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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 inhibit their movement or coordination or cause pain, said William Conable, of Cheney, who will lead the workshop along with other instructors.

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 for squats. Other women in her class at Farmgirlfit in central Spokane are whipping neon-green jump ropes under their feet, heaving weighted balls at targets high on a wall, and jumping from the floor to the tops of tall, sturdy boxes.

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 awnings surrounded the pool, and shouts of encouragement echoed as the competitors warmed up for the Saturday afternoon session.

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. She chose training for a half-marathon, which she’ll run this month – two weeks before her baby’s first birthday. Never athletic before she started training, Spranget said, she wouldn’t have made it this far without an organized group of runners who connect both online and on the pavement, offering encouragement and noting one another’s progress and hurdles.

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 can have a love life.

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 club. Heath Wiltse, a 25-time marathoner, led the students Tuesday in stretching exercises before they took to the field for laps. He swung his legs back and forth, jogged in place, then walked the gym’s perimeter, squatting into deep knee bends with each step.

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 took swimming lessons this winter so he’d be more comfortable in the water. And he packs milk in his lunch because it’s better “fuel” than soda.

Actors, fake gore help mimic potential terror attack, response

Nearly 1,000 service members and civilians are sweating through a week of training in Spokane, preparing the Washington National Guard for the aftermath of a potential terrorist attack. Washington was selected as one of 10 states to field a newly organized Homeland Response Force through the U.S. Department of Defense.

Get moving to Summer Parkways Sunday

Calling all volunteers! There’s lots of free fun to be had in the streets Sunday for the July Summer Parkways at Spokane’s North Hill, from Clark Park to Franklin Park to Ruth Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

‘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 test began. With instructions to run until I could run no more, I was on my back and out-of-breath within minutes. The cardiologist glanced at the readouts, listened to my heart for a moment, then turned and delivered his verdict: “You’re below average.” And then, if that wasn’t bad enough, he added “If you don’t start exercising, you’ll just get worse.”

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 any trip to the gym. The session took place in a lab at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.

Pool aerobics class helps pregnant women

The class description reads: “Got a bun in the oven? Get your heart rate cookin’ and help make your pregnancy experience a healthier one!” It is an advertisement promoting a new Prenatal Water Workout class at the Kroc Center offered Tuesdays and Thursday from 9 to 9:55 in the morning.

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 desk. Physical education has been cut back in most elementary schools to no more than one hour once or twice a week. Then, after school, it’s time for homework, dinner and bed.