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January 31, 2005 | Karen Voight, Karen Voight can be reached at kvoightla@aol.com.
Those of us who spend much of our time sitting in the car, behind a desk and then in front of the TV need to counteract all the forward bending we do. Slouching forward shortens the muscles in the front of the spine and overstretches the muscles at the back of the spine. This move reverses that action. Practicing it regularly helps develop balanced muscles so you can maintain the correct position of your spine.
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HEALTH
January 26, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
If lower back pain, sciatica or stiffness is slowing you down, steal this move from yin yoga, a gentle style of practice known for its longer-held stretches. This stretch, demonstrated by fitness expert and yogi Jennifer Kries and used in her "Hot Body Cool Mind" DVD series, will melt away tension, ease pain and clear your mind. What it does The shoelace opens and loosens your hips, stretches your lower back and legs and relieves stress. What to do Start on your hands and knees.
HEALTH
February 28, 2014 | By Melinda Fulmer
Forget crunches. The V-up takes your abdominal workout to the next level. Orthopedist and fitness trainer Dr. Levi Harrison, who produced a DVD, "The Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout," shows how to work up to this advanced move in stages so you don't strain your lower back. What it does This intense move challenges all of the muscles in your core - front to back. What to do Start by lying down flat with your legs long, abdominals tucked in and back pressed into the floor.
HEALTH
September 20, 2013 | By Melinda Fulmer
The burpee exercise done with a medicine ball is a wonder in efficiency, working several muscle groups at once, while raising your heart rate to burn fat, says Dr. Levi Harrison, orthopedic surgeon and developer of the Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout. What it does This explosive move works the muscles of your legs, chest, arms and shoulders. What to do Start by standing with legs more than hip-width apart, clutching a medicine ball of 2 to 10 pounds at your chest with both hands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - When the group got to the bowling alley, 19-year-old Stephen Priest loudly demanded a discount. "We won't have to rent shoes," Priest shouted. "We don't have any legs!" Call it amputee humor. Therapists say it's a healthy defense mechanism against an outside world full of people who may gawk and ask intrusive questions. As a paratrooper with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, Pfc. Priest lost both legs above the knee and his left arm was mangled when a buried bomb blew up in Afghanistan in mid-May.
HEALTH
September 8, 2003 | Karen Voight, Karen Voight can be reached at kvoightla@aol.com.
This exercise will strengthen not only your back and gluteal muscles but also will align your spine and stretch out your chest muscles, helping you avoid developing a rounded upper back. * 1 Lie face down on a mat with your legs straight. Reach your arms to the side at shoulder level with the palms facing the floor. Keep your inner legs close together with the soles of your feet facing upward.
HEALTH
April 4, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
This seated spiral twist will strengthen and stretch your spine, but a common mistake is to round your back, which causes your chest to cave in. If this happens to you, try elevating your hips on a yoga block. You will find it easier to sit up straight and perform the exercise correctly. Sit cross-legged on a yoga block or on the edge of a thick blanket with your right leg in front. Rest your hands on your legs. Inhale and lift your chest, pull your abdominals toward your spine and relax your shoulders down and away from your ears.
HEALTH
October 3, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
If your back feels stiff and tight, try lying on the floor for a few minutes and hugging your knees into your chest. This is a safe and effective way to release tight muscles in your back, legs and groin. Lie on your back with your feet flat on the floor and knees bent (you can place a small folded towel under your head for comfort). Bend your right knee into your chest and pause. Check that the back of your hips remains on the floor. Elongate your neck by moving your shoulders down away from your ears.
HEALTH
December 29, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
Cardio doesn't have to be deadly dull and serious. In this fun animal-inspired exercise, you'll get your heart rate up, build muscle and you might even crack a smile. Called the lateral traveling ape, this move is part of the new "Animal Flow Workout" that body weight fitness pro Mike Fitch developed for Equinox gyms. What it does It's great for entire body conditioning, as it works muscles in the arms, shoulders and legs at the same time it's elevating your heart rate and torching calories.
SPORTS
March 7, 1992
My curiosity is aroused. After the Winter Olympics, how long did it take the medical profession to get Paula Zahn's legs uncrossed? WILLIAM J. LEWIS Carson
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