September 13, 2010 |
To maintain flexibility in your hips and back, practice seated twists on the floor in a cross-legged position. If you have tight hips, sit on a firm yoga block or try sitting on a thick telephone book. Sit upright with your right leg crossed in front of your left leg. Move your knees closer together and your feet farther apart to get your calves to cross (instead of just crossing at the ankles). Inhale with your chest lifted and your shoulders relaxed. On an exhalation, place your left forearm to the outside of your right thigh and rotate your upper body to your right.
October 12, 2009 |
A fun, new way to strengthen and stretch your core is to add a small kettle bell to your workout. This move is harder than it looks -- so don't be surprised if you can twist with only a small range of motion in the beginning. Your strength and flexibility will increase with practice. -- Karen Voight 1Stand upright, with your feet together, holding one kettle bell in front of your chest with both hands. Lift your elbows out to the sides at shoulder height, palms facing your chest.
November 1, 2010 |
This twisting lunge can be done at a wall to help you feel more stable while you get into the correct position. Practice it on a regular basis to relieve lower back discomfort and to strengthen and stretch your legs and hips. Stand sideways near a flat wall with the outer edge of your right foot and right shoulder 3 to 4 inches away from the wall. Step back into a low lunge with your left leg. Bend your right knee to a 90-degree angle. Inhale, place your left fingertips on the floor under your left shoulder.
September 30, 2000
Chubby Checker is still out there twisting, God bless him, but please don't use his self-aggrandizing quotes as musical history ("Chubby Checker Still Enjoys Twistin' the Night Away," by Jeff Simons, Sept. 2). "Since November 1959, the world has been dancing the style of Chubby Checker," he claims, and yet Chubby didn't record "The Twist" until June or July of 1960 and, as Simons pointed out, didn't introduce the twist to the "world" on Dick Clark's Saturday-night TV show until Aug. 6, 1960.
October 20, 2010
Take a Mexican beer, add a lime and you know what you have? A recipe for "Mexican beer dermatitis. " So says a New York dermatologist in a recent issue of Archives of Dermatology. Read what he has to say here , as published in the Orlando Sentinel. Apparently, it's the lime juice that causes the skin irritation – if not washed off and if exposed to the sun. But "lime dermatitis on unwashed skin" or its technical name "phytophotodermatitis" doesn't quite have the same ring.
May 17, 2012 |
I was going to refer to “It Is Done,” a play by Alex Goldberg currently running in a back room in Hollywood's Pig 'N Whistle restaurant, as “site-specific,” but then I Googled the term. Yes, “It Is Done” is set in a bar, but not the Pig 'N Whistle, nor the Mean Fiddler Bar & Grill in New York, where it premiered in 2011 -- just a nameless, deserted dive. Any bar would do. So according to Wikipedia, the proper term is “site-generic.” But that's terrible. So I propose “stage-free dinner theater.” You're welcome.