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HEALTH
January 5, 2009 | Jeannine Stein
Hiking trails are good for more than a challenging outdoor walk. The uneven terrain forces the body to use more stabilizing muscles in the abdominals and back, which improves balance and strengthens the core. Sprints or walking fast uphill puts you into an anaerobic zone, which taxes the muscles and benefits the cardiovascular system. We took to some trails near Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the San Gabriel Mountains foothills with Keli Roberts ( www.keliroberts.
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HEALTH
January 5, 2009 | Jeannine Stein
Most people associate the beach with swimming or surfing, but the water isn't the only exercise-friendly element. Many developed beach areas, such as Santa Monica and Venice, also feature bars, rings, swings and balance beams -- free equipment that can make a workout engaging and fun. Plus, the sand offers a shifting surface that forces the stabilizing muscles of the core to fire. Feet sink in, making muscles work harder and creating a bigger calorie burn. Jennifer Cohen ( www.jennifercohen.
BUSINESS
September 13, 2008 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Hurricane Ike held little sway over oil futures, which briefly slipped below $100 a barrel on Friday, but was felt at the gas pump as the focus shifted from offshore oil and natural gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to the giant refineries that stand in the storm's path. The breadth of the hurricane forced the precautionary shutdown of 13 Texas refineries, idling plants that process about 3.5 million barrels of oil a day and reducing operations at others -- about 25% of U.S. refining capacity.
HEALTH
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.
HEALTH
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.
NATIONAL
April 20, 2008 | Nicholas Riccardi, Times Staff Writer
When artist Robert Smithson assembled a massive spiral unfurling into the Great Salt Lake 38 years ago, there was no indication that this remote spot would be altered again by humans any time soon. Smithson's work, called "Spiral Jetty," became a world-renowned piece of art, its striking man-made pattern created amid isolation. Now art lovers fear it is threatened by plans to explore for oil a few miles offshore.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Stocks rallied in the final 30 minutes of trading Friday, helping blue-chip indexes post their second straight weekly gain, as speculation that bond insurer Ambac Financial Group might be rescued overcame worries about the economy's slowdown. After trading in negative territory for most of the session, stocks turned positive after CNBC television reported that a bank rescue of Ambac might come as soon as next week. Sources later told reporters that a deal could be announced Monday or Tuesday.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Stocks climbed Tuesday for the first time in three days as investors found solace in the European Central Bank's injection of $500 billion into the financial system. The bank's massive move, which came a day after the Federal Reserve auctioned off $20 billion in 28-day loans to U.S. banks, supported the idea that the world's financial authorities were working to revive demand in struggling areas of the credit market.
HEALTH
November 5, 2007 | Roy M. Wallack
Back straight, head up, hands shoulder-width apart, toes taut, chin to floor -- then push up. You don't have to do a world record 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes, as Jack LaLanne did in 1956 -- or 10,507 in a row, the current record set in 1980 by Japan's Minoru Yoshida -- to know that push-ups are among the most basic, powerful and practical strength exercises. They work the core as they blast chest, shoulder and arm muscles.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Retail sales posted a stronger-than-expected gain in September, easing fears about a possible recession, and a big surge in gasoline costs pushed wholesale inflation higher. The Commerce Department reported Friday that retail sales increased 0.6% last month, double what had been expected, as a big increase in auto sales helped offset weak demand for clothing. The Labor Department said wholesale inflation jumped 1.
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