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Wina Sturgeon: Why you need to stretch before and after workouts

Millions of people go to commercial gyms to do resistance work and/or aerobics. Sadly, few of them do any stretching once they've warmed up or after they've finished their workouts. You may be muscled or toned to the max, but without consistent stretching – whether you've done a workout or not that day – your joints will not be healthy.

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14 yoga poses for beginners anyone can do

Team Byrdie can't say enough good things about yoga. Working on your practice also helps you sleep better and prepares you for stressful situations. If you stick to it, you'll experience improved joint mobility, boosted metabolism, and a body that's stronger than 99 percent of your peers. And the best part is that you don't need to sign up for ClassPass to reap its benefits.

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Find a better night's sleep outdoors with ExPed MegaMat

There are many people who enjoy spending time in the outdoors, yet balk at camping because they don't like the idea of sleeping on the ground. Traditional sleeping pads are helpful, but they're certainly not anything close to the comfort of a bed, and an air mattress may keep you off the ground, but it isn't an optimal sleeping experience. The ExPed MegaMat may be just what you need to find comfort in the outdoors. The self-inflating sleeping pad is the closest thing to a mattress that you're going to find.

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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.

Videos

Bucks fight in front of wildlife officers' trail camera

Are they fighting or dancing? The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers who captured this footage of two bucks hitting each other with their front paws told the agency he believed the deer were fighting over a food plot.
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Bucks fight in front of wildlife officers' trail camera 0:11

Bucks fight in front of wildlife officers' trail camera

Rare sighting of bottlenose dolphin up the Neuse River 0:27

Rare sighting of bottlenose dolphin up the Neuse River

Tackling Raleigh's toughest hills on a bike 2:01

Tackling Raleigh's toughest hills on a bike

Catawba Falls flowing strong after recent rains 0:39

Catawba Falls flowing strong after recent rains