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Bicyclists travel with traffic down Broadway Street in Portland, Ore., Thursday, July 10, 2008. Portland's reputation as a bike-friendly city had a flat this week when a cyclist and a motorist got into a fight. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
As more cyclists take to the road, dangers persist. By following the rules of the road, you can stay safer. (Don Ryan - AP)

Research shows that people who stay active as they grow older not only live longer but also go through a shorter period of infirmity before they die.


Tuesday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m. ET

He's a veteran reporter, digging up the latest fitness news. She's an irreverent columnist with a knack for getting people off the couch and into the gym. Together, they're here to handle your worst work-out dilemmas and exercise questions.


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VICKY HALLET:  Instructors power up outside of the gym (Post, November 18, 2010)

The MisFits:  A dumbbell's guide to CrossFit and weightlifting (Post, November 4, 2010)

Marathons: What happens before the starting line:  (Post, October 21, 2010)

Walking to school is a step in the right direction (By Lenny Bernstein, October 14, 2010)

Walking or biking to work can be a great way to get exercise (By Vicky Hallett, October 7, 2010)

Resources for exercising while commuting Thursday October 7, 2010)

Even if you can't bike or walk to work, you can get exercise while commuting Thursday October 7, 2010)

Updates Thursday September 30, 2010)

Some middle-aged professionals are giving contact sports a puncher's chance (By Lenny Bernstein, September 30, 2010)

Where to go: Exercise opportunities for breast cancer survivors Thursday September 23, 2010)

Encouraging breast cancer survivors to get moving (By Vicky Hallett, September 23, 2010)

To help kids maintain good posture, make it fun (By Lenny Bernstein, September 16, 2010)

New workout programs show that pools can attract exercisers of all ages (By Vicky Hallett, September 2, 2010)

Summer at the Naval Academy means the running of the plebes (By Lenny Bernstein, August 26, 2010)

Gaiam's latest exercise tool hopes to be a Step360 to better balance (By Vicky Hallett, August 19, 2010)

Including time for rest in workouts can help fitness goals (By Lenny Bernstein, July 29, 2010)

Ropes courses and zip lines turn exercise into an adventure (By Vicky Hallett, July 22, 2010)

Ropes courses and zip lines in the Washington area Thursday July 22, 2010)

Sea to Shining Sea's cross-country bike trip raises money and awareness (By Lenny Bernstein, July 15, 2010)

The heat is blistering. Literally. (By Vicky Hallett, July 8, 2010)

Too hot to handle (Post, July 1, 2010)

Take precautions against heatstroke this summer (By Lenny Bernstein, July 1, 2010)

How to prevent heatstroke Thursday July 1, 2010)

Abby Wambach's body of work (By Vicky Hallett, June 24, 2010)

Too fat to fight? Military recruits and obesity (By Lenny Bernstein, June 17, 2010)

Triathlon central: Washington, D.C. (By Vicky Hallett, June 10, 2010)

Hardcourt bike polo, a horse of a different color (By Lenny Bernstein, June 3, 2010)

Instant Recess promotes health for adults by making exercise a group activity (By Vicky Hallett, May 27, 2010)

Walking vs. the golf cart: There's a clear winner, say the MisFits (By Lenny Bernstein, May 20, 2010)

D.C. Yoga Week: It's worth going to the mat (By Vicky Hallett, May 13, 2010)

The first rule of the RunAmuck 5K: Everybody plays dirty (By Lenny Bernstein, May 6, 2010)

Men strip pole dancing of another taboo (By Vicky Hallett, April 29, 2010)

International Pole and Exotic Dance Fitness Convention and Expo (Post, April 29, 2010)

Phoenix Bikes helps get kids on the right path, on their own bikes (By Lenny Bernstein, April 22, 2010)

New year's fitness resolutions after the year's no longer new (By Lenny Bernstein and Vicky Hallett, April 15, 2010)

Before you run down treadmills, does 'Snowpocalypse' jog your memory? (By Vicky Hallett, April 8, 2010)

Resources for walking in and around Washington Thursday April 1, 2010)

Ken Wilson, Volksmarcher Thursday April 1, 2010)

Randy Weadon: Stepping into a groove, indoors (By Lenny Bernstein, April 1, 2010)

Three generations of women find fellowship on their daily walk (Post, April 1, 2010)

Dan Silverman: A blogger who gets the news by foot (By Lenny Bernstein, April 1, 2010)

The many benefits of walking (By Lenny Bernstein, April 1, 2010)

Fitness expert offers advice for touching your toes (Post, March 25, 2010)

The MisFits: Fascial exercises improve movement throughout the body (By Vicky Hallett, March 25, 2010)

A blind man's triathlon pursuit (Post, March 18, 2010)

You shouldn't need 20/20 vision to see your dreams come true (By Lenny Bernstein, March 18, 2010)

The Misfits: Swimming pool lanes etiquette (By Vicky Hallett, March 11, 2010)

The Misfits: Helping to tell whether it's time for elderly drivers to yield (By Lenny Bernstein, March 4, 2010)

Whip yourself into shape with the rope workout (By Vicky Hallett, February 25, 2010)

Where to try -- or watch -- speedskating (Post, February 18, 2010)

The Misfits: A young speedskater's training marathon involves the whole family (By Lenny Bernstein, February 18, 2010)

How and Why:  Olympians have Alpine skiing down to a science (Post, February 16, 2010)

Learning from Olympic skiiers (Post, February 11, 2010)

Gym workouts for skiiers before hitting the slopes (By Vicky Hallett, February 11, 2010)

Teach your children wellness: Schools are rethinking phys ed (By Lenny Bernstein, February 4, 2010)

Exercises can help combat and prevent girls' ACL injuries (By Lenny Bernstein, January 28, 2010)

Couples bolt from corporate life and put passion for running to work (By Thomas Heath, January 25, 2010)

Denise Austin's 30-minute workout (Post, January 21, 2010)

Denise Austin is still going strong (By Vicky Hallett, January 21, 2010)

Denise Austin's 12 ways to spice up your water (Post, January 21, 2010)

Functional training exercises compete with machine-based workouts in D.C. gyms (By Vicky Hallett, January 14, 2010)

Checking in to see how folks did on their fitness goals this past year (By Lenny Bernstein, December 31, 2009)

Slow-burn exercises promote fitness by making the most of brief workouts (By Vicky Hallett, December 17, 2009)

Cumberland Valley Athletic Club raises money for a running legend's health woes (By Lenny Bernstein, December 10, 2009)

Exercise gifts (By Vicky Hallett, December 3, 2009)

Thanksgiving weekend fitness activities in the Washington area (By Lenny Bernstein, November 26, 2009)

Making up a sport can push the limits of your body and your creativity (By Vicky Hallett, November 19, 2009)

The Misfits: A look at pedometers' impact on weight loss (By Lenny Bernstein, November 12, 2009)

Gyms, exercisers adopt eco-friendly habits (By Vicky Hallett, November 5, 2009)

How you can make exercise eco-friendly (Post, November 5, 2009)

The MisFits: Debating the benefits of static stretching (By Lenny Bernstein, October 29, 2009)

Stretching tips online (Post, October 29, 2009)

MisFits: Washington Area Running Events (Post, October 22, 2009)

A running style that stands out (By Vicky Hallett, October 22, 2009)

Running Shoes: Better for You Than Going Barefoot? (By Lenny Bernstein, October 13, 2009)

For Some Trainers, Making Barbells and Medicine Balls Comes With the Job (By Vicky Hallett, October 6, 2009)

Just for Fun, Hashers Mix Drinking and Running (By Vicky Hallett, September 22, 2009)

Inadequate Exercise and Excess Weight Are Major Issues for Minorities (By Lenny Bernstein, September 15, 2009)

Every Breath You Take (By Vicky Hallett, September 8, 2009)

For Building Up Young People, Nothing Beats Athletic Competition (By Lenny Bernstein, September 1, 2009)

Step Aerobics Marks Its 20th Anniversary With a Celebration Led by Its Creator (By Vicky Hallett, August 25, 2009)

Indoor Rock Climbing Can Provide an Alternative for More Traditional Workout Routines (By Desmond Bieler, August 18, 2009)

The Go Urban Adventure Race Comes to D.C., Following the Footsteps of Other Hyprid Fitness Events (By Vicky Hallett, August 11, 2009)

Urban Adventures: Upcoming Races, Near and Far Tuesday August 11, 2009)

Balance-Training Exercises Are Easy to Do Tuesday August 4, 2009)

The MisFits: Keeping Your Balance Is Valuable, Especially as You Grow Older (By Lenny Bernstein, August 4, 2009)

'Crazy Moms' Find It Easy to Squeeze In Exercise (By Vicky Hallett, July 28, 2009)

Trikke Fans Push the Idea That Three Wheels Are Better Than Two (By Lenny Bernstein, July 21, 2009)

The MisFits: Sky-High Yoga, With a Dash of Adrenaline (By Vicky Hallett, July 14, 2009)

With Online Training, You Can Run With Elite Coaches by Your Side (By Lenny Bernstein, July 7, 2009)

D.C. Bocce Fans Put a Quasi-Healthful Spin on Happy Hour (By Vicky Hallett, June 30, 2009)

You Don't Need High-Tech Tests to Figure Out Your Degree of Fitness (By Lenny Bernstein, June 23, 2009)

Anacostia and Potomac Rivers Have Rowing Clubs Open to the Public Tuesday June 16, 2009)

It's Not Simple or Easy, but Rowing Makes Going Backward a Whole Lot of Fun (By Vicky Hallett, June 16, 2009)

In the Long Run, Boomers May Discover That Racewalking Is the Way to Go (By Lenny Bernstein, June 9, 2009)

The MisFits: A Clothes-Conscious Trainer Can Help You Dress for Fitness Success (By Vicky Hallett, June 2, 2009)

For Some Players, Age Is No Reason to Turn Softball Diamonds Over to the Young (By Lenny Bernstein, May 26, 2009)

Mile for Mile, a Dog Is a Man's (or a Woman's) Best Workout Partner (By Vicky Hallett, May 19, 2009)

Training for Two: Exercise Moves You Can Do With Your Dog Tuesday May 19, 2009)

Now That Spring Has Arrived, Exercise Options Are Plentiful (By Lenny Bernstein, May 12, 2009)

The MisFits Give Acro-Yoga a Try (By Vicky Hallett, May 5, 2009)

How the New MisFits Columnist Was Chosen Tuesday May 5, 2009)

Even a Serious Injury Need Not Put an End to the Drive to Stay Fit (By The Misfits, April 28, 2009)

Join the Chatter About the Candidates Tuesday April 28, 2009)

Mixing It Up With Women Who Participate in Roller Derby Leagues in DC, Baltimore and Hagerstown, Md. (By The Misfits, April 21, 2009)

MisFits: You Can Weigh In on This Column Tuesday April 21, 2009)

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