Archive for the ‘Fitness’ category

This weekend: Cool spring lingers (but for much longer?)

Take advantage of yet another cool spring weekend with a fitness challenge at the coast, a Mother’s Day hike in the Piedmont, and what may be the most ideal first hike ever offered. Coast You think of firefighters, you think of folks in pretty darn good shape. So who better to stage a fitness challenge? Saturday, the Wilmington Professional Firefighter’s Association holds its Second Annual Charity Firefighter’s Fitness Challenge. Wondering what types…

A reporting first

In more than two decades of writing about health, fitness and outdoor adventure, last night I did something I’ve never done before. I covered an activity without participating in it. The activity? Parkour. Parkour, as one of the dads at Enso Movement in North Raleigh told me, is a “young man’s game.” I’ll be writing about parkour in the next week or two for The News & Observer. For our…

This weekend: The sun shines on Saturday

Another seven days, another seven days of which one is decent. And, fortunately again, that day falls on the weekend. A few thoughts on how to spend a sunny Saturday. Coast Run, Rick, run! Flytrap Half Hell Haul 7K: even if you don’t run, how could you not want to be a part of something with a name like that! And when you discover the Half Hell Haul is on…

Punching those pounds away

I wrote the following story ran for The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer. It ran in both papers on Tuesday, Nov. 12; it runs here, in its original form with links. “Fun,” “social” and “a great stress reliever” aren’t exactly terms Rocky Balboa would have used to describe his workouts. But then, Title Boxing Club isn’t Mighty Mick’s Boxing gym. Title Boxing is a new millenium take on one…

Play it safe: Go climbing

Looking for a safe way to exercise? Try climbing at your neighborhood climbing gym. According to a German study of a half million visits to climbing gyms, only 30 injuries were reported, most of which were minor and none fatal. The rate of injury — 0.02 injuries per 1,000 climbing hours — was lower than surfing, skiing, badminton and Nordic walking, among other activities. “Rock climbing, especially indoor climbing is…

Charlotte ranks 36th among 50 largest U.S. cities

I wrote the following for the Charlotte Observer, where it appeared Aug. 20, 2013. It appears here with links. A report on Raleigh’s ranking ran in this spot on Tuesday, Aug. 20. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, Charlotte wheezes in at No. 36 in the recent fittest ranking of the nation’s 50 largest metro areas. (Raleigh trotted in far better at No. 15.) The American Fitness Index,…

Raleigh: 15th healthiest

I wrote the following for The News & Observer, where it appeared Monday, Aug. 19, 2013. It appears here with links. If you live in Charlotte and wonder where your town fared in the American Fitness Index ranking of the nation’s 50 largest metro areas, come back tomorrow for that report. Despite boasting five Bicycle Friendly Communities and a greenway system fast becoming one of the best in the nation,…

Is your resolve fading?

I wrote the following for The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer. It ran in both papers on Feb. 12, 2013. It runs here, with links. If you were one of the millions of Americans who vowed to live a healthier lifestyle in 2013, you may be edging toward the window of despair. But you probably already knew that. “We’ve tracked the patterns,” Sue Dissinger, Health and Wellness Director for…

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith … fatigue

I wrote the following story for the Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer in Raleigh; it appeared in both papers on Oct. 23, 2012. It reappears here, with links. For a personal take on F3, check out this post from yesterday’s blog. They tiptoe out of the house before sunup and gather at neighborhood parks. They refer to each other by nickname. They play hard in the dark and…

The F3 way

It took me a couple weeks to figure out why I liked the F3 workout program. Not coincidentally, I’m guessing, that’s also how long it took me to recover from my back-to-back, 6 a.m. workouts. I did the workouts for a story I wrote on the guys-only workout program appearing in today’s Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer. You can read specifics of the program there, or, come back…