Great Sweat Songs

In the spirit of the Grammy Awards--what a fantastic show that was last Sunday night (no lip-synching, no gratuitous profanity/nudity, etc.)--we thought it would be fun to nominate a few of our favorite sweat tunes.

What makes a good workout song in our view? It must be motivating (slow tunes put us to sleep). It cannot be too long (6 minutes or more of any song is overkill). And, it has to be clean (profanity first thing in the a.m.

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Fact or Fiction: Vince Papale and Invincible

We rented and watched an entertaining movie this weekend, Invincible?a football flick based on the story of former Philadelphia Eagle, Vince Papale. It?s an inspirational, feel good movie portraying how an inexperienced 30-year old athlete overcame significant odds to make the 1976 Philly NFL franchise.

I?m always curious after watching a ?based on a true story? movie, how much truth there really was on the screen?

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The Ideal Hotel Gym

Since we're constantly on the prowl for the ideal hotel gym, people always ask us about our view of hotel fitness perfection. Accommodations such as the Houstonian, Four Seasons San Francisco, and Ritz Carlton Boston Common, are examples of a hotel gym "10".

What do they have?

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Mt. Everest Documentary on Discovery Channel

The television in our household doesn't turn on very often. Parts of football games, a PBS program or two, and a mindless sitcom each week is about the quota. The outdoor SoCal lifestyle certainly helps keep one from the indoor blahs. However, I am excited to see the premier of Discovery Channel's "Everest: Beyond the Limit."

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Hurry the Curry

Over the last week I?ve seen the following headline a number of times: ?Curry and Onions May Prevent Colon Cancer.? While the caption is right to a certain extent--test subjects who were at higher risk for polyps than the general population did demonstrate a lower incidence of polyp occurrence--it?s more complicated than simply loading up on onion rings and hitting the Indian buffet.

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Turning 40 means free java!

As many of you already know, Peet's Coffee is an editorial staff favorite (You can check out our recent caffeine post for more insights). We love the strong spicy brew and the cool vibe at their stores. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Peet's will be offering free coffee and tea throughout the month of April! So if you are fortunate to have a Peet's in your hood, head over from 1 pm to 3 pm and enjoy one on the house!

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Kudos to Starbucks

I am admittedly a coffee snob as well as a coffee addict. Note that I write "coffee" versus "caffeine." For me it's all about the taste and the "event"--getting the coffee, sipping the coffee, smelling the coffee, lingering over coffee and tasting coffee. One of my very dear friends once commented that at restaurants, I am often so worried about my next re-fill that I can't enjoy the one I have. I've fixed that. I order my coffee in an extra large mug, or a huge take-out cup or request the pot.

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Best Energy Bars, AMT top picks

Energy bars may have been created to fuel athletes through grueling training sessions and endurance races, but over time these tasty nutrition bricks have evolved into a favorite snack, meal replacement, and/or emergency food for those on the go.

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How lucky am I?

I am not sure how my ?lucky thing? evolved. Throughout my life I have always seen and actually really believed that certain things were a sign of good luck:

? I always stop to pick up a ?heads up? penny lying on the ground and make a wish
? Contrary to popular belief (maybe because I grew up in the Southern Hemisphere), black cats are one of the ultimate lucky symbols.

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Ode to Joe

It was when we moved to San Diego in 2001 that I first visited a Trader Joe?s grocery store, and while I immediately appreciated the friendly pricing, it took a good year before I was totally converted. That?s about how long it took me to hone in on my favorite, and now essential, TJ items.

I have also discovered that those who find fault with the TJ concept have not really ?experienced? Trader Joe?s. They?ve tried it out once or twice and then complain that:

It?s too small.

Exactly, why I like it.

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