Rocking Out in SB

Imagine you are hundreds of feet off the ground, clinging onto sheer rock surface with nothing but a rope keeping you from plummeting to the ground. Or imagine climbing with nothing but the strength in your fingers and toes digging into the crevices of the towering cliff holding you up. The adrenaline rush is like nothing else in the world – and the sense of empowerment cannot be topped, unless of course, you make it to the top of a higher, tougher, rougher peak.

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Meet Rec Cen Goer of the Month, Natasha Grant

Natasha Grant is a 3rd year Sociology Major at UCSB. Even though she is an employee at UCSB’s Recreation Center, she spends an extra couple hours there five days a week just to get her work out on. Here she reveals all about her workouts, the importance of fitness in her life, and tips on how to beat the freshmen 15.

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Mediation – Does the Mind Good

For most of us who live in this busy world where our cell phones are now literally attached to our ears, the idea of sitting quietly for more than a few minutes and focusing solely on our thoughts sounds either impossible or just downright scary. We can hardly sit still for ten minutes to wait for a table at a restaurant or at the doctor’s office. Why else would there be so many magazines around but to cater to the small attention spans we’ve all come to acquire? This is probably why many people have never even thought of trying meditation. Not even in the form of a hot, relaxing bubble bath once in a while.

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Climb and Say “Om”

Do you love to breathe in the fresh mountain air and test your strength by hiking? Do you love to stretch and elongate your muscles with yoga? What if you could hike and do yoga at the same time, all the while making new friends along the way? Tali Miller-Sanchez’s love for both activities inspired her to unite yoga and hiking together, creating YogaHikes—a challenging workout combining hiking to get your heart rate up, and yoga overlooking the beautiful natural scenery of Santa Barbara, to calm your mind.

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Get Buns of Steel Without Even Leaving Your Chair!

Bound to your desk and chair all day? I feel your pain. It would be so nice if we could just get up and shake our booty, or trade those pumps for sneakers for a quick run around the block every few hours, or bust out some military style push ups.

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Heather Bliss

Heather Bliss co-chaired the 7th Annual Santa Barbara Arthritis Walk in May, to fight this disease that affects 46 million Americans—and a disease Heather has struggled with for nearly twenty years. Twelve years ago, doctors told Heather Bliss that her arthritis would force her into a wheelchair within a decade, but Heather has fought back, and is now speaking out about arthritis and inspiring others in the fight against the disease.

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