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Uphill battle, weather again test Climb to Kaiser riders

More than 200 cyclists took part in the 155-mile Climb to Kaiser on Saturday, June 24, 2017.

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Five essential rules of buying running shoes

While the "comfort filter" covers the performance of the shoe, it also applies to fit. And fit, while often overlooked in our fascination with midsoles, might be even more important when it comes to how a shoe affects your stride.

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This workout can help with back pain

I'll concede that the idea that yoga might aid with an aching back is not exactly groundbreaking. (Deep stretching and sustained, strengthening poses might help iron out some kinks from a long day of sitting at my desk? Shocking.) But I also won't pretend that the progress I've charted through my own practice hasn't been significant. After years of grimacing through lower back issues – and, more recently, a stubborn pinched nerve in my shoulder blade with a tendency to shoot pain down my left arm at any given moment – I've been virtually pain-free since committing to near-daily yoga late last year. It's truly the best physical therapy I could have asked for, without the headache of an insurance copay.

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Wina Sturgeon: Are you moving your shoulder joints up?

One of the worst signs of our modern age of joint neglect is that few people today ever lift their arms up over their shoulders. Aside from the few folks who are hay balers or farmers, there's little need to lift the arms high. The upper arm (humerus) rarely leaves the side of the body, other than to move a few inches forward to type on a keyboard.

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Spartan Sport is the next advanced activity monitor

In the crowded field of sports watches/activity monitors, the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR stands out for a number of impressive features. First, instead of requiring a strap for accurate heart-rate monitoring, an optical monitor is built on the backside of the watch. It features a long battery life (12 hours in sport mode) that should be plenty for all but the most extreme endurance athletes – and they can upgrade to the Ultra model to get a full 26 hours. The touch-sensitive glass display is intuitive and easy to use.

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Hiking from Canada to Mexico, she nearly drowned in Yosemite

Anya Galina Sellsted of Seattle nearly drowned while trying to cross Rancheria Creek in northern Yosemite National Park on a partially submerged log. Sellsted is one of about 3,000 people attempting the 2,650-mile trek from Canada to Mexico this summer. Many (including Sellsted) have left the High Sierra due to the extreme conditions.

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Osprey's Talon 22 backpack is perfect for your hike

Backpacks have become such a part of everyday life that you can pick one up just about anywhere. Of course, if you want to actually use it for backpacking – that is, carrying your gear while hiking – you want to pay a bit more attention to what you need.

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Hiking from Canada to Mexico, she nearly drowned in Yosemite

Anya Galina Sellsted of Seattle nearly drowned while trying to cross Rancheria Creek in northern Yosemite National Park on a partially submerged log. Sellsted is one of about 3,000 people attempting the 2,650-mile trek from Canada to Mexico this summer. Many (including Sellsted) have left the High Sierra due to the extreme conditions.
Anya Galina Sellsted Special to The Bee
Hiking from Canada to Mexico, she nearly drowned in Yosemite 0:32

Hiking from Canada to Mexico, she nearly drowned in Yosemite

How fast is the water flowing? Get a GoPro view during swift-water rescue training 1:12

How fast is the water flowing? Get a GoPro view during swift-water rescue training

How to secure a life vest 1:13

How to secure a life vest

How to properly secure a life vest 1:13

How to properly secure a life vest