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Beginning Monday, March 20th thru Friday, March 24th the design-builder will be conducting:
- Wilshire Blvd./Western Ave. – Pot Holing and Jet Grouting
- Wilshire Blvd./La Brea Ave. – Excavation and Utility Work
- Wilshire Blvd./Fairfax Ave. – Geotechnical Instrumentation and Decking Preparation
- Wilshire Blvd./La Cienega Blvd. – Pre-Piling, Piling, Pot-holing, and Geotechnical Instrumentation Work
Wednesday, March 22
Doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00pm
Bruce Meyer Family Gallery
The competition between Harley-Davidson and Indian helped define motorcycling in the United States. Join guest curator Mark Hoyer, Editor-in-Chief of Cycle World, as we explore the lasting effect of this business rivalry and take a deeper look at the motorcycles on display.
Event is free to the public; does not include full museum gallery access or parking. Parking in our garage is $12 for public and $10 for members with member validation. Seating for this event is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP to reserve your spot; your reservation can apply to one accompanying guest. Light refreshments will be available while supplies last.
The benefits of swimming are endless, and your child should learn to swim as early as possible. Here’s why:
1. It’s essential to their safety.
According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages one through 14. It is absolutely crucial that all kids know how to swim at a young age. There is water all around us, even if it’s as small as a bathtub. Making sure that your child is comfortable in and around water is essential to their safety.
I’ve been swimming since I was three years old, and almost all of my teammates began just as early. Even if your child isn’t interested in competitive swimming, ensuring your child knows how to swim should be done as early as possible. Their interest in the actual sport is just an added benefit!
2. It’s a low-impact sport.
Swimming is obviously low-impact, as it’s performed in water. According to Bucknell University, the body is 90 percent buoyant when in the water up to your neck, so you’re not hitting the ground with the weight you carry on land. Swimming is the ideal sport for the well being of one’s body in the long-run.
Yes, anything in excess can cause your body to break down, so swimming injuries are common. But if you get a shoulder injury, you may still kick during practice to stay in shape. This isn’t so easy in other sports, where you often have to stop the sport all together because of the impact.
In swimming, you can often just rest the injured part of your body, and still use the healthy part of you in the pool. The most common swimming injuries are from overuse, showing that swimming is a generally very easy on one’s body as opposed to a critical injury such as a sprain or break from running or jumping.
Note: The lack of serious injuries from swimming does not include dry land training, where often clumsy and uncoordinated fish out of water (also known as swimmers) are more likely to injure themselves.
3. The value of teamwork is learned along with individuality.
Like any sport, the team atmosphere is the greatest aspect. College athletes admit that post-graduation, they miss their team and the hours spent together while training and traveling. In an article I previously wrote, I stated the significance of using your teammates to help you get through the hardest times, because your friends on the team endure the same hard work that you do every day. From this shared experience, swimmers learn to support their teammates, which creates a positive atmosphere. This is a skill that can be carried through life into the workplace and beyond.
But teamwork is learned in plenty of sports, why is swimming special? The great thing about swimming is that there is also an individual aspect to it. In competitive swimming, you learn self-motivation and goal setting/reaching. Swimmers have their own personal set of times for their events.
At each meet, competitive swimmers try to beat their personal best times, while at the same time swimming for their team as a whole. In high school and college swimming, the primary motivation is to earn points for your team so they can win the meet. I always swam on a club team in high school instead swimming for my school. So when I reached college swimming, I realized the gravity of teamwork and support, and I was able to push myself to a new level. Swimming packages teamwork and individuality into one sport.
4. Time management is inevitably learned.
Time management has been one of the most valuable skills I’ve attained over the past 15 years of competitive swimming. I have learned how to take the little free time I have to get what needs to be completed on time.
Especially in high school, when I was practicing nine times per week while studying an International Baccalaureate program, my free time was limited. I would wake up before school and swim, go straight to school, and then swim again after. On weekends, I practiced twice a day on both Saturday and Sunday.
I was able to train myself physically and mentally to know when it was more important to stay up and get an assignment done versus getting the sleep I needed for my brain to work properly the next day. My work ethic was often praised by my friends and teachers, and I didn’t realize how well prepared I would be for college until my first year at the University of Rhode Island. I learned time management at an early age, and this skill has carried me through my four years swimming for URI.
This is a skill that swimmers will hold for the rest of their lives. Being able to divide and manage one’s time, to prioritize what needs to be done first, second, and last is an invaluable talent that is gained through competitive swimming.
5. Swimming is an incredible workout.
The sport involves moving multiple muscle groups in a high-intensity, cardio workout. All four strokes involve working different muscle groups. Often times, children and adults take up swimming for weight loss. It burns calories quickly, and is easier for overweight people to pick up because it’s low-impact. According to Bucknell, swimming offers 12 to 14 percent more resistance training than life on land- offering an exceptionally challenging workout.
Aside from weight loss, introducing your child to swimming early on will promote a healthy life. Once he or she learns to swim, they may hop in a pool at any point in their life to get a low-risk, high-intensity workout.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swimming can help with chronic diseases and mental health. Water-based exercising like swimming improves the use of joints affected by arthritis.
The CDC also states that “Parents of children with developmental disabilities find that recreational activities, such as swimming, improve family connections.” Swimming also releases endorphins, which aid in decreasing depression and improving moods.
6. You can swim for the rest of your life.
If your child knows how to swim at a young age, this skill is forever with them. In their later years, their longevity and quality of life will be enhanced by swimming.
The CDC says that water exercising helps to decrease disability and aids in the quality of life in older adults. Since swimming is a low-impact sport, this makes it a safe option for older adults, rather than risking a fall while biking or running.
Swimming feels good on joints and boosts one’s mood at the same time.
It’s essential that every child learn to swim, especially to be water-safe. But there are so many levels of swimming and benefits that come along the way. Introduce your child to swimming early on so that they have the skill for their whole life.
This can help improve their overall physical and mental health. Hopefully, they will fall in love with the sport and lap it up for years.
Come down to the Park La Brea Pools and get your child started in our swim program. Lessons are available to all residents please call (323)746-5081 or come to the pools for more information.
It's no secret that consistent exercise is a key component to healthy weight loss. But if it's been awhile since you've hit the gym, it can be intimidating to know where to start. You may be wondering which exercises will be safe and effective for beginners, while still putting you on the path to meeting your weight loss goals. No worries, we've got you covered with expert tips to make your gym debut safe, effective, and healthy.
Dr. Karen Sutton has built her career on developing healthy bodies–she's the head surgeon for U.S. Women's Lacrosse, as well as a practicing orthopedic surgeon and professor at Yale University. Dr. Sutton has created a gym routine designed to build a healthier body at one's own pace, safely and without injury. The best part is this routine can fit into anyone's busy lifestyle, since all moves can be done in minutes, using minimal equipment.
The key is to start small–you want to master the basics before you move on to more advanced moves or heavier weights. Dr. Sutton recommends following "the three C's: Core strength, cross-training, and consistency" for lasting fitness and weight loss.
Here's how to get started:
1. Push-ups (3 sets of 10 reps)
Place palms flat on the ground, shoulder-width apart. If you're strong enough, you can do a traditional push-up. If you're still building upper body strength, then use the modified push-up form. Slowly lower down, and then push your body weight up again using one controlled movement.
2. Pull-ups (3 sets of 5 reps)
Pull-ups may evoke memories of your high school gym teacher, but have no fear–this simple exercise is terrific for building lean muscle. You may not be able to do a full pull-up at the outset and that's OK. You can start small–use the assisted pull-up machine or the Smith Machine bar to help you.
3. Tricep dips (3 sets of 10 reps)
This exercise tones the back of the arms for short-sleeve season. You can start out with knees bent if you're a beginner. Place hands shoulder-width apart on a bench behind you, lower yourself down, and then back up.
4. Lunges (3 sets of 10 reps, each leg)
Stand and place hands on hips. Lower yourself into lunge position and then push back up with your legs. Do 10 reps on each leg for one set, and then switch to the other leg.
5. Squats (3 sets of 12 reps)
When you're starting out, squats are a great way to build lower body strength and work your core. As you become more advanced, you can add weights. Here are more details on the proper squat form.
These moves are a great way to reintroduce exercising and see real results. Don't be discouraged that you're starting from the beginning–what's key is that you're starting! Be proud of yourself for investing in your health and well-being. And remember, with each gym session you're that much closer to achieving your weight loss goal.
Try out this simple program and look on here for more advanced workouts in the future. Stay healthy!
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