How to Build a Strong Tribe

How to Build a Strong Tribe

Healthy Living for Women, Life
A supportive fitness group can boost accountgability and results. “Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” — Helen Keller A tribe is defined most simply as a community linked by social, economic, religious or blood ties. Tribes in their earliest model relied on each other for almost every aspect of survival, socialization and, most important, connection.Tribes look a little different these days. We choose our tribes, girl gangs and our confidants with whom we walk through life. Screen time does not equal connection. Even with technological advances, we all still have the same basic needs. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteI’m not talking about money, fame, a number on a scale, a bigger house or a better car. True bliss begins and ends with our…
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Fit Retreat Review: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

Fit Retreat Review: Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

Healthy Living for Women, Life
For many, the thought of escaping to France for a long weekend of R & R in wine country is but a dream. In reality, you can recreate a surprisingly similar experience simply by visiting the award-winning Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in Vista, California. This intimate spa, nestled on 500 private acres in northern San Diego County, allows guests to feel as if they’ve been transported to a tranquil French village. As I approached the spa, I couldn’t help but notice the gentle rolling hills of this rural area, located just 7 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. Cal-a-Vie exudes an unmistakable Mediterranean-like feel, from the Tuscan-inspired architecture and furnishings to its on-site vineyards, windmill and lush gardens. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteDay OneI arrived in time for hors d’oeuvres, which were…
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Fit Retreat Review: Brooke Burke Body Transformation

Fit Retreat Review: Brooke Burke Body Transformation

Healthy Living for Women, Life
A couple of months ago, I hired a personal trainer at my local gym in an effort to tighten and tone the areas that have grown squishy now that I’m in my early 40s. The experience has been less than ideal, to say the least. My first trainer no-showed to our first three appointments (next!). The second trainer quit working at the gym after our third session (sigh!). And my third trainer had the audacity to look me up and down and remark on how “hypocritical” I am for writing fitness articles when I clearly have 15 pounds to lose myself. Ouch.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteSo when I was invited to attend the three-day Brooke Burke Body Transformation Retreat, hosted by Retreats Unlimited at the Civana Carefree Resort in Arizona this…
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Breast Cancer Awareness: What You Need to Know

Breast Cancer Awareness: What You Need to Know

Healthy Living for Women, Life, Women's Health
Breast cancer facts and stats1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer during the course of her lifetimeMore than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2018More than 40,000 people – men and women – will die from breast cancer in 2018Your risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if you have a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with the disease5 to 10 percent of breast cancers are thought to be caused my inherited gene mutationsWomen with a BRCA1 mutation have on average a 55 to 65 percent risk of developing breast cancer, and those with a BCRA2 mutation have a lifetime risk of 45 percent.Go ahead – touch yourselfRegular mammograms are still essential for early detection of cancerous tumors, but…
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Sleep Myths, Debunked – Oxygen Magazine

Sleep Myths, Debunked – Oxygen Magazine

Healthy Living for Women, Life, Women's Health
Sleep Myths, DebunkedNot logging enough zzz’s? Join the club: One in 3 adults doesn’t get adequate sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But before you self-diagnose as an insomniac, there are several sleep myths that need debunking. Read on and get the rest you need to stay on top of your game, physically and mentally. Myth No. 1: You can’t make up for lost sleep on the weekend. Also called “repaying your sleep debt,” this one is tricky because there may be some truth to it. “If you’re chronically sleep-deprived — meaning several nights of bad sleep every week for at least 12 weeks — it is impossible to catch up on the weekends,” says David Brodner, M.D., sleep specialist at the Center for Sinus, Allergy…
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Samantha Harris: Health Lessons Learned From Breast Cancer

Samantha Harris: Health Lessons Learned From Breast Cancer

Healthy Living for Women, Life, Women's Health
Samantha Harris is a TV host, author, certified trainer and breast cancer survivor.When you think of what it means to be “fit,” what immediately comes to mind? Someone who goes to the gym on a regular basis, eats a healthy diet and practices self-care, right? What if those habits alone are simply not enough?Samantha Harris was blindsided by breast cancer at 40 years old. With no hereditary link, she wondered how she — a vibrant, healthy, fit woman — could be faced with such a terrifying reality check.“[When] I found out I had breast cancer, a passion was ignited in me,” she says. “It compelled me to become the healthiest that I have ever been. I researched everything I could to try to understand how this could happen to a healthy,…
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How to Stay Healthy While Flying

How to Stay Healthy While Flying

Healthy Living for Women, Life
Small preventative measures can make a world of difference when flying. Traveling for the holidays? Then pack your hand sanitizer: Research published in BMC Infectious Diseases found that the greatest number of airport germs lurk in those gray plastic bins in the security line. In fact, they found viruses on 10 percent of all the surfaces they tested. Yikes! Cut your chances of getting sick with these tips: Arm your system Start taking 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C several days before your trip, advises Elizabeth Trattner, acupuncture physician and certified integrative medicine practitioner in Miami. She also recommends a probiotic to help fight off infections. “Take a nondairy product with eight or more different strains of bacteria and at least 25 billion units of bacteria,” she says. Thanks for watching!Visit Website Wrap…
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This 69-Year-Old Is Training to Skip a Half Marathon

This 69-Year-Old Is Training to Skip a Half Marathon

Cardio for Women, Healthy Living for Women, Life, Workouts For Women
Kim "Skipper" Corbin and her skipping group in San Francisco. When we’re kids, we skip when we play and we skip down the sidewalk without giving it a second thought. So why do the majority of us stop skipping as adults? It’s been more than 20 years since a friend spontaneously broke into a skip and invited me to join along on a Friday night in San Francisco. It was the first time I had skipped since childhood, and the experience was so exhilarating that I started organizing group skipping events and created a website called iSkip.com with the intention of starting a worldwide skipping craze. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteAs it turned out, there were hundreds of people from all over the world who had already been skipping for years, whether…
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How to Fit Alcohol Into a Balanced, Healthy Lifestyle

How to Fit Alcohol Into a Balanced, Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy Living for Women, Life, Nutrition for Women, Sponsored
Here’s the thing about alcohol. It’s fun. It’s social. It’s a nightly wind-down habit for some. But, it can be detrimental to your health, fitness and waistline. Alcohol is a known toxin to our bodies yet most of us still choose to consume it regularly. For those of us who also pursue a natural high through exercise, evaluating our weekly (or daily) alcohol intake and its impact on our goals may be worthwhile. Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteSo, how much is too much, and how much is just right? The answer to the second question is up to you. After some self-experimentation — cutting out all booze for two months, twice (I know. Call me crazy) — I got very clear about the consequences of using alcohol to manage my stress (Hint: It…
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