Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Cool Runnings

Wendy Balthazor and Neena Tripathy ran a marathon in a place most people will never lay eyes on, accompanied by penguins, glaciers and some epic, shoe-sucking mud.

The Champaign women ran the Antarctica Marathon on March 9 — their fifth continent in a quest to run a marathon on all seven continents.

Bill would bar drivers from smoking in cars with minors

SPRINGFIELD — Motorists would not be allowed to smoke while operating a vehicle if a minor is in it, according to a bill approved by the Senate Public Health Committee Tuesday.

To Your Health: Boost brainpower with familiar foods

By Leia Kedem

Do you blame your aging brain for forgetting someone's name? Billions of brain cells can get bogged down with age, making it harder to keep up with cognitive demands like remembering where you left your car keys. Or whether your friend's cousin is named Dave or Dan.

The Fit List

Start your weekend off right, with a race. Here’s your list:

Weekend of Feb. 21-22:

Mountain Goat

Family life: It's time to give your brain a boost — get moving

By Chelsey Byers

One of the most renowned researchers in the area of brain health is Dr. Art Kramer, Director of Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. When he was asked what are lifestyle habits that we can execute to improve our brain health his reply was to ...

— Be active by engaging in 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity three days a week

The Fit List

Happy weekend! Here’s your list of races:

Weekend of March 14-15:

Pi Run

Raising a racquet

Melissa Edwards of Champaign is an athlete with a strong competitive streak. She played basketball and volleyball in school, but when she was approaching 30, she was looking for another outlet to compete.

She noticed the tennis players on the courts around town spanned the age range from kids to senior citizens. This was a sport she could play for decades to come.

The Fit List

It’s time for the Fit List to come out of hibernation. Here are the first of the spring races:

Weekend of March 7-8:

Climbing facility to open this spring

URBANA — Alex Bragg and Kris Schmarr plan to open an indoor climbing facility in Urbana this spring.

The facility, known as Urbana Boulders, will be located in a former auto repair building at 1502 N. Cunningham Ave. and will feature 14-foot climbing walls, Bragg said.

A new adventure

The American Birkebeiner cross-country ski race is sometimes described as a marathon on skis. And as with the marathon, it's the people you meet along the way that is a huge part of the fun.