10 Steps to Help You Get Ready for Spring Break

Some how it happens every year- one minute you are wearing layer upon layer, feasting on comfort food and sipping hot cocoa near a warm fire on the couch, and the next the sun has reappeared and it is time to slip back into that itty-bitty bikini. No matter how hard we try, it seems that those itty-bitty bikinis become even more itty-bitty after a holiday season’s worth of lounging and indulging. While it is important to enjoy and indulge during the holidays, moderation is key in order to avoid falling into “panic mode” weeks before Spring Break.

Read More

2013 Golden State Championships

Thanks in part to it’s eponymous soap opera from the eighties, Santa Barbara has long been regarded as a haven for hard bodies the world over. While the soap’s bubble burst long ago, the perception

Read More

Walk for Brain Injury Comes to Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara’s first Walk for Brain Injury will be held on April 6 at Leadbetter Beach. The walk will start at 10 a.m. and is open to all ages and abilities. The Brain Injury Association of California’s Walk for Brain Injury is now in its 6th year, and the walk is being held in cities across California from March 2 to May 5. Fortunately, Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center has teamed up with BIACAL to bring the walk to Santa Barbara.

Read More

Television Epidemic

Television entertainment is one of America’s favorite past-times. With the average U.S. adult spending about five hours per day in front of the TV, it comes as no surprise that children are beginning to fall into this pattern as well. While television can be very useful at times for busy parents who need help keeping their children busy, in excess it can be extremely destructive to a child’s wellbeing. The Harvard School of Public Health has conducted studies that have found a strong association between the rising childhood obesity rates and the increasingly extended periods of time that children are spending sitting in front of the TV. They found that the more TV children watch, the more likely they are to be at risk for obesity throughout their childhood, as well as adulthood.

Read More

The Group Dynamic of Healthy Living

As many of us know, having the best of intentions to lead a healthy lifestyle and keep up with our annual New Year’s fitness resolutions isn’t always enough. With work, school, family, and countless other obligations taking the majority of our time, it is all too easy to fall off the fit-track – especially if you are embarking on the journey alone. Many fitness experts agree that the motivation and support, as well as the variety of activities that fitness and health groups can provide their members with can be very beneficial in keeping them on-track with their short and long-term health goals. Lucky for us, there are many local nutrition and fitness groups here in Santa Barbara that are available to all those looking to maintain healthy lifestyles and learn more about food, exercise, and overall well being.

Read More

Immunity-Boosting Beauties

No one plans on getting sick, but this winter friends and family seem to be dropping like flies with this latest bug going around. So how do you protect yourself from catching it?
Boost your immune system now, don’t wait until you start to get sick to think about it.

Read More

A Minimal Commitment

The past two months, my training partner and running coach Rob DeCou has written about minimalist training for the “Are You Tough Enough?” ultramarathon. Yeah, that means I am the poor schmuck that got talked into running a 65-mile foot race through the mountains behind Santa Barbara. No, I’m not exactly sure what I have gotten myself into. And yes, I do know that we are crazy.

Read More

Ask the Expert—Dr. Izzy Lira

Q: What are the differences between running on the street and trail running?

A: Running is a high-impact sport, which can cause achy joints, irritated tendons, and sometimes IT band tightness. While you may think that running on soft surfaces may help lower the strain on your body, this may not always be the case. Runners who run on softer surfaces don’t always have fewer injuries than those who run on asphalt or concrete. If you’re new to running, start either on a treadmill, track, or the streets around town. Start with just a mile or two at first and slowly increase time and miles spent running and you will build stamina for longer runs.

Read More

Out of the Box

BeachBody Brings P90X Certification to a Gym Near You

By now, we’ve all seen the infomercials for the fitness phenomenon known as P90X and have marveled at the rigorous routines and remarkable results. But for many of us, the idea of going it alone at home and maintaining motivation seems as probable as pulling-off a one-arm pull-up. That’s why the folks at Beachbody, the brains behind the best-selling box-set of workout DVDs, have come up with a solution.

Read More