Marathon Runner vs. Salsa Dancer. Who is the better athlete?

Crossing the finish line of any marathon for the first time requires physical and mental conditioning. There's physical fatigue, the mental highs of pushing past psychological limitations, and the sheer excitement of feeding off competitors and a crowd.  It is just this sort of physical and mental prep that are also required to be an accomplished salsa dancer.

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New Fitness Equipment for 2015 - IHRSA Review

My takeaway from 2015's IHRSA show--where the fitness industry's biggest players reveal their latest and greatest equipment--is that not much new or better "stuff" is coming this year.

I strolled the aisles (and occassionally posed for photographs) with close friend and colleague, Jen W.--The Biggest Loser's new hit trainer. And, unlike past shows that wowed me with new equipment, this year's show was a bit of a dud.

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Our brains need exercise. Another reason to MOVE!

Yeah, we know, we know…exercise is good for us. 

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How to take your kid cycling: iBert Review

Active parents mean active kids right?  And cycling is a great family activity, even for the little ones. We recently recommended the iBert Safe-T-Seat in our 2011 Holiday Gift Guide, but now we have fully tested the seat.  And we're pleased that our recommendation stands!

 

 

First, a few product notes:

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BoxCycles Cargo Bike for the Family

During several recent trips to Europe—Amsterdam in particular—we have returned home with bike envy.  While American mountain and road cycling interest and participation are now comparable to the Europeans, commuter bikes are far more popular overseas.  In particular, the family-friendly “cargo bike” caught our eye as a practical and fun way to pedal around our hometown.  Only one problem:  cargo bikes were not yet being sold in the U.S.  And, purchasing one in Amsterdam and shipping it to San Diego wo

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Fat and UN-happy. No more.

Brad Heutmaker contributed this Blog. He knows travel! In 7 months this year he qualified for Platinum with US Airways and is Gold Elite with Marriott. You can follow Brad on Twitter @bradheutmaker or Like his Facebook page Brad Heutmaker SPEAKS.

Real Life Solutions not Theory

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The HCG Diet, an unconventional journey to better health. Part one.

Editor's Note: This is the first in a 3 part series detailing one person’s experience with the HCG Diet, a weight-loss method that has sparked controversy among doctors, media and the general medical community. Named the "HCG Diet" because followers inject themselves daily with the human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), a hormone produced by pregnant women. Detractors such as Mehmet Oz of Oprah fame argue that trial studies show that HCG is no more effective than a placebo.

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Barry’s Bootcamp has serious competition from a Yoga Studio

Tamara Turkisher contributed this blog. She is an insurance agent, dog lover, foodie and exercise enthusiast.

From Yoga to Bootcamp

I workout religiously and I like routine. My “normal” 6 days a week sweat extravaganza includes a Hot Vinyasa Flow Class, and/or a Yoga Sculpt Class (heated Yoga combined with Weight Training and Cardio), and/or Barry’s Bootcamp, which is a combination of Cardio/Treadmill intervals with weight training etc. It works for me.

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Speed Golf - An Oxymoron?

I enjoy playing golf, but like so many others it's difficult for me to justify the 5 to 6 hour time-suck a traditional 18 holes requires.  I make the time when out-of-town relatives visit San Diego or we travel on holiday to destinations with a golf course.  But, on a normal week to week basis, dedicating 5 hours to chipping and putting is about as appealing to me as rehab is to Charlie Sheen.

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MBT, Reebok EasyTone, Skechers Shape Ups, Fit Flops. A Waste of Money?

Is it really any surprise that, according to recent research, the bevy of "toning shoes" don't deliver? No you won't suddenly achieve a muscular backside, burn extra calories, or "get into shape without setting foot in a gym." 

And if you thought you would...well that is positive thinking.  I should know!  I'm on my fourth pair of MBTs!  Yep, I'm a devotee of the "toning" shoe.

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