The Sniff Test: why this yoga mat is a winner.

It took a year before we were sold.

But even at the very beginning we took notice.  There was never, ever, a wet spot under our mat. Ever. Wow. We are BIG sweaters. Big. Ask anyone. We pour. At one point in our Bikram Yoga practice, we were offered a 3rd towel. We sweat that much. So having a mat completely impervious to liquid is a wonderful thing.

But it is what we noticed after a year that has made us believers.

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Energy Bar Analysis and Comparison. Let the Data Speak.

Forget every other energy/protein bar review you’ve read. This is different.  We dig into the nutrition data to SHOW you how the bars stack up.  Taste is subjective. Numbers aren’t. And nothing beats a side-by-side comparison. 

Our analysis will help determine if you’re getting the “most” out of your bar. You decide what “most” means. Is it taste? Protein? Natural ingredients? Low Sugar? All of these? This post will make you think twice about your favorite chocolate covered bar.

Our ideal bar:

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Staying Active and Healthy in Taipei Taiwan

International travelers set for Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei usually arrive via Taoyuan International Airport which is located approximately 30 KM from the Eastern District of Taipei, considered the business, arts, financial and cultural center of Taiwan. This eastern area is mostly made up of three sub- districts: Daan, Xinyi, and Songshan and represents the center of commercial life in Taipei. The area is flush with shops, restaurants, art galleries, museums and offices.

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Fat and UN-happy. No more.

**Ediitor's Note: Some changes were made in 2024.

Brad Heutmaker contributed this Blog. He knows travel! In only 7 months this year he has qualified for Platinum with US Airways and is Gold Elite with Marriott. You can follow Brad on X @bradheutmaker.

Real Life Solutions not Theory

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How to train for your first triathlon

YOUR first one!  So you’ve decided to take the triathlon plunge? You won’t be the only triathlete newbie in the starting area. Race participation has increased more than 300% over the last five years and continues to grow. Athletic-Minded Traveler will help you:

  1.  pick the race distance

  2.  gear up

  3.  create a training plan

  4.  & avoid mistakes

 As NIKE once encouraged, “Just Do It”

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How to NOT get a COLD especially if you travel

Did you know that getting on an airplane increases your risk of a cold OVER 100x? 

Here's the scoop:

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Yoga or Pilates ? Which one is better for you?

Yoga has been around for thousands of years and first originated in India.  Pilates is a relative newbie having been created in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates as a way of rehabilitation.  Both offer health benefits, but which is better yoga or pilates?  In today’s world physical results rank high as a criterion, but what about the mental and spiritual aspects?  Consumers want an exercise experience that is physically challenging, that is a sound value, and creates tangible results.    

Editor's Note: This post was updated in February, 2014

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Easy to Follow Get Healthy FOOD Strategies for Everyday Life

** Editor's Note: This post was updated in 2024.

Getting healthy is a simple goal.  

Getting started is not so simple.

However, professional health gurus like Jim Karas, a lifestyle expert, well-known author and seasoned business professional can help make it happen. Good Morning America's Fitness Contributor understands people and how to motivate them.

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Milk. It does a body good, but which type? Soy, Almond, Rice, Hemp or Dairy?

It used to be that picking up a carton of milk was very simple.  There was only one "kind": dairy milk.  Now, the cow must make room for the almond, bean, grain, seed, and even the goat.  

Whether it is lactose intolerance, milk allergies, veganism, taste or health reasons, people are switching to non-dairy forms of milk.  The most common reason I have heard for giving up the cow are the potential health benefits.

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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. Some call them "rockers".

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