A fighting chance: Women find strength in defending themselves

I saw him in my rear-view mirror. It was dark but not late. He approached my parked car wearing a thick coat, hood up. One arm was crossed over his body, obstructing a hand from view inside the coat. Did he have a gun? A knife? I shifted gears into reverse without thinking twice, sweeping out of the parking spot just before he got close enough to block me. I looked back as I left the parking lot, and he was watching my car. Then he walked the other direction, away from my former parking spot, turning his head from side to side. Nothing happened to me. And maybe nothing would have happened to me. Maybe, because I've been taught to watch my surroundings and be skeptical of men when I'm alone,

How to Get Rid of "Man Boobs"

It’s one of every guy's worst nightmares: man boobs. You saw it on the Seinfeld episode “The Mansierre,” in which Kramer developed a bra for guys who were suffering from a little too much breast development. But let’s face it: No man wants to wear a bra. So how can you win this man boob battle? It comes down to gaining control of your diet and committing to the proper exercise program. Why You Get Man Boobs Let's start with why you even get man boobs in the first place. There are two main reasons. The first is if you're generally overweight, then you'll likely have excess fatty tissue that's stored over the pectoral muscles. A common myth is that you can spot reduce your man boobs, but unfor

Why You Should Remove These 6 Things From Your Diet

Inflammation is a natural part of the body’s response to protect itself, maintain immunity, fight infection and heal. However, when inflammation persists over time or serves no purpose, it can damage your body and causes illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, fatty liver and Alzheimer’s. When the body’s immune system responds to injury with inflammation there is redness, heat and swelling. On the other hand, chronic inflammation is often silent and occurs without many noticeable symptoms. If you have high blood sugar or blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides), low energy, are overweight or have heart disease or digestive problems, you probably have some level of in

Why Martial Arts Are Best for Special Needs

t’s no secret that a traditional martial arts program is one of the best extracurricular activities a child can participate in. For children with special needs the benefits are invaluable because of the inherit structure and discipline the arts bring to a child’s daily life. All children need structure, some more than others. Some might need to be reminded more often or a different approach might be necessary, but in the end it's all the same. Why is it better than another sport or activity? Let me start off by saying the words "art" and "sport" are quite different. An art is "any activity regarded as a medium of imaginative or creative self-expression." A sport is "an activity involving p

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