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Study looks at your brain on exercise

Vigorous exercise boosts two brain chemicals that help people ward off severe depression, according to a new imaging study by scientists at the University of California, Davis Health System. It …


Smartphone use during exercise might be dumb

Researchers put 44 college students on a treadmill and had them exercise for a half-hour. Some were just listening to music; others were actually using their phone as a phone, …


Keeping seniors on their toes

Spokane County has a higher death rate from fall-related injuries than the rest of the state.


Brain gain

Exercise tones the legs, builds bigger biceps and strengthens the heart. But of all the body parts that benefit from a good workout, the brain may be the big winner. …


Beyond tracking

The future is here, and it’s sweaty and integrative. The treadmills at Eastern Washington University’s fitness center are outfitted with touch-screen modules that lets gym users track their workouts – …


Pool exercises help joint recovery, overall fitness

Any athlete will tell you: Rest and recovery are critical to any workout regimen. John Platero, director of education for the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers, created this three-move …


Study links exercise, mental wellness

We all know that lacing up and breaking a sweat is good for our mood, and that exercise can feel like a lifeline when the stresses of life threaten to …


Course of action to stop diabetes

Toni Pille lives on a 40-acre farm in Espanola, north of Medical Lake, where she and her husband raise sheep, cut hay and eat local: potatoes they grow, meat from …


Osteoporosis is more common and more dangerous than most think

Osteoporosis doesn’t just happen to old ladies. Rather, it’s a disease that can weaken anyone’s bones, regardless of age or sex, putting them at higher risk of fracture – which …


Study finds positive exercise experience matters

It’s a common rookie mistake, but plenty of diet-and-exercise veterans make it, too: With an act of will, you muster yourself to the gym or the track, and you gut …


Summer Games gives adults a chance to play like children

Before explaining the rules of noodle tag last week on a grassy play field at upper Manito Park, fitness trainer Nicole Kuhn led a group of women through stretches and …


Personal trainer keeps aging clients healthy

Marge Holston moved to Spokane Valley from Southern California and somehow left a lot of her activity behind. That’s when she decided to join a gym, hire a trainer and …


Expectant mother will still celebrate Bike to Work Week

Haley Cooper-Scott admits she’s a little apprehensive about her plans for Bike to Work Week, which begins Monday. Not about the distance from her Spokane home to her workplace in …


Pat Munts: Early-season gardening can be a stiff challenge

Let me guess; you spent all of last weekend out in the yard doing spring chores and Monday you crawled into work barely able to move. How do I know? …


Gardening: Early-season gardening can be a stiff challenge

Let me guess; you spent all of last weekend out in the yard doing spring chores and Monday you crawled into work barely able to move. How do I know? …


Livestrong at YMCA helps cancer patients move toward fitness

It was like many beginning yoga classes in most ways. Students gathered in a studio at the downtown YMCA raised and stretched their limbs in wobbly formation, their instructor at …


Cyclists promote active lifestyles by embarking on cross-country trip

It’s a race for all time as dozens of elderly Spokane assisted living residents keep pace with three baby boomer women pedaling 4,305 miles across the United States – all …


On weight loss, ‘Biggest Loser’ trainer says patience is key

If you’re like many Americans, you made a resolution to lose weight and get in shape in 2014. And, if you’re like many Americans, you’ll step on the scale a …


More conservative workouts may help avoid injuries

Those fitness resolutions will do you no good if they lead you to visit the likes of Hooman Melamed. As an orthopedic spine surgeon, Melamed sees the downside of efforts …


New gadgets to consider for fitness fans in your life

Maybe the best part of having a fitness fanatic on your holiday shopping list is that you likely won’t be stumped when creating your gift list. “What do you get …


The Rock Doc: Working together may be the key to weight loss

We all know the basic medical facts: We should make healthy choices about what we eat and incorporate exercise into our busy lives. Most of the science of weight loss …


Allow colors to enliven your life

Recent studies show that the colors you use in your home can influence how your food tastes, sharpen your concentration, improve your sleep, and even enliven your sex life. Here’s …


Early detection can stamp out depression

It’s a scientific fact that people over 50 are more prone to cases of clinical depression. There are a number of proven reasons for it. You can take steps to …


Nappi: ‘Good aging’ formula requires key ingredient: activity

A few years ago, I had lunch with Dr. Elizabeth Welty, then in her mid-90s. “What’s your secret?” I asked the retired physician, who was in good shape, physically and …


‘Recess’ keeps workers moving

LOS ANGELES – UCLA Health encourages a little goofing off on company time. But inefficiency is the last thing on the agenda. At least three days a week, employees from …


Doorway squats improve strength, balance

If there was one exercise that could strengthen your lower body, plus stretch out the tendons of the muscles in your legs and hips, and improve your balance as well …


Benefits of exercise improve with age

I love watching our daughter run and play. A desire to run, do cartwheels, splash in the pool and be active comes naturally to most children, but as time passes …


SpokeFest draws cyclists from miles around

If kids today are afflicted by inactivity, there was no evidence of that Sunday at Spokane’s Riverfront Park. Tots, tweens and teens were well-represented at SpokeFest, the cycling celebration that …


Downward frog

Katie Fitzgerald’s yoga students, instructed to close their eyes and notice their surroundings at the start of a class last week, had much to be mindful of. The gentle breeze. …


Blazing new trails

Jeff Alt, a hiking author who’ll be in Spokane this week to talk about trekking with kids, remembers his first “real” childhood hike as a child as both painful and …