The best fitness advice around town 

BSA -  Tammy StokesQ? There are so many choices when it comes to working out. What are the best exercises for my time and money? 

A: This simple truth will always guide you toward the best exercises: the more movement an exercise requires, the more results it will deliver. The more muscles you use performing it, the more authentically it will shape and train your body. Amazing results comes from full body exercises, and they create muscular balance too. Love the way you look and feel about your body with these time-tested exercises: squats, deadlifts, lunges, pushups, planks, burpees and mountain climbers.

Tammy Stokes, West Coast Workout and Tammy Stokes Lifestyle

BSA - Tension Fit TrainerQ: What product can help me get a good workout away from the gym? 

A: Try the Tension Fit Tranier (TFT). It is a new portable fintess device that provides a full body strength and cardio workout. TFT challenges the muscles at its weakest (eccentric) and strongest (concentric) points, resulting in progressive strength and enduracne training. You only need 20 minutes to get an effective workout with TFT and gain lean muscle.

Lisa Tanker Potts, Boutique Body Fitness

Delaine RossQ: Which is more important, strength training or cardio?

A: Ideally, you should pick a training that combines the two, but if you’re a cardio junkie, please don’t neglect your strength training. Building lean muscle increases your metabolism, causing you to burn more calories just from living your life. Getting stronger will also make your cardio training easier. A stronger runner will be faster than one who only runs and doesn’t strength train. And ladies, don’t worry. Full body strength training will not make you bulky!

Delaine Ross, Condition Kettlebell Gym

BSA - Joey DillonQ: What are some simple things people can do in their everyday routine to see faster health and fitness results? 

A: Diet is key. That includes cutting out a lot of junk food or anything high in sugar. For physical activity, use a fitness tracker like Fitbit or Nike+ FuelBand. These track your sleeping patterns, steps and distances you’ve walked, calories burned and more, and they help you see your fitness goals becoming a reality.

Joey Dillon, Status Athletic Club

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BSA - April Best AdviceDarrah Brustein from Network Over 40 is here to share her best advice to reduce social stress.

What are the most common social stressors people experience? 

Moving to a new city and not knowing anyone. Another stressor is when people’s lives take divergent paths. As some old friends have kids or move away, there is stress around how to manage those relationships and/or make new ones.

How can people reduce social stress? 

While it may sound oversimplified, the first thing you need to do to reduce social stress is to accept yourself. Be happy with who you are, and be happy alone. Once you can do that, you don’t feel nervous to be yourself.

How can people put their social stress into perspective? 

Remind yourself that other people want to make new friends too. And if you don’t click with someone, that’s OK.

How do you deal with social stress? 

I love to meet new people and learn their stories, so I look at interactions as an opportunity to do that.

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EcoSense logo 2012Jennie Turner Garlington wants to share the message that each and every person’s actions can help save the earth. So she developed a PSA series 10 years ago that received such high acclaim it became an ongoing, Emmy-winning series. Four new episodes premiere this April for Earth Month on Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) Mondays at 7:30 p.m. ET, April 13 through May 4.

Carter & Olivia Ries w leopard 110“Environmental health does not have to be expensive or time consuming,” Jennie says. “I created ‘EcoSense for Living’ to give tips and techniques that anyone can use every day to improve the eco-health of their own local community and the world. I also profile individuals who are making an impact through remarkable and inspiring local and global eco-initiatives.”

As an environmental media champion, Atlanta native, former CNN producer, mother and concerned citizen, Jennie continues to raise awareness, spur discussion and offer tips for everyday ways to save the environment. “I’m really encouraged the public is embracing EcoSense for Living in Georgia and across the country because that means saving the environment is becoming a higher priority for everyone,” Jennie said. “In many cases, it’s pretty easy to keep yourself – and your children – more healthy with just a little education. My goal with EcoSense for Living is for everyone to learn the many, simple ways they can improve our world.”

fb-cover-7-8Topics of the four new episodes of EcoSense for Living include planting urban gardens and shopping for non-GMO food, how the decline of bees impacts food sources, how to reduce our carbon footprint to impact climate change, and tomorrow’s “eco-heroes” who are out to save the earth. The new episodes are:

  • EcoSense for Living: Take Back the Farm, episode 7, takes a close look at the changing ways we think about and consume food. The episode includes profiles of Ron Finley, a “renegade” urban gardener in south central Los Angeles; Will Harris, a South Georgia farmer and owner of White Oak Pastures; and Paul Tukey, author and organic lawn expert who offers surprising revelations about how we moved from growing our own food to our fascination with perfect lawns. Corey Moser, farm manager at Burge Plantation, details how anyone can be part of the change by planting an heirloom garden using seeds from existing crops. Airs Monday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • EcoSense for Living: Food Fight, episode 8, looks at genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) and ingredients as well as the rapid decline of bees, both of which are among the many pressures on the safety and security of America’s food supply. “Rich Food, Poor Food” authors, Jayson and Mira Calton, reveal how smart choices at the grocery store can avoid unwanted ingredients. Cardiologist Dr. William Davis, author of “Wheat Belly,” discusses surprising results after some patients removed wheat from their diets; wheat-free food blogger Ayla Wilt echoes these findings. Bee experts detail how synthetic ingredients are responsible for the decline by up to 70% of some bee populations and the episode concludes by offering five ways the every day person can help save the bees. Airs Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • EcoSense for Living: Power Pioneers – Reducing Our Carbon Footprint, episode 9, affirms that 97% of scientists agree that global climate change is a troubling reality and looks at creative grassroots solutions including how West Liberty, one small Kentucky town, rebuilt after being wiped out by tornadoes. The episode also takes an inside look at how Chicago is reassessing its energy mix and profiles new, innovative transportation options including choosing electric cars or clean energy over coal, all emerging choices that present changes the everyday person can make for big impact. Airs Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
  • EcoSense for Living: Young Eco Heroes, episode 10, focuses on the next generation of environmentalists who are passionate, capable and already making a difference in wildlife preservation, climate change reversal and healthy ocean policies. Carter and Olivia Ries, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Sean Russell and Maeve Snyder are just a few of the young people profiled in this episode. They are meeting with world leaders, developing local campaigns and taking the environmental future into their own hands in surprising and creative ways that promise to positively impact their peers and the earth for years to come. Airs Monday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Visit for more information. For details about Georgia Public Broadcasting and to find station information throughout the state, visit

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O40andF_LOGO (1)Thank you for your participation in this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest. After tallying a record number of votes, we’re happy to announce the winners.

In alphabetical order, this year’s top 10 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners are Debora Carrier, Michelle Ellis, Trina Floyd, Michelle Hodgson, Jackie Madison, Dr. Kara Martin, Dr. Desiree McCarthy-Keith, Nancy Nusbaum, Kat Spivey and Julie White. The votes were very close this year, so we’ll also be recognizing the next fabulous five nominees in our June issue: Karen Burns, Hope Knosher, Jocelyn McCarthy, Collette McDonald and Claire Pearson.

To find out the overall winner, check out the cover of our June issue when it comes out on May 20. We’ll profile each of our top 15 winners in that issue too, so don’t miss it!

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Lenox Square. Caffeine and Exotics. 7.20.14 (41)On the third Sunday of every month, head to Lenox Square Mall for the new Caffeine and Exotics Car Show. The event runs from 8 to 11 a.m. on April 19 and features more than 190 of Atlanta’s finest exotic vehicles brought by local, private owners. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast while you check out each car and mingle with other enthusiasts.

Details: 3393 Peachtree Road BE, Atlanta, GA,

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ShaNay Norvell, Julianna Daniell (Cyc Instructor), Liz Weiner, Madison James

ShaNay Norvell, Julianna Daniell (Cyc Instructor), Liz Weiner, Madison James

Being active should be a fun experience – not one that you dread. Keeping your activity fresh is the best way to combat this problem. I applied my own advice to my workout routine and added a funky, fun spin class at Cyc Fitness. Cyc Fitness is located in Buckhead and incorporates boxing, volleyball, weights and cardio all while jamming to the hottest hits. I had so much fun that I forgot about the burn in my legs and the sweat dripping down my nose. This is also a great way to get in shape if you’re looking for a low-impact activity. Cycling is easy on the joints, and anyone can ride a stationary bike! Stay motivated by changing it up with a class like this. Check out for information.

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BSA - April Best Bulletin Image 1April is National Donate Life Month, bringing awareness to organ donation and transplantation. To show your support, participate in the Run 4 Your Life 5K event at the Silver Comet Trail. On April 18 at 9 a.m., runners from across Atlanta will don blue and green – the colors of the Donate Life organization – and raise awareness for the cause. Registration starts at $25, and if you aren’t a runner but still want to join in the fun, sign up to volunteer.


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BSA - Best RXDr. Rourke M. Stay from Lightbulb Radiology answers a reader’s question about image testing.

Q: What should I do if I don’t understand the result of my imaging test (CT, MRI, ultrasound, etc.)?

Get a copy of the report so that you can ask your doctor specific questions about the results. Another idea is to talk directly with a radiologist, a physician who specializes in interpreting imaging exams. This can be accomplished by contacting the radiologist who read your exam, or by using an online service that allows you to have a personal consultation with a radiologist who can help you understand your test results.

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This month, the Advisory Board members share their journeys and words of wisdom for a rewarding career.

IMG_6880 high resMadison James

B 98.5 FM – Fitness/Weight Loss 

In today’s world of endless messages about diet and weight loss options, sometimes it can be easy to pay attention to the wrong ones – ones that get you the results you want, but in a way that isn’t the healthiest for your body. Even Madison James experienced this during her first forays into figure competitions. “I became very obsessed about the wrong things,” she remembers. “For me, it was extreme dieting. And when you do that, you are depriving your body of things that it needs. You think you look great, but it can be a very dangerous situation. My levels were thrown off – my hormones were not balanced, and my body didn’t know what was going on.” She ended up in the doctor’s office, realizing that there had to be a healthier way to look the way she wanted to.

“Go after your passion. Your passion for something will be the motivation you need to keep going, especially when challenges arise.”

Now, she’s found that. With regular meals of healthy, whole food and just three 30-minute workouts per week, James has her body and her life in balance. She says, “It’s very important for me to share with people that there’s a way you can be your best self and not be in the gym all day and counting calories. There’s a much easier way to do it.”

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BSA - April Best Bulletin ImageIs your neighborhood making you fat? Well, it’s not as simple as that, but it could be a factor. At the Museum of Design Atlanta, the new “Designing Healthy Communities” exhibit explores how our physical environments impact our health and well-being. For example, many areas of town are laid out in ways that encourage residents to drive instead of walk or stay home instead of interacting with neighbors. But it doesn’t have to be that way! This interactive exhibit, opening on April 19, shows the huge variety of design strategies that can make our communities more accessible and healthier for everyone.

Details: 1315 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA, (404) 99-6455,

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