Health & Wellness

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Health & Fitness Issue 2016: Go with the flow

Posted By on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 4:10 AM


It all happened so fast. One moment it was me and my yoga mat in an empty room listening to my carefully constructed playlist; the next moment it was me and my yoga mat in a far-from-empty room of 30 blank faces, all waiting for what would come out of my mouth next.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been the center of attention, but as someone who already has an unusual amount of butterflies flying around in her stomach, this sort of anticipation can send me over the edge.

Here I was, after a year and a half of training, ready to teach my first yoga class. I sat through countless trainings, listening to the dos and don’ts of how to set the mood for a lesson, sequence poses, adjust those who are OK with being adjusted, and keep far away from those who clearly don’t want your hands on their sweaty bodies.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Boobs: Get over the girls

Posted By on Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 1:03 PM


Boobies, cans, jugs, knockers, tits, bazongas. Call ‘em what you want, but more and more women are harnessing the power of their breasts by, of all things, flaunting them publicly.

For the last couple of years, in places like New York, Washington D.C., Ontario and Scotland, women have been banding together in topless protests, saying that they’re tired of the double standard that men can be publicly topless but women’s breasts must be covered.

Trivial, maybe, considering the world’s more pressing problems, but at the heart of these protests, and movements like “Free the Nipple," is the aim to desexualize boobs so that women are less objectified and treated more equally. The theory is that if men see women’s bare breasts on the reg, the novelty will wear off and maybe that will lead to women getting equal wages, somehow.

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Weekend Shift: The C-word

Posted By on Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 4:33 PM

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In the latest study about how yummy and fun things we consume are going to end up killing us, we learned that processed meats, including bacon, ham, and sausage are the new culprits — but not for the usual reason.

For a long time, the powers that be told us that these foods are bad for our cardiovascular health. Then a couple of years ago they changed their tune. Saturated fats aren’t nearly as harmful as initially believed.

With a collective “Hell yeah!,” we promptly motor-boated big ol’ plate of crispy bacon. And we saw that it was good.

That is until recently, when some jokers, or the World Health Organization, whatever, told us that processed meats cause colorectal cancer; that if we consume 50 grams of processed meat a day we increase our risk of this deadly disease by 18 percent. They’re pretty sure red meat is linked to cancer too, and you can bet researchers are going to Mulder and Scully the hell out of that one. Also, and this is paraphrasing, but they essentially said grilling and pan frying meats will kill you dead, ‘cause of carcinogens created by cooking meat on high heat.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Weekend Shift: A mother's argument for choice

Posted By on Sun, Aug 16, 2015 at 11:40 AM


It’s likely we’ll have world peace before we all agree on whether abortion should be legal or not. But we don’t have to agree. We just have to keep it legal.

Those who work hard to chip away at Roe v. Wade, or disparage the work of Planned Parenthood, forget that abortions don’t have to be legal for women to have them.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

EPIC collaboration — Best of the Bay-winning trainer, Joe and Jaye Maddon open new boxing gym

Posted By on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 10:48 AM

THE GLOVES ARE OFF! From left, Joe and Jaye Maddon, Esther Solano and Newschannel 8's Gayle Guyardo.
  • THE GLOVES ARE OFF! From left, Joe and Jaye Maddon, Esther Solano and Newschannel 8's Gayle Guyardo.

Two years ago I was fortunate to participate in a personalized workout session with Esther Solano, 2011 and 2012 Best of the Bay Best Trainer-Readers Pick. The Puerto Rican-born trainer had lost a whopping 160 pounds by incorporating boxing into her exercise regimen and began to share similar customized routines with others as a personal trainer.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Health & Fitness Issue: Pimp my ride

Music Editor Leilani Polk makes the best of a free bicycle.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Leilani sawing — that is to say, liberating — her bike. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • Leilani sawing — that is to say, liberating — her bike.
Over the years, I’ve acquired lots of random stuff from my dad’s rental properties, abandoned by former tenants for convenience’s sake or in evicted haste. Most recently, dad dropped off a clunky, lightly battered, black-and-yellow bicycle I nicknamed Bugly.

When my roommate first beheld the Bugly beast, he insisted I scrap it and start over. “That thing is heavier than you are and it’s made for scaling mountains,” he said, indicating his own sleek, lightweight Sirrus as a more suitable alternative.
But a free bike is a free bike and I know me; if I didn’t use the one I had right here, I likely wouldn’t end up biking at all. Hell, Bugly sat in my living room for months before this story finally prompted me to try and put it to use.

First I needed the proper power tool to break off the U-lock that had made it impossible to ride. After about 15 minutes of buzz-sawing through the thick metal shackle amid high-pitched, sparking shrieks, the bike was officially liberated, with a satisfying snap.

Now it was time to make it ride-ready.

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Health & Fitness Issue: Rollin’ on the river

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 9:43 AM

Paige Sweeney takes her dog Faraday for a water bike ride. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
  • Paige Sweeney takes her dog Faraday for a water bike ride.

Last October, Dan Fleischbein looked out his Harbour Island office window and came up with an idea.

An executive recruiter with Lucas Group, he was enrolled in USF’s Master’s in Entrepreneurship program (class of 2015) and was pondering how he could start his own company.

The view of Tampa’s Riverwalk gave him the inspiration he needed.

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Health & Fitness 2015: The great bike/car/streetcar challenge

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 12:09 AM

Warner Coasted. - CHIP WEINER
  • Chip Weiner
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Bike sharing was introduced to Tampa with great fanfare last fall, as Mayor Buckhorn and his two-wheeled friends gathered at Water Works Park to jump aboard a fleet of bicyles from Coast Bike Share. An affiliate of the nationwide SoBi (Social Bicycles) system, it allows riders to sign up online and access Coast’s GPS-equipped bikes at racks and kiosks throughout downtown Tampa.

Scott Hyundaied. - CHIP WEINER
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The inviting blue-and-grey bicycles were installed not long ago in the parking garage near CL’s offices in Ybor Square. This week’s issue seemed like the perfect time to give the things a test run. Our idea (borrowed in part from a similar project done by The Stranger, the Seattle alt-weekly) was to see who could get from the garage to the Tampa Waterside Marriott first: Scott in his Hyundai Santa Fe; Julio via the TECO Line Streetcar; Daniel on his sleek Specialized Allez E5 road bike; photographer Chip on his 11-year-old Vertical bike; or me, who had signed up for an account with Coast.

Here are our adventures and misadventures, plus a few lessons learned.

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Subway spokesman Jared Fogle visits CL and shares realistic weight loss tips

Posted By on Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 6:11 PM

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  • KEEPING THE WEIGHT OFF (MOSTLY): Jared Fogle and the CL crew.

Jared Fogle, the famed weight-loss spokesman from Subway  — he slimmed down from a massive 400 pounds during his college days by eating Subway subs daily — visited the CL Space with friends from the American Heart Association to share some low-fat nuggets of wisdom Wednesday, Nov. 5, for National Eating Healthy Day. He says he's been here for the Tampa Bay Heart Walk and has visited Tampa around 17 times throughout his spokesperson career. Fogle says he really likes the Bay area, and it would be his favorite place to live in Florida — though he chooses the Pacific Northwest as the best place to live a healthy lifestyle in the U.S. 

Fogle admitted to not being a strict dieter, that he only eats the healthy Subway sandwiches a couple of times a week but maintains a healthy lifestyle overall. He shared some lifestyle tips for people who don't like dieting but really need to slim down to be healthy.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Best selling author David Epstein to be keynote speaker at the BayCare Sports Medicine Conference

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 3:22 PM


Midway through my phone conversation with author David Epstein, the thought came to mind: How is this guy not a doctor in physiology or sports psychology or orthopedics or all of the above?

Phrases like transcendent athleticism, self-regulating behavior, and sports specialization were just a small sampling of the discussion about the foundation of greatness in sports, which Epstein will focus on as the keynote speaker at the annual BayCare Sports Medicine Conference on Saturday, Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton St. Petersburg — Carillon Park.

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