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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 [...]
10 New Year’s Do’s and Don’ts
1.) DO - Enjoy more quality face to face time with good friends and family DON'T - keep looking down at your phone every time there's a short pause in conversation 2.) DO - Take more hikes and nature walks DON'T - always rely on indoor treadmills and stationary bikes 3.) DO - Go to bed earlier and experience the benefits quality slumber DON'T - bring your phone and electronic devices into bed with you 4.) DO - Volunteer in your community for a worthwhile charitable cause DON'T - only just give money all the time to charity 5.) DO [...]
Off the Grid in Berlin – How 7 days without a cell phone or email reawakened me
Like many people, I was fascinated by its tumultuous 20th century history, and was curious about why it’s dubbed the hipster capital of Europe and positioned to surpass London as the new start-up capital of Europe. Along with the fact that it’s the cheapest European city to visit, I booked a trip there with the exciting plan of picking up some new followers on social media by my hourly travel postings along the way. And I also wanted to just do a solo trip, which I like to do every few years, since I’m usually hosting groups on active tours [...]
Don’t forget about your Neck Muscles
And since so many of us have our necks in a constant forward-down position looking at our phones and devices, the muscles become overactive and weak, leading to stiffness and soreness, and also possible cervical vertebrae issues. It's important to include neck exercises and stretches in your fitness routine. Here's a few: Strengthening Exercises Chin Tucks 1. Start by standing flat against a wall. 2. Proceed to tuck your chin to your upper chest by bringing it straight down. 3. The back of your head should stay in slight contact with the wall. 4. Repeat for the desired repetitions. Manual [...]
Top 5 Ways to Recharge and Rejuvenate Mid-Day
There are a few quick natural remedies that'll kick your mind and body back into high alertness gear. 1. Drink a glass of water. Most people are chronically dehydrated. We just don't drink enough water. If you think you're drinking just enough, your probably drinking way too little. If you think you're drinking a lot, it's probably more like almost enough. Once you drink a full glass of water, you'll instantly feel more alert and energized. 2. Stretch. Most people don't take enough time for stretching throughout the day. Tight and overactive muscles can drain the energy right out of [...]