Fitness

Well, we did it. On Friday, August 23, two friends and I finished the adventure for which we’d been training for more than a year: we completed a single-day Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, running as much of it as we could. I’ll save the more harrowing tales for the magazine feature, scheduled for…

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After nearly a year of planning and training, the big day is almost here: In a few weeks, two friends and I will wake up early and make our way to the Appalachia trailhead for the beginning of our attempt at the Presidential Traverse. The Presidential Traverse (or Presi) is a roughly 20-mile journey that…

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You’ve likely heard of New Hampshire’s 4000-footers, those  peaks in the White Mountains with summits cresting 4,000 feet in elevation. Thousands of hikers flock to them each year in search of a challenge. For some, the goal is to complete all 48. For others, it might be a single mountaintop. But where to start if…

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If you love exploring the outdoors, you depend on a strong back. Whether you’re skiing through deep powder, hiking to a mountaintop, or paddling around the next inlet, back pain can seriously hinder your plans. But with proper preparation, it’s possible to recover from pain or, better yet, to avoid it entirely. We asked two…

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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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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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Training for your first triathlon can be a daunting task. Every athlete has a different approach, yet for a novice the basic questions remain the same: What equipment do I need? Should I take any classes? How much do I train? If you maintain an active lifestyle you’re already on your way. Hiking your favorite…

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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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