In these modern times, as innumerable distractions compete for our attention, it’s so important to structure our days to offer a little space for solitude. By balancing day by day, we get more balanced weeks, which become months, which become years. Here’s my ideal day . . .
I TURNED THE SITE PINK for breast cancer awareness month to honor the brave women (we all know them) who have faced cancer. Ovarian cancer took my mom’s life in 2009, and with advances in medicine, outcomes are improving. But prevention and early detection are key to longer life expectancies. I’ll be featuring some prevention content […]
For those of you obsessed with the #quantifiedlife, here are the latest “Best Practices” for a good night’s sleep, based on current scientific research, via Dr. Rhonda Patrick, whom I adore. Get 30 minutes of bright, blue-enriched light early in the day, but really avoid atelier blue light in the evening. Engage in sustained physical […]
Kathy Bates says early detection saved her life.
My doctor has told me that I’m at risk for high blood pressure and placed me on blood-pressure medication. What’s the best way to augment my workout routine in this situation? Yoga improves immune function, high blood pressure, anxiety, depression–even irritable bowel syndrome. It’s accessible and inexpensive, with many community classes free of charge, and […]
10 Tips for Better Sleep Hygiene Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, 7 days/week. Move more, says Yoko Ono: “Walk until your body feels like dancing, then dance! You will find that you no more have difficulty in sleeping at night.” Cover all clocks in the bedroom. Do not look at […]
Top performers and enlightened masters often share something in common: they practice a morning routine. The concept of a “daily ritual” was explained to me by my oldest personal training client to date, Mr. Jacques Dury. The 96-year-old Frenchman still enjoys gardening, a leisurely brunch and multiple glasses of French wine throughout the course of his day. As I listened to him describe […]
When traveling, time matters. Schedules are precise, and often packed to make every second count. In my 10 years of training high level entertainment executives, I’ve observed that the VERY top producers also know that sleep, exercise and nutrition (SEN) are among the most important “meetings” they take in any 24-hour period. Everything backs this up. Research shows the overwhelming importance […]
DEAR SAM: What’s the best way to cure a hangover? — Hannah G., London Keep in mind a couple things. The first one is to resist the temptation to use over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, because they can amplify serious side effects from alcohol (ranging from stomach bleeding, liver damage or thinning blood). […]
For nearly a decade, I’ve specialized in training entertainment execs and celebrities, so I know that staying in shape while traveling is one of the biggest challenges they face. It’s also the single most important thing they can do for themselves. Why? Because exercise enhances performance. It sharpens your game. By putting in a concerted effort […]
Last week my fitness coach, Sam Page, issued a challenge: “FOR ONE WEEK, I want you to shop for your food every day with a budget of $10 — more or less — and ONLY buy what you will eat that day… and chocolate is required.“ He allowed me one modification — that I shop […]
I just found out I have low thyroid and am now taking a prescription for it [about a month now]. I haven’t been able to lose weight for two years and I’d been working out like a crazy person. I tried to gain muscle but my body fat just went up to 31 percent. I […]
Worried about low testosterone? Researchers at St. Louis University have developed this self-screening quiz to screen for low levels of testosterone and growth hormone. Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)? Do you have a lack of energy? Do you have a decrease in strength and/or endurance? Have you lost height? Have you […]
Guest post by: Dr. Arshavir Blackwell Stickk is a web-based motivational tool that describes itself as an online “Commitment Store.” One of its founders, Yale Economics Professor Dean Karlan, developed the system. Users sign contracts to achieve goals: losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more, for example. Karlan and his cofounders claim their site is based […]
Tools For Braving the Urban Jungle For nearly two decades, I underestimated the sheer stress that comes just by choosing to live in an urban jungle. Amidst the traffic, poor air quality, high cost of living, and the general pace of life — Los Angeles is by far the most stressful places I’ve lived. You actually […]
Get your abs in 7 days, flat To get your abs, you’ll need to eliminate sugar, optimize digestion, do exercise, lose some body fat, and balance your hormones. Drink water before and after every meal Do abs every day —100-300 reps per day Don’t eat 3-4 hours before bed — you’ll burn calories while you sleep Ax sugars, whites, […]
Take My NDD Challenge You’ve heard of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) — you know: anxious, depressed, trouble focusing. But you may not have ADD at all — you might just be suffering from a lack of raw physical contact with the great outdoors. Scientists are calling this Nature Deficit Disorder. And new research from the University […]
You’ve heard about “affirmations” since the dawn of the Stuart Smalley. They’re those “I statements” that go something like this: I am grateful. I am lovable. I am open. Proponents of affirmations say—without reservation—that they work, releasing you from years of pent-up fear, pain, and shame. But is there any real science to back this up? The […]
In 2006, my blood pressure tested higher than normal and my doctor ordered me off all caffeine. At the moment he issued this edict, I nodded along in happy agreement (maybe it was just the Lexapro?) but the thought bubble over my head went something like: “You doctors just don’t understand how real people live. […]
AT AGE 16, I WAS LAZY—AND FAT. Naturally, then, when I had to choose between “Men’s Powerlifting” and “Body Mind and Spirit” during my junior year of high school, I chose the second. And it really was PERFECT: I’d read a little from THE TAO, do a little TAI CHI, and of course: meditate, usually […]
As a trainer, I’m often asked which alcoholic beverages are best from a healthy lifestyle perspective. Red wine (and especially pinot noir) tops the list of healthy alcoholic beverages. Here’s why: Drinking red wine may preserve memory and protect the central nervous system. It also prevents clots and blood vessel inflammation—both of which are linked to […]
Suffer from insomnia or have trouble sleeping? My husband and I have tried to integrate most of the items on this “master sleep” list and when done in concert, they make a BIG difference.
Modern evangelist Marianne Williamson was one of the presenters at LA Times Magazine’s “Conversations on Health & Wellness” at Terranea Resort. The conference was a nice break from my mind, which has been mired in thoughts about mom’s cancer. I was glad to see that Marianne was one of the speakers, since her book, A […]
“Botox Parties” may put people at risk of contracting HIV or hepatitis because the single use vials of Botox are often used multiple times on different patients, alleges a federal lawsuit filed in California.