Camas man's dramatic weight loss inspires book, other people

By Marissa Harshman April 13, 2015 6 a.m.

Dale Rule weighed 335 pounds when he went for his first walk.

Fencing keeps seniors sharp

By Emily Mullin, Special to The Washington Post April 13, 2015 6 a.m.

The two fencers pull on their mesh-front masks and face each other behind two "en garde" lines. At their coach's signal, they raise their sabres and the practice bout begins in a flurry.

Children's triathlons take off

By MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON, Associated Press April 12, 2015 6 a.m.

The Roberts kids sometimes try putting on clothes, shoes and bike helmets while they are soaking wet from swimming in the family pool.

CrossFit branches out to children

By Kim Lyons, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 6, 2015 6 a.m.

As fitness crazes go, the workout program CrossFit has some of the most dedicated disciples.

Wy'east Middle School PE class adapts to students

By Marissa Harshman April 6, 2015 6 a.m.

Xela Bryce stood at one end of the Wy'east Middle School gymnasium, a bright yellow disc in her hand. Classmate Elizabeth Plush wrapped her hand over Xela's and moved the girl's arm across her body, mimicking the motion for throwing the disc.

Training helps seniors stay fit

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post April 6, 2015 6 a.m.

Miriam Schottland, 79, can bench press 90 pounds, putting women half her age, including the one writing this story, to shame.

Author connects clutter, obesity

By Rosa Colucci, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette April 3, 2015 6 a.m.

Author and television host Peter Walsh says the genesis of his new book, "Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight: The Six-Week Total-Life Slim Down" (Rodale, $26.99), was born from research studies showing a relationship between clutter and obesity. But he had already seen the connection.

Newest fitness trend: Mix it up

By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press March 30, 2015 6 a.m.

MIAMI — The latest workout crazes promise to stimulate your brain and your muscles in new ways with barre plies in the air (think aerial ballet), dance cardio (think a night out) or a killer routine modeled after a popular cooking show.

Jump into latest exercise craze

By Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post March 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Two years ago, when I was still co-writing The Washington Post's fitness column, I decided, in honor of the NCAA tournament, to see if I could improve my jumping ability — despite being overweight, in my mid-50s and generally earthbound. It didn't work out too well, but I got to meet Brandon Todd, who at 5 foot 5, easily dunked a basketball, and told me he had been doing so since he was 5 foot 2 and 13 years old.

Clark the 14th-healthiest county in Washington

By Marissa Harshman March 24, 2015 9:01 p.m.

Clark County ranks in the middle of the pack when it comes to community health in Washington.

Casual joggers outlast ironmen

By Nicole Ostrow, Bloomberg News March 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Vigorous running — faster than 7 mph, more than 2.4 hours a week, more than three times a week — could be almost as harmful as sitting around doing nothing, according to a new cardiology study that's likely to stoke the debate over how much exercise is too much.

Vancouver woman starts free fitness class at mall

By Marissa Harshman March 16, 2015 6 a.m.

When Reagan Darling moved to Vancouver about a year ago, she was overweight and in search of new mom friends.

Fitness you can feel in your bones

By Gabriella Boston, Special To The Washington Post March 16, 2015 6 a.m.

People work out to tone muscles, lower blood pressure or look good in a swimsuit. But there is another — less talked-about — reason: to build bone.

Even with exercise, lengthy sitting linked to heart disease

By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times March 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Bad news for the desk-bound office worker, the long-haul road warrior and the couch surfer: Even a heart-pumping regimen at the gym, apparently, won't undo the harm done by sitting, a new study finds.

'Smart' movement sweeps up jump rope

By Matt McFarland, The Washington Post March 2, 2015 6 a.m.

There are smart toothbrushes, smart thermostats, smart basketballs and even smart belts. So it was probably just a matter of time before the smart jump ropes arrived.

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