Finding a Workout Partner

The Beatles had it right when they sang “I get by with a little help from my friends”. Their mantra about having a friend whenever in need is also good approach to your workout. While it may seem counterintuitive to bring along a friend when you are trying to focus on working out, there are many benefits to be gained from having a workout partner.

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Is a Gluten-Free Diet for You?

Everyone and everywhere, from my trendy roommate to chain restaurants like Outback Steakhouse, seem to be buzzing about being gluten-free. Before the advent of the “gluten-free” diet craze, going gluten-free was mainly a treatment for those with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s body does not tolerate gluten and a gluten-free diet is necessary. The consumption of gluten in a person with celiac disease results in the inflammation and damage of the small intestine. Patients with celiac disease often experience symptoms such as diarrhea, upset stomach, abdominal pain and bloating. However, in recent days, people are taking up a gluten-free diet for gluten sensitivity and for the touted health benefits. Gluten sensitivity is a distinct disorder from celiac disease. Folks who are gluten sensitive do not test positive for celiac disease and do not have damage to the lower intestine; however, they may have symptoms as severe as celiac disease and feel better once gluten is cut out of their diet. As with every other food fad, you may be wondering about the gluten-free craze and whether it is right for you. Therefore, it’s important to have the low-down on gluten-free and its recent popularity with everyone from health nuts to A–list stars.

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Local Discounts

What are our Local Discounts?

Local Discounts offers a great way for advertisers to share their business with our readers by limiting the risk to try a good or service. Our Local Discounts page came as a way to offer both our advertisers and our readers in Santa Barbara a win-win situation. Unlike most discount sites, our page is focused to health and fitness conscious individuals who tend to be more motivated consumers. These are the influencers in our community and are often looked up to by their peers. If they weren’t out trying new things, they wouldn’t be here on our site. We created our Local Discounts to allow them to try your business with a reduced risk.

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About Us

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, Santa Barbara has long been the ultimate fix for the active lifestyle. At SB Fitness Magazine, we know the tourists may come for the history and unique Spanish charm, but the locals stay because they’re hooked…and so are we. We live in a community that is outwardly dedicated to self-improvement through fitness, health, and nutrition. We know our locals work hard so they can play hard, and SB Fitness is dedicated to helping them do so. We are committed to serving our readers as a resource by making the information they need to reach their fitness goals more accessible. Our readers are actively seeking

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Welcome to Isla Vista

Isla Vista, known as IV by the locals, is a lively, beachside community located next to the University of California, Santa Barbara. It is an unincorporated community in Santa Barbara County located on the south-facing portion, between two small peninsulas. Its earliest inhabitants were the Chumash, but now the majority of residents are either UCSB or Santa Barbara City College students along with a small, working Hispanic population. Its densely packed population of around 20,000 favor houses and apartments built on the south side of Del Playa Drive (DP) because of the beautiful ocean views, however these buildings are in danger of collapse due to the quickly eroding bluffs.

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Welcome to Goleta

Goleta is located just above Santa Barbara along the California coast. This relatively new city, as it was just declared an official city in 2002, has a population of approximately 30,000 people and continues to grow. It primarily consists of Caucasian residents but there is a significant population of Latino families that live in the area as well.

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Yoga: Can it be Harmful?

A recent New York Times article on how yoga can wreck your body has stirred a fiery debate on the risks of yoga and has led avid yoga practitioners, like myself, to look deeper into the issue. The article portrayed serious injuries ranging from torn Achilles tendons to strokes, even in young and healthy yoga practitioners. A renowned yoga instructor, Glenn Black, even recommended that most people should give up yoga altogether. The truth is these types of injuries are not all that common. A study done by researchers at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons found that yoga teachers, therapists and other clinicians reported the most common injuries were to the neck, lower back, shoulders/wrists and finally the knees. This leads to the question of why the big uproar on the risks of yoga, especially when other activities, like football, routinely cause concussions and other serious injuries, yet are a staple pastime for our country?

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