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Health hint
To make sure you’re brushing long enough to get the best pearly whites, try this tuneful trick: Brush for the length of your fave song.

Weighty Matters
Here’s good news for those who strength train: More isn’t necessarily better when it comes to lifting weights. According to new guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine, you’ll reap just as many benefits by working a muscle group with one set of eight to ten repetitions two to three times a week. It was previously thought that a weight-lifting regimen had to include at least three sessions a week to produce results, notes Dr. Bill Kohl, director of research, Baylor Sports Medicine Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Not so! "By regularly lifting even light weights, the body retains more lean muscle mass," he says.

Braces, the latest fashion statement
What was once seen as a fate worse than death is becoming a hot trend, say the experts at Orthodontic Centers of America (OCA). As the big bulky silver wires of the past give way to stylish new options—check out the cool new brightly colored bands you can use to complement your school colors—more and more young adults are finding something to smile about by wearing braces. "People with beautiful smiles not only have a better appearance, they exude greater self confidence and generally feel happier," says Dr. Gasper Lazzara Jr., OCA founder and chairman of the board, who adds that straight teeth are also less likely to develop problems like decay and periodontal disease. For more info, call 1-800-BRACES-4 or visit OCA’s website at www.ocai.com.

Cheer Power
Cheerleading flies to the top of the exercise charts, according to American Sports Data, Inc. stats. Evaluated among more than 60 sports, fitness and outdoor activities, it was cited as one of the most likely to offer exercise benefits. Only "frequent" participants (the 15% to 30% most dedicated participants) were measured.

Sports Fitness Outdoors
Baseball High-impact aerobics Mountain biking
Basketball Low-impact aerobics Boardsailing
Cheerleading Step aerobics Camping
Football Exercise to music Hiking/backpacking
Golf Fitness walking Mountain/rock climbing
Racquetball Free weights Skateboarding
Soccer Resistance training Water skiing
Tennis Stationary bike Nordic skiing
Volleyball Treadmill Snowboarding

Dressing for exercise success

The American Council on Exercise in San Diego, CA offers these tips for "uplifting" comfort:

  • Stay true to type. Consider which of the two basic types of sports bra—"compression" or "encapsulation"—is best for you. The former will work best for smaller figures since it compresses the breasts against the chest. The latter encapsulates each breast and is better suited for more ample figures because of its heavy-duty construction.
  • Get fit. Your breast size will vary with weight changes, menstrual cycle and medications. So, go by fit, not size, when choosing a sports bra.
  • Don’t sweat it. To minimize chafing and friction, pick a bra with good ventilation to prevent perspiration from getting trapped. A dusting of baby powder underneath your clothes also helps.
  • Think comfort. A good sports bra will feel perfect right from the start—that means no pinching from a too-tight fit or straps that dig into your skin. When trying on a sports bra, jump around and mimic the activity you’ll be doing to make sure it’ll move with you.
  • Know when to ditch ’em. Replace your sports bras every six months to a year since they lose elasticity.

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Auditions rarely fail to deliver on suspense. But this? This was the nail-biter to end all nail-biters. Hayoung Roh and Chelsea McCloskey, both professional dancers based in NYC, had made it through what felt like endless rounds of cuts, both on Zoom and in person. Out of the nearly 500 dancers (from 30 states and nine countries) who'd answered the Knicks City Dancers' open call for video submissions, just 20 remained—McCloskey and Roh among them. "We were separated into six holding rooms, where we kept trying to figure out the math," Roh recalls. "How many girls are there in total? Who was called back?"

Finally, the women returned to the audition room to dance one last time—or so they were told. Instead, KCD head coach Alyssa Quezada dropped her bombshell: All 20 women had made the final cut. They would be 2021–22 Knicks City Dancers: the latest and greatest edition of one of the most prestigious NBA dance teams. "It was the biggest celebration and the coolest moment of my dance career so far," says McCloskey now. And that was just the oh-so-perfectly-dramatic beginning.

Chelsea McCloskey stands on her left leg while kicking her right leg up with her arms crossed, a smile on her face. She is auditioning for KCD. Chelsea McCloskey Photo by Tess Mayer

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