Health & Fitness

Gear: Accessories and tech devices for your workout

  • New 27.5-inch mountain bikes get high marks from cyclists
    New 27.5-inch mountain bikes get high marks from cyclists

    Do you remember two years ago, when this column reviewed the "29er," which had come to dominate the mountain bike world with super-fast, roll-over-anything, monster-truck 29-inch wheels that made traditional 26-inch bikes look like children's toys? Well, forget about that. Big...

  • New machines aim to be a runner's hurt blocker
    New machines aim to be a runner's hurt blocker

    The only thing more astounding than the number of runners nowadays — 541,000 finished a marathon last year, and 2 million ran a half-marathon — is the number of running injuries. The guesstimates never change: Every year, half of all runners get hurt enough that they must stop running —...

  • New products promise happier trails for campers
    New products promise happier trails for campers

    You learn to put up with lots of inconveniences while camping, which is half the fun of it for some. But the other half of us can do without an uncomfortable, too-tight sleeping bag that gives you sweaty feet on a not-so-cold night, a ground pad that makes you lightheaded while blowing it up,...

  • A new breed of bikes built for 'gravel grinders'
    A new breed of bikes built for 'gravel grinders'

    The bike industry, always in search of the next big thing, stumbled upon it a few years ago in the form of hundreds of underground events and races being held on gravel back-country farm roads throughout the Midwest and the Great Plains. These "gravel grinders" are now everywhere....

  • Beach fun gets fitter with new toys and designs
    Beach fun gets fitter with new toys and designs

    Going to the beach and lying around on a towel all day doesn't cut it for everyone. For active people, the sand and surf are an extension of the gym, with nonstop movement ruling the day. Here are a few toys to help you keep your aerobic fitness, coordination and neuromuscular reaction...

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