August 6, 2015 |
I grew up female in the 1950s. Cultural translation: I was groomed to be cautious. Adventure? Not for the likes of me. Physical prowess? Leave that to the boys. We girls had hideous gym suits with bloomer bottoms, and only a few of us ever gained mastery of the ropes hanging from the gym rafters that we were "encouraged" (wink and nod) to climb. In some ways, that caution spilled over into a general habit of not taking chances. But later, as a mother of daughters, I made a conscious effort for their sake to be more spontaneous and less guarded in the world.
July 23, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I have been with my husband for 10 years. We were married six months ago. Before the wedding, we had some breakups. During one of them, he dated another woman briefly. The encounter led to her becoming pregnant, and she gave birth to a boy who is now a year old. I learned about her and her pregnancy five months before our wedding, but we have been able to work through it with intense counseling. Last week, I received a Facebook message from a woman who advised me that my husband had approached her at the gym and said he was single, so they went on a date.
July 17, 2015 |
IF IT'S JULY and there is a gym with basketballs being bounced by very athletic teenagers, college coaches will be taking up most of the seats. Games may be won or lost on scoreboards from November to April, but, in reality, they are won or lost during the manic July recruiting period when coaches have ambitious itineraries that require detailed planning, on-time airplanes, rental cars, late nights and very early mornings. Sleep and food are options. The coaches are in the gyms to a)
June 14, 2015 |
To get the highest return on your investment of time and effort in the gym, you have to master the basics. The squat is one of the most productive strength exercises, as it takes the hips and knees through a greater range of motion than other exercises, and is directly transferable to running and jumping. In other words, it is absolutely indispensable for athletes. But even nonathletes should devote time to learning to squat properly. Few exercises stimulate and preserve as much muscle tissue as squats, making them particularly valuable for older folks.
June 7, 2015 |
We've been told variety is the most important factor in a workout ("muscle confusion," anyone?) and many gyms nowadays seduce members with fancy, complex machines and daunting "Workout of the Day" programs. But the difference between an amateur and an expert remains that an expert has mastered the basics. For me, the most fundamental exercise of all time is the deat lift. What makes the deat lift a superstar? Picking something heavy up off the ground safely is a necessary human skill with endless transferability to other daily activities, from tying your shoes to shoveling your driveway.
June 5, 2015 |
Trina Lisko has always taken to athletics. Growing up, she tagged along with her two older brothers to play soccer until the sun set, and made sure to try everything from street hockey to water sports. But the former Bishop Eustace Prep field hockey star and alumna of Duke University, where she captained the hockey team in her senior year, did not want her athletic career to end with school. Now 37, the mother of two young children, and a physician specializing in sports medicine, the Collingswood resident recently gravitated to Parkour, an obstacle-course training regime.
May 9, 2015 |
If you haven't decided how you're getting to the polls Nov. 3 - and chances are you haven't - consider this option: a ride from Mayor Nutter. That's one prize up for grabs in a video contest and voter-turnout campaign launching Friday. The others aren't too bad, either, including a cooking class with Jose Garces and a gym workout alongside former Gov. Ed Rendell. To enter, voters can create a video 15 seconds or shorter describing why they vote, and share it on social media using the hashtag #ivotephilly.
April 24, 2015 |
Q:I've always allowed my kids' friends to stay over. That's just the way I was raised. My parents let me and my sisters have sleepovers for our birthdays. My middle daughter, who is 17, came out to us late last year. We are close, but I wasn't expecting this. Her dad and I told her we still loved her and accepted her. But here's why I'm writing. She wants her girlfriend, who's a college freshman, to stay over after her prom because they plan on going to the beach the next day. It will save her a trip.
April 23, 2015 |
Jerami Grant's season wasn't what people might expect from a second-round pick who missed the first part of the season. And that's just fine. In fact, the 76ers rookie exceeded expectations as a combination forward en route to being his team's biggest surprise of this season. The 39th pick of the 2014 draft, Grant was supposed to be an athletic, yet undersized, power forward masquerading as a small forward, who would make plenty of mistakes, miss an abundance of three-point shots, and still play solid defense.
March 12, 2015 |
Age was creeping up, and Linda Garrett, 67, decided to do something radical. She went into the kitchen, propped the iPhone on a soup bowl, and recorded a plea to CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta to be part of his Fit Nation triathlon challenge. She wanted to be chosen as one of six Americans - among 200 applicants - who will be trained and equipped to compete for the first time in the grueling sport. Garrett, a retired school nurse, had never swum a lap, never clipped into a bike pedal.