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Happy Father's Day!

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June 16th, 2013



I have been blessed with a wonderful father and it has been heart-warming to see that there are many great fathers out there.

This is to CELEBRATE all you great fathers and THANK YOU for the sacrifices and commitments made. More and more fathers are totally involved with their kids--not only in sports but doing everything, including what used to be thought of as mom's work....shopping, cooking, ironing, cleaning, ponytails and even make-up (if necessary). Basically, today's fathers can and will do whatever the family needs and are no longer held to those old-time gender-specific roles. Hooray!

Frankly, I think our kids are so much better off today having equal participation from both parents. Thank you dads for doing your part to ensure that the kids are healthy, happy, responsible, and have a well-balanced perspective on life.

Cheers to the great dads who coach sports, who are there for homework and projects, who play ball and patiently teach skills, who go hiking after a long work week, who serve as great examples, who are there to guide, lead and sometimes follow.

The same goes for the father substitutes--the mother's who fulfill both roles, those who step-in in the absence of fathers, and those who are there at times offering fatherly advice that can be life-changing.

I have had coaches, friends and bosses who have influenced and enabled me to learn and grow. My children have also benefited greatly from our friends' fathers, scout leaders, and grandfathers.

There are many Fathers and father-like figures to honor today. Thank you to all who have taken the time to share your fatherly blessings.

Be strong, Live long.

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Hanauma Hike

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June 11th, 2013



I can't believe that I've lived here my whole life and have never hiked the Hanauma trail.

It was very easy and convenient to get to, there were no parking issues and (on this occasion) no crowds of people to share the trail with. My only warning would be to make sure you put sunscreen on before you head out and bring lots of water. Unlike the other mountain trails in the area, there aren't shade trees whatsoever along the way.

Right off Kalanianaole Highway headed eastbound toward Hanauma Bay, pass Koko Marina and the residential area on the right, you will see this sign and to the right is the shortcut to the ridgeline trail.

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After a few dozen yards upward you will quickly notice the fantastic view of Hawaii Kai and Hanauma Bay--a vantage point that you wouldn't otherwise get to enjoy. And it didn't take much work to get their either.

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We chose to head down the first trail to the left which overlooked the right side of the bay. It was a little scary scaling down the dry graveled dirt path while seeing nothing but cliff and ocean below, but we made it slowly and surely. At least we knew where we were headed. The path was clear.

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There is an almost eerie crater containing a graveyard of dried keawe to the right of the path. Signage indicated ancient Hawaiian significance so we happily circled the crater instead. Our reward was a view never had. At the south-eastern tip of Oahu, the bay looked gorgeous and the ocean view quickly served to de-stress.

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Rounding the southern edge to head up the opposite side ridge, we found another path to water's edge. We stumbled upon fishermen's 'not-so-secret' spot, reminding us of Bamboo Ridge, which always leaves me in wonder about how the heck they found such a location, toted supplies and materials there, and were able to construct these structures. Amazing.

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Here were some of the sites along the way that I had to share. It had a desert look and feel, but beautiful nonetheless.

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Don't forget the sunscreen and water!

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Load-bearing Exercise

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June 2nd, 2013



You'll often hear that whether you are young or old, load-bearing exercises are beneficial to keep bones strong and for overall muscle tone. Well, there are different degrees of load-bearing and much depends on your fitness level (past and present).

Try the following:

  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Walking or hiking
  • Dance
  • Calisthenics
  • Weight training
  • Sports

For each of these, there is a progression--with variations for different levels of ability and strengthening. Stay within your ability, but were possible, challenge yourself to keep improving and avoid boredom and complacency.

For athletes, if you are anything like me, you might feel the need for a little more. I notice a significant difference in my power, overall core strength and my ability to avoid injury in other activities when I include the following types of exercises as part of my regular training. I've found that the benefits of these are not replicated in any of the other isolation, bodyweight or machine exercises.

Deadlift - free weight bar, dumbbells or kettlebells

Hack squats or stationary squats - weight burden on upper body

Walking lunges or stationary lunges - Bar, dumbbells or kettlebells

I switch out between these exercises depending on what's available. The objective is to place the weight burden on the upper body. In repetitious movements, engaging the larger leg muscles, these provide great full-body strengthening to keep you strong and ready for anything--moving house, carrying cases of soda, heavy yard work, rearranging the furniture, etc.

Be strong, Live long.

*** I invite you to visit my website www.lifefitnet.com and participate in a short online survey that should take only 2-3 minutes to complete. No one’s personal, individual data is ever shared and the aggregated information is used to Build a Healthy Hawaii and better understand individual needs and preferences related to establishing healthy lifestyle habits. Mahalo for your support! 🙂 Lori

National Senior Health & Fitness Day

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May 29th, 2013



The common goal for this day: keep older Americans healthy and fit. Wednesday, May 29th is National Senior Health & Fitness Day--the nation's largest annual health promotion event for older adults.

The Central YMCA will be celebrating this FREE event from 8:00-11:00am at the Central Y gym and is open to the public (non-members must bring photo ID).

Participating exhibitors will include: Alzheimers Association, Arthritis Foundation, National Kidney Foundation, Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Attention Plus Care, Kuakini Health Systems, HMSA Healthways, Ikaika Health & Performance, Kaiser Permanente, Ohana Health Plan, Ohana Pacific Rehab, Moilili Community Center, The Plaza Senior Living, R&M Reyes Enterprise, Sprint CapTel, GNC Vitamins, Bankers Life & Casualty, ID Theft Solutions, Down to Earth, GlucoFitClub, Generations Magazine plus many others.

They will be offering free massages, blood pressure testing, and senior planning as well as three fitness classes: Silver&Fit®, Tai Chi - Moving for Better Balance, and Zumba Gold®.

Other events will be at Pacific island Fitness in Kailua-Kona, as well.

Let this be the day to start taking steps to better health and fitness.

  • Especially for seniors, this means eating well and make sure you get your protein. Too many seniors fall into a downward spiral of inactivity, resulting in no appetite.
  • Exercise. You don't have to train for the next marathon but just get active. Join a class or just start walking. Exercise helps retain muscle, maintain balance and keep the mind/body connection.

It is never too late to start investing in your health and well-being. You'd be amazed at what you can do!

*** I invite you to visit my website www.lifefitnet.com and participate in a short online survey that should take only 2-3 minutes to complete. No one’s personal, individual data is ever shared and the aggregated information is used to Build a Healthy Hawaii and better understand individual needs and preferences related to establishing healthy lifestyle habits. Mahalo for your support! 🙂 Lori

Scare of a Lifetime

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May 26th, 2013



I was floored recently by the news that one of my dearest friends had a mild stroke. She and I go back to elementary school together and have been there through each other's trials and tribulations over the decades.

You might be wondering....Did she smoke? Did she drink excessively? Did she have other health issues? Was she on medication? Was she diabetic? Did she otherwise lead a high risk lifestyle? Sure, she may have had a few concerns over the years but nothing that would place her in the high risk category. She is a bit overweight but has lost quite a lot over the past year and has gotten a lot more active.

She just turned 50 this year! She's too young and I'm still in disbelief.

I wasn't as surprised when my brother had a stroke at the age of 40 because he had high blood pressure since high school, drank excessively, smoked, ate fried food plate lunches daily, and consumed a lot of red meat. Accordingly, he was obese (over 300 lbs.) and probably never did cardio in his adult life. Not to be mean but his stroke wasn't a total shock friends and family.

Fortunately, my girlfriend seems to have survived the stroke with only her speech affected but it drew me to tears thinking about her, the family and what could have happened.

At any rate, the message here is to urge all of you NOT to wait until a scare forces you to pay attention to your health. Continue making the positive dietary changes. Keep exercising and have your regular health checks. But don't forget the mental/psychological effects that are not so obvious. To this, I'm speaking of being happy or content with yourself, your relationships, and managing stress.

I believe in my girlfriends case, this presented an even greater problem than her weight. For many others as well, I hear similar stories about work and their personal lives being particularly burdensome for extended periods of time--eating at them from the inside-out.

My warning to all is to take care of all dimensions of health. Neglecting any one area could put you at risk. Eat well. Exercise. Manage your mental wellness. Attend to your health care needs. And do so before you are forced to make it a priority.

Of course, prevention is best. But if you experience any of the following signs, have someone call 9-1-1 immediately: sudden vision problems, numbness or weakness of one side of your face, arm or leg, slurred speech, dizziness, intense headache, trouble balancing/walking, and particularly a combination of these. Don't be like my brother and drive home to lie down first!

*** I invite you to visit my website www.lifefitnet.com and participate in a short online survey that should take only 2-3 minutes to complete. No one’s personal, individual data is ever shared and the aggregated information is used to Build a Healthy Hawaii and better understand individual needs and preferences related to establishing healthy lifestyle habits. Mahalo for your support! 🙂 Lori