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Fitness Friday: finding balance in yoga

Sara Neff, center, participates with other attendees at the morning yoga session held at the camp site during Week 2 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Indio, Calif. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Jamie Perez

May 1, 2015

Working out can sometimes be a total chore and a hassle that a lot of people don't want to deal with. Yoga provides a relaxing way to work on strength and flexibility without the hectic experience of the gym. While many workouts are geared towards people who are already familiar with gym routines a...

Fitness Friday: sing your way to better mental health

Rick Nease illustration of woman singing at a summer concert. Detroit Free Press 2011.

Jamie Perez

April 17, 2015

Singing is a very intimate activity that people can engage in on their own or in a group. It brings about feelings of happiness and unity in people. You never see people who are in a bad mood while singing. It’s the people that are feeling cheerful that will usually break out into song. When you sing,...

Fitness Friday: Making life last with the help of wheat grass

Fitness Friday: Making life last with the help of wheat grass

Jamie Perez

April 10, 2015

Contrary to what many people think, cows are not the only species that eat grass. Humans can eat it too, and it is considered a super food considering the amount of benefits it carries. Wheatgrass is used to make medicines. It's used as a good source of nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitami...

Fitness Friday: Cross training your way to better health

Robert Reed, 15, warms up with a jump rope before a CrossFit class for teens in Loyalhanna, Pa. (John Heller/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS)

Jamie Perez

April 3, 2015

Utilizing and exercising every muscle in the body is something CrossFit is known for. With high intensity workouts, this is definitely not an activity to be taken lightly, especially for those who are inactive when starting this type of training. With specialized programs and workouts of the day (also kn...

Positive thinking has more power than you think

A detail on the front desk of Unplug, a new drop-in meditation studio in Los Angeles. (Katie Falkenberg/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Kathleen Johnson

March 21, 2015

Be. Do. Have. Though they may seem simple, these three words have the ability to change a person's reality. So often in life we become caught up in living in the future. We are programmed with the idea of reaching a certain level of success by obtaining materialistic or superficial things that will someho...

Fitness Fridays: Coo-coo for coconut oil

Coconut oil: Coconut meat is pressed to produce the fat. Good for frying, sauteing; Coconut spreads use coconut oil as the primary ingredient; may contain other oils. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Jamie Perez

March 20, 2015

Coconut oil contains a distinct recipe of fatty acids that have powerful restorative properties. These acids include lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, with antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.The lauric acid in coconut oil is converted by the body into some...

Fitness Fridays: the benefits of pole dancing

Natalie Haskell practices her routine at 24th Street Theatre/Sierra 2 for SacPolemento, Sacramento's first annual pole dance and aerial arts showcase. Haskell owns Exotic Pole Fitness By Natalie in Marysville, California, and she has been pole dancing for five years. (Morgan Searles/Sacramento Bee/MCT)

Jamie Perez

March 13, 2015

When people think of ways to stay healthy, many consider working out to stay in shape and decrease the chances of health related medical issues. People will often look for fun, new ways to stay in shape outside of simply going to the gym. As an up-and-coming form of exercise, pole dancing is making it...

Fitness Fridays: Stress Relief

(Jen Rynda/Baltimore Sun/MCT)

Jamie Perez

March 6, 2015

There's nothing more prominent in a college student's life than stress. With the plethora of homework and essays assigned, on top of working and finding time to sleep, we are all drained by the end of the day. Despite our busy lives, it is important for us to learn how to manage our time a little be...

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