Caring for Athletic Skin

Athletic-minded skin takes a beating. Sweaty workouts, chlorinated pools, chafing winds, and the sun?s UV rays, all contribute to the de-moisturizing and wrinkling of our epidermis?the skin?s top layer.

Now, I?m no skin care nut/expert?until a year or so ago, I didn?t even know there was a difference between body and facial soap. But, after learning about the damage that we athletes can do to our skin and the resulting problems (e.g., deadly melanoma for one), I now wish I would have started a skin maintenance program earlier in my life.

Okay, did I just write that?

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Find healthy Honolulu, Charleston, and Tokyo options in our Forum

Our Forum has many functions. One purpose for this space is to post athletic-minded lifestyle information for cities that have not yet been visited by our editorial staff. As you know, credibility and objectivity are very important to us and we will not add a new city to the list unless one of us has seen, heard, smelled, and sweat in the various options.

However, when we do learn about a good hotel gym, or a wonderful lap pool, or a can't miss running route, in other cities, we want to let you know too.

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Whatsa Hookah?

If you are not familiar with Hookah (pronounced ?hoo-kuh?), you'd better take note. This trendy, Middle East inspired method of smoking flavored tobacco through a tube is on its way to becoming the next big North American puffing sensation since cigars.

Hookah bars are sprouting up in cities across the U.S. (18 yrs.

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Best Marathons for First Time Beginners

Did your friend/relative who completed a marathon this year inspire you to try one yourself? If you?re contemplating joining the ranks of marathon finishers, but not certain which race to run, consider the following best marathons for first time beginners.

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Travel tool for your gadgets

How often have you had to unplug a desk lamp or some other hotel furnishing to make way for your computer, phone charger, ipod or other techy tools?

When I was last in Vegas, the room occupant before me clearly had to do this and didn't bother to reconnect anything. When I arrived I was forced to spend the first hour of my trip getting everything working again?which was much faster than waiting for the hotel's "tech support."

Anyway, our local paper had a blurb on a solution from KagaRooM Storage.

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Required Insurance for Cyclists

View Athletic-Minded Traveler to maintain your active lifestyle even when away from home. * Photo from cyclelicio.us :)

Nowadays, I enjoy keeping my legal cap in the closet. But my law degree and 10 years of trial litigation experience often do come in handy in the business world and in personal matters.

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Travel Tricks from the Pro

I am looking at my travel schedule for the next 5 weeks - SFO, ORD and Japan.

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Finding free Wi-Fi

Before you hit the road and after you locate all your athletic-minded pursuits, check out this site: WiFiFreeSpot.com -- an online directory of locations offering FREE Wi-Fi. Other FREE locators are out there; and of course there are free apps too that can help. This one from Dish consolidates a number of sources. 

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Shoe Buying Hints from the Pro

Now that my spider bite has finally healed, I am making the come back to running. Since I?m no longer a full-time sponsored professional athlete with an unlimited shoe supply, I headed down to the sports store to check out some new running shoes. Until this point, I have been 'limited' to choosing from just one brand.

Wow, the number and array of available brands and features are mind boggling. The funny thing is that as a seasoned runner of over 20 years, I found myself making so many mistakes.

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Travel Trump Style

What if I told you that you could get from Manhattan to La Guardia, Kennedy or Newark in about 8 minutes?

Yep, that?s right. US Helicopter (the only DOT and FAA certified scheduled helicopter airline service) will begin shuttling paying customers from Downtown to JFK this month. The Midtown heliport will commence its round trip service to JFK in April. In June La Guardia will be added and later this year, Newark. Departure times are on the hour from 7 am to 7 pm.

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