With new Apple watches and whiz-bang wearable devices that monitor your daily activity, you could spend hundreds on devices and programs to stay fit. Or you could just reach for your smartphone—all at once it can be your personal trainer, calorie counter, and route log, as long as you download the right apps. These five…

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As a hiker and road cyclist I saw mountain biking as a potentially perfect combination of the two, allowing me to cover more miles of swoopy single-track trail in less time than it takes to hike. The problem was, I fell a lot. And I couldn’t keep up with my friends, which led to stress…

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Water provides about 12 times the resistance of air. The built-in opposition means that there’s no single better venue for a workout that at once incinerates calories, gets your heart pounding, works—and builds— muscle, yet is gentle on your joints so you can go for longer. So says Stephen Madden, owner-operator of SwimPT, a program…

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If you’ve read any stories in the media the past few years about stretching, then you quite possibly received the message, “Don’t stretch!” And especially don’t stretch before activity, because some studies have found that traditional, static stretching (lengthening the muscle to the point of tension and holding) doesn’t help prevent injury and can actually…

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Just as my brain is processing that my right hand needs to grab the knob above my head, it starts: the dreaded sewing-machine leg—that uncontrollable bobbing from leg fatigue. I get hold of the knob, but it seems to be harder to grip than I expected, and my forearm begins to burn. “Resting!” I call…

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