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Strong relationships can benefit your health
You probably are well aware of the usual suspects and habits that play a big role in promoting your long-term well-being — not smoking, for example, or eating a healthful diet or making sure to get enough sleep. But did you know that having strong relationships and social connections can also have a powerful effect on your physical health?
Bay Area locations make it easy to add herbs and spices to your diet
Everyone has had negative thoughts about his or her body at some point. Male or female, young or old, short or tall, we’ve all felt the occasional insecurities. Society tends to emphasize the number on a scale rather than how we feel. However, a healthy (or unhealthy) weight is unique to every person and can involve many factors.
First, let’s look at a few key components of healthy weight. This trio, when we make them habits, can effect gradual, lasting change:
Not just child’s play, hula hooping is a workout worth considering—according to researchers and hoopers
Anyone who thinks that exercise has to be drudgery hasn’t tried hula hooping. When a brightly colored hoop is swiveling around your hips to the rhythms of upbeat music, it’s easy to forget that you’re doing something that’s good for your body.
Slow and dancelike, tai chi is a graceful way to relax, exercise and improve physical balance. To find out more about this Chinese martial art, we spoke to Jan Diepersloot, Bay Area tai chi teacher and author of Masters of Perception (www.warriorsofstillness.com), for a firsthand account of his development as a serious tai chi practitioner.
These local training groups, which are open to runners of all levels, will help you get ready this spring or summer — and introduce you to new friends.
The annual opening of San Francisco’s Dungeness crab season, usually in the beginning of November, marks the arrival of the holidays and a treasured local tradition
Looking for new ways to savor the sweet meat of Dungeness crab? For inspiration, we turned to Allen Kuehn, founder of the San Francisco Fish Company at the Ferry Building Marketplace, where the crab breakfast burrito is a top seller. Read on for Kuehn’s tips for making the most of San Francisco’s crab season, which lasts through June.
Minimize your carbon footprint — and your waist size — with a BART-bike adventure to one of these Bay Area beauty spots
Alameda Creek Trail and Coyote Hills Regional Park
Get those neurons working in your brain and gain a new perspective on cool ways to have fun
Sometimes getting lost is entertaining! And there’s no better way to get disoriented than to step into a maze. As the weather changes in the fall, opportunities abound for this out-of-the-ordinary activity, with seasonal mazes popping up throughout the Bay Area. So gather the crew and check out some of these local mazes, which are sure to pose a challenge for kids and adults alike.
These oases tucked into the folds of Bay Area urban life offer opportunities for fun and tranquil activities, including walking, volunteering, meditating and connecting with nature
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
With its diverse collection of 13,000 plant varieties from around the world, the garden—located on a hillside above the university—promises a horticultural adventure and healthy hike. On a clear day, trek to the top and enjoy spectacular views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge from the Garden of Old Roses.