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Outdoor exercisers can reap unexpected benefits by moving indoors

By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Road runners and cyclists may dread moving their exercise routines indoors as winter approaches but fitness experts say it could be an opportunity to fine-tune a familiar routine or a chance to discover new skills. Jessica Matthews, a California-based yoga instructor and exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise, said road cyclists, racers and runners trickle into yoga classes.

Treadmill classes mix it up with workhorse of the gym

By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - For many outdoor runners the idea of pounding a treadmill means trading daylight for drudgery but as the air chills, fitness experts say treadmill classes can hone efficiency and form and add a dash of glamour to indoor running. "There's a little snobbery about running on a treadmill," said David Siik, a track and field sprinter turned treadmill class fitness instructor at Equinox, the upscale chain of fitness centers. "Most racers are a little ashamed of running indoors."

Musician takes to Los Angeles streets to drop pounds, get fit

* Fitness buffs say brisk walking can do wonders for health * Using music to motivate, he encourages others to step out By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK, Feb 18 (Reuters) - People who believe a healthy lifestyle is expensive should speak to "Papa" Joe Aviance, a Los-Angeles musician who lost 250 pounds using the city's sidewalks as his treadmill, its parks as his gym and a discount store as his health food destination.
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