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An Active Weekend in Ojai (and Yes, a Massage too!)
Only a little more than an hour's drive from Los Angeles is a valley that features beautiful scenery, ubiquitous citrus groves, world-famous spas, hiking and biking trails, and a charming little historic town full of restaurants, shops and galleries. It's Ojai - and it's the perfect spot for a quick getaway from the Los Angeles area. Start your day by renting a bike for 2 hours (about $25) at The Mob Shop in downtown Ojai. They'll give you an easy-to-follow map of a scenic, 10-mile, paved bike path loop that meanders around the edge of town and goes up a little into [...]
A private conversation with America’s oldest Park Ranger – Age 96
I caught up with Betty at her full-time job at the Rosie the Riveter Home Front World War II National Park in Richmond, CA recently. She gives talks and lectures on being an African American woman on the home-front during the war years and being in a Jim Crow Union Hall at a time when no woman or blacks had been allowed in the unions. My intent was to find out what she has done all her life in terms of exercise and managing stress, diet and nutrition, and in general find some common threads of her lifestyle that now keep [...]
Hike the Holy Land Inaugural Tour 2016 – Highlights Video
March 28-April 5, 2016 - Jack hosted a group of 22 adventure travelers on a trip of a lifetime to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan.
The Don’t list for the next time you’re in the Gym
Here's 5 "don'ts" to keep in mind the next time you are at the gym. 1. Don't try to strike up a conversation with somebody behind you while jogging or running (or even walking) on a treadmill. I saw somebody once fall off, tumble and end up about 5 feet away from the treadmill they were running on by trying to strike up a conversation with somebody behind them while they were jogging on the treadmill. Stay focused on your treadmill cardio and keep your eyes and head forward at all times.  2. Don't wear cologne or perfume while you're [...]
Six Days on the Camino de Santiago Path in Spain
 These boots are made for walkin' but six days on the Camino de Santiago was more than just a walking vacation!   "You’re going to walk 75 miles on your trip to Spain, what kind of vacation is that?" That’s just one of the many “concerned” responses I would get before heading out to northern Spain to finally get a chance to do a long-distance walk on perhaps the most popular pilgrim path in the world; The Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago, otherwise known as “The Way of St. James” or more simply “The Way” is an ancient [...]
So you wanna enter your first muscle competition?!
  This was a first for both Wendie and I to enter into a bodybuilding type of contest as coach and client. We only had about 4 months to train for this competition/show so we hit the gym hard 3-4 days a week.    Even while Wendie had a business trip in Israel for a week and I had a conference in Scandinavia for a week during the middle of all this, we stayed in contact with each other to make sure Wendie was progressing in her preperations and we were on the same page so to speak with the [...]
Stayin’ Alive with a little help from The Bee Gees
It looked like another car had just slammed into a motorcyclist at pretty high speed. My driver pulled our car over to the side of the road so I could get a better look. I indeed spotted a man lying in the middle of the road, it was the motorcycle driver, and his motorcycle was now about half a block up the road. He'd been thrown and skidded down the road quite a distance. I walked cautiously towards him while dialing 911 , somebody approaching me to my right was also on the line with 911 , so I told [...]
Top 5 ways to Eat Healthy while Travelling this Summer
Here are my Top 5 ways to Eat Healthy while traveling this summer: #1. Choose a hotel or Airbnb that's near a grocery store. This is really the best way to have easy, convenient, and low cost access to fruits and vegetables and salad bars. You can also stock up on healthy snacks like nuts, granola bars and dried fruit. #2. Drink plenty of water. The body needs water for almost all of its functions. Drinking lots of water will flush your body of toxins and help you eat less. It'll also help to reduce cravings, and reduce any jet-lag symptoms or [...]
An Active Journey in the Holy Land
Well, the inaugural HIKE THE HOLY LAND tour just returned from our adventure, and a mix of 22 people from NoHo, LA and other parts of the USA had a rich, unforgettable experience in the Holy Land that tantalized all of our senses, reawakened our spirits and faith, and inspired us in ways that are still moving us deep inside. We walked the land on nature trails and footpaths of history, including the Jesus Trail which runs from Nazareth where he grew up, to Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee, where he practiced his ministry. The Battir Trail, which lies between Bethlehem [...]
These 3 Factors Inhibit Blood Flow to your Brain
  The 1st factor that inhibits blood flow to the brain is caffeine. Coffee, Tea, Soda, Energy Drinks are all culprits when consumed daily in excess. Try to stick to just 1 cup of coffee or tea a day, and eliminate sodas and artificial energy drinks from your diet completely. It may seem counter-intuitive, but you'll have more focus, energy and clarity by significantly reducing your daily caffeine doses. The 2nd factor that inhibits blood flow to the brain is sugar, especially processed. We Americans consume almost 100 grams of sugar a day! That's like 5 times as much as [...]