Sleep Essentials!

Sleep. We all need it. Unless your life is so busy that you’ve been forced to deal with the reality that you don’t have the time for a healthy amount of sleep, you probably take sleep for granted. This is obvious in the fact that so many people don’t take the time to seek medical attention for their issues with sleep, whether they include difficulty falling asleep, middle of the night awakenings, or tendency to oversleep. Whatever the issue, sleeping too little or too much will negatively impact your quality of life.

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Open Air Yoga

Steadying your breathing while inhaling the scents of the ocean or the aroma of flowers, may just be the perfect motivating agent to jump-start an engagement with yoga. Taking her passion for instructing yoga to the great outdoors, Santa Barbara local and yoga instructor, Lourika van Tonder, teaches yoga with a unique approach. Van Tonder does pop-up yoga classes all around Santa Barbara. Pop-ups are essentially traveling, non-permanent

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Is Social Media Hurting your Self-Esteem?

Have you ever logged into a social media website like Facebook, stared at the feed on your screen, and felt like your life wasn’t as interesting as some of your “friends'” lives? Or seen an image of some perfectly molded body in an advertisement and felt like you would never be “good” enough (whatever that’s supposed to mean)? It’s difficult not to. Social media is everywhere, so we should be conscious of how it affects us. The introduction of apps on smart phones makes social media use easy and habitual, and something we come to depend on. And let’s not forget about all the advertising pop-ups that expose us to the ever increasing standard of beauty.

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The Mind of an Ultra-Runner

“On Friday after work, I might just go home and run a marathon” ultra-runner Chris Clemens said to me, casually referencing his training regiment for his upcoming 100 mile race this July. Suddenly, I wasn’t as proud of the four-mile jog I had conquered that morning.

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Making 2014 Your Year

Let me guess, every December you sit down and ask yourself: what could I do differently this upcoming year to make this one even better than the last? So your list probably looks a little something like this: eat healthier, exercise more, focus on relationships with family members, spend more time outside, be more adventurous, spend less time on social media, and wake up early to get your day going.

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Building Your Body

Achieving your ideal body comes only after weeks of extreme dedication and hard work. You might commonly hear exercise and diet being the key to health, weight loss, and muscle building, but you may be unsure about the benefits of certain kinds of workouts. Beginning an exercise program can be difficult without the right facts. This article will give you the basic tools you will need to start your strength training regimen, and will supplement your goals to live a healthy, strong, and injury-free lifestyle.

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Music and Exercise: A Love Story

Music characterizes many of our modern day activities. We listen to music when we watch television shows and movies, when we eat dinner at a nice restaurant, and when we are relaxing by the pool with our friends. Most vibrantly however, we tend to make a conscious effort to listen to music while we exercise. We all may have different personal justifications for our desire to listen to music while working out.

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Got Milk?

Advertisers claim daily dairy intake can help you lose weight but a study at the University of North Carolina at Asheville proves otherwise.

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Living in a Yang Culture Achieving Balance from Tai Chi

When you picture Tai Chi , what do you see? A group of people enacting different movements gracefully in a park? Or a spiritual leader, guiding his pupils through ancient Chinese holistic practices meant to inspire balance of the body and mind? Well, either is true. In fact, Tai Chi can be practiced in many different ways and forms according to your fitness and spiritual needs. While it is important to keep in mind the basics of Tai Chi, sometimes modifying the traditional movements to fit your lifestyle can be helpful in achieving the desired state of balance.

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