July 4, 2001 |
Our two most recent presidents have been joggers. They run to purge the Oval Office air from their lungs and the political poisons from their brains. Two powerful men, both runners, both setting an example for the nation. But I don't let that deter me. "You're running this morning?" my wife asks. "Uh-huh," I say. "Good luck," she says. She's seen me run--strong, powerful strides, arms flopping every which way. Like someone playing tennis without a racket. Like someone dodging bottle rockets.
December 29, 2008 |
When I do cardio, I seem to sweat more than most people. I notice that some people do not seem to sweat at all, even when working out hard. Am I burning more calories, or just not as fit as I should be? Peter Ventura The more you contract your muscles during exercise, the more heat you produce. Sweat is necessary to cool the body while exercising because it prevents you from overheating. However, your environment, exercise intensity, fitness level, gender and genetics all play a role in how easily and how much you sweat.
May 1, 1988 |
It isn't often I get a book that makes me laugh. Gorman tells us "that the purpose of science is to provide us with something to talk about when art and poetry and music lose their appeal."
February 4, 2008 |
Later this month, kisses will be exchanged on cards, in boxes of candy -- and, of course, on the lips. Scientists know how humans kiss and what happens to the body during a kiss, but why people began puckering up in the first place remains unknown. A romantic kiss, blandly stated, involves movement of the lower jaw (the sole movable bone in the head) and contraction of 34 muscles in the face, neck and head -- principally the orbicularis orbis, which surrounds the mouth and allows the lips to pucker.
April 17, 1988 |
Just beneath the pale softness of her Botticelli face some vague hint of trepidation shows as Suzanne Farrell floats into the lobby of the Chateau Marmont. Her uneasiness, masked perhaps by the calm and quietude that surrounds the hotel, is almost palpable. But nothing is different. Farrell has always made her aura palpable.
March 22, 2012 |
It's March 18, the day of the Honda L.A. Marathon, and I'm about to do something foolish. Again. I was remiss in my training. Instead of seeking professional advice, I devised a do-it-yourself plan to ensure I would finish the race in less than four hours and wound up pushing myself harder than my middle-aged body could tolerate. That led to a derailing injury. I'm just barely better on race day, but I still plan to push it to the wall. Why? Because every runner dreams of finishing a marathon.