Outdoors

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10 morning moves that will better your body

For most of us, mornings are one big blur of "snooze" hitting, teeth brushing, and coffee swigging, but you might want to start paying attention to how you spend your morning time. Research shows that your behaviors in the morning hours can have a major impact on your health and body weight.

Outdoors

Hybrid shoe perfect for trail runners, hikers

While there are still plenty of hard-core hiking boots on the market, more people are taking to the trails in less traditional - and more comfortable out of the box - trail running shoes. Traditional running shoes usually don't offer quite enough protection from rocks and roots, and the lateral support is often insufficient to avoid ankle sprains on uneven terrain. But a shoe like the LaSportiva Akasha is an excellent hybrid that will satisfy both serious trail runners looking to run fast and day hikers looking for a comfortable way to hit the trail.

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Wina Sturgeon: Why elite athletes should go back to driving school

Upper level athletes do a lot of traveling. Matches and competitions are played all over their states, as well as out of state and out of their region. A team may travel by bus or a van. But an elite athlete who travels alone or with a coach or friend will usually drive their own car. That's where driving ability can lead to big trouble.

South Carolina

Diver escapes shark off Hilton Head

On June 10, 2016, Bluffton, S.C. resident Erik Anderson, 29, went fishing with some buddies about 20 miles off Hilton Head Island. During the outing, Anderson encountered a shark that clearly wasn't thrilled with him or his spear gun. Anderson captured on video his dalliance with the six-foot shark.

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For Chesapeake Bay Swim winner Debbie Dawson, age is just a number

Debbie Dawson has swum with dolphins and in the dark and in water so cold that her body once went numb for the last half-mile of a race. In one open-water race, she encountered a marlin she thought was a shark. Sometimes her blood rushes to her core to the point in which she can't breathe. Or she'll reach her arm into the water and come up with her hand covered in seaweed.

Outdoors

Why more amateur athletes are hiring coaches

It's no secret that the best endurance athletes in the world have coaches who guide their training, analyze their performances, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and help them reach new heights. At stake are world records, national titles, financial success and potential fame.

Outdoors

Five ways to limit dehydration during summer outdoor exercise

The deaths of four people - three hikers, one mountain biker, all only in their 20s - during Arizona's ongoing heat wave are horrifying. And even though the Dallas area has barely hit 100 degrees, much less the 114 experienced in Tucson in Sunday, our steamy, sultry, sweat-inducing heat needs to be observed and honored. Here are five ways of being smart during outdoor workouts (in addition to wearing sunscreen and sunglasses):

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Triangle Off-Road Cyclists 2015 Festival at Lake Crabtree Park

See video clips from the festival at Lake Crabtree Park on Sunday, June 21, 2015 in Raleigh, N.C.
Jill Knight jhknight@newsobserver.com
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