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.
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.
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