Mind & Body

  • Once shunned, Greg LeMond returns to biking world and road to success
    Once shunned, Greg LeMond returns to biking world and road to success

    Greg LeMond, America's original superstar cyclist, is back.

  • Workout on a Gyrotonic tower gives body what it longs for
    Workout on a Gyrotonic tower gives body what it longs for

    This one is a bit of a splurge, because it's individual instruction. But in my search for ways to develop good posture to counteract all that screen time, several people have recommended Gyrotonic as something that is useful no matter your fitness level. It's usually done one-on-one,...

  • 'Forest bath' is way to let nature cleanse away stress
    'Forest bath' is way to let nature cleanse away stress

    Shinrin-yoku is the name given to the Japanese art of "forest bathing," contemplative walks through the woods that reconnect the individual with nature and can lead to decreased stress, natural mood elevation and even a stronger immune system. This means of mobile meditation has been recognized...

  • Let go of stress by creating your own spa environment
    Let go of stress by creating your own spa environment

    You're still carrying those 10 Thanksgiving-to-Christmas pounds, and Valentine's Day was a bust. Not to mention the stress that seems to come with just getting out of bed these days. But there's help — in the form of a little pampering — right in your own home.

  • Solstice Canyon hike in Malibu takes in ruins of old estate
    Solstice Canyon hike in Malibu takes in ruins of old estate

    Just off the Pacific Coast Highway between Pepperdine University and Point Dume, Solstice Canyon is an unusually scenic hike to the ruins of a once-grand private estate. Along the way are magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean.

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  • Health experts throw cold water on juice cleanse
    Health experts throw cold water on juice cleanse

    "Mom, this is a horrible idea." So my college student son declared when he learned I had started a three-day juice cleanse, 72 hours of a juice diet. Six bottles each day, plus water and herbal tea. No solid food.

  • 6 L.A. restaurants for vegans
    6 L.A. restaurants for vegans

    Being a vegan would be relatively easy if I just had a talented personal chef. Short of that, a budget for eating out all the time would work too.

  • Juicing trend still going strong in 2015
    Juicing trend still going strong in 2015

    A year ago, trendistas were snuggling up to juice bars all over L.A. to cleanse, reset, detox and glow a little. Today, things are only busier in the world of juice — and I don't mean Minute Maid. Juicing just won't go away.

  • So, how do I become vegan?
    So, how do I become vegan?

    Just how hard is it to become a vegan? If you're new to it, where do you start?

  • Small, local and delicious health food thrives in L.A. area
    Small, local and delicious health food thrives in L.A. area

    Where I grew up in New York City, every corner bodega seemed to keep the same mysterious cookies by the register. They looked like oversized, homemade Fig Newtons and sat in short stacks above the name-brand candy, encased in plastic wrap and devoid of labels. I always wondered: Where did...

  • Gym Rat: Sharp-eyed teacher enhances Body Sculpt class at SC Fitness
    Gym Rat: Sharp-eyed teacher enhances Body Sculpt class at SC Fitness

    A reader recommended Sandy Campanella's classes to me, praising her for a couple of the things that make fitness classes great: Campanella, she says, can watch everyone and make corrections throughout class. And the students occasionally meet at a restaurant serving healthful food to share tips...

  • For New Year's resolutions, go for gradual changes for a big effect
    For New Year's resolutions, go for gradual changes for a big effect

    Nearly everyone has made New Year's resolutions, and nearly always they do not survive January. That's often because we tend to overreach. The truth is, real change is often subtle, gradual, the way leaves slowly come out in spring. So in 2015, try to act like the leaves, with ideas for gradual...

  • Fitness resolution gets help with four ways to make workouts work
    Fitness resolution gets help with four ways to make workouts work

    To keep your New Year's fitness resolutions, anything will do. Strength or aerobic, it doesn't matter, as long as you get moving. Here's some easy, effective and fun ways to jump-start your 2015 exercise plan.

  • 3 dietary lifestyles up close: Paleo, veganism and Slow Food movement
    3 dietary lifestyles up close: Paleo, veganism and Slow Food movement

    I wasn't sure what to bring to the dinner party. My hosts were not only gluten-free, they were also on the Paleolithic diet. Based on the premise that people are healthiest when they follow a diet that early humans evolved to eat, the "Paleo" diet consists of foods similar to what might have...

  • Try This!: 'Baby burpees' a great pregnancy exercise option
    Try This!: 'Baby burpees' a great pregnancy exercise option

    Burpees are one of the hardest exercises going. And they're probably not top of the list for expectant moms or for women trying to get in shape for pregnancy. But Sara Haley, a pre- and postnatal exercise specialist based in Santa Monica and creator of the "Expecting More" workout series for...

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