Mind & Body

When it's time to clock out on technology

A 24/7, Internet-connected reality can feel like running in place, forever busy without accomplishing anything. A blur of personal and professional. But there's a movement to embrace at least one real day off for your emotional, physical and spiritual well-being.

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  • Zumba, a cardio workout set to a Latin beat, grows in appeal in L.A.
    Zumba, a cardio workout set to a Latin beat, grows in appeal in L.A.

    It's Friday evening at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in downtown Los Angeles, but there's no Zen quiet here. Instead, Latin-inflected hip-hop thumps from a basement room, where about 30 men and women follow teacher Nelly Villegas through a series of squats, grapevines and box steps.

  • Gym Rat: Zumba toning at Heartbeat House in Atwater Village
    Gym Rat: Zumba toning at Heartbeat House in Atwater Village

    I have friends who love Zumba; they say it's a workout but not work. I've always feared it was a chance to feel like I have two left feet, a full hour of worrying about moving the wrong way, tripping someone or tripping over someone. I love to dance but haven't had even one lesson. But after finally...

  • Triathlon equipment that could shorten your race time
    Triathlon equipment that could shorten your race time

    Can techy new gear buy you more speed? I hoped so when I lined up at the start of the recent La Paz Triathlon in Mexico's Baja California Sur state with some of the most innovative bike and swim gear I'd seen in a while. When the day was done, I was stunned: I'd made a quantum leap. Feeling remarkably...

  • Teens' compulsive texting can cause neck injury, experts warn
    Teens' compulsive texting can cause neck injury, experts warn

    Dean Fishman, a chiropractor in Florida, was examining an X-ray of a 17-year-old patient's neck in 2009 when he noticed something unusual. The ghostly image of her vertebral column showed a reversal of the curvature that normally appears in the cervical spine — a degenerative state he'd most often...

  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand exercises some ideas about health
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand exercises some ideas about health

    When it comes to kids and food, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is pragmatic: "Give kids a choice between French fries and green beans, they're going to pick French fries because they're delicious." Last summer, the junior senator from New York and mom to two young boys spoke about the need for more healthful...

  • Try this: Combo lunge also works arms and back in less time
    Try this: Combo lunge also works arms and back in less time

    Kim Lyons, the founder of Bionic Body in Hermosa Beach, says she got back into shape after the birth of her son using time-saving exercise combos that give you a cardio pump while also toning muscles. "More bang for your buck," as she puts it. The combo she shares with us this week actually does...

  • Water: What you need to know about keeping hydrated
    Water: What you need to know about keeping hydrated

    For two decades, we've been encouraged — some might say hounded — into making drinking water a habit. We carry it in plastic bottles, reusable canisters, on our backs to suck through elaborate tubing. We might even hire a doctor to have it injected into our veins.

  • What's in the water that comes from L.A. taps?
    What's in the water that comes from L.A. taps?

    Los Angeles: What's in your water?

  • High-end hydration: Fancy waters with fancy price tags, IV drips
    High-end hydration: Fancy waters with fancy price tags, IV drips

    It's a marketer's dream: We want to drink more water, we love flavor, trend, innovation. And the products are there to fulfill.

  • Drinking milk: the pros and cons
    Drinking milk: the pros and cons

    There are a few things we can say for sure about milk: It is a concentrated source of calcium. It also contains protein and other nutrients. And it elicits strong opinions, even among scientists who study it, about how much we need. With recent studies suggesting that milk may be less important...

  • Health focus shifts to gut microbiome and nurturing 'good' bacteria
    Health focus shifts to gut microbiome and nurturing 'good' bacteria

    Our guts are at the height of their glory. Most health-conscious humans accept, somewhat blindly, that our gut bacteria — or the gut microbiome — are key to our overall health and ability to fight disease. That's what fuels the $1.3 billion North American probiotics industry and spurs about 150...

  • Patricia Bragg, a living testament to healthful habits
    Patricia Bragg, a living testament to healthful habits

    The name Bragg has been on health food store shelves since Paul Bragg opened shop in Hollywood more than a century ago. Patricia Bragg, his daughter-in-law who became his adopted daughter after she and his son divorced, carries on the business selling dozens of products, including salad dressings,...

  • A brief timeline shows how we're gluttons for diet fads
    A brief timeline shows how we're gluttons for diet fads

    We've barely dug ourselves out from beneath the pile of new diet books that arrived to kick off the year, and already the "get in shape for summer" diet books are filling our mailboxes.

  • Getting primal with Mark Sisson
    Getting primal with Mark Sisson

    Unless you've been living in a cave, you've probably heard of the primal/paleo diets.

  • Innovative sunglasses are a sight for active eyes
    Innovative sunglasses are a sight for active eyes

    The end of winter is the official start of sunglass season, as the sunlight lingers and people stay out and play longer. This year sees a number of innovative lightweight polycarbonate models available for the athletically minded outdoors person, from surfers to cyclists.

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