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Great Arkansas Workout expands

posted: 04/07/2014 2:43 a.m. Discuss

People with the power to load fourth-graders into buses and ferry them hither and yon for educational enrichment still have time to sign up for the annual Great Arkansas Workout.

Gripping water bottle, iPod throws stride off-kilter

posted: 04/07/2014 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Running used to be a simple endeavor. All you needed was a shirt, shorts and shoes. Now, it’s far more complicated. We are a nation of accessorizers, even in our exercise. We carry water bottles, music players, phones and activity trackers. And although we use them to make our runs easier, here’s the bad news: They could be slowing us down.

Book offers races with quirky twists

posted: 04/07/2014 2:39 a.m. Discuss

The Runner’s Bucket List: 200 Races to Run Before You Die by Denise Malan (Triumph Books paperback, April), 328 pages, $16.95 Denise Malan hasn’t run all of the footraces she profiles in her new guidebook for tourism-minded runners. For instance, she never has dragged a burro over a mountain in Colorado, and she has yet to crawl onto the sag wagon that trails bar-hoppers trying to finish the Lundi Gras Bar-a-Thon in Lafayette, La.

New Workouts: Get Extremely Ripped! & Chiseled

posted: 04/07/2014 2:38 a.m. Discuss

Title: Get Extremely Ripped! & Chiseled With Jari Love (Fitness Plus) Who’s it for? Women who crave some serious muscle definition and want a weight-training routine to alternate with their cardiovascular workouts.

PRACTICALLY ACTIVE: Hugs an often-neglected component of good health

posted: 04/07/2014 2:37 a.m. Discuss

Most of us have probably heard the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well I’m taking that a bit further with my new quotation, “A hug a day keeps the blues away.” Embrace it with me, won’t you?

ON CHRISTIANITY

posted: 04/07/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: We just don’t understand our two daughters. They’re teenagers now, and one day they’ll be happy and carefree, and the next day they’ll be sullen and moody and will hardly speak to us. What’s going on? — G.W.

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

posted: 04/07/2014 2:33 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. Pay attention to your feelings and you’ll choose the best people for your life this month. May brings a breakthrough in regard to one of your abilities.

Neuromuscular training lowers injuries, study says

posted: 04/07/2014 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in the knee is an expensive nightmare. But a practical new study suggests that changing how sports teams warm up before practices and games could substantially lower the risk that athletes will hurt a knee, at a cost of barely a dollar per player.

SLIM PICKINGS

posted: 04/07/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

Everyone wants a flat stomach.

HELPFUL HINTS

posted: 04/07/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s Sound Off: “I work for a retail chain store. Among the conveniences provided to our customers, we have trash receptacles in our parking lot. These are meant to be used for trash, such as coffee and soft-drink cups, etc. Many customers have taken to using them to dispose of household garbage.

Super Quiz: Presidential roles

posted: 04/07/2014 2:29 a.m. Discuss

1. Abraham Lincoln; Lincoln; 2012; D.D.L. 2. Richard Nixon; Nixon; 1995; A.H. 3. Franklin D. Roosevelt; Hyde Park on Hudson; 2012; B.M. 4. John F. Kennedy; PT 109; 1963; C.R.

MASTER CLASS: Muscle strengthening helps prevent ACL tears

posted: 04/07/2014 2:28 a.m. Discuss

Each year, more than 200,000 Americans tear an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Almost half of them sustain complete tears — and this is an all-important structure within the knee.

Studies tell women: Hop to help bones

posted: 04/07/2014 2:27 a.m. Discuss

What exercises increase bone density in the spine?

Cirque du Soleil adopts CrossFit for strength-training challenge

posted: 04/07/2014 2:26 a.m. Discuss

Cirque du Soleil has been working on a couple of new moves: squats and deadlifts.

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