Why be Lazy when you can be Crazy? The Crazy Fit Challenge May 18, 2013

For most college students a typical crazy weekend entails staying out late, partying all night, and letting loose after a long week of class, homework, midterms, and papers. However, this particular weekend presented a different type of crazy. This past Saturday, May 18th I experienced a new kind of crazy when I participated in The Crazy Fit Challenge. As Santa Barbara’s only obstacle course race, the Crazy Fit Challenge is composed of a 1.5-mile obstacle course complete with a variety of challenging obstacles that are kept secret until the day of the event. Runners may complete anywhere from one to four laps of the course depending on their personal fitness level and goals. The difficulty of the Crazy Fit Challenge is further enhanced, as participants must conquer not only obstacles, but also the challenging natural terrain offered by Elings Park where the race is held.

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The Fitness Benefits of Tennis and Where to Find a Game in Santa Barbara

Blessed with near perfect weather almost 365 days of the year, Santa Barbara is a fitness lover’s paradise. With no snowy storms or freezing temperatures to discourage you from hitting the great outdoors, it’s no wonder that Santa Barbara residents always seem to be out and about engaging in some sort of activity. Whether it’s a hike, a jog, or just a stroll down beautiful State Street, Santa Barbara residents are among some of the most active people in the

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Tips for Combating the Late Night Snack Attack

It’s 10pm; you’ve retired to your comfiest sweats and a cozy spot on the couch when out of no where you find yourself under siege by the late night snack attack. It’s a tricky dilemma that most everyone has experienced at some point or another. Whether it be a daily desire that occurs frequently, or a rare craving that strikes without warning, there is something about late night cravings that are especially hard to combat. That after-hours yearning for sweet treat or a salty snack can be overwhelmingly powerful and while a small, nutritious nibble before bed won’t derail your efforts towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle, bedtime binges can add an unbelievable amount of unnecessary calories to your daily intake. Multiple late-night trips to the kitchen can result in mindless munching and before you know it you have undone all of the hard work and healthy eating efforts you put forth earlier in the day.

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Lightened Liquids

It seems that the mindfulness we use when considering the caloric value of the foods we eat is completely forgotten when it comes to consuming liquids. Despite their seemingly harmless nature and the tendency to feel as though drinks “don’t really count” in your daily calorie count, liquid calories can add up dangerously fast if you are not aware of exactly what they contain. The surplus of calories from liquid intake sneaks up on you and can derail your health and fitness efforts packing unnecessary calories, sugars and carbs into your diet. The good news is small changes can yield a great deal of health benefits and even the most indulgent of drinks can be traded for a lighter alternative. The key to smart sipping is to be knowledgeable of what you are putting in your body. Knowledge is power and when armed with the proper knowledge, you have the power to make wiser decisions that will benefit your body inside and out. We will examine some great low calorie drink options as well as some unhealthy but popular picks and easy ways to lighten them up!

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Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Whether it is the media, doctors, friends or family, it seems we are continually bombarded with “new and improved” ways to get fit or new nutrition fads to follow. These latest and greatest fads tend to come and go, yet even as other nutritional trends are abandoned the importance of eating a well-balanced breakfast is a nutritional encouragement that has consistently maintained its status as an essential eating habit over the years. While many often assume that forgoing breakfast may be an easy way to cut out calories, multiple studies have shown that skipping breakfast is linked to the development of obesity and can actually make controlling your weight more difficult. Those who consume a vitamin-filled breakfast are less likely to over-indulge throughout the rest of the day and are more likely to fulfill their daily-recommended value of fruits and vegetables.

One of the most common excuses alleged by those who tend to skip their morning meal is that they don’t have time in the morning to prepare anything and because of this lack of time end up skipping the meal altogether. A nutritious breakfast fuels your body and brain and sets you up for success for the day ahead. Even if you find yourself pressed for time in the morning, it is crucial that you set aside a few extra minutes to whip up a quick meal, or think ahead and make something in advance that you can take to go and just grab on your way out the door. Read on for four delicious breakfast recipes that are packed with essential vitamins and can be made in minutes!

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Stand, Paddle, even Savasana

With the gorgeous Pacific Ocean right at our fingertips and a near-perfect climate, Santa Barbara is one of the few places that allows for outdoor adventure or activity almost every day of the year. It’s no wonder that more and more Santa Barbara residents are taking advantage of these incredible conditions and trying their hand at the ever-growing water sport, stand up paddle boarding. Stand up paddle boarding, more commonly referred to as SUP, originated in Hawaii in the sixties. Overtime the sport gravitated to the mainland and as of late has exploded amongst adventure-seekers across the country, quickly becoming one of the most popular modern water sports.

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