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Energize yourself with a commitment to stretching — February 19, 2019

Energize yourself with a commitment to stretching

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Sally Anderson


Now that the new year is here, how would you like to experience renewed energy and perhaps even feel a little younger? One of the most effective ways to do that would be to introduce daily stretching into your life. Stretching can be an amazing instant energizer, yet despite its many merits, it’s the most neglected component of fitness.

Flexibility exercises will give you the ability to move a joint through its full range of motion, preventing muscles from becoming shortened and tight, making exercise and everyday activities much easier to perform. But if you ignore the value of stretching, that mobility will be limited as you age, because joints tend to become less flexible. While heredity dictates joint structure, flexibility training has an effect on muscle elasticity.

Stretching the chest, back and other tight muscles can help counteract poor posture, which can be caused by sitting for long periods of time, working at the computer or standing for extended periods of time with slumped shoulders and can lead to aches and pains. Tight pectoral muscles can pull shoulders forward, giving you that rounded shoulder effect. To combat this, perform an easy chest stretch and back strengthener by clasping your hands with arms stretched out behind your back and gently pressing your chest forward with your shoulders back and down.

Long bouts of sitting or working long hours at a desk can tighten the gluteals and shorten the hip flexors, affecting posture. Because the gluteal muscles are connected to several other muscles, you can also feel tightness and pain in the legs, lower back and hips. (See exercises at right for help with that.) Need more reasons to add stretching to your routine? It improves balance, which helps to prevent falls, and relieves stress.

Stretching tips

Always warm up cold muscles with mild movements such as knee lifts, hamstring curls or leg swings. Those moves get the blood circulating and help to increase range of motion.

Focus your stretching on muscle groups such as the thighs, calves, hips, lower back, chest, neck and shoulders.

Balance the stretching by stretching opposing muscle groups. For example, if you are stretching the back of the legs, also stretch the front of the legs. Hold your stretch for 10 to 30 seconds.

Do not limit your stretching to the gym. Stretch throughout the day.

Use it or lose it. If you skip the stretching, you will lose the gains you have just made.

Pay attention to pain. You shouldn’t feel any, just mild tension.

Don’t bounce into the stretch. Bouncing can cause tightness.

Breathe normally.

Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program. Sally Anderson is happy to hear from readers but can’t respond to individual inquiries.

Contact her at slafit@tampabay.


demonstrated by Maribel Perez

Pretzel stretch on floor: Stretches the hips, glutes, lower back and hamstrings. Lying on your back, bend both your knees, keeping your lower legs parallel to the ground.

Cross one leg over the other and rest your ankle near the opposite knee.

Holding your hands under the thigh of your uncrossed leg, bring your leg toward your chest until you feel a good stretch in your glutes.

Hold 10 to 15 seconds, change legs and repeat the stretch.

Follow the pattern three or four times.

Wall angel: Stretches the chest muscles and strengthens shoulders and back muscles.

Stand tall with your feet about 4 inches from a wall, hips, spine, shoulder blades and head against the wall, contracting your abdominals.

With your knees sightly relaxed, bend your arms from the elbows, placing the backs of your forearms and hands against the wall, shoulder height. Your upper arms will be parallel to the floor.

Keeping your elbows, backs of forearms and hands against the wall, slowly slide your arms and hands upward. Hold for several seconds, then slowly lower arms and hands to shoulder level, keeping them in contact with the wall.

Repeat several times, building to eight to 10 times.

Tips: Avoid shrugging your shoulders. In the beginning, if your arms and hands cannot make contact with the wall, perform the same movement without touching it.

Standing gluteal stretch: Targets the glutes and opens hips.

Contract your abdominals and slightly bend one leg, keeping it on the ground and sitting back into your hips.

Cross your leg over the thigh of the bent standing leg.

Bend forward at the hips, keeping a straight back.

Hold the position for eight seconds and return to standing.

Repeat the stretch three or four times on each leg.

Tip: If you need help with balance, hold onto a body bar or something stable.

Photos by TAILYR IRVINE | Times


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Former Rep. Weiner released from prison —

Former Rep. Weiner released from prison

Warning do not click on the links and expect to see beauty.


Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner has been released from federal prison after being convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl in 2017. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website shows the 54-year-old New York Democrat is currently in the custody of its Residential Re-entry Management office in Brooklyn,N.Y. Weiner, who began serving his sentence in November 2017, will have to register as a sex-offender and spend three years on supervised release under the terms of his sentence. It was disclosed during the investigation that he sent explicit photos to dozens of women under the alias ‘Carlos Danger.’

Tampa Bay Times


And Justice for Four… — January 12, 2019
An American Explorer and his ties to the Cali Cartel — December 28, 2018

An American Explorer and his ties to the Cali Cartel

Jungle Mike wrestled snakes, built a hospital in Colombia — and served 20 years for a record St. Pete cocaine seizure

Michael Tsalickis of Tarpon Springs had such an extraordinary life that National Geographic once filmed him wrestling an anaconda and actor Robert Duvall starred in a movie based on his adventures.

This is the account by the Tampa Bay Times about Michael Tsalickis who emigrated to Colombia.  He settled in a remote area in the department of Amazonas.  To a city named Leticia.  He went there to hire human apes to catch monkeys.  Those apes he hired then spent their measly pesos in Leticia, a city allegedly “transformed by Michael James Tsalickis into a thriving town with a hospital, a hotel and a bona fide airport.”

Mike, Jimmy, Mr. T , “Jungle Mike” as he was known,  went to Colombia to exploit the region.  To build a business selling exotic animals to zoos and monkeys to researchers.  Previously “Jungle Mike” opened a zoo in Tarpon Springs, Florida with an unnamed friend.    Do you have to wonder why a zoo owner would go to Brazil and Colombia to trap exotic animals?

The apes he hired so benevolently to trap and not eat what was abundant in that region, helped him buy an airplane,  build a business transporting medical supplies, trade exotic animals for profit and science, and  extend a runway for an airport that lured Brazilian and Colombian airlines.  [The national airline of Colombia, AVIANCA is now owned by a Brazilian citizen.]

Can you imagine how much it cost to build a runway that can handle heavy metal?  How many monkeys, oscelots, and medical supplies did it take “Jungle Mike” to have the deep pockets of a Rockerfellar?  That’s where the Cali cartel came to the rescue of a man who had failed once before in a little town of Florida, know as Tarpon Springs.

“It takes a monkey to buy pants in Leticia,”  Tsalickis would say.  “It takes a monkey to buy a shirt in Leticia.”

To read more about “Jungle Mike” please click on the link for the Tampa Bay Times.

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Was this a Tragedy or a Blessing? — February 15, 2017

Was this a Tragedy or a Blessing?



Will this story be one day a song by yours truly.

TAMPA — At first, the Port Tampa Bay workers thought the man bobbing in McKay Bay on Friday afternoon was a swimmer. He wore a bathing suit and had the slender body of a devoted athlete.


Aaron Branham Roush had a history of legal issues in Hillsborough and Polk counties.

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Dr. Aaron Branham Roush, the board-certified surgeon who practiced at the former Uphoria Medical Spa, is asking the Florida Board of Medicine to let him voluntarily give up his medical license in lieu of other potential action by that disciplinary board.

Aaron Branham Roush had a history of legal issues in Hillsborough and Polk counties.

LAKELAND | A doctor who worked at a pain-management clinic in Lakeland is asking the Florida Board of Medicine to let him voluntarily give up his medical…
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Tarpon Springs’ Epiphany dove is a frequent flier — January 17, 2017

Tarpon Springs’ Epiphany dove is a frequent flier


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Breakfast in Dunedin with Rick Scott, Jack Latvala, Maurice Gallagher and Typhoid Mary. — April 23, 2016

Breakfast in Dunedin with Rick Scott, Jack Latvala, Maurice Gallagher and Typhoid Mary.

We had decided the night before to have breakfast in Dunedin, FL before continuing to St. Petersburg, FL to see if Pet Pal had any small dogs for adoption. Pit bulls, mixed pit bulls, pits, pits pits in my juice juice juice! [a reference to the Odd Couple with Tony Randall & Jack Klugman.] I’ll continue later with the Pet Pal experience.

We arrived at the café located near the library. Walking by the side of the building facing Douglas Avenue.  After parking in the rear of the building, and while passing through the café’s front courtyard, I noticed many couples having breakfast. One caught my attention.  In the seconds I had to spare since I was not going to waste any more time observing their behavior, was a 50+ years old man and a woman perhaps a generation younger. He was stroking her arm slowly from her wrist to her axilla, the part that smells when we perspire, the underside of her upper arm. Her arm pit! I went past them quickly and saw other couples looking up at us. It’s funny how quickly people look away when being caught staring. We entered a nearly empty restaurant. Only one table was taken. Two women sat having breakfast with one typing on an I Pad.

Our waitress arrived [Christie]. We were greeted while I opened the Tampa Bay Times to separate the section with the crossword puzzle. Menus were given and orders were taken for drinks. Coffee for Michele and Ice Water with a lemon for me. So far so good. While reading about Prince dying and…Doug Hughes of Ruskin, the gyrocopter idiot pilot who flew in protest into Washington, D.C., and the Allegiant CEO, Maurice Gallagher who was in St. Petersburg at the Marriott, speaking about the ‘bad summer’ his company had last year (2015). Growing pains is what he calls, emergency landings, engine problems, maintenance delays, and pilots who didn’t want to fly his elderly poorly maintained jets.

Growing pains indeed! The stock price for his company is at an all time high but soon will decline when he starts to switch to the “newer” Airbus. The management team has been replaced and by 2020 he plans to hire five new mechanics to work out of the Pinellas County market. “We’ve always been safe. And we will continue to work with the FAA and audit our own practices.”

The host of this event was Sen. Jack Latvala, who flies to Bangor, Maine on Allegiant.

From the Marriott, CEO Maurice Gallagher headed to the Sirata Beach Resort in. St. Pete Beach for the company’s annual station meeting. It was the first time in this company’s history that the “annual station meeting” was held outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Allegiant is based in Las Vegas where Roulette, and other games of chance are played.

Notice how much Maurice talked about customer service? He claims he invests and “reinvests in our pilots.” Thank G_d, he hired competent flyers or his airline would have been grounded indefinitely if all his growing pains had touched the earth with more force.

Defending Allegiant, the senator actually complained bout the investigative reporting of the Tampa Bay Times.

Copy paragraph “the airlines…”  Please see picture below.

Tampa Bay Times 4/24/2016

Soon after reading this I head a loud dry cough coming from a zaftig waitress who happened to be bent over pushing her breasts almost over her black blouse.

My breakfast hadn’t yet arrived and I began to worry if Typhoid Mary was still alive.
At this point I was reading “No Trump, but presence looms large at GOP event.” Another politician was present at this event, Governor R. Scott of Florida, who wouldn’t mention the missing elephant in the room, instead he talked about “jobs,”‘and chided all the Republican candidates for failing to make that the central campaign issue. I bet he didn’t mention the Florida Panther…

Hair tied in a bun, tattoo on left arm just above the elbow, dressed all black, taking quick nervous short steps while serving customers outside and inside was, “I don’t want to get anyone sick.” As she was saying this she was wiping her nose with a finger, then blowing her nose with a soft paper product, then wiping her hands on her ample gluteus maximus. All this behind the counter near the small prep area.

She flew past us on her way out the other door that still slams shut. She returned to enter an order and coughed yet again. I leaned back, turned my head to the right to see if she was the same suspect. “Now she’s here to contaminate this area,” I told Michele.

By now I had seen her cough into her hand, grab a carafe, pour coffee, wipe her nose with her index finger various times, clean her hands on her ass and not once did she wash her hands. “Where’s the owner,” I asked Michele. “Are you going to say something to our waitress about her colleague?

The bill arrived and Michele hadn’t even been given a refill! “Please ask me if I want coffee,” she tells me, “before bringing the check.”

Listening to the music playing in the background was Sting’s Every Breath You Take…I’ll be watching you at 9:45 A.M. A coincidence and ironic because I was watching her and scribbling notes on top of No Trump, but …

And then three ladies walked in. Mother,daughter and granddaughter. “Where do you want to sit,” Grandma asked the baby.

Sent from my dumB iPad

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