Fighting Fit

The sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become increasingly popular overthe past decade, with dedicated gyms once hard to find, now all over the globe.

This gain in mainstream appeal is largely due to the martial art’s dominating success in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). The roots of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu can

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Gauchos Gallop Back to UCSB Campus for All Gaucho Reunion

On the morning of Saturday, April 27, the 6th annual Gaucho Gallop will take place on the UC Santa Barbara campus, in conjunction with the 7th annual All Gaucho Reunion. The day includes many exciting events including the Diogi Dog Dash, 5K and 10K runs, the Gaucho Challenge, and a Kids’ Dash. Although there are discounted fees for UCSB students, alumni, faculty and staff, these events are open to all members of the Santa Barbara and Goleta communities.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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