September 28, 2014 |
Breaking a bad habit and replacing it with a new, healthier one isn't easy. Ask any habitual dieter, smoker, or prospective exerciser. One reason habits are so hard to change is "they are behaviors that get triggered by a particular situation that doesn't require you to think about them," says Russell Poldrack, a psychology professor at Stanford University who has studied habits and decision-making. "They can also be things that you keep on doing - even if you no longer get the results you used to. " Because of their automatic nature, habits are generally difficult for people to change through willpower alone.
September 25, 2014 |
A Delaware County gym teacher was arrested Tuesday and charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female student in his office, officials said. William Barber, 38, of Glen Mills, taught physical education and health at Garnet Valley Middle School, where he also coached football and baseball. He was placed on administrative Monday evening, the school district wrote in a letter to parents Tuesday. The letter also described Barber as a popular teacher and the father of a 4-year-old daughter with cancer.
September 4, 2014 |
Bernard Hopkins drove south on Broad Street on Tuesday morning, breezing past Joe Frazier's old boxing gym, which has been turned into a discount furniture store. The gym at North Broad Street and Glenwood Avenue, where Hopkins' uncle took him when he was 9 years old, now advertises "knockout prices. " The brick-walled first floor - where Hopkins and most Philadelphia boxers learned the craft - is a showroom of couches and bureaus. Hopkins, the oldest world champion in boxing history at 49, plans to alter the building's future as early as next spring when the current lease ends.
August 11, 2014 |
This summer, I've gone to the gym six days a week, sometimes seven. What's my secret to staying motivated? Hot fitness instructors. I'm seeing several. I'm monogamous in romance but promiscuous with group fitness classes. I've yet to meet an ugly trainer. Phenomenal physical shape is a given, and in New York, most also work in acting, dancing, and other professionally attractive jobs. Thank goodness I'm a writer. My first fitness love was Edu. He was head-to-toe gorgeous, with muscles like a superhero.
June 19, 2014 |
It didn't bother Christian Carto that his opponent, Leroy Davila of New Brunswick, N.J., was nine years his elder and already had two USA Boxing national titles in the 108-pound division. The 17-year-old from Deptford displayed poise from the start of the national Golden Gloves championship bout on May 17 at the Las Vegas Hotel, beginning the first round with a hard left hand to Davila's stomach. "He let him know right off the bat," said Mickey Rosati, Carto's trainer. "It just set the tone: 'I'm not afraid of you. You're [nearly]
May 27, 2014 |
Tyrek, a soft-spoken 13-year-old, is often described as "very laid-back. " He loves watching sports, but also playing them, especially baseball and football. Indoors, he frequently can be found in front of the TV, testing his skills at video games; he loves the challenge, and is willing to take on anyone. A good student, Tyrek routinely receives above-average grades. His grades in history have shown marked improvement, though it's not his favorite class. That distinction goes to gym. In his foster placement, he cheerfully does chores and helps out whenever he is needed.
May 25, 2014 |
After a recent breakup, I recommitted myself to fitness. I had a case of long-term-relationship body, a "my best angle is your love" situation, and I needed to get back to "howdy, stranger. " I also recently learned that loyalty's got nothing over shiny and new. My ex-boyfriend didn't teach me that; my gym did. My gym and I have been seeing each other, off and on, for five years. I didn't want to break up, I only wanted to change locations within the same company, but my gym is unsupportive.
May 23, 2014 |
An eighth-grade student at a Mount Laurel middle school collapsed and died in gym class Wednesday during a leisurely football toss. The Mount Laurel School District did not name the Harrington Middle School student who died. Classmates, including one who witnessed the tragedy, detailed the heartbreaking day. During sixth-period gym class, around noon, the student was playing catch with a football outside, another student in the gym class said. Suddenly, the young man dropped to the ground.
May 15, 2014 |
FROM THE harsh winter, Lisa Conway and Chris Rovner, both mothers of 2-year-old boys, know just how rambunctious toddlers can get when they're stuck in the house. So for the two moms raising kids in Port Richmond's Olde Richmond section and Northern Liberties, respectively, it was a godsend when Fusion Tumbling & Fitness opened at Front and Norris streets in February. "It was the perfect timing, because the weather was not nice," Conway, 32, said on a recent Sunday morning as she watched her flaxen-haired son, Mason, tumble with five other kids from surrounding neighborhoods as part of a weekly tiny-tots tumbling class.
April 7, 2014 |
When William B. Noyovitz told his daughter Margo Orlin that he intended to hike Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2004, she did not discourage him. "I laughed," Orlin said. " 'If you think you can, and you really want to,' " she said she told her father, " 'I would rather you fell off the side of a mountain than off a rocking chair on your front porch.' "He laughed and off he went. " Below the 19,341-foot summit in September 2004, she said, "he got to around 17,000. The altitude got him. " In days, he turned 79. On Thursday, April 3, Mr. Noyovitz, 88, who retired in 1989 as a financial director for General Electric Co. in South Jersey, died at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after a stroke.