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  • Getting a late start at long-distance running

    Starting long-distance running during middle age may seem like an exercise in futility, yet getting a late start has certain advantages. Lisa Reichmann and Julie Sapper, running coaches at Run …


  • Striders fitness walking group stays in step for health, companionship

    Bob Conquergood and John Johnson are this year’s highest-mileage walkers for Striders INW, a regional walking and exercise group that has about 60 members.


  • Fitbit makes exercise even more of a game

    Fitbit wants to help you exercise more by making you think you’re hiking famous trails instead of strolling around your neighborhood.


  • Why are women losing the battle of the bulge?

    After a national report this summer showed that women have surpassed men in obesity rates, doctors and obesity researchers are searching for answers to why women are struggling more than …


  • Ultra runner Gunhild Swanson refuses to slow down

    Spokane Valley grandmother aims to break her own record as the oldest female finisher in the grueling Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run next weekend in California.


  • Steve Christilaw: Yoga teacher recenters at studio after facing serious medical issues

    A yoga studio in little Millwood, where the whistle from the paper mill is as much a part of the community as the Spokane River, fits the tree-lined setting.


  • Idaho congressman lost 72 pounds walking. Now he wants everyone to do it

    WASHINGTON – At 55, Brian Whitlock is like millions of Americans, getting far too little exercise. But he’s ready to do something about it, pledging to walk 2,963 miles in …


  • Experts’ new Rx for health: Walk the malls

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has put out a guide saying the mall is a perfect place for seniors to get in their steps.


  • Exclusive Bloomsday ‘club’ perseveres

    At 92, Warren Heylman has a good excuse for simply watching Bloomsday rather than being a participant. But Heylman is registered and ready to go come hell or high water. …


  • Ammi Midstokke: A couple of outdoor epiphanies

    Sometimes I feel so outdoorsy. I’m outdoorsing so much, I ride on my elitist fleet of a-different-bike-for-every-purpose bikes and say things to myself like, “I’m so outdoorsy. I ride my …


  • Ammi Midstokke: Disengaging from your scale

    There are fewer things less important in this world than knowing what percentage your body fat is. In fact, most methods of measurement are rudimentary at best. The only thing …


  • Langlauf puts beauty of Nordic skiing on display

    For 36 years, the Spokane Langlauf has made a statement about cross-country skiing. Active outdoor winter pursuits get people out of the house, but nothing does it in a more …


  • Barre classes are on point for a wide range of core fitness seekers

    Barre teachers say the workout’s combination of dance exercises, yoga and Pilates is perfect for an age when many of us spend hours hunched over devices, our behinds on desk …


  • No barriers

    When he first got on a mountain bike 20 years ago, Fred Schmid could barely pedal up the 100-foot hill leading to his house. Today the 82-year-old Schmid logs 200-mile …


  • Spokane seniors learn how juggling can improve brain, overall health

    Imagine being told you could learn to juggle at any age – that the flexibility and mobility issues that often accompany aging aren’t barriers to tossing some colorful beanbags in …


  • 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. …


  • More or less, exercising lessens risks

    DEAR DOCTOR K: You often recommend exercising for 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. That target intimidates me. Is it worth it for me to exercise less, …


  • Doug Clark: Champion arm-wrestler punishes steering wheel in comeback attempt

    Note to self: Never let Mike Beggs get behind the wheel of your car. I tucked this thought away while motoring around with the north Spokane resident the other day.


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  • Healing body, mind, spirit

    Jill Ciccarello’s sister died of cancer. Lorrie Stonehocker’s husband is still battling cancer that has caused him to lose organs, including part of his stomach, as the chemo is shutting …


  • 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 – …


  • ‘Sit and Be Fit’ star continues to inspire nationwide audience

    When you meet Mary Ann Wilson, it’s hard to believe this shy woman has for nearly 30 years led a fitness revolution from a chair in the KSPS public television …


  • Woman’s road to health inspires others

    Irene Gonzales did her milestone 50th birthday so big she landed on NBC’s “Today” show Aug. 8 to share her infectious enthusiasm with the entire country. Like many baby boomers …


  • 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 …


  • Pool workout keeps body in motion

    Sure, an icy dip in the pool is a welcome relief on a hot summer day, but your local watering hole is also the perfect site for your next workout. …


  • Pick for families:

    Families are invited to hit the streets Wednesday evening, minus their motor vehicles. The Summer Parkways event closes 4 miles of streets on the South Hill to cars and trucks …


  • 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 …


  • Join group at Riverfront Park to honor National Walking Day

    Lace up those walking shoes. The American Heart Association is hosting a group walk at Riverfront Park Wednesday morning in honor of National Walking Day.


  • House Call: Weight-loss medications offer hope

    Last month we had good news about obesity rates in the United States – a significant decline among children 2 to 5 years old. Because children who are overweight or …


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