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July 21, 2008 | Jay Blahnik, Special to The Times
I have heard that the push-up is the best overall exercise for toning and strengthening the upper body. Is this true? Dan Long Beach There is no perfect exercise -- but the push-up is pretty darn close. It doesn't require any equipment, it conditions several muscles at the same time and it can be done almost anywhere.
June 5, 2000 | Karen Voight
Most people are familiar with that old standby the push-up as a sure way to pump up your pecs. The problem, though, is that many people have developed bad habits over the years. Push-ups can be an important part of a well-rounded fitness program that encourages balanced strength in both your upper and lower body. If your exercise plan consists mainly of biking, hiking, running or brisk walking, your cardiovascular system and lower body muscles are getting plenty of important attention.
October 17, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Shares of Mattel Inc. rose 92 cents today after the company announced that its third-quarter profit dropped 3.5% as the global economic downturn hurt sales of its Barbie dolls and Fisher-Price toys. Investors pushed the stock to $20.50, up 4.7%, because of Mattel's wider profit margins, lower commodity prices and effective cost cutting, analysts said. "They've been able to successfully raise prices and aggressively shave operating expenses," said Chris White, an analyst with Wedbush Securities Inc. "So the thinking is, with these improvements in place, there's a lot of earnings leverage and earnings can grow."
September 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Americans spent more in August than the month before, buying more cars and paying up for gas. But many funded their expenditures by raiding their savings accounts. Consumer spending, a major contributor to the country's economic activity, increased 0.5%, or $57.2 billion, to a total of $11.2 trillion. The gauge had risen 0.4% in July, according to the Commerce Department . But personal income only grew 0.1%, the same amount as in July. The savings rate slipped to 3.7% of after-tax income after reaching 4.1% the previous month.
August 17, 2012 | By Melinda Fulmer
Looking for a total body exercise that stretches and strengthens? Try the down dog push-up. Demonstrated by Tamal Dodge, co-founder of Santa Monica's Yoga Collective and the yogi behind Element's Hatha & Flow Yoga for Beginners DVD, this move tones your upper and lower body, while loosening up your hips and hamstrings. What it does This hard-body twist on a classic yoga pose builds strength in the core, chest, arms and shoulders and leaves you feeling long and limber. How to do it Start with feet together on a yoga mat and place your hands down on the mat in front of you. Shift your hips up and back until you are in an inverted "V" position.
July 7, 2008 | Karen Voight
Even everyday activities require upper body strength, especially in the biceps (which help bend the arms), the triceps (which straighten the arms) and the deltoids (which lift the arms). The traditional push-up is an excellent way to strengthen all these muscles at once. And for an extra challenge, try doing it with a yoga block. -- Karen Voight 1Start on all fours, positioning a yoga block just beneath your frontal hip bones. Now place your hands directly below your shoulders. Curl your toes under and straighten your knees.
October 17, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - For the second straight month, a sharp rise in gasoline prices helped push up prices for consumer goods, the Labor Department said Tuesday. The Consumer Price Index, which measures inflation, increased a seasonally adjusted 0.6% in September from the previous month. Prices also were up 0.6% in August. Before that, inflation had been flat or down for four consecutive months. Higher gasoline costs were again the main culprit in September. Prices at the pump, which have set records recently in California, were up 7% last month, following a 9% increase in August.
February 20, 2006 | Karen Voight, Karen Voight can be reached at
The push-up is always an effective and efficient strength-training move because it works your chest, back and arms. But if you're looking for a new way to do push-ups, try performing them with a set of dumbbells in your hands. You'll support your wrists and get a different angle on a traditional exercise. Start off by doing this move on your knees and, as you progress, straighten your legs and perform it on your toes.
July 12, 2001 | BRUCE KLUGER and DAVID SLAVIN, Bruce Kluger and David Slavin write political satire for
Message to cable news watchers: Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy ride. AOL Time Warner has named Walter Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time magazine, to head CNN. This occurs just one week after a liberal media watchdog group condemned rival Fox News Channel for what it believes is Fox's chronic conservative slant.
January 24, 1997 | From Times Wire Services
Two of the largest U.S. thrifts, Golden West Financial Corp. and Glendale Federal Bank, said Thursday that fourth-quarter profits rose, as a recovering California economy spurred borrowing. By meeting or beating Wall Street expectations, thrifts confirmed they have recovered from the late 1980s and early '90s, when high interest rates and regulatory changes wiped out hundreds of savings banks. Oakland-based Golden West, the third-largest thrift company in the U.S.
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