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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Living With Type 2 Diabetes: 5 Ways to Make the Most of 5-lb. Hand Weights

Have you ever been on a trip away from home and only had access to one set of weights or minimal equipment? My clients have asked me to help them make the most out of what little they have to work with.  So I thought you might like the help too. Let’s get something straight: The lower body contains the largest muscles and typically requires

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Post Workout Stretches for More Flexibility

It’s just as important to stretch after working out as stretching before a workout to keep you limber and flexible. And it feels great! Here are some of my favorite post-workout static (non-active) stretches for your whole body: 1. Hip Flexor/Quad. Using a soft surface kneel on one knee in front of a wall. Place your back foot up on the wall enough to get

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Belly Toning 101

I start this month with a powerful quote from the incredible strength coach, Mike Boyle: “I can’t even tell you how often I hear someone at the end of the workout say something like ‘I need to do more abs, I want to get a six pack.’” The truth is that passing on a six pack is a better way to get a six pack

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Diabetes and Exercise

Do you struggle with controlling your sugar levels during exercise? When my doctor changed my exercise regimen after my heart attack, my biggest struggle was keeping my sugar levels stable. We all like to see low numbers, but no one likes the shaking associated with low blood sugar or that feeling we have for the rest of the day after our levels have fluctuated. So

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