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Exercise / Fitness 22 results

Honoring the Body with Body-Positive Fitness

While many people use exercise regimens hoping to achieve impossibly thin, sculpted bodies promoted by “diet culture,” few people are physically or even genetically capable of achieving such results, says writer Jennifer Pacenza. Experts she talks to say a body-positive fitness model is more important for achieving physical and mental well-being. Click here to read the full story.

Porter West: Sycamore Land Trust’s ‘Diamond in the Rough’

A lot goes into preserving the natural beauty of an area — but sometimes that means just letting it be. Sycamore Land Trust’s Porter West Preserve, for example, includes a former composting site, sinkholes, and a cemetery. Writer Jonah Chester explores how SLT manages problems like invasive species in such “diamonds in the rough.” Click here to read the full story and to see many photos of Porter West.

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The Resurgence of an Ancient Game — Lacrosse

A game with ancient origins, lacrosse is gaining momentum in Bloomington, as many parents consider it an alternative to more dangerous sports for youth. But because it is not an IHSAA-sanctioned sport, parents and coaches must field the financial burdens. Writer Benjamin Beane takes a closer look at how some local teams are making it possible. Click here to read the full story.

Women Find ‘Freedom to Express’ Through Dance

“In a world where women’s voices are undervalued,” writes Allison Yates, “dance companies in Bloomington provide an invaluable opportunity for women to cultivate self-love, build friendships, and find the necessary space for stress relief.” And more. Yates looks at a few of these groups to see how women connect body and soul through dance — “communication without words.” Click here to read the full story.

Beat the Cold with These 12 Winter Events

Feeling idle in the post-holiday lull? Writer and LP editor Dason Anderson has compiled a list of 12 happenings to get you out and about this winter season. Indoors, outdoors, alone or with friends, there’s something to do for everyone until spring comes again. Click here to read the full story.

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Record-Breaking Attempt at Kayaking the Mississippi, Source to Sea

Michael Waterford is attempting to solo kayak the Mississippi River from source to sea faster than anyone in recorded history. If he reaches the Gulf of Mexico before July 30, he will have traveled 2,552 miles in less than 42 days, setting a new record. Read about his trip here, with updates and links to track him live.

A Hike on the Tecumseh Trail Now Ends in Destruction

Matt Flaherty has traveled the Tecumseh Trail by hiking and camping on it with friends in late summer, running the marathon course in October, and running all 42 miles on one winter’s day. The last trip, though, ended when they reached the southern trailhead and found it had been destroyed by logging trucks. Click here to read the full story.

From Source to Sea on the Mississippi — in a Canoe

In 2013, adventurer Michael Waterford tried canoeing the entire length of the Mississippi River. “It didn’t go well,” he says. But he got hooked on paddling, and in June he’s attempting to solo kayak the Mississippi in record-setting time. Follow his progress on Limestone Post, and read about his earlier, ill-fated trip here.

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Outfitted: Fastpacking, the ‘Sexy Hybrid’ of Trail Running and Backpacking

Adventure-travel writer Michael Waterford says the best way to see more fauna and foliage on long-distance trails is by fastpacking — the “sexy hybrid” of trail running and backpacking. Calling fastpacking “the stripped-down, all-out pursuit of mileage in the forest,” he offers these tips for your first fastpacking trip. Click here to read the full story.

Local Ultrarunner Competes (Again) in 100km World Championships

On November 27, ultrarunner Matt Flaherty of Bloomington will compete on Team USA in the 100km World Championships in Los Alcázares, Spain. Hot off a record-setting win in the Tecumseh Trail Marathon outside of Bloomington in October, Flaherty describes the 100km challenge — and why the battle of ultrarunning is worth it to him. Click here to read the full story.

Ultrarunner Matt Flaherty Breaks Record in Tecumseh Marathon

An 80-degree day did not stop Matt Flaherty from breaking the record in the Tecumseh Trail Marathon recently. Flaherty tells Limestone Post about the experience, how trail marathons differ from other kinds of long-distance running, and about his participation this month in the 100K World Championships — that’s 62 miles. Click here to read the full story.

A Bicycle Ride in Southern Indiana — by Drone [video]

As a preview for this weekend’s 49th Hilly Hundred, the annual bicycle event that covers nearly 100 miles of southern Indiana countryside, Limestone Post presents a video by local drone company Aerial 812. Competitive bicyclist Missy Ragatz talks about the event, her struggle with breast cancer, and how it affects her ability to train. Click here to watch the video.