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ExCouch Potato Samantha Pruitt wants YOU!

Accept a challenge that requires discipline, focus and teamwork because you are worth it

If you do not follow my blogs, you may not have heard what athletic shenanigans I’m up to nowadays. Since April, I’ve been training for a 50-mile trail race to qualify for the Western States100-mile trail race. 

Why, you may ask? Because I’m both lucky enough and crazy enough to be able to try!  

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Benefits of fitness on overall health

“A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body a prison.” – Francis Bacon

Like many of you, I feel we live in one of the most beautiful places in the world.  It’s relatively easy to enjoy the outdoors and be active year-round on the Central Coast.  I have also been lucky enough to work with an active group of people and have many active patients that inspire me to compete and push myself athletically.  

Get out there!

What’s your go-to way to stay active and fit? Cycling? Running? Kayaking? Bowling? Lifting weights? Taking the dog for a walk? Playing Frisbee?

Folks along the Central Coast are taking part in a wide variety of outdoor activities – and a lot of indoor ones as well – at this very moment. A slew of opportunities await each one of us every day, from the very young to the young at heart. 

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Central Coast is home to Mixed Martial Arts champ

Castle Williams maintains perfect MMA record

The folks at Pit North in Atascadero have a lot to celebrate as they bid farewell to 2013 and welcome the New Year. On Dec. 7 in Las Vegas, Pit North owner and head trainer Castle Williams won his Mixed Martial Arts Fight by Guillotine Submission 2 minutes 22 seconds into the very first round at King of the Cage, Future Legends 19. 

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UltraPacing for rookies

We’re living through the Big Bang in the ultra-running world; as more runners conquer the marathon, they’re trading up to ultras. Ultra-marathon finishes have increased a whopping 400% over the past five years.

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Get Out, Stand Up

 
Paddle boarding sweeps the Central Coast
At first glance, stand up paddle boarding looks like a sport with an identity disorder. The paddling aspect certainly seems reminiscent of kayaking, but the actual vehicle is a simple, over-sized surfboard. Riders wear calm, serene expressions as if they’re going for a pleasant stroll, except that they’re walking on water. Yes, stand up paddle boarding is a lot like other activities, but there’s nothing quite like it.

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Never Going Back to 480

 
At age 20, Andrew Frudden is a fit, handsome young man with striking brown eyes, clear complexion and rosy pink cheeks that accompany his overall health and his enthusiasm for his new life.
 
Today, no one would look at Andrew and imagine that just three years ago he was a 480 pound teenager with diminishing hopes of a full life, disabled not only by his burdening weight, but by the overwhelming fear that he might not live to see 20.
 

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Central Coast Pumpkin Farm opening

Central Coast pumpkin farm offers family fun

Granny's Garden at San Marcos Ranch is worth the drive

Bring the kids out and stroll through the giant Central Coast pumpkin patch at the new Granny's Garden at San Marcos Ranch, just north of Paso Robles.

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Living and thriving with the big “C”

I grew up in San Luis Obispo. It was an idyllic and active childhood thanks to my amazing parents. I was one of those kids whose parents would literally tell me go outside and play until dinner. This resulted in frequent tromps all around Bishop Peak where I invariably got muddy at the pond. It also included daily trips to the SLO Swim Center for swim practice. The smell of chlorine wafting over the pool on a summer morning makes me want to dive in and crank out a few 1000 meters (time has allowed me to romanticize those killer workouts).

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Calmino mission trail is a hiker’s dream

It’s California’s take on the 500-mile trek in Spain

Due to the popularity of the recent movie “The Way,” more Americans have become aware of the Camino de Santiago, the 500-mile trek through northern Spain.  What many Californians don’t realize, however, is that we have a Camino of our own right here in the Golden State.

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