Monday, 27 June 2016

Ten core exercises

Michael Jarosky recommends 10 exercises to get great abs without sit-ups:
  1. Kettlebell swings
  2. Farmer's walk
  3. Single leg push-ups
  4. Sprints
  5. Side planks
  6. Woodchopping
  7. Clean and press/jerk
  8. Barbell ab rollout
  9. Burpees
  10. Mountain climbers

How exercise helps the brain

Gretchen Reynolds explains How exercise may help the brain grow stronger, at least in mice.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

World War II and the danger of being liberated

The George C Marshall Foundation hosted three eminent historians, Gerhard Weinberg, William Hitchcock and Mark Stoler to discuss World War II Myths, Misconceptions and Surprises. Each gave a presentation and then they answered questions at the end. William Hitchcock's presentation was interesting because he talked about how the Allies were not always greeted with joy when liberating parts of France and Belgium. This was basically because many civilians in those places were killed in the fighting to liberate them. I think he mentioned the number of French civilian casualties on D-Day, mostly from Allied bombing, were similar to Allied causalities.