Is Being a Plus-size a Feminist Issue?

By Nadia Al-Samarrie I recently went on a 7.8-mile trek to a beautiful place in Hood Mountain, nestled in the hills of Santa Rosa California. Overlooking a breath-taking view of Kenwood, Napa and Sonoma County, I felt as if I was floating in the sky on a suspended rock, 2,100 feet above sea level. Gunsight Rock, a coveted observation lookout, only fits two sitting people

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Type 1&2 Diabetes: A 15 Minute Walk Can Curb Chocolate Cravings

By Michele Stanten, Walking Coach and ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor There are countless physical activities out there, but walking is one the easiest ways to make a positive change and effectively improve your health. Studies have found that even two-minute walking breaks can improve the function of disease-fighting and metabolism-boosting genes. And as little as one minute of walking at a heart-pumping pace can help keep

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Keeping Your Feet Fit for Travel

You’re at your destination and ready to see what there is to see. The real question is this: Are you ready to walk? For people with diabetes, this can be a complicated question. Those who’ve dealt with the disease for many years may have some sort of problem with their feet. It doesn’t have to be major–possibly some mild nerve damage or extra calluses–but such

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Vigorous Activity May Be Better for Women Than Moderate Workouts

While any exercise at all is certainly better than living a couch-potato lifestyle, women might see lower blood pressure and less depression with hard-core exercise compared to moderate physical activity, according to the results of a new study. Conducted by researchers in Australia, the study found that middle-aged women who reported a mix of moderate and vigorous activity compared to those who only reported moderate

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Five Ways to Rev Up Your Walking Routine

Warmer temperatures bring the opportunity to put on our walking shoes and step outside for our workouts.  But if you, like me, have been walking for many years, you may find yourself bored with the same old routine. To avoid burnout, try these five ways to rev up your walk. Take a new route If you normally take a left turn out of your driveway,

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Diagnosed After Sixty: Medication Not Required

“I knew I didn’t eat a totally healthy diet because bread is a big weakness of mine. Worse, exercise was something I kept planning to do but hadn’t gotten around to,” recalls 62-year-old Laura M., who lives in a New York City suburb. “I had been feeling more tired than usual and had a cut on my right leg that seemed to be healing slowly,

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Have You Taken Your Walk Today?

The answer to the looming threat of obesity and cardiovascular disease could be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. Indeed, according to a new campaign from managed-care giant Kaiser Permanente, walking has benefits in the short and long term. “Yeah, yeah,” you might be saying. “People always tell me to get active and that it has real benefits. But what

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