Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities such as biking, climbing and hiking keep you active during the warmer months. Learn more about snow sports like bobsledding and the Iditarod to keep you moving this winter.

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What's happening when you get a second wind?

You're running or biking, but you're quickly running out of steam. Then suddenly — BAM — you get a rush of energy. What's going on?

Is it possible to run a marathon backward?

Long-distance running is inherently challenging and requires strength and endurance. Try running a 26.2-mile race backward, and you've added even more challenges to the feat!

5 Luxury Services That Cost Nothing in the Wild

Waterfall massages and mineral baths sound really soothing (and pricey) right about now. But you don't have to go to your day spa to get them –- you can savor them for free in the great outdoors. Which other luxury services fit that bill?

Can living off the land benefit your health?

Going off the grid will take away the stress of being constantly connected, but are there real health benefits associated with natural living?

How can I experience rewilding without giving up all my modern comforts?

You want to help the environment and connect with nature, but you're not ready to move off the grid and live in a hut. Is there a middle ground?

How Human Rewilding Works

Rewilding originally meant reintroducing animals back into their original habitats to restore an area's original balance. Now the concept has been extended to people.

How Curling Works

Curling seldom gets respect from the average Olympic watcher, what with its stones and brooms, and its leisurely pace. Yet this ancient sport dating back 500 years is growing in popularity. And it's harder than it looks.

Why is torque important in off-roading?

When you're really off-road, there are logs and boulders, sand and mud, steep inclines and who knows what else to contend with out there. Why is torque so sought-after by off-roaders?

10 Urban Sports That Might Get You Arrested

Strange to think that a sport could actually be illegal -- but it could get you arrested if it involves trespassing, injures others or is just plain crazy. Here are 10 sports that could get you in trouble.

10 Things We Want to See in Adult Playgrounds

Outdoor adult fitness areas -- playgrounds for grown-ups -- are sprouting up in cities all over the world. What 10 items would put the most fun into exercise?

10 Craziest Skateboarding Feats

You've surely seen some amazing skateboarding tricks on TV or YouTube. But have you seen the 1080 turn? Or the Loop of Death? Or jumping the Grand Canyon? These are just some of the 10 craziest skateboarding feats. What's No. 1?

Top 10 Cities for Urban Exploration

The draws of urban exploration can be tantalizing: Glimpses into architectural eras, cultures and industry gone and buried -- sometimes literally. What are 10 cities jam-packed with fascinating sites of urban decay?

Is it legal to explore abandoned buildings?

The forgotten past inside abandoned homes, old warehouses and broken-down factories is a siren call for urban explorers. But even if you're just there to look, is it legal to enter?

Is it safer to bike on the sidewalk?

Answering the question of whether it's safer to ride on the sidewalk starts with answering a different one: Is it even legal to do that?

5 Ways to Keep Moving While You Wait for the Green Light

Stuck in traffic again? Don't just sit there. In fact, it might be the perfect time to get in a little exercise. But there's not a lot of room. So what kinds of exercise can you do in your car?

5 Best Cities for Urban Hiking

Urban hiking started out as a necessary part of life in the big city, but now the activity is reserved for those who know the best way to explore a city is to walk it.

How Buildering Works

When mountain climbing becomes too mundane, that's when you go buildering. We'll tell you just what it takes to master this urban sport.

5 Ways to Cycle Safely in the City

From New York to L.A., bicycle fever is taking hold as city folk turn to two wheels. Be sure you arrive alive with our safety tips.

5 Urban Alternatives to the Gym

Running on a treadmill at the gym may get the job done when it comes to burning calories, but it's awfully boring. How else can you exercise in your city?

How Portaledges Work

Some rock climbers take the phrase "living on the edge" to its extreme. It's one thing to ascend steep, dangerous peaks -- it's another to sleep on a ledge. That's were a portaledge comes in.

The Evolution of Surfboard Design

The surfboard must be one of the simpler sports accessories, right? All you need is a board to stand on and some gnarly waves. But to get to modern surfing, the surfboard had to undergo lots of changes.

5 Tips for Outfitting a Canoe for Fishing

For years, people have been discovering the beauty and simplicity of canoe fishing. What's the best way to outfit your canoe without overdoing it -- or capsizing?

10 Surfing Tips for Beginners

Gun. Fish. Leash. Lineup. Fin. Minimal. Goofy foot. Do you know what these words mean in surfer's dialect? You're about to find out.

10 Great Camping Spots for Star Gazing

You don't have to be an astronomer to enjoy the stars. And if you love camping you can combine the two. Roughing it might give you your best view of the heavens.

How Night Hiking Works

If you thought hiking during the day was adventurous, you should try nocturnal trekking! But is it safe? And where are the best night hiking destinations?


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