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February 2, 2013 | By Chris Woolston
So how do you train the body's core? Good results can come from unexpected places, including the weight room. James Schoffstall, director of exercise science at Liberty University in Virginia, says dead lifts and squats are proven ways to strengthen the core. As he explains, the core muscles have to stiffen throughout the lifts. He adds that the moves prepare the body for real-life activities outside of the gym. "Picking up a suitcase - that's a dead lift," he says. "Getting up off the toilet - that's a squat.
June 17, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Mindful that great American road trips occur in all sorts of vessels - heck, Huck rode a rickety raft - we're on a Greyhound bus heading up California's flat, slender belly. "Why?" you ask. That's a sensible question, but let us open our hearts and heads to this for a few seconds: By the time we're done, we'll meet a vagabond grandma and a former prostitute, an impish computer genius and just maybe the ghost of Jack Kerouac, who looked at Greyhound and California's wide-open roads as gateways to the finest American right of all: the right to wander.
March 15, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The rescue of the American auto industry was Vice President Joe Biden'sĀ opening argument as he began making the case for the president's reelection here today. In remarks at a local United Auto Workers union hall, Biden hailed the "courageous" action Obama took to save American automakers General Motors and Chrysler - and hundreds of thousands of jobs with them. The approach favored by Republicans, Biden said, is "sort of a cautionary tale" for how they'd manage the economy at large.
February 27, 2012 | Karen Voight, Good Form
We rely on strong core muscles to stabilize the spine and help prevent injuries during everyday activities and sports. This exercise requires your abs to stay tight against the movement of the arms and legs. Sit upright on a flat, level surface with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Place a small, inflatable ball or firm pillow behind your waist. On an exhalation, create a C-curve with your spine, pressing the back of your waist against the ball. Maintain pressure against the ball as you bring your arms out to the sides and rest your hands on the floor.
February 13, 2012 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Here's an exercise that will help you get strong abdominals and a flexible spine. For best results, perform this move three or four times a week. Sit on a flat, padded surface or mat. Place a small inflatable ball or small, firm pillow behind your lower back. Place your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart, with your knees bent. On an exhalation, form a C-curve with your spine as you lean back against the ball or pillow. Keep the C-curve as you twist your torso to the right and grasp the outside of your right thigh.
January 16, 2012 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Here's a fun, easy and very effective way to firm and tighten your abdominals while gently stretching the muscles in your back. Be sure to practice this move on a padded surface so your spine is protected and comfortable. Sit upright on a level, padded surface or mat. Bend your knees and hug them loosely toward your chest, hands holding your lower shins. Tighten your abdominals and lean back slightly until your feet are off the floor. Inhale and pause. On an exhalation, continue to shift your weight backward, round your entire spine, then roll back.
November 19, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Tribune Newspapers
It was always the fragile balance of opposing forces that made Diane Keaton's face so remarkable - those tilted melancholy eyes above that frequent and infectious smile. She seemed in a perpetual state of emotional contradiction, which is one of the things that made her such a perfect match, at least on film, for Woody Allen, who as history's most hopeful pessimist is a master juggler himself. So it's not surprising that Keaton's memoir, "Then Again," is also an elusive sort of work, part autobiography, part daughterly paean, part love letter to her own children, a book in which portions of her mother's journals and details of her parents' travails in old age far outnumber the on-set anecdotes and glamour shots.
October 31, 2011
"The Uninvited" Ray Milland, Gail Russell and Ruth Warrick star in this atmospheric 1944 haunted house thriller. "The Haunting" Robert Wise directed this 1963 terrifying ghost tale without a ghost in sight, starring Julie Harris. "The Innocents" Deborah Kerr plays a prim governess who believes her charges are possessed by evil sprits in this 1961 version of Henry James' "The Turn of the Screw. "
September 19, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Here is a terrific exercise that not only strengthens your back and buttocks but also helps to align your spine and stretch your chest and hips. Lie face-down on a mat with your legs straight behind you. Place the palms of your hands on the floor near your hips and outer thighs. Keep your inner legs close together with the soles of your feet facing upward. Slide your shoulder blades down your back and press your hands firmly on the floor. On an inhalation, reach out through the crown of your head as you arch your upper back and raise your right leg off the floor.
August 29, 2011 | Karen Voight, Good Form
Here is a great way to strengthen your core muscles while lying on the floor. This exercise recruits muscles in your abdominals, back and hips to stabilize your spine against the movement of your legs. Lie face up on a flat, level surface. With both legs straight above your hips, move your right leg down to approximately 45 degrees. Reach your right arm overhead, with fingertips touching the floor. Inhale. On an exhalation, press your navel to your spine as you slowly lower your left leg toward the floor as low as possible without allowing your back to over-arch.
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