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Breathing, falling, buzzing — the latest word

Two more reasons to exercise — and one to get off your buzzing butt. Researchers at York University in Toronto have found that exercise may help people with asthma. At least those adults whose asthma isn’t fully controlled by meds. In a study published online June 7 in the European Respiratory Journal,   researchers took 36 sedentary adults with asthma symptoms that were only partially controlled. Half were put on three…

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14 hours, 35 minutes, 14 seconds: Use it all

Today is the longest day of the year. OK, so technically, at 14 hours, 35 minutes and 14 seconds of daylight there’s only one second of daylight more than there was yesterday and three more than there will be tomorrow. And we won’t be seeing appreciable changes in the length of day until late August. But spiritually, emotionally, physically, it’s important to know that today you have 14 hours, 35…

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Lower Haw River: A walk on the wild side

Usually when you think of taking an escape into the wild, you assume a long drive to an obscure trail that navigates rugged terrain, frequently loses its way through dense undergrowth, involves waist-deep stream crossings and surprises you with wild critters at every opportunity. With the Lower Haw River Trail, located on the outskirts of the booming Triangle, you get all of that without the long drive. Despite its urban…

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Cyclists going long

There’s a good chance that a team of four cyclists from Cary-based Bandwidth.com will live up to their slogan of “5 and Change” and finish Race Across America (a k a RAAM) sometime today. There’s a similarly good chance that by day’s end Carrboro endurance mountain bike racer Matthew Lee will continue to lead this year’s Tour Divide. For those of you not familiar with the world of insanely-long bike…

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Cycling: It’s not all about the workout

On Memorial Day, I was on a two-hour ride into the Wake County countryside. At the light on Green Hope High School Road and NC 55, a retro-ish looking Trek tandem pulled up next to me, dad in the pilot’s seat, son behind him in the stoker’s seat. “My son’s autistic,” the dad began. “This is a great way for us to get out and explore together.” Their rides, he…

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Durham’s Solite Park: a Gateway to inner city mountain biking

Problem: Most mountain bike trails are located away from residential areas, making them difficult for carless kids to get to. Solution: Build mountain bike trails closer to where kids live so they can ride to the trailhead. Granted, that would seem to fall into the “No ‘duh” category. But because mountain bike trails take up some territory, making urban trails happen isn’t as easy as it sounds. Postage stamp-size urban…

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A Monday cyclism

I’m a more obsessed than usual today with cycling. I’ll explain why in a moment. First, an observation or three from the cycling realm. * * * Being honest about your shortcomings is an admirable trait in anyone, let alone a pro athlete. Humility among our elite athletes is a rare commodity. Sure, an air of confidence is good, but too often athletes become taken more with PR than performance,…

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Short hikes on a long road

Marcy and I weren’t looking for a marathon hike (we’d done that a couple weeks earlier, to mixed reviews) and that made the Blue Ridge Parkway a perfect destination. This linear National Park that links the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park straddling the North Carolina/Tennessee line, is best known for the 469-mile two-lane road that takes motorists through some of the Southern Appalachians…

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Toolkit pries open the discussion on childhood obesity

For the last 20 years or so, childhood obesity has been, almost literally, the 800-pound gorilla in the room. The room in question, unfortunately, has been the pediatrician’s examining room. Despite the fact childhood obesity has reached almost epidemic proportions in the past quarter century — the percentage of obese kids in the U.S. grew from 6.5 percent in 1980 to 17 percent in 2006, one in three kids born…

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Climbing the walls of our backyard playground

A couple weeks ago I mentioned a report from the Center on Everyday Lives of Families at UCLA that found, among other things, that middle class American families have spacious backyards that they rarely use. This got me reminiscing about those halcyon days of my youth on South Boston Court when we did everything from play the World Series and Super Bowl (which hadn’t been invented yet) to tight rope…

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