Debunking the myths about dance workouts

Passion Fit
Alex Johnson / Special to the Town Crier
Columnist Reena Vokoun, above center in orange, teaches a dance class at Passion Fit’s launch event at Athleta in Palo Alto. According to Vokoun, dance not only works the cardiovascular system, but also engages the core, which helps tone and sculpt the body.

Many people are under the misconception that dancing isn’t a very effective workout.

While there may be variances by individual, according to research conducted by the American Council on Exercise, dance classes like Zumba can burn on average between 300 and 400 calories per hour and are considered effective, full-body regimens.

How do you know if your romantic relationship is healthy?

Not many adults have experienced a healthy parental relationship as children, whether or not the parents lived together. When we don’t grow up having a template for a healthy romantic relationship, how do we know what one actually looks like?

You might think that anyone would know the answer, but do they? Is it how many times they have sex, or what kind of sex? How many vacations they take together? How much money they make?

How you can strengthen your core safely for a strong, pain-free back

Courtesy of PhysioFit
The forearm plank, demonstrated above, can help strengthen one’s core and back, according to Kim Gladfelter of PhysioFit.

When it comes to having a strong, healthy body and a flexible, pain-free back, you can’t do better than having a good, strong core. But what does that even mean? What, exactly, is the core? And why is it so important?

It’s common for people to associate the abdominal muscles with core strength, but your core is made up of much more than abs. There is some controversy about what is considered the core. Core muscles can be divided into two groups: (1) local muscles that help stabilize your spine, including the transversus abdominis, internal obliques, multifidi, pelvic floor and diaphragm, and (2) global muscles that assist in moving your spine, such as the rectus abdominis, external obliques, erector spinae, latissimus dorsi and various hip muscles.

Ways to combat colds and the flu this season

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the 2018 cold and flu season is looking to be one of the worst since 2015 and is severely affecting many states in the U.S., including California.

To prevent or best manage colds and the flu, the following are things we can do to stay as healthy as possible.

Grateful hearts: local transplant patients encourage organ donation

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Susan Roberts holds the Stanford heart pillow she received after her transplant.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. adult heart transplant, spearheaded by Norman Shumway, M.D., at Stanford Hospital Jan. 6, 1968. Since then, the procedure has saved more than 60,000 lives, including that of Los Altos resident Susan Roberts, chairwoman of Stanford’s Heart Transplant Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Tips aim to help busy moms claim some 'me time'

According to a study on WebMD, many people, especially women, are less happy than they were 40 years ago due to a lack of time for themselves.

Moms, in particular, struggle with finding balance because they’re so busy meeting work and/or volunteer deadlines and tending to the needs of their families and homes.

Schools »

Read More

Sports »

Read More

People »

Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

Browse and buy photos