Friday, January 6, 2017

Female figures dot the D.C. landscape

Statues populate the Washington landscape, and about 50 feature women. Eleanor Roosevelt, the first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, is the only first lady with a statue at a presidential memorial (Franklin D. Roosevelt) in Washington; educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune’s statue is at Lincoln Park; and the likeness of Jane Delano, founder of the American Red Cross Nursing Service, is at Red Cross Square, between 17th and 18th streets and D and E streets NW.

Here are a few more.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Want a full-body workout? The machine you need has been in your gym all along.

Shoulders down, back straight, abs tight, Fola Awosika instructed during a Foundations class at RowVigor in Arlington, the area’s first pop-up rowing studio. Then: “You want your legs to do the bulk of the work.”

Wait, what? “Your legs are the strongest part,” he explained, despite the commonly held belief that rowing is all about the upper body. In fact, rowing engages 86 percent of muscles, an English Institute of Sport study found.

Big history in little Clifton, Va.

Virginia was a Confederate stronghold during the Civil War, but an area in the northern part of the state became a place for the Union Army to rest and refuel. Later, in 1902, that area became the town of Clifton.

Today Clifton is a popular destination for foodies, history buffs and nature lovers. You can cover a day’s meals and years of history during a stroll along the quarter-square-mile town’s Main Street.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Apps can help you increase the impact of your workouts with HIIT

The workout du jour is high-intensity interval training, and this is one format that might be here to stay. It requires only a few minutes of (really) hard work to cover all the major muscle groups.

HIIT, as it’s called, alternates short periods of all-out activity with even briefer breaks. Just how short is short? Typically 20 to 30 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of recovery — spiking metabolism and tricking your body into thinking it rested.

Parents invent a social network app for children

Ah, parenthood. It’s an umbrella term for so many jobs: scheduler, social secretary, chauffeur. ... But in the digital age, can some of those tasks be outsourced to an app? That was the original idea behind KidMix, an app Lisa and Clay Goldberg of Maryland launched in May). The couple started developing a way to let youngsters plan play dates, which evolved into creating a social network for children.

Hotels Partner with Big-Name Chefs to Elevate Both Their Brands

It used to be that hotel restaurants served food that was underwhelming and overpriced. But in recent years, renowned chefs have been attaching themselves to the dining choices at similarly renowned hotels. Now, hotels new and old are cooking up ways to get a known name in the galley.

Mark My Gourd: 18 Local Pumpkin Patches and Festivals to Pick-Your-Own

‘Tis the season for ghosts, ghouls, goblins and, of course pumpkins. It seems the latter is everywhere, pervading coffees, pies, even cereal. (Have you been to Trader Joe’s lately?!) Perennial pumpkin fun abounds around the D.C. region. Farms transform into playgrounds full of fall frills, such as hayrides, giant slides and pick-your-own future jack-o-lantern. Whether you’re looking for straight pumpkin pickin’ off the vine or something with activities to kill a day with, there’s a farm or festival to meet all tastes.