comments on pregnancy weight gain
    Coming to terms with comments on pregnancy weight gain

    "You're showing a lot for three months."

  • Try This!: Sit-ups that use momentum and get heart rate racing
    Try This!: Sit-ups that use momentum and get heart rate racing

    Take everything you learned about the traditional sit-up and toss it out the window. Bob Harper, best known for his work on NBC's "The Biggest Loser," would like to introduce you to a new way of doing sit-ups that uses momentum to get the job done. It will also send your heart rate soaring.

  • Gear: Four apps that can keep fitness on track
    Gear: Four apps that can keep fitness on track

    Do you need to be coerced into working out by paying a non-compliance fine? Would you like to find a cool mountain-bike route on your business trip to Milwaukee next week? Or how about running with a music mix automatically synchronized to your pace, or having a yoga instructor come to your...

  • Gym Rat: Quick, effective workout on Da Vinci BodyBoard at Pilates Studio City
    Gym Rat: Quick, effective workout on Da Vinci BodyBoard at Pilates Studio City

    Who hasn't complained about the time it takes to work out? For those days when time is about as precious as a Birkin handbag, there's a class that cuts the time in half without cutting the sweat. At a cozy little studio in Studio City, I spent a half-hour pushing and pulling muscles on a Da...

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