Outdoors

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Should America’s wilderness be open to mountain bikes?

A bill in Congress would scrap the 32-year old ban against mountain biking in federal wilderness areas, but it’s proving to be a difficult sell in Washington, one of the country’s top wilderness states.

Outdoors

50-miler strengthens 50-year-old bond

A recent weeklong hiking trip dubbed the "50-50-50" should serve as an inspiration for anybody who ever attended summer camp as a teenager and promised their new friends they'd stay close forever.

Outdoors

Under Armour adds UA band to list of helpful fitness trackers

Keeping track of your fitness has never been easier with the explosion of wearable devices designed to help you monitor your movement and motivate you to get started in the first place. Under Armour's UA band is a welcome addition to the category. The small, sleek band fits comfortably on your wrist while tracking steps, sleep, and resting heart rate. With a separate chest strap, you can also monitor workout intensity, active heart rate and calories burned.

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Fitness trackers may not help lose weight

Remember when fitness trackers were all anyone could talk about? When donning a black ring around your wrist put out a statement to the world: I'm getting my 10,000 steps, are you? Of course, many of us are still don those digital bracelets with the utmost dedication - if not the Apple Watch - but thanks to the constantly changing tides of technology, wellness, and greater culture, we'd be lying if we said that portable fitness trackers still had the same cachet that they once did. Especially since it seems that more and more experts tend to agree that it's not the most accurate way to monitor your own fitness levels.

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How to determine your maximum heart rate

There are many benefits of training with a power meter. But that doesn't mean a heart rate monitor has no place in your arsenal. Indeed there is certainly still value in understanding the basics of heart rate training if for no other reason than most heart rate monitors cost less than $100, while a decent power meter will typically set you back at least $500.

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Wina Sturgeon: Precision walking improves your athletic skills

Being able to place your feet accurately while involved in a fast-moving sport is one of the top skills an athlete can have. Whether it's football, soccer, basketball or other activities, winners will be able to leap, jump or run with trained feet. So why is this important skill sometimes neglected by coaches?

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Three moves to get toned arms

The body of a dancer is truly extraordinary - long, lean, and insanely strong, all at the same time. Truth be told, we'd love to look like a dancer without the years and years of training, and guess what? Now we can.

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Smartwool meets expectations for running shorts

Running shorts seem like they should be the easiest thing in the world to buy. Yet while there is not much to them, a lot of things can go wrong. Maybe that explains why most of us have a couple of go-to pairs while the rest sit in the closet gathering dust? The problem is that a running short that doesn't fit right can produce chaffing, something that no runner wants to talk about. So while it may not take a doctorate to manufacture good men's running apparel, the Smartwool PhD Run Short at least earns an honorary degree for its excellent performance.

Videos

Russell Wilson says 'no doubt' he plays Sunday with sprained knee

Knee injury? What knee injury? Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson looks ahead to this weekend's matchup against the New York Jets.
Gregg Bell gbell@thenewstribune.com
Russell Wilson says 'no doubt' he plays Sunday with sprained knee 3:06

Russell Wilson says 'no doubt' he plays Sunday with sprained knee

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Watch as Whatcom fire commissioner tells White Rock council he lives in Canada

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For this pilot, hot air ballooning is a passion

Lummi community members prepare salmon to feed Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota 2:25

Lummi community members prepare salmon to feed Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota