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Get Out and Go

First do your taxes. Then cast a fly, plant a tree or go boarding for a cause.

Ride First-class

Bike a north Saharan oasis in Morocco and welcome the sunset with a glass of wine. Or take tea with villagers outside Beijing before resting your aching muscles at a four-star hotel. Any way you go, your days will end in style with Butterfield & Robinson’s 94 luxury biking and walking adventures.



Has tax day left you with empty pockets and post-W-2 neck knots? Sweat away your stress for free on April 15 at any Bally Total Fitness center. Personal trainers are available to help. Sorry, massages are not included. (800-FITNESS)

See Boston pop

The Boston Marathon is the place to be on April 17. If you don’t have a number, join the million spectators lining the streets on Patriots’ Day and be among the first to find out if Fatuma Roba of Ethiopia (right) will nab her fourth consecutive victory.

Get hooked

You may not catch the Big One, but L.L. Bean’s introductory fly-fishing courses will teach you how to try. At these one- to three-day workshops–held from April through October at cozy Maine resorts–you’ll get lessons in the art of tying flies and smooth casting. ( for additional fly-fishing advice and inspiration, log on to

Point, click and swing

Still slicing every shot? Try the pro-in-a-box. The FujiColor QuickSnap disposable golf camera ($20) comes with 15 exposures and Bill Forrest, one of the country’s top golf instructors. Well, not in the flesh. But when you mail in your print (FUJI for the address), he will analyze your swing. Have a friend click the button at the beginning of your swing. Fore! Eight photos in one second–all captured on the same small print.

Don’t skip a beat

Skipp Comp is a new adjustable digital jump rope that tracks the number of jumps you take, how long you skip and your average jumps per minute, freeing your mind to think of other things–like your burning quads. ($13; 888-JMP-ROPE)

Humor us

It’s a known fact that trees eat golf balls. But why did the aerobics instructor cross the road? April is National Humor Month. We suggest you forgo the whoopee cushion and get some comic help from Looking for more to tickle your tennis partner’s funny bone? Quotes from athletes and coaches at are real knee-slappers.

Spruce up the neighborhood

April 28 is National Arbor Day–time to hug your own tree! Join the National Arbor Day Foundation for $10 and you’ll receive 10 free Colorado blue spruce seedlings. The foundation will ship your trees just in time for planting. No worries for black thumbs: They come with instructions. (more…)

Published: November 18, 2015 | Comments: 0

How Much Does Liposuction Cost for Women

Liposuction is known to be an expensive procedure done to reduce fat from a certain part of the body to make the whole body look good. However there are a lot of people asking how much does liposuction cost and this article will give you an idea on how much it costs and what are the factors that contribute to its cost since people know that it can be very expensive.

How much does liposuction cost?

There are great differences when it comes to the cost of liposuction. People will have a hard time finding the best and most accurate price that they can get. The price relies mainly on the area size, what kind of method will be used, and how much effort is needed to perform liposuction. The tumescent liposuction is a method that is known to give the best results and also micro cannulas. In a lot of cases, this method is worth the price when getting a liposuction.

The areas that liposuction targets are the abdomen, inner knees, buttocks, hips, upper arms, flanks, chest, back, thighs, and the neckline.

Benefits of liposuction

It is known to be safe procedure done to get rid of body fat and it offers cellulite reduction. Your health will also improve because you have less body fat and you will also look better physically so you will gain confidence. You will have a higher self-esteem and you will be able to achieve better shape that cannot be achieved by just dieting or exercising..

The technology needed to perform liposuction has improved, but you should still talk to your doctor or plastic surgeon to tell you the benefits and potential risks that are involved with liposuction.

What comprises the cost of liposuction?

The cost of the liposuction depends on the area where you live in. There are some states where liposuction is more expensive than others. The cost can also depend on the type of hospital or facility where the procedure will be done and if the doctor has more experience, it is most likely that they will charge higher. You will also need to pay a higher amount to anesthesiologists who have been successful in the past surgeries that they have been involved in. The size of the area where you will have the liposuction done is a factor for the cost as well. If the place has a lot of staff, it is most likely that they will charge higher compared to smaller placer. The pre-op lab that is comprised of a series of tests can also add to the cost. There will be elastic compression garments that will be needed for the procedure so that will contribute to the price as well. You will also be given medications and prescriptions after the liposuction so that will also become an added expense.

The doctor’s fee, anesthesiologist’s fee, facility cost, and other usual fees will all add up. The average cost if liposuction in the United States is about $4000 and that’s just for one part of the body. If you will have surgery done on other parts of the body, it could cost you up to $6,000 to $8,000. If you want it done on five parts of your body, you will need to spend at least $11,000. These are the usual prices that are given for the whole package and they are mostly offered by plastic surgeons who want to have more than one body part undergo liposuction. They can get these kinds of rates as long as they are paying a fixed fee for the anesthesiologist and the doctor’s fee. Patients who want to have more than one liposuction procedure done should think about getting these packages. (more…)

Published: November 6, 2015 | Comments: 0

Hooked on Adventure

It was that trip, I think, that hooked me on adventure, that drove me to find ways to get myself farther and farther afield. My life became, for a while, a blur of packing up the scuba gear before I had unpacked the dogsledding stuff. In the years that followed our Bahamas trip, I would find myself staring out of a little plane window at the vast and white frozen Brooks Range one month and at the red repetition of the Namib Desert the next.

I got myself to every continent, sometimes as the guide, sometimes as the passenger, and never with very much money. I got myself to cultures and landscapes so diverse and remote from one another, it seemed to me that there had to be far more undiscovered destinations than there could be adventurers in the world.

The Bahamas trip took place nearly two decades ago, before the mainstreaming of adventure, before the number of adventurers started to overwhelm the number of adventures, before adventure itself was something that could be marketed, manipulated and guaranteed. These days, a lot more of us are out there, and adventure has become big business. Now people crave adventure the way they used to crave drags or fast cars, and there are those of us who are willing to package it and sell it to them, since it means that we can make our livings doing what we love.

River and Wilderness Guide

I have been a river and wilderness guide for more than 10 years, and in that period I have spent weeks and months with an ever more diverse cross section of the population who no longer want to use their vacation time resting or relaxing but want to have an adventure instead. If we ask the question, Why now? the answer seems obvious.

I know my techie friends will disagree with me, but as the computer age continues to encroach upon and dominate our lives, our need for adventure becomes naturally more pronounced. Surfing the Net, guaranteed next-business-morning deliveries, faxes, modems, cellular phones, fast food, strip malls: These unavoidable components of our modern lives are the very opposite of adventure.

At one time, we were creatures who knew where our food came from. At one time, we spent the largest part of our day killing or collecting that food, finding a place to be warm for the night, surviving blizzards and floods and attacks by wild animals and other human beings. Our lives, at one time, were all about survival. (more…)

Published: October 25, 2015 | Comments: 0


You have six weeks to achieve workout brilliance. Here’s how to apply yourself.

Goal Put your newfound knowledge to work: Train smart. The following six-week plan is effective and practical (read: quick and painless). The best part is that it delivers big-time benefits fast. Your objective is to improve your fitness level by 10 percent every two weeks. After six weeks, take the workout test again to determine exactly how much you’ve advanced; you should make a 30 percent gain.

The Workout Basics Before Exercising

Warm up for five minutes by walking briskly on a treadmill; then stretch. Pat Manocchia, who designed the workout, suggests doing hip circles (rotate your hips) and side bends. After working out (see weekly training calendar on page 95 for specific exercise prescriptions), cool down for five minutes, doing the three “test” stretches. Perform each stretch two to three times, holding for 25 seconds. Feel free to rearrange your cardio and strength days, but to avoid injury and muscle soreness, make sure you don’t do the same exercise two days in a row. Take one rest day per week.

Cardio Exercise Do 40 minutes of continuous aerobic exercise on Tuesday and Thursday and 60 minutes on Saturday. Gauge how hard you’re working on the Rate of Perceived Exertion scale of 1 to 10. You’ll notice that by the end of the six-week program, you’ll be working at the same RPE as in the beginning, but you’ll be getting a lot further than before. That’s because you’re getting fitter.

Strength Training To get stronger, lift weights on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For weeks one and two, do three sets of 12 reps, lifting between five and 10 pounds. (If you’re more comfortable using less weight, that’s fine. Just lift enough so that you’re tired by the time you do the last two reps.) During the third and fourth weeks, do three sets of 10 reps, lifting 12 to 15 pounds. For the last two weeks, perform three sets of eight reps, using 15 to 20 pounds. Use the same rep scheme for all the body-weight exercises, such as the push-ups and lunges.

Your Weekly Training Calendar

Six weeks to a 30 percent fitness boost. School your body with this plan.

Before you start: Make six photocopies of this weekly plan to track your progress over time. (more…)

Published: October 18, 2015 | Comments: 0

The Answers for Your Questions about Fitness Exercises


Sweat through the following workout to determine how fit you are. There is no scoring here, so be honest when recording your results. Your answers will reveal your body’s strengths and weaknesses, plus give you a starting point for your workout. Throughout the test, measure how hard you’re working on a scale of 1 (easy) to 10 (challenging); this is called the Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE). Or take your pulse. How rapidly your heart rate settles after exercise is a good indication of your fitness level: the faster, the better. Take this test again in six weeks; we bet you’ll recover faster because you’ll be fitter.


Option A Treadmill Run

Warm up with a fast walk for 2 minutes. Set treadmill to a 1 percent incline and run for 10 minutes at 6 mph (or run a 10-minute mile outdoors). —

Take your pulse for 10 seconds.

Recover for 2 minutes and take your pulse again. —

Or on a scale of 1 to 10, how hard did you work? —

Option B Treadmill Walk

Walk on a treadmill for a total of 12 minutes: Warm up for 3 minutes, then set the incline to 3 percent. Walk for 3 minutes. Increase the incline to 6 percent and walk 3 minutes. Set the incline to 9 percent and walk 3 minutes.

Take your pulse for 10 seconds. —

Recover for 2 minutes and take your pulse again.–

Or on a scale of 1 to 10, how hard did you work? —


Record the total number of repetitions of each exercise you can complete (with perfect form) in one minute. If you can do only 3 push-ups before collapsing, rest and continue when you are able to proceed with good form. Recover for 3 minutes between each exercise.

  • Lunges With arms at sides, stand with feet together and lunge forward with right foot so that right thigh is parallel to ground and left knee is one inch off of it. Bring left foot forward to meet right, and then lunge with left foot.
  • Straight-leg push-ups With hands shoulder-width apart, lower chest, bending elbows to 90 degrees and keeping body straight from shoulders to ankles (if this is too hard, do it with knees bent). Press up.
  • Crunches Lie faceup with knees bent, feet flat on ground, hands behind head. Raise shoulders, then slowly lower them. Don’t tuck chin.
  • Assisted pull-ups Hold on to a pull-bar with an underhand grip. Put body in a 45-degree angle. Pull chest to bar, keeping body straight. Lower.


Published: October 4, 2015 | Comments: 0

The More You Know About Exercise, The Fitter You Can Be

The more you know about exercise, the fitter you can be. Pro beach volleyball player Gabrielle Reece shows you how to train smarter and make your sweat count.

I started learning about fitness when I was 15. That’s when I got into sports and started getting my butt worked by a coach on a regular basis. I didn’t know much about the science or the benefits of working hard; all I knew was that in close games, the better-conditioned team usually won. At 17, I started playing college volleyball, and a whole new fitness universe opened up. Strength coaches who specialized in training elite athletes introduced me to lifting weights.

In the first year, I watched my body transform from skinny to strong, and over the next four years I gained 15 pounds of muscle. When I started playing pro beach volleyball, I hooked up with trainer T.R. Goodman, and my regimen took on new complexity and sophistication. T.R. taught me about technique, circuit training and diet. He trained me to understand how exercise affects my body and convinced me that I needed to become familiar with its inner workings.

Who Enlighten About Exercise

I continue to meet people who enlighten me about exercise. One of them is Pat Manocchia, the owner and director of La Palestra Center for Preventative Medicine, in New York City, where he trains everyone from NFL players to corporate executives. He devised the fitness quiz that follows (you lucky ducks). When I heard Pat’s training philosophy, I knew instantly that he is a rare find in the fitness world. His No. 1 goal is to educate his clients about why they are doing certain exercises so they’re not just floating behind him, waiting for his next command.

I asked Pat why so many people think exercise is boring. He replied that it’s because they don’t understand what is happening as they work out. “They’re not connected to the exercise through their knowledge of what they’re doing,” he said. “Once you become informed about exercise, you can start having some real fun.” Pat taught me that a lack of motivation actually represents a lack of knowledge.

That’s where his test comes in. Why take it? A lot of us have the desire to work out, but we have no idea if what we are doing is effective. This test can solve a lot of those unknowns and help you get in better shape. Use it to gauge your fitness level and determine where you need to improve. The biggest benefit of this test is education. Once you gain workout know-how, you’ll be able to come up with answers to your particular problems. (more…)

Published: September 22, 2015 | Comments: 0