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Pre-Order “Fitness and Anti-Aging Secrets” – Jack’s new book
I'm excited to announce my new book "Fitness and Anti-Aging Secrets: Cracking the Code to Looking and Feeling Younger in Mid-Life and Beyond"   In my new book, I draw on my almost 20 years of experience as a professional health and wellness coach to offer you invaluable insight into many of the daily best practices and holistic strategies myself and my most successful clients have use to look and feel young and vital. I like to think of it as a health and wellness Roadmap and Guidebook for those of us who aren't spring chickens anymore! The e-book and [...]
Hiking “The Mighty Five” National Parks in Utah
America’s National Parks are a unique part of our country’s identity and cultural heritage. No matter who you are, where you live, or how you live; the national parks welcome everybody as one and seem to strip away our differences and bond us together as admirers of the majestic outdoors and mother nature. Our national parks can be a force for health, healing, joy, and unity. Our group’s goal was to find a high volume of national parks within a fairly close radius of each other and do some hiking in each one over a week’s time period. We found [...]
Hadrian’s Wall Walking Adventure – June 2019
In AD122 the Emperor Hadrian ordered a mighty frontier system to be built across Britain to defend the Roman Empire from the “barbarians to the North”. Join me on an 8-day walking vacation along this 80-mile Hadrian’s Wall Path in northern England, from the banks of the River Tyne near the North Sea to the Solway Firth on the Irish Sea. Wednesday, June 19 – Day 1: Arrive in Newcastle. Overnight Stay in Newcastle. Newcastle, England was a major shipbuilding and manufacturing hub during the Industrial Revolution and is now a centre of business, arts and sciences. It’s where we’ll meetup for our Hadrian’s [...]
Are you Hydrated enough?
More than half of our body is water. Our body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because we lose water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it's important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. Your skin will look healthier and you'll have more energy when you are properly hydrated. The Mayo Clinic recently came up with a nifty formula to determine how much water we should be drinking per day: Step 1: Take your weight (in pounds) and divide it by 2.2. Step 2: [...]
My Personal Journey on an ancient Pilgrim Trail in Japan
For thousands of years, a venerated Shinto Buddhism shrine in the Kii mountain range of Japan has been a place to visit for millions of pilgrims. All levels of society, including retired emperors and aristocrats, have made the walking journey to this shrine. The walk itself was an integral part of the pilgrimage process as they undertook rigorous religious rites of worship and purification. These pilgrims used a network of routes, now called the Kumano Kodo, which stretched across the mountainous Kii Peninsula in Western Honshu. In 2004, the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage routes were registered as UNESCO World Heritage, and a twinning program [...]
11 Remarkable Health Benefits of Fasting
Many of us are well aware of the spiritual and psychological benefits of fasting. But modern science is now confirming that fasting is beneficial to our physical health in many remarkable ways. HERE ARE 11 REMARKABLE HEALTH BENEFITS OF FASTING: 1. FASTING CAN BE A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT. Studies show that fasting increases your resting energy expenditure- how quickly you burn calories at rest. It has been shown to be a more effective way to lose weight than dieting. 2. FASTING IMPROVES HEART HEALTH. Studies show that fasting decreases triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood pressure. 3. FASTING IMPROVES [...]
Are you part of “The Resistance” in the gym?
You don't have to lift weights like you're preparing for the Olympics to reap all of the benefits of weight bearing exercise. And you don't even have to have weights, you can use your own body weight as resistance. While cardio training does burn more calories per hour, with resistance and weight bearing exercise, your metabolism is about 20% higher for the following 48 hours after resistance training. What that means is that it's kind of an "after-burn" effect from weight bearing exercises, so your body will be burning more calories for you while you are watching TV, sleeping, at [...]
Joshua Tree National Park – One of California’s True Gems
Still one of my favorite national parks in the United States, Joshua Tree sits just about a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles, and is truly "other-wordly" feeling when you're there. Joshua Tree National Park is characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, which is higher and cooler. Keys View looks out over the Coachella Valley. Hiking trails weave through the boulders of Hidden Valley. The park offers visitors endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. Depending on the number of hours you [...]
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 [...]