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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 …


Young, old, fast and slow turn out for fifth SpokeFest

They pedaled bicycles and tricycles. They rode tandem. They pulled baby trailers or had toddlers riding in a back seat. Just about every mode of pedal transportation was in evidence …


At Fitness Fanatics, DeRuwe follows trends, learns from mistakes

Robin DeRuwe grew up near Kahlotus, Wash., population 193. She played B basketball in winter, but farm chores prevented her from turning out for track.


Mouth guard could carry BPA risks

Q. Can a dental night guard contain BPA? Instead of getting a new dental night guard after three months or so, I continue to use it until it doesn’t work. …


Charities, cyclists reap benefits of sponsored biking events

Inland Northwest cyclists are on roll with an expanding calendar of catered events that start in winter, freewheel through spring and shift to high gear heading into fall. Fourteen area …


Inland NW fall bike tours

SEPTEMBER Great NW Fall Tour ( gnwft.homestead.com), Sept. 2: Ride routes of 15, 30, 50 or 85 miles beginning at the Newport City Park. Benefits Newport/Priest River Rotary Club. $25 …


Skechers suit settlement gets tentative approval

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A federal judge on Monday has tentatively approved a $40 million settlement between Skechers USA Inc. and consumers who bought the company’s toning shoes. A class-action lawsuit …


Sta nd-up routine

CHICAGO – “The learning curve is three minutes.” That was my dread-locked instructor Michael Westenberger, who goes by “Westy,” as he watched me awkwardly wobble from my knees to my …


Time to fit in a workout

It’s barely 7 a.m. and rain is pounding the gym’s metal roof. Lynn Hocking, mother of three and full-time student, is dropping to the floor for pushups and jumping up …


Moving better, from head to toes

A workshop that starts Thursday aims to help people’s bodies move better – starting with their brains. The Alexander technique operates on the principle that people develop physical habits that …


Swimming: An individual workout in a team setting

Witter Pool was awash with swimmers this weekend as hundreds of athletes from around the region gathered to compete in the Summer Solstice Swim Meet. Colorful beach umbrellas and striped …


Partners rely on accountability

Pregnant with her fourth baby – six months after the birth of her third – Jamie Spranget promised herself she’d do something for herself after the birth of No. 4. …


Sex poses surprisingly low risk to heart patients

CHICAGO — Good news: Sex is safe for most heart patients. If you’re healthy enough to walk up two flights of stairs without chest pain or gasping for breath, you …


Wild Walls has been business with plenty of ups and downs

If your New Year’s resolution involves exercise, you may want to set your goal high – 40 feet high. That’s how far above the ground you’ll reach when you summit …


Team teaching fitness

On the eve of their districtwide cross-country race, Seltice Elementary School students in Post Falls received race tips from two marathoners who work as personal trainers at a nearby athletic …


Fun times three for kids at Kootenai Health triathlon

Joey Bonacci is only 5 years old, but he’s training for his second triathlon. He asks his baby sitter to time him as he sprints across his Hayden lawn. He …


Barnett puts her exercise techniques in words, motion

Larkin Barnett comes from a long line of Spokane physicians. Her grandfather, Edwin J. Barnett, was the chief of staff of what was then Sacred Heart Hospital in the 1930s.


‘Average’ journey enhanced with exercise

Standing nervously on the narrow platform, a bundle of wires linking me to a wide-eyed and unblinking machine, I stepped gingerly onto the moving belt of the treadmill and the …


Study examines how much exercise is safe for pregnant women

Her Asics laced up and her water bottle at her side, Meredith Dobrosielski stepped onto the treadmill for a robust half-hour walk. For the Towson, Md., runner, this wasn’t just …


Parents’ attitudes key to motivating kids to exercise

Even kids who have been active during the summer can face a challenge when the school year begins: They may spend as many as seven hours a day behind a …


Exercise bulimia sufferers struggle with guilt when they miss a workout

As a sophomore at Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif., Brett Zorich was a record-setting track star who left rivals in her dust. Ultimately, however, her fiercest opponent turned …


‘Real-world’ workouts

Brad Davidson teaches people how to get strong by bringing some of his childhood experiences on an Oregon dairy farm to his gym in Costa Mesa, Calif. Milking cows and …


Exercising to a new beat

Rock drummers, some claim, are finely tuned athletes, as fit as any long-distance runner. But to get your head around that idea, you’ll have to put aside all sorts of …


Quick! Activities can improve your reflexes

Quick reaction times are important in sports, driving and everyday life. While genetics play a role in each person’s ability, there are ways to hone your skills: •Throw against a …


Sweating with the strollers

At first glance, they look like the stroller brigade – 15 moms running around Mission Park and along the Centennial Trail with babies and toddlers in tow. But this isn’t …


Racewalking easier on joints than running

There’s a running gag in my family that goes like this: We’ll be driving through some neighborhood and come upon one of those women (it’s always a woman) power-walking down …


Tech-savvy can work out on the cheap

Don’t worry if you are too frugal to spend 10 bucks on a fitness DVD. You don’t have to. Here are some tech-savvy ways that you can get a fun …


Array of online workouts could squeeze exercise DVDs

Trina Schwimmer’s workout video collection is like a mini fitness museum: Denise Austin, Karen Voight, Mari Winsor, Crunch Fitness. But Schwimmer’s collection has been collecting dust as the 32-year-old Marina …


It just runs in the family

Between now and the first Sunday in May, the Dingus family will be on the move. In addition to work, school, community service, soccer practice and other obligations, the Spokane …