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Exercise on rise, but belts in U.S. still see strain

WASHINGTON – Americans are exercising more, but that has not done much to slim their waistlines, underscoring the immense challenge confronting health advocates fighting the nation’s obesity crisis. In more …


Tree-climbing emerges as full-body workout

ST. LOUIS - Tree-climbing is emerging as a recreational sport, similar to rock climbing. St. Louis instructor Guy Mott says tree-climbing builds muscles and can lead to improved fitness and …


Slacklining growing in popularity

It wasn’t so long ago that Andy Lewis appeared in the Super Bowl halftime show, wearing a gleaming-white toga, silver-spangled boots and his brown Afro, balancing and bouncing on a …


Doctor K: As we age, our balance is affected

DEAR DOCTOR K: In a previous column you wrote about the importance of balance exercises as we age. But why does our balance get worse as we get older? DEAR …


Lightening up

DALLAS – If you weigh 326 pounds and can’t wear a seat belt, fit into a restaurant booth or walk more than a few yards without stopping for breath, the …


Stem cell therapies remain question mark

CHICAGO – Until recently, I didn’t know that I could use stem cells to help heal my bum shoulder. Perhaps that’s because I don’t use said shoulder for hurling baseballs …


Couple workouts prove both effective and fun

When the alarm goes off at 6 a.m., getting out of bed and heading to the gym may seem like an impossible task. Good news! Recent studies have found that …


Bloomsday buddies

Competing in the unofficial wheelchair division – in the back with the strollers – Donna Husick and Gail Ableman probably will not win Bloomsday on Sunday. But when they finish, …


Back in the swing

To put her daughter to sleep, Colleen Robinson used to dance the Charleston, the baby in her arms. Now 4, Clodagh joined the swing-dance class her mother taught last week …


Doctor K: Strategies to add exercise to your life

DEAR DOCTOR K: I know I should exercise regularly, but I just can’t get motivated. Do you have any suggestions? DEAR READER: Practically everyone has heard that exercise is good …


Obesity ideas not always correct

Fact or fiction? Sex burns a lot of calories. Snacking or skipping breakfast is bad. School gym classes make a big difference in kids’ weight. All are myths or at …


Yoga can be antidote to stress

DEAR DOCTOR K: I know yoga has a lot of physical benefits, but is it true yoga can help reduce stress as well? DEAR READER: Many people initially come to …


Fitness test: Exercise without breaking the bank

The start of a new year inspires many of us to commit to get fit and live healthier. Such an undertaking requires steeling one’s resolve to eat right and exercise. …


Shed pounds with aerobic exercise

People who want to lose weight are better off running than lifting weights – or even than doing both, researchers at Duke University say. The researchers compared people who did …


School yoga tries to avoid religious controversy

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — Administrators of a California school district say they are being cautious as they launch what is believed to be the country’s most comprehensive yoga program for …


Rock Doc: Excessive aerobic exercise can take a toll on heart

Medical science increasingly has some evidence of a principle your mother warned you about: There really is too much of a good thing. A few folks throw themselves headlong into …


Doctor K: PT is one solution to torn ACL

DEAR DOCTOR K: I tore my ACL. Is surgery inevitable? DEAR READER: The anterior cruciate ligament is a band of tissue that runs through the middle of the knee joint …


Cardio equipment getting smarter

You swipe your gym membership card or sign in, and the screen on the cardio equipment welcomes you by name. Your sites and bookmarked TV shows and workouts you tracked …


Rock Doc: Exercise helpful in retirement

I don’t know about you, but I find it all too easy to come up with a reason to not exercise on a given day. I tell myself that my …


Concussions expert urges age limit on head blows

A leading neurosurgeon called for better protection for young athletes from head injuries on Friday, as a research project involving 100 retired NFL players seeks a diagnosis for a brain …


Arthroscopy makes surgery quicker, easier

DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m a lifelong runner with severe knee pain. Can you tell me about knee arthroscopy? How do I know if I’m a good candidate for it? DEAR …


Exercises in health

It takes more than muscle tone and stretchy pants to teach an exercise class. The instructors leading a class last week at WSU Spokane on the Riverpoint Campus were being …


Front Porch: Walk stimulates body, soul

One of the best forms of exercise doesn’t require expensive equipment, trendy fitness DVDs or a gym membership. Everyone from Thomas Jefferson to health guru Dr. Oz have touted the …


The 411 on 85210

It’s no secret that eating healthy food and working up a regular sweat prevent obesity – or that preventing obesity can help prevent chronic illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and …


Parents considering legal action over school yoga

ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — A group of parents is bent out of shape by free yoga classes at schools in this San Diego County beachside community, fearing they are indoctrinating …


Medicine ball gives a full-body workout

It’s small but packs a big punch. A medicine ball is a weighted ball used to whip your body into shape, without taking up much space. It’s similar to standard …


Push for healthier truckers gains momentum

DALLAS (AP) — In the months after Doug Robinson started driving a truck, he noticed his clothes were increasingly more snug-fitting. He was already overweight but soon realized that spending …


PET Project spreads mobility

Thanks to a small Spokane nonprofit, 1,220 people in 95 countries have received the gift of mobility. Since 2005, Inland Northwest PET Project has been creating and distributing Personal Energy …


Spokane-made vehicles aid people with disabilities

Thanks to a small Spokane nonprofit, 1,220 people in 95 countries have received the gift of mobility. Since 2005, Inland Northwest PET Project has been creating and distributing Personal Energy …


Cycling fun exercise, commute

I initially became a serious cyclist out of the need to commute. We lived far from my university and I quickly learned that I could get to school on my …