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January 10, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
How are those new 2014 workouts going? Need a little inspiration boost? We talked to four prominent trainers and fitness personalities in hopes of finding keys to helping you work out - successfully - for years to come. Harley Pasternak, 39, has trained superstars including Lady Gaga and is a bestselling author whose latest title is "The Body Reset Diet. " He has a master's in exercise physiology and nutrition sciences from the University of Toronto. Americans are over-exercising and underactive, Pasternak says.
January 3, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
We all know that reading a novel can transport you, delight you and intrigue you while you're reading it. Now, thanks research by scientists at Emory University, we know that immersing yourself in a novel causes measurable physical changes in the brain that can be detected up to five days after the reader closes the book. The Emory researchers, in a paper for the journal Brain Connectivity, compared the effect to “muscle memory.” "The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist," neuroscientist Gregory Berns said, according to a report in the journal Science Codex . "We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else's shoes in a figurative sense.
December 22, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
It's 5 a.m. on a rooftop parking lot in downtown Santa Ana and the night sky is just beginning to fade. Under a lamp's orange glow, people in hoodies and sweat pants emerge from the stairwell, wiping the sleep from their eyes and hugging themselves against the cold. "You guys ready?" asks Marc Payan, clutching a mug of coffee in one hand, his phone in the other. On his command, about 100 people lunge around the concrete lot, then quickly step into two long lines facing each other.
December 20, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
If you're looking for a move that will get your butt "tight and right," this is it, says fitness expert Lacey Stone, who uses it on her Extreme Bootcamp app for iPhone and iPad. What it does The squat with a lateral kick works your glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings, and done quickly enough, it gets your heart rate up to torch calories too. What to do From a standing position with feet shoulder-width apart, lower into a squat, with your weight in your heels, making sure your knees don't extend past the tips of your shoes and your back isn't hunched over.
December 12, 2013 | By Martin Tsai, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
One of the all-time top-grossing films at the South Korean box office, "Friend" played at the AFI Fest in 2001 but never saw a stateside theatrical release. Writer-director Kwak Kyung-taek's semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story - set against the Busan underworld - resonated with an entire generation of South Koreans, but much of its appeal eluded audiences abroad who weren't privy to that collective memory. Nevertheless, its sequel, "Friend 2: The Legacy," arrives in a dozen American theaters 12 years later, perhaps as a testament to the thriving ethnic enclaves across the nation.
November 29, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
You'll feel like Superman after this press-and-pull exercise that works most of the major muscle groups in your body. Demonstrated here by Long Beach fitness instructor John Garey who uses it in his "Core Total Body Tone With Tubing" DVD, it's a great get-it-all-done move to use on days when you're short on time. What it does Crouch to Superman works your legs, back and shoulders. What to do Grab the tubing by the handles and step onto it with feet hip-width apart.
November 16, 2013 | By Ashley Powers
A drone being used as part of a Navy training exercise malfunctioned and struck a ship off the coast of Point Mugu Saturday, leaving two sailors with minor burns, the Navy said in a statement. The sailors aboard the USS Chancellorsville were using the drone to test the ship's radar-tracking system, something done on a regular basis. The drone, a 13-foot-long aircraft with a wingspan of nearly 6 feet, was being controlled from Point Mugu. Around 1:25 p.m., the drone slammed into the port side of the ship, a guided missile cruiser with a crew of about 300. The ship sustained some damage and is returning to its home port of San Diego, the Navy said.
November 15, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
Take your leg stretches to the next level with these moves demonstrated by orthopedist and fitness trainer Levi Harrison, developer of the Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout. These two moves provide a 360-degree stretch of the leg muscles after a long workout. What it does By bringing the quadriceps stretch in front of your body, you stretch the inner and outer heads of the quadriceps as well. Add in a core-challenging hamstring stretch and your legs will feel loose and limber.
November 11, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Attention pregnant women: If you want to help your child get into Harvard, lace up those sneakers and exercise! Hardly a week goes by without science delivering new evidence that exercise boosts the brain. Studies have linked exercise to brain health in senior citizens , middle-aged adults and kids . A trio of researchers from the University of Montreal figured the same might hold true for babies in utero as well. Dave Ellemberg and Daniel Curnier, two professors from the university's Department of Kinesiology, and graduate student Elise Labonte-LeMoyne recruited women who were in their first trimester of pregnancy and randomly assigned them to an “active” or “sedentary” group.
November 2, 2013 | Mary MacVean
Kate Hudson and I have something in common. No, not the part where she's a gorgeous movie star. It's the part where we both spend a lot of time in workout clothes. Hudson wanted athletic wear that could better cross over from workout to fashion, so she co-founded a line called Fabletics, clothing designed for most female body types. Hudson says she's not a technician, but she is passionate about these clothes and "had a lot of input" into the line, about clothing shapes and colors, for instance.
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