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There’s more to optimal weight than counting calories

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been told that achieving optimal body weight is a simple process. Anyone who can count calories can do it! Just get the numbers right and reaching a perfect weight becomes as easy as keeping track of “calories in, calories out.” Simple enough, right?

Not necessarily. I’ve been a performance athlete and cycling coach for a long time now, and if I’ve learned anything it is that calorie counting is actually a very complicated business. Read the full story

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More than zero: Fitness plan for a reluctant athlete

Not so long ago, movement was built into daily life by sheer necessity. People walked because the car wasn’t an option. They got their food from gardens they planted themselves and drew water up from a well. Without modern distractions like television and computers, kids spent long days outside running and swimming and playing active games. Who wants to be cooped up inside with nothing to do? Well obviously, things have changed and daily movement has become something much more intentional. And not always easy to accomplish! Read the full story

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A beginner’s guide to triathlon

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A triathlete crosses the line in a Lake Norman Triathlon. (File photo)

I know even the word triathlon can be intimidating to people who have never tried it. But in reality, triathlon is a great sport for all levels – beginners included!

Over the years, triathlon has become synonymous with healthy lifestyle and there are a lot of good reasons why. First of all, preparing for a triathlon involves cross training, which builds a balanced physique and leads to fewer over-training injuries than training for one sport alone. Training for a triathlon also lets spend your summers like you did when you were a kid; swimming, biking and running with your friends. What could be better for your well being? Read the full story

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Simple tips and route ideas for great family bike rides

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Helmets and safety come first, but family rides can be fun.

I love my bikes – all four of them – and I need very little encouragement to get out and ride at any time. My bike rides are all about speed and distance – and they are my very favorite way to workout.

My kids love their bikes too, but in a very different way. They love to set up complicated obstacle courses and to ride back and forth on the muddy, hilly paths around their friends’ houses. And of course, they like to ride fast– sometimes with little thought for what might be on the path ahead or coming up along the road. Read the full story

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Don’t let cold weather keep you from your workout

Today we introduce our newest columnist, Sarah Matchett. A certified cycling coach who works with Cool Breeze Cyclery in Mooresville, she’ll be writing monthly on fitness and training-related topics.

Riding in winter

Nothing like a winter bike ride to put color in your cheeks.

Every year when the cold, wet North Carolina February weather sets it, I’m tempted to move all my fitness and training inside. Let’s face it, treadmills, cycle trainers and indoor driving ranges are awfully nice when the thermometer plunges. And temperatures aside, any athlete—from competitive to beginner—knows the value of a structured indoor workout.

But working out inside never feeds my soul, puts the color in my cheeks, or just makes me happy to be alive the way an outdoor bike ride with friends does. That’s true even in February.

In actuality, there’s no such thing as too cold if you know how to prepare. It’s true for kids who want to stay out in the snow, and it’s true for athletes who want to stay outside to train! Here are some tricks for staying outdoors – and fit – all winter: Read the full story

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