Summer has already caused glistening foreheads, sweat-stained T-shirts and socks. But sweat should stay in the gym.

Elite runners prize the award they earn by enduring the 100-mile endurance run.

Playing basketball on top of a new downtown gym on K Street overlooking the skyline and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Kevin Thomas put on a shooting exhibition for his pals and reminded them that he was the king of the court.

Five miles equals approximately 10,000 steps.

Strength and conditioning expert applies lessons from other sports to helping equestrians train their bodies before they get on horseback. Her clinic will be part of 15th annual Western States Horse Expo.

Orangevale-based California Family Fitness says it will add a 19th facility in the Pocket area. CFF said construction at 1349 Florin Road in the Interstate corridor will begin in early July, and the center is scheduled to open by the end of this year.

Through a yoga program, prisoners absorb what Vinyasa yoga has to offer.

The new California Family Fitness outlet at 1012 K St., in downtown Sacramento will open its doors at 5 a.m. Friday (May 2).

Combine Twister, paint-by-numbers and the ancient Hindu practice of breath control, meditation and poses, and you get Yoga by Numbers.

It may be just the kind of place anyone would want to work. In one area sits a foosball table, pingpong table and video golf game to help employees break through creative blocks. In another area, slices of birthday cake adorn plates on the kitchen’s island counter.

The trail to the summit of Mount St. Helena is, in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, an ascent to heaven.

Races abound in the Sacramento area, and here are 10 that runners shouldn’t miss.

For skiers and snowboarders, the winter of our discontent is now something else. It may not achieve glory, but it’s way past acceptable. Two winter storms in early February – followed by a warm “Pineapple Express” bearing some rain – managed to fatten resort snowpacks while frosting trees and peaks.

Lindsay came to the emergency room with a bad cough and shortness of breath. She also told the doctors she had a bad headache and nausea, and had a history of anxiety issues for which she took some medication. Four hours later, after X-rays and blood tests results came back, the doctors diagnosed bronchitis with anxiety and sent Lindsay home with a prescription for antibiotics. They advised her to follow up with her primary care doctor (she had none).

Are you in need of seeing lakes that actually have water? Head to the Palomarin Trailhead near Bolinas.

Arcade Library is not a quiet place. At least not when librarian and roller-derby coach Jessica Zaker is around. The tattooed administrator is on a crusade to redefine the community space with fitness programs.

Shh! Don’t tell anyone, but the Briones Reservoir Loop near Orinda is a great trail jaunt.

Doctors should engage in discussions around uncertainty in predictions.

Maria Kang, the Elk Grove mom and fitness buff who sparked an international debate with her “what’s your excuse?” Facebook photo last fall, is back in a midriff-baring outfit and this time she’s brought some friends.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques help replace an overly busy “monkey brain” with soothing thoughts and meditative states.

A relative has a cardiac arrest. An emergency medical technician performs CPR and rushes your relative to the nearest emergency room. You provide some information at the front desk and then the ER nurse invites you to enter the cardiac arrest room so you can witness the resuscitation of your relative. The nurse assures you that you won’t be in the way, and your presence won’t negatively impact your relative’s care. You panic – do you join the doctors or not?

New Year’s Day was successful at drawing more and more people to a fairly new tradition called First Day Hikes, in which community volunteers lead the public on walks through parks and nature, promoting a healthy lifestyle of activity.

For California International Marathon finishers, pride outweighs cold conditions

Weldon Kirui used a burst of speed to separate from his lone remaining challenger, crossing the finish in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 34 seconds to win the 31st annual CIM.

Todd Kodet, a 61-year-old Salinas resident, describes his introduction to running five years ago like this: Having signed up for Sacramento’s Urban Cow event, he arrived at the course on race day intending to walk the 5K portion with his daughter while helping her push her baby stroller. Then he reached the starting line.

For the fifth time, the California International Marathon is doubling as the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes' Marathon National Championships, with 19 visually impaired runners registered for the full marathon and 14 for the relay competition.

When thousands of runners take off from Folsom Dam in the California International Marathon next weekend, organizers hope few will notice any difference from past races through the Sacramento region. But, in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, some changes will be in place – even if they aren’t readily noticeable.

The nation’s largest Thanksgiving Day race just keeps getting bigger.

Former Western States 100 race director who lost both kidneys to cancer plans to run a half-marathon in February.

My twin grandsons, now 13, walk nearly a mile to and from school and play basketball in the schoolyard for an hour or more most afternoons, when weather and music lessons permit.

We’re hard-wired to avoid fear, so why is it rational people flock to haunted houses to get scared out of their wits?

Emily Kachorek grew up as a seriously good athlete and something of a tomboy – soccer, softball, roller hockey, horse jumping and pretty much anything the boys could do.

With a brisk finishing kick, the fundraising campaign to bring two impoverished but talented Kenyan runners to Sacramento to compete in the California International Marathon surpassed its monetary goal by noon Tuesday.

Sacramento may be home to cliques of aging skaters, but few riders put their bodies at risk the way Jamie Hart does with downhill skateboarding, a sport that's seen a resurgence in popularity over the past decade.

Clinically dead for 22 minutes two decades ago, professor and nurse practitioner Joyce Mikal-Flynn has written a book detailing a new model for rehabilitation

Months ago, a group of people clutching soccer balls on the well-manicured links of Sacramento’s Haggin Oaks golf course would have turned heads — and perhaps even sent a few caddies scrambling for security.

For cancer patients and survivors. Taught by Nandi Szabo, a registered dance-movement therapist and expressive-arts therapist.

One by one, with scarred shins and graying goatees, the N-Men drop into an empty, peanut-shaped pool at Granite Skate Park.

Body builder Jeremy Buendia of Roseville hopes to make history with his phenomenal physique. He’s competing in the first men’s Physique Showdown at Mr. Olympia, the Super Bowl of body building.

It's as if Samuel L. Jackson went on a health kick and started a Tumblr.

Stigma, prejudice and bias have been themes in the news. Recently, commentators speculated about the Supreme Court decisions about affirmative action and gay marriage – policies that seek to assure equal treatment under the law.

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