Now THAT is an Athletic-Minded Hotel!!

Marriott Hotels is partnering with Leisure Sports Inc. (a northern California health club operator and development firm) in the roll-out of a new hotel concept branded Renaissance ClubSport.

The first Renaissance ClubSport opened in Walnut Creek, CA, and the second just recently rolled out the welcome mat in an Aliso Viejo corporate park.

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This Friday is Bike to Work Day!

Skyrocketing gas prices should help motivate you to participate in this year's Bike to Work Day--Friday, May 16th. Or how about simply cycling more and driving less. Can you imagine seeing a bike rack like this? This one is in the bicycle commuting capital, Amsterdam! 

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FDA waking up to sodium risks

It should come as no surprise that shaking extra salt on food is a BAD idea.

First, nearly all of us (who doesn't?) consume some processed or pre-packaged foods--nearly all of which have some, or a ton, of sodium. Everything from bread and cereals, to chips and crackers, to canned goods to frozen meals contain anywhere from 5% to 45% of an individual's recommended sodium intake--PER SERVING. (My beloved Peanut Butter Puffins deliver 230 mg, or 10% of the RDA in a 3/4 cup serving, which is about 1/5 of what I'll typically savor each night.)

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Clarifying the grapefruit concern about estrogen levels

When we posted last July about the risk of eating grapefruit when taking certain medications and the potential link to breast cancer in post-menopausal women, we recevied quite a bit of feedback. (Click here to read the original post and a 2013 update.)

Mainly, readers wanted to better understand the estrogen effect. After reading more about grapefruit's interaction with different medications, we thought we'd pass along the following:

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Buy More Legroom on JetBlue

Airlines are charging extra these days for many items that used to be free: food, pillows, check-in luggage, help from the skycaps, etc. Southwest is now even charging more for those wanting to board first...so called, "business fares".

Find your perfect hotel gym and more on AthleticMindedTraveler.com.

Now JetBlue is putting their spin on the nickel and dime-ing, but this concept is a good one.

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Defibrillators Should Be Mandatory at Marathon Finish Lines

Another marathon...another death. This past weekend's Little Rock Marathon is the latest event to have a participant expire after crossing the finish line. 27-year-old Adam Nickel of Madison, Wisconsin, completed the race, then died from cardiac arrest. According to early reports, emergency personnel attempted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until an ambulance arrived with a defibrillator. If true, this fact raises a red flag in my mind!

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Skip-Stop Elevators

Here's a new approach to creating a healthy work and learning environment: midrise office buildings without elevators--or more accurately, without elevators that stop on every floor. At the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (a Lower Manhattan private college), a new academic building slated to open in January 2009 will introduce students, faculty and visitors, to "skip-stop" elevators.

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NFLs Tony Gonzalez Goes Vegan!?

I have a few friends that abide by a vegan diet -- i.e., no consumption of animal products or byproducts. Vegan is not an easy choice when you seriously consider how many regularly available foods are prohibited. No chicken, no fish, no honey, etc. And vegans go a step further than vegetarians by also eschewing dairy and eggs (vegetarians drink milk and covet their scrambles).

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AMTs Take on the New Southwest Boarding Policy

Three cheers for open seating!! We previously posted about how we hoped Southwest would not change their A, B, C boarding because we've perfected how to work the system.

A Numbers Game
Now, Southwest has announced that only a slight modification will be made to the notorious "cattle call". A, B, and C boarding passes will still be issued. However, passengers will now receive a number as well as a letter when printing their boarding pass--a sub-set of the letter categories, if you will.

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AMT on Forbes.com

Forbes.com writer, Allison Van Dusen, has just released a well written and researched column about working out on the road. Her sources are impeccable...including yours truly.

There are a TON of exercise products on the market that will help you stay in shape on the road.

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