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January 11, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein
If the journey toward fitness begins with a single step, make sure it's counted with a pedometer. These little step-tracking gadgets now have a solid track record when it comes to motivating people to exercise. And their popularity is growing. Inside this small-as-an-egg device are the keys to exercise success that have eluded far more complex and expensive fitness programs: accountability, goal-setting and being able to monitor progress. If the objective is to reach 10,000 steps in a day (the recommended amount)
March 19, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Danni Allen said she spent the last several months visualizing herself winning Season 14 of "The Biggest Loser. " She imagined what it would feel like stepping on the scale for one last time. She imagined feeling the confetti raining down on her, signaling victory. But she refused to envision what she'd do if she won the $250,000 grand prize in NBC's weight-loss competition. Why? She didn't want to jinx herself. An exhausted Danni talked to the media Tuesday and said she has not decided how to spend the money, save one small splurge: She and Jeff, who were the only two guaranteed finalists going into Monday night's competition, made a pact that the winner would take the other one along on a vacation to reward all their hard work.
August 9, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
The Health section of the Los Angeles Times is determined to help you reach your 2013 health and fitness goals via our #LATFit social media campaign. Friday morning, we're joined by "The Biggest Loser" trainer Dolvett Quince, who has a fitness tip that just might get you bouncing out of bed each morning to get in a workout: Work out with your dog. Pet obesity is on the rise in the U.S. In fact, obesity has increased by 37% in dogs, and a whopping 90% in cats in the past five years, according to a State of Pet Health Report issued by Banfield Pet Hospital, which operates over 800 clinics nationwide.
October 5, 1998
Health Watch, Vitals, Fitness, the People's Pharmacy, Simplify Your Life, Humoropathic Therapy and On Nutrition are taking the day off.
March 29, 1993 | Lauri Lappin
CENTER STAGE: Instructors Linda McHugh of Sports Club Irvine and Susan Foley of San Juan Capistrano Family Fitness recently released an aerobics video titled "High! Low! and Step to Go!". . . . It's sold through instructor journals and at fitness conventions internationally. "Orange County has really good talent, but it doesn't always get seen, because it's overshadowed by L.A.," McHugh said.
January 6, 2008
Re "Outdoor gyms aim to reduce health woes," Dec. 28 Los Angeles County is heading in the right direction by installing outdoor fitness centers at some parks. Because the centers are too costly to put in all parks, the county ought to consider the outdoor gymnastic apparatus that the city of Los Angeles has had in most of its parks for 60 years. They are much cheaper, require less maintenance and are used by many adults to develop a high level of fitness or learn and maintain basic gymnastic skills.
June 16, 1995
It's about time someone paid attention to the fact that eating disorders are not just a feminine issue "Silence and Guilt," (May 23). As a personal trainer/fitness consultant for the past 15 years, and a marriage, family, child therapist intern for the past three years, I have witnessed the effects of eating disorders that run rampant throughout the lives of men and women alike. People need to know that they are not alone and they can get help. Of equal importance is for the fitness professional to be aware of the signs of someone who is in trouble--both physical and verbal cues.
November 4, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
You think you have a rough time avoiding temptation over the holidays? It's probably nothing compared with the parties the president and first lady have to navigate. But as Cornell McLellan tells it, the First Family doesn't need any diet advice. He should know--he's their personal trainer. "They get it--this is a lifestyle for them," he said of the Obamas. "Once you prioritize your health, fitness becomes who you are. These are people who work out every day, and they know how to make good food choices.
November 23, 1990
I would like you to know that I was really offended by a recipe for "Better Than Sex Cake" (Culinary SOS, Oct. 11). The cake sounded good, but I won't try it because each time I did I'd have to confront my feeling of distaste. To my mind, giving a cake this name showed a lack of fitness and was out of place. Can't sex be kept out of the kitchen? It's everywhere else. --DOROTHY R. CORSENTINO Los Angeles
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