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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.
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NATIONAL
April 22, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
BOSTON  -- Celeste Corcoran, 47, of Lowell, Mass., lost both her legs in the marathon explosions. Her daughter Sydney, a 17-year-old high school senior, was also wounded, hit with shrapnel. The two were staying in the same room at Boston Medical Center on Sunday, tended by Celeste's husband, Kevin Corcoran, 48, a truck driver so stoic that he wouldn't admit he, too, had been injured in the bombing. Lacerations on his legs went unattended for two days as he helped his family.
HEALTH
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.
HEALTH
July 25, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Here are two variations of back arches that will help counter the effects of rounded shoulders. Slouching tends to shorten the muscles in the front of your body and can overstretch the muscles in the back. These moves reverse that action and help improve your posture. Lie face-down on a mat. Bend your knees and bring your heels toward your buttocks. Reach back and grasp each ankle with the same-side's hand. Keep your heels close together and your knees parallel to each other as you inhale and raise your chest and legs away from the floor.
SCIENCE
September 14, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Gears may seem like a purely human invention. And yet the basic interlocking mechanism found inside grandfather clocks and car steering systems has now turned up in the remarkably powerful legs of young planthopper insects. The discovery, published in Friday's edition of the journal Science, provides the first known example of working gears that evolved in a living being. "It's a wonderful example of the clever solutions that nature comes up with," said Robert Full, a biomechanist at UC Berkeley who was not involved in the study.
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.
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.
SPORTS
August 4, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
LONDON -- Oscar Pistorius marches into Olympic Stadium with a limping gait of an old man, and the only thing you see, the only place you look, the only thing that matters, are his legs. They are blades. Goodness, they really are blades. Their charcoal tint glistens beneath a sudden London sun. They seem to squeak around a damp midmorning track. He flew the legs here from South Africa in a carry-on bag. He will be delayed after his race because he is removing the legs. PHOTOS: 2012 London Olympics, Day 8 When he drops into the metal starting blocks Saturday morning, becoming the first double-amputee to compete in an Olympics, his legs make it appear he's actually part of the starting blocks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
To meet the needs of an increasing number of amputees, Naval Medical Center San Diego is expanding its prosthetics lab where service personnel are fitted with artificial limbs and trained to use them. In 2007, when the hospital opened its Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C-5) facility, the prosthetics department was designed to support 40 patients with single amputations. Currently, the department is treating 100 active-duty personnel and 50 retirees, many with multiple amputations, officials said.
HEALTH
July 28, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Trainer Jackie Warner says she loves the exercise called sprawls because it is based on mixed martial arts practices. It focuses on the upper body and is very challenging, says Warner, whose latest book is "10 Pounds in 10 Days. " What it does Sprawls will work the chest, shoulders and body core. How to do it Stand on a soft surface such as grass, with legs straight and shoulder width apart. Lean forward and place your palms down on the ground in front of you, also about shoulder-width apart, then fling your body backward so that your body is extended, legs straight.
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