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Sexy

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Featured, Finding the Balance, Get Real, Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Sexy

You know what’s really sexy? A person who’s 100% comfortable with themselves. And you know what’s really funny? It is just as time consuming and difficult to learn to accept yourself as it is to pretend to be someone else. The only difference is – with self acceptance, one day, it’s not hard anymore. One day, you feel like your sexiest, strongest self just rolling out of bed in the morning — Vironika Tugaleva A few months ago, on a Monday, my friend Alex came over and started a journey with me. After a long enough time of wavering back and...

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Aging as LGBT: A few health issues you should keep an eye on

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Aging as LGBT: A few health issues you should keep an eye on

Later adulthood can be a period of many changes, especially in the area of our health. The experiences of aging LGBT persons may be categorized as regular experiences that accompany old age, with the addition of the lingering effects of discrimination and stigma. A unique set of challenges that includes not only the common aging difficulties, but the uncertainty when it comes to elderly care poses a lot of important questions even today. The recent emerging of LGBT retirement homes and centers in major cities is a positive indicator that...

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Diabetes, Skincare & the LGBTQ Community

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Featured, Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Diabetes, Skincare & the LGBTQ Community

It’s no big news that diabetes is at epidemic levels in America these days, and due to unique factors  experienced by people in the LGBT community, the risk is of developing diabetes and its associated complications is even higher. For example, LGBT diabetes patients are more likely than heterosexuals to smoke cigarettes, use drugs and alcohol, and battle with weight and obesity issues. And recent studies show that lesbians are more likely to indulge in heavy drinking than heterosexual women and LGB Latino adults. The risk of type 2...

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Body Combat: Stay with the Fight

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Featured, Health & Fitness, REAL LIFE | 1 comment

Body Combat: Stay with the Fight

“Keep it real. Stay with the fight.” The first time I heard these words was close to two years after I had already finally quit procrastinating and joined the gym. They were almost two years after I had found the class that had changed my life. And they describe Les Mills Body Combat perfectly. Body Combat is an aerobic fitness class based on mixed martial arts, and includes elements of boxing, kickboxing, karate, tae kwan do, capoiera and muay thai.  It differs from classes that actually practice these disciplines as there is no actual...

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Personal Defense Rule #1: Trust Your Instincts!

Posted by on Apr 20, 2013 in Featured, Health & Fitness, REAL LIFE | 5 comments

Personal Defense Rule #1: Trust Your Instincts!

Years ago I was working with local news media outlets across the country in an interesting experiment “luring” grown adults on hidden camera into cars and vans.  At the time, I was working with an investigative reporter for the national media conducting these experiments.  We did so to demonstrate how easily we can all be taken off-guard by someone armed not with a gun or knife, but simply armed with a good story. Amazingly, of the 200 or so people we set out to lure, all of them fell for the ploys used, whether our would-be victims were...

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Busting the Plateau with Mini-Workouts

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Featured, Health & Fitness, REAL LIFE | 3 comments

Busting the Plateau with Mini-Workouts

Atypical workout for an average person consists of about 30 minutes to 1 hour of lifting weights. And that’s just wrong. If exercises are performed incorrectly, the load on the muscles and stress on the joints of these repeated movements cause both short and long term damage to your body.  Most people continue to workout despite a known injury, aching back, or sore muscles because of the improved appearance of their physique as a result of the working out. However, over time, the improved appearance becomes harder to maintain, and a “plateau”...

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