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Snowshoeing growing in popularity with outdoors enthusiasts

By Doug Gulasy
When “Snowmageddon” hit Western Pennsylvania five years ago, Lora Woodward found her own method of travel around downtown Pittsburgh. Woodward, the program director for Venture Outdoors, ...

Go Red again calls attention to heart disease

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Red is the color of power, passion, energy — of love. So, it’s fitting to use this color to get a message across about ...

How to lose weight and keep it off

By The Monterey County Herald
If you are still trying to figure out the best strategy to lose, here’s a news flash: You will lose weight with any diet that helps you eat fewer calories than you burn for energy. Cut out the late-night snacking. ...

Beset by the winter blues? Light therapy may help

By The Washington Post 9:10 p.m.
Winter is here. For some people, that means the winter blues are also here. Officially called seasonal affective disorder — with its descriptive acronym, SAD — winter blues can leave people feeling low on energy and muted to the normal joys ...

How to save on gyms

By The Associated Press
Recent statistics show 67 percent of people who join gyms don’t use their memberships at all, says money-saving expert Andrea Woroch in Bakersfield, Calif. With the average monthly fee at $58, that means a potential waste of as much as ...

Athletes reap rewards in training together

By Bob Karlovits
Runners, cyclists and walkers needn’t feel alone. These days, they are connecting with colleagues on streets and trails in programs that have taken over training for ...

How to stay safe in cold-weather workouts

By The Washington Post
From Jo Zimmerman, a trainer and instructor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, here are a few ways to stay comfortable and safe while exercising in the cold: Dress appropriately. Layer your clothing so you can remove items as ...

How to use mindful eating to lose weight

By The Washington Post
If you’ve ever exercised to lose weight, there’s a good chance the following thought has crossed your mind: “I worked out so hard. I deserve a treat!” It’s also pretty likely that you indulged post-workout in some food you’d deemed ...

Club Cycle spin class has DJ spinning while he’s spinning

By Kellie B. Gormly
Claire Roces of Mt. Lebanon leans over on her exercise bike, furiously pedaling and pumping while a nearby disc jockey plays energetic tunes with rhythms ...

A good start: Food behaviors to stress (without stressing out)

By Casey Seidenberg
My children are 12, 10 and 3. My chance to impart our family values, educate them and feed them well is by no means complete. Yet, I recently reread an excerpt from a 1992 Cornell University study that states, “Children’s ...

Cold weather shouldn’t slow fresh-air fitness

By Rex Rutkoski
When it comes to Pittsburgh and winter, we all have two choices, says Donna Bird, “either enjoy it or be grumpy through the whole thing.” ...

How to tell a cold from a winter allergy

By Chicago Tribune
If your “common cold” has been hanging around for more than a week, it may not be a cold at all. It might actually be an allergy disguised as a cold. “The most confusing aspect of telling the difference is ...

Ski resorts help rookie skiers learn the basics

By Bob Karlovits
Schussing down a steep mountain slope to a lodge where a snifter of brandy awaits is the dream of most people who fantasize about time ...

How to work toward healthier habits

By The Washington Post
Eat more fruit and vegetables, steer clear of fried foods, walk more, sit less and so on. Heard these messages a time or two? Although you know that implementing one or more of these healthy behavior changes could help prevent ...

How to feed your bones

By Environmental Nutrition
When you think about bone nutrition, you probably think of calcium first. And rightly so: A solid body of research suggests that you should meet ...

How to prevent infection from bad contact lens care

By The Washington Post
Americans make nearly a million doctor’s appointments and emergency-room visits per year for eye infections, most of them aresult of improper use and care of contact lenses. “People who wear contact lenses overnight are more than 20 times more likely to ...

How to get the most out of a treadmill run

By The Washington Post
“They say, ‘I can’t get on one.’ There’s this shame,” says David Siik, creator of the new Precision Running program at Equinox, a Washington-area gym. He has plenty of reasons athletes should get over their hang-up: Treadmills are gentler on ...

Women are muscling their way to fitter bodies

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Snug clothing can be a positive thing. “Women are buying clothes that show off their muscles,” says Kelsey Keller, who, with Jenly Deiter, owns Fullbody Fitness ...

Pilates sessions reform balance, strength

By Sandra Fischione Donovan
Lauren Cerqua of Robinson stretched out on a piece of Pilates equipment called the Reformer, placed her arms on the bars and pushed away from ...

Running is a Thanksgiving tradition

By Doug Gulasy
Dan Holland remembers the Thanksgiving morning traditions of his youth: He would watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, while his father was at ...