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The Health Benefits of Walking, Plus: 5 Favorite Local Hiking Trails

The Health Benefits of Walking, Plus: 5 Favorite Local Hiking Trails

There’s a Latin proverb that says, “Solvitur ambulando,” meaning “The problem will walk itself out.” Dr. Tad Kostrubala, who was head of psychiatry at San Diego’s Mercy Hospital back in the ‘70s, became famous for creating the stir about “running therapy” by taking depressed patients out for one-hour walk/run therapy sessions. He found in his research at SDSU’s Rehabilitation Counseling Department that his subjects enjoyed both psychological and physiological benefits from walking and running in therapy sessions. He understood that people are built for walking. Believe it or not, many laughed at his approach in those days. Today it seems that only those who earn their living providing meds for depression are denouncing “running/walking therapists.” ...

Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011, 03:18PM | Permalink

10 Low-Calorie Cocktails To Order When You're Out

10 Low-Calorie Cocktails To Order When You're Out

What’s loopy to me? The number of people working out, watching their diets, taking supplements and vitamins, absorbing everything they can read on fitness and health, and then guzzling cocktails like they are diet aids. They aren’t. Fun, yes. Calories, double yes. Maybe the...

Posted Friday, May 20, 2011, 11:07AM | Permalink

10 Simple Rules for Living Life Well

10 Simple Rules for Living Life Well

  When it comes to living really well, many confuse doing so with looking good, feeling good, or having the goods. This leads people to chase after such goods as spray tans, plastic surgery, drugs, virtual friendships, the mansion, making and spending as much as they...

Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 06:21PM | Permalink

The New Road Rage:  Desk Rage

The New Road Rage: Desk Rage

  We’ve all heard about “road rage.” But have you heard about the latest dumping ground? “Desk rage.” Well, maybe it’s not really the latest. I wrote a book about violence in the workplace back in 1994. Same...

Posted Friday, May 13, 2011, 07:50AM | Permalink

The "Faggedabowdit" Technique: A Terrific Tool for Mental Health

The "Faggedabowdit" Technique: A Terrific Tool for Mental Health

  Righteous indignation. Proving your point. Being right. Holding On. Never letting go. Beating a dead horse. Having to win. Always coming out on top. Having to have the last word. Sound familiar?   Then this column is...

Posted Thursday, May 12, 2011, 12:31PM | Permalink

6 Social Fitness Tips

6 Social Fitness Tips

  Life is a series of popularity contests. Like it or not, it’s true. Being likeable means you have the ability to create positive attitudes in other people through the delivery of emotional and physical benefits to them. For some it seems to come...

Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 01:05PM | Permalink

6 Time Management Tips That Really Work

6 Time Management Tips That Really Work

  William Penn said “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” Managing time is first about managing yourself. If you are ready to commit to being more organized and productive, that’s the big leap. Here are 6 time management...

Posted Monday, May 9, 2011, 05:34PM | Permalink

May is for Mental Health

May is for Mental Health

When you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, maybe it’s time to understand what health really is. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Get it? Two-thirds of “health” is...

Posted Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 04:57PM | Permalink

5 Fitness Myths You Can Forget

5 Fitness Myths You Can Forget

  Summer is around the corner. Every magazine at the checkout counters at Vons, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and 7-11 have SCREAMING headlines about how to get your “beach body” going. And every one of these articles contains their version of how to get...

Posted Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 11:02AM | Permalink

Do You Work For a Healthy Company?

Do You Work For a Healthy Company?

  If you run a company in San Diego, I’m certain that your leadership team is constantly discussing ways to save money, especially in the area of healthcare costs. After all, next to salaries, healthcare is your company's biggest expenditure. How can you save money...

Posted Friday, April 22, 2011, 10:14AM | Permalink

Have You Tried the "Barefoot" Running Shoes?

Have You Tried the "Barefoot" Running Shoes?

  It seems to me that more and more people have caught on to the health and fitness value of walking. Like drinking water and breathing correctly, can it be that simple? Walking? Really?  Urban planners and public officials, fitness professionals,...

Posted Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 08:50AM | Permalink

Gelotology? No Joke! It’s National Humor Month

Gelotology? No Joke! It’s National Humor Month

April 2011 is the 35th anniversary of National Humor Month. Founded in 1976 by humorist and author Larry Wilde, Director of the Carmel Institute of Humor, the aim of this program is to promote the value of humor in improving health and enriching the quality of...

Posted Monday, April 18, 2011, 02:37PM | Permalink

The Health Benefits of Soaking in a Hot Tub

The Health Benefits of Soaking in a Hot Tub

This past week, in preparation for our kids and grandkids coming to visit us, I decided it was time to clean our Dimension One “Amore Bay” hot tub. The company builds them right here in Vista, and I’ve been the number one fan of

Posted Thursday, April 14, 2011, 10:43AM | Permalink

Your Mind, in a Disaster

Your Mind, in a Disaster

Recent events in Japan have taught us one thing if they’ve taught us anything. We never really can predict what’s going to happen even though we plan and plan. There’s an old expression, “Man plans and God laughs.” Put another way, “Man thinks and...

Posted Monday, April 11, 2011, 05:40PM | Permalink

Newsflash: San Diego is one of the "youngest" cities to live in

Newsflash: San Diego is one of the "youngest" cities to live in

Have you ever wondered what your “real age” is?  I, along with 27 million people, took a newly revised, truly scientific, easy to complete assessment on-line at RealAge.com, one of the nation’s leading health and wellness websites...

Posted Friday, April 8, 2011, 05:00AM | Permalink

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