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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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This Guy Tried to Walk Across the Atlantic Ocean in a Bubble — Again

A quixotic aquatic attempt to traverse the ocean between Florida and Bermuda got the Coast Guard involved, and not for the first time.

5 Cool New Tech Products Making Bicycling Safer

Meet the technology-driven products helping bicyclists take aim at safer riding conditions.

This Explorer Cooked S'mores in an Active Volcano, So We Asked Him About It

What does a Kiwi know about the American campfire classic, anyway? Well, he sure knows drama...

Land Rover Goes Off-road in the City

Land Rover's urban off-road track, aka the Discovery Sport Experience, shows drivers what they're missing as they commute to work each morning.

Distance Runners Are More Desirable

Aside from being fit, male endurance athletes may have an evolutionary advantage by simply being more attractive to the opposite sex. Let's look at the science behind it.

Could Turkey Trots Get a Whole Nation to Run?

Participating in a turkey trot fun run may be a great way to work off Thanksgiving dinner, but it could have a long-term impact on your community, too.

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?

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