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5 exercises you should STOP doing

According to a personal trainer, here are five exercises you should stop doing . . . because you'll just end up hurting yourself.


1. Don't use the leg curl machine. It puts too much pressure on your knees, and can also hurt your lower back. You're better off just doing squats.


2. Stop doing box jumps. That's the one where you hop on top of a wooden box, and back down. Most people get hurt jumping OFF the box, because landing puts a lot of stress on your knees, feet, ankles, and lower back.


3. Don't run on a flat treadmill. It's not a great workout, because the momentum pulls your feet forward. But you can also end up running faster than your body's used to, which is hard on your knees. So set the incline at 2% to simulate flat ground.


4. Don't wear a weightlifting belt. You don't need one unless you're doing major, Olympic-style powerlifting. Plus your back and core don't get as good of a workout. Instead, just flex your abs to activate your core during things like squats and deadlifts.


5. Don't do overhead kettlebell swings. You can still use kettlebells, just don't swing them any higher than chest level, or you can hurt your neck and lower back.
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Beyonce Meets Duck Tales

Sometimes, mash-ups of songs are a little silly.

This is one of them - the video of Beyonce's "Single Ladies" mashed up with the theme song from Duck Tales.

You know what?

It sort of works. Check it out, just for the fun of it!
 
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A Full Circle Rainbow

This is tremendously rare.

Some folks at the top of an observation tower over Niagara Falls shot some tremendous footage of a full-circle rainbow.

It's an amazing thing to see!

When they realized what they were looking at here at Niagara Falls, their jaws dropped. It's a full circle rainbow! You’ll want to see it, too.(h/t to southlakemotors/YouTube)

Posted by The Weather Channel on Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Leave Those S'mores Alone!

Okay, now the government has gone too far!

ChooseMyPlate.gov has published the recipe for a healthy alternative to S'mores, that melted-chocolate-and-marshmallow-on-graham-cracker concoction that's so messy and wonderful, especially in the summer.

Ready? Instead of chocolate, strawberries. Instead of marshmallow, yogurt.

And instead of graham crackers, a couple of pieces of cardboard.

Okay, that last part's not real, but it might as well be.

Nothing wrong with strawberries and yogurt - they make a nice parfait.

But they pale in comparison to melty, drippy, messy chocolate and marshmallow.

Mind your own beeswax, ChooseMyPlate.gov!
 
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Are You Ready for Manhattanhenge?

Manhattanhenge happens a couple of times each year.

It's the name for the days on which the setting sun lines up perfectly with Manhattan's gridded streets to create some awesome pictures.

Manhattanhenge happens tonight and tomorrow night.

NBC New York reports the best places to witness it are cross streets like 14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd and 57th streets.

They recommend that you go as far east as you can in Manhattan without losing sight of New Jersey.

Of course, that only works if you're in New York.

So here's what it looked like a few years ago. And I'm sure you can find some decent video and shots on YouTube after tonight and tomorrow, asuming the weather cooperates.

 
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Got an Extra $100 Million Hanging Around?

Neverland, the California ranch owned by Michael Jackson, is on the market.

For just $100 million dollars, you can grab up the 2700-acre property in Los Olivos, just north of Santa Barbara.

There are 22 structures in all, including the train station that's modeled after the one on the Disney properties, plus a swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court and a 50-seat theater.

It's not called Neverland anymore - it's now Sycamore Valley Ranch - and the amusement park rides Jackson used to keep there are gone.

The listing agents say they're pre-screening buyers to keep out Jackson fans. They don't want someone to buy it up and turn it into a Graceland-style attraction.

Just in case that's what you had in mind.

 
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"I Thought This Was Supposed To Be a Man's Movie"

Mad Max: Fury Road was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and afterwards, some of the stars and the crew appeared in a press conference.

A reporter from Toronto stood up and asked Tom Hardy, the actor who played Mad Max, if he questioned why there were so many women in the movie.

"I thought this was supposed to be a man's movie," said the reporter.

Tom's reaction is classic. Short, sweet, to the point.

Check it out.

 
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Jon Stewart, King of Analogies

The Daily Show covers all the hot topics of the day - with a trademark wit that will still be around (one hopes!) when Jon Stewart retires.

In the meantime, we can still enjoy the spin Jon puts on the news.

Like this story about the recent court ruling that the National Security Agency overstepped the Patriot Act in its phone data surveillance program.

Jon has the perfect analogy for the ruling.

I don't want to spoil the surprise, so check it out.

You know your surveillance program has gone too far when you cannot get permission from the Patriot Act. That's like getting thrown out of an Olive Garden for eating too many bread sticks." -- Jon Stewart? Watch the episode: http://on.cc.com/1J5b0mq

Posted by The Daily Show on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Congratulations, You're a Piglet

The actors from Game of Thrones are piling up the honors.

Here's one that may leave them scratching their heads a bit, though.

The folks at the Detroit Zoo this week unveiled four of five warthog piglets born there in April.

The video shows Daenerys, Sansa, Cersei and Hodor playing in their enclosure.

Tyrion, the runt of the litter, wasn't quite big enough for public display yet.

Sounds about right...

 
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Heartwarming & Funny

Every once in a while, the early rounds of America's Got Talent produces some genuine gems.

This is one of those.

Drew Lynch has a stutter, but that's not holding him back from following his dream to be a comedian.

Watch his story, watch his act, and tell me you're not touched.

And you'll be floored by what Howie Mandel does for him.

 
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