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When it comes to walking, Pittsburgh’s Venture Outdoors has much to offer

By Bob Karlovits
From the trek of Lewis and Clark to a stroll through Fineview, discovery is always one of the best elements of going for a walk. “One ...

Murrysville native Bullock vying for health magazine’s ‘Next Fitness Star’

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Exercise has been a part of Christine Bullock’s life since she was 3 years old. She began with ballet lessons and has continued some form of ...

There’s no set diet for diabetes, experts say

By Barbara Quinn
What’s the best diet for people with diabetes? It’s not an easy one-size-fits-all, we were told at the scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Boston recently. Instead, experts point us to well-studied “patterns” of eating. Evidence is strong, ...

It’s possible to sneak cardio activity into other types of exercise

By Kellie B. Gormly
At Dance Magic studio in Allison Park, women in tap shoes click around on the floor, moving to lively songs like “Pump Up the Jam” ...

As a nation, we’ve gotten heavier and heavier since the 1960s

By The Washington Post
The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As Reddit recently pointed out, that’s almost exactly as much as the average American man weighed in the early 1960s. Men, you’re not looking  too ...

Hopewell instructors learn to hula hoop their way through fitness classes

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
A group of 17 women spent the day playing with hula hoops — and smiling — while learning the latest fitness exercise. An instruction class for ...

Paddleboard classes focus on fitness

By Kellie B. Gormly
Just standing on a paddleboard can be a bit tricky, but how about keeping your balance while doing a “downward dog” yoga move? Stand-up paddleboarding, which ...

Stay safe on the water in the wake of these basic tips

By Mayo Clinic News Network
Boating is fun, but it’s important to do it safely. Whether it’s a fishing boat, a canoe or kayak, or a personal watercraft, there are some basic safety tips that apply to all. According to the National Safe Boating Council, learning ...

Comedian to headline Go Red for Women event in Pittsburgh

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Diana Jordan often took her mother to comedy clubs. She was ill, but Jordan thought laughter would be good medicine. “Her doctor told me that taking ...

The first step for runners? Be as efficient as you can

By Allie Shah
We were born to run. As a species, we’ve always been runners — chasing down our next meal or high-tailing it to avoid becoming prey. So why would anyone need a lesson in something so primal? Turns out there’s a ...

OpenStreetsPGH events shut down city streets to free them up

By Bob Karlovits
Closing down streets sometimes can be the best way of opening them up. That concept is the driving force behind the three OpenStreetsPGH events, which start ...

The exercise-hangover cure: Keep moving, try a massage

By The Washington Post
Beach season is right around the corner and you’re hustling to get your bottom into shape. Problem is, you started late, ramped up fast and now you’re hurting. So, what to do about this post-exercise pain — often referred to as ...

5-minute workouts: Don’t let time crunches stop yours

By Leslie Barker
Snippets matter when it comes to working out. The “not enough time” excuse doesn’t cut it. Try a minute every hour of pushups off the countertop, or squats while your coffee reheats, and just see how that energizes you. “I want ...

BodyTech health program at Carnegie Science Center to offer virtual tour of human body

By Adam Smeltz
A traveling science show that features a virtual tour of the human body will reach thousands of schoolchildren beginning this fall, part of a new ...

Koch: Some just don’t see where the real shame should be

By Mya Koch
I’m as much of a celebrity watcher as the next red-blooded American gal, but lately, I’ve been growing more — and more — disheartened by what seems to be a trend: People in general don’t understand bias, hatred, emotional or ...

It’s not psychology, it’s you

By Chicago Tribune
Modern psychology can do more harm than good, asserts retired psychiatrist Anthony Daniels (pen name: Theodore Dalrymple) in his book, “Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality.” Instead of taking responsibility for ourselves, “checklist psychiatry” allows us to blame any pattern of ...

Pollen levels ‘severe’ in Western Pa.

By R.A. Monti
Are your allergies worse than normal this spring? Blame last winter. According to Dr. Kumar Patel, sustained cold weather in March led to a higher concentration ...

Pittsburgh’s Venture Outdoors Festival shows some of the fun to be had

By Bob Karlovits
Every year about this time, the folks at Venture Outdoors try to introduce themselves again. “I’m always a little amazed when we talk to people ...

No equipment required: Body-weight training stands the test of time

By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Tami Macon of Penn Hills is seeing fitness results without the help of exercise equipment. She uses her body to get in shape. She doesn’t need ...

A few steps to treadmill safety (it’s not as simple as you think)

By Lenny Bernstein 8:55 p.m.
It’s a pretty straightforward piece of equipment and you’ve been walking and running for how many years now? How difficult can it be to try a treadmill for the first time? More than 460,000 people found out about the dangers ...