Monday, August 18, 2014


It’s no coincidence that archrivals Apple and Google launched competing software initiatives this summer for wearable gadgets that track fitness and health. Health technology is hot in the Bay Area, where some of the biggest tech companies and a swarm of startups are working on everything from doctor-recommendation apps and video diagnostic services to data-crunching analytics and cutting-edge DNA sequencing. Hoping to capitalize on... 

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Is sitting the new smoking?

Monday, August 4, 2014

There’s a saying going around that sitting is the new smoking. It’s a bit snarky and perhaps a none-too-subtle dig at those of us who spend a lot of time on our rear ends for work and pleasure. But Dr. James Levine, who is credited with it, is dead serious. In fact, he says, sitting could be worse than smoking. What to do about it? “Get Up!” is the title of Levine’s new book, a jovial tale of how he came to the scientific conclusion that our chairs are killing us and what can be done to stop the threat. We lose two hours of life for every hour we sit, writes Levine,... 

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A thunderstorm could trigger allergic reactions.
Journal Staff Photo

Thunderstorms can trigger asthma

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A thunderstorm could trigger allergic reactions.Journal Staff Photo

Allergy sufferers often wish for rain, hoping it will wash away all the pollens and molds that stuff up their noses. While rain can indeed provide relief, a violent thunderstorm may have just the opposite effect: An unlucky few may experience a little-known threat called thunderstorm-related asthma. Not fully understood by scientists, thunderstorm asthma can cause labored breathing... 

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A UNM student works out in Johnson Gym (Journal file Photo)

Habits of fit people

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A UNM student works out in Johnson Gym (Journal file Photo)

Everybody knows that in order to accomplish something, be it big or small, you must set a goal. It doesn’t matter if the goal is to lose 10 pounds, to eat healthier or to work out consistently. Although we probably all agree that goal-setting is necessary, the real problem is not setting the goal, but sticking with it. Talk is cheap, and if you really want to achieve your goals this... 

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Life, triathlons and health issues


Racing Ironman and endurance events prepares you for life. Or does life prepare you for Ironman? Last night I was going through my usual pre-race anxieties. It was deja-vu all over again, like the night before my first Ironman Florida 13 years ago. (Thanks Yogi!) The scenario of how the next day’s events kept playing through my mind on a continuous loop. It had been a great day, with my wife, running high up into the mountains over nearly 13 miles of dirt single-track. It... Read More


Race “food” and cushy kicks

There have been a few things that I wanted to address, but just got sidetracked with life and other blog ideas. Leading up to Ironman Lake Stevens, I was just burning out on the traditional race day nutrition. I have always struggled with my stomach during events, so I am always searching for new ideas for fuel. Over the past year I have made the conversion to more salts than carbohydrates, but during the longer distance races you need calories when you are pushing the higher... Read More


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Dam to Dam run


The Dam to Dam Run is a must for any novice or seasoned runner. The run begins just west of Starbucks and Albertson’s (Academy and Tramway) and heads north — out and back — along the dam arroyos with scenic views of the city and majestic Sandia Mountains. The route includes a moderate climb (after […]


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Stress is everywhere, but it’s not all bad

(Journal illustration by Eric Chamberlain)

As a tax preparer, Stephen Yu deals with clients who can’t locate records or are panicked because they haven’t filed in years. Unfortunately, Yu picks up on their stress and sometimes takes it home, especially during tax season. He becomes irritable, distracted and can’t sleep. “My family gets stressed, too, because they’re worried about me,” […]


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Downshifting –Keeping on after an injury

Kathleen Stabler with No Limits Fitness Company works with Jane Cudney-Black  as she does a straight leg dead lift with a kettle bell working the lower back,hamstrings and glutes. Jim Thompson/Journal

Injuries can set you back, but offer an opportunity to focus better on your fitness goals


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10-Minute Fat Blaster


Let’s resolve not to use the “I’m too busy” excuse not to exercise any more! Cedar McCrary, owner of Cedar Fit Personal Training and Bootcamp in Albuquerque, says exercise is like other maintenance you must perform. “Are you too busy to change the oil in your car? Too busy to brush your teeth and wash […]

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