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Slaying of three female runners sparks safety concerns for others

SAFETY TIPS FOR FEMALE RUNNERS

  • Avoid running alone in the dark
  • If running in the dark, stay on populated, well-lit streets
  • Be sure someone (friend, relative, spouse) knows your intended route and when you should return
  • Change your route periodically
  • Always run with your cellphone and identification
  • Don’t wear noise-canceling headphones
  • Wear reflective clothing
  • Carry pepper spray

In recent weeks, the running community nationwide has been shocked by the slayings of three avid female runners -- all of whom were partaking in their daily training in broad daylight.

In order:

  • July 30: Alexandra Brueger, a nurse in Detroit, was shot and killed during a 10-mile run on a dirt trail
  • Aug. 2: Karina Vetrano was raped and killed while running on a trail in a Queens, New York, park.
  • Aug. 7: New York City resident Vanessa Marcotte was found dead, burned and possibly sexually assaulted after not returning from a run in her parents hometown of Princeton, Massachusetts.

As Gabriel Paiella wrote in New York Magazine, "These murders are notable because they've shattered the perception that this particular violent crime only takes place under certain circumstances, which was always a subtle way of suggesting that the victims were somehow complicit in their own attacks."

In other words, despite following all the common-sense precautions -- not being out late at night, not being provocatively attired, not being distracted by headphones, etc. -- tragically, these women were violently victimized anyway.

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These incidents have served as a reminder for local female runners how vigilant they need to be.

"I definitely have a healthy fear, so I try to trust my intuition when I am somewhere that potentially is unsafe," said Melissa Perlman, an avid runner and assistant track and cross-country coach at Spanish River High in Boca Raton, Florida.

She said she tries to run in groups when possible but advises those who exercise alone to "inform someone (friend, spouse, neighbor, roommate) of the route you are following and your expected return time."

At Fleet Street Sports in Delray Beach, Florida, husband-and-wife owners Nick and Mackenzie Stump counsel their customers about some of the best strategies and products to ensure their safety.

"Running safety, for me, is about communication," Mackenzie said. "It's important to unwind when you run, but a wave, a smile, the runner's nod and a 'hi' make you a familiar face that people look for on your routes."

"We are all about the buddy system for both training and group runs," Nick said. "But when you can't be with a partner or group, awareness is the most important aspect of running safely."

Among the safety gear that the Stumps recommend for all runners:

  • Mini-clip strobe lights for nighttime visibility
  • High-visibility running vest for nighttime reflectivity for others to see you
  • Handheld flashlight with siren
  • Handheld pepper spray
  • Waist belt to easily carry cellphone and other emergency gear

In addition, safety experts recommend downloading a free safety app such as bSafe to your cellphone. With the bSafe app, you can activate an audible alarm that immediately starts broadcasting to your contacts video captured by your phone, as well as your GPS location. This data is continually collected, updated and recorded and can be shared with the authorities if the need arises.

Whitney Cherner, of Lake Worth, Florida, told the Palm Beach Post about the frustration that many female runners feel in needing to take precautions that male counterparts rarely, if ever, think about: "As a woman, it makes me angry that I have to think about safety so much when I run. I want to just go out and enjoy my run. But as a mother of four, I value my safety even more because I have to be there for my kids ... Now if I get a weird feeling in my gut about a white van passing by me too many times, I turn around and run home."

WATCH: 78-year-old grandmother deadlifts 225 pounds, becomes viral sensation

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A 78-year-old grandmother has become a viral sensation after a video of her lifting 225 pounds made the rounds on social media this week.

According to ABC News, Shirley Webb of East Alton, Illinois, had never powerlifted before she joined Club Fitness in nearby Wood Lawn two years ago. She started out lifting just 40 pounds. And now?

"About four to five weeks ago, she was actually able to hit 245 pounds," Webb's trainer, John Wright, told ABC News. "Shirley can definitely outdo and lift more than, I'd say, over 90 percent of the people who come to this gym."

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Webb has even entered competitions, winning her division at last year's Missouri State Powerlifting and Midwest Open and setting a state record for her age at another event in Belleville, according to "Today." She plans to compete in another event in June.

"I've just always wanted to do the best I could in anything I've ever done," Webb told ABC News. "I hope my story encourages others to want to do the same."

Read more here and here.

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This woman's 'wine workout' will motivate you to exercise

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A 24-year-old California woman just made working out a lot more fun.

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April Storey, a health educator and fitness blogger, posted a 15-second video now called “The Wine Workout” on her Facebook page in January. The video shows Storey creatively using wine bottles and wine glasses in a simple exercise routine. 

"I was getting ready to do a workout, a video like I normally do - posting workout videos. I saw the wine there and I'm like, 'You know, that would be kind of funny to incorporate wine into this workout video,’” she said.

According to KRCR, the video went viral after former Star Trek star George Takei shared the video to his nine million followers.

Storey has posted dozens of workout videos on social media. Most of them are exercise routines that can be performed in one's home and don't involve alcohol.

"What I want to show people with my videos is that fitness is something you can do every day, you can do it anywhere, and you can use anything,” she said. "You don't have to have equipment. You don't have to spend a lot of money."

Despite the attention and funny comments The Wine Workout has garnered, Storey reminds people to drink their workout wine responsibly and in moderation. She told KRCR she only used one glass of wine in her video and said she didn't even drink the full contents of that glass. She also warned against drinking multiple glasses of wine per workout.

For all the wine and fitness lovers out there❤️𾦆 thanks for all of the shares, positive feedback, and encouraging comments!Posted by April Storey on Monday, February 22, 2016

Since today is #nationalwineday I thought it was only fitting to post another #wineworkout - this time focusing on...Posted by April Storey on Thursday, February 18, 2016

CrossFit athlete shows weightlifting strength while dancing to Beyonce hit

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CrossFit competitor Khan Porter is known for showing out in the weight room. 

Usually he's talked about for his ability to lift excess poundage, but this time, he's gaining attention for his graceful dance moves. 

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In a video posted to his Facebook page, Porter, an Australian native, shows gym-goers the best way to lift a loaded barbell -- dance over to it.

While dancing to Beyonce's "Single Ladies," Porter approaches the barbell. He pauses to lift it gracefully and with ease and then drops it -- still dancing.

If Porter's performance is any indication of what women can expect to see at the gym, chances are memberships will be increasing in no time.

The clip has been viewed more than 240,000 times on Facebook.

Watch it in its entirety below. 

Seeing as Instagram only allows 15 seconds of dancing and apparently the interwebs doesn't mind a bit of Beyoncé, here is the full version of my pre snatch boogie.Channing Tatum Khan at me bah Bar at 120kg/264lbswww.iamkhanporter.comPosted by Khan Porter on Monday, January 11, 2016

The world's first 'smart bra' is finally here

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Move over Apple Watch and Fitbit. There's new biometric technology on the market.

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A Canadian-based company is promoting what it's calling the world's first smart bra.

The OMbra, made by OMsignal, has built in sensors that track heart rate, breathing rate and calories burned, among other metrics. The data is then accessed through a mobile app.

"Women gravitate towards wearables, but they don't want an item they have to put on or worry about every day," said OMsignal chief marketing officer Shaz Khang. "If they're going to be wearing it all day, they want to get more information."

In 2014, the company released a line of smart shirts for men. Now, OMsignal is expanding its product line.

"After much applause and a plethora of requests from eager women who wanted in on the action too, the day has finally come for us to reveal the OMbra," the company's site reads. 

According to CBS News, a team of sports bra designers, scientists and engineers worked to produce the final design after testing at least 1,633 prototypes.

The smart bra is set to debut at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.

It will begin shipping in the spring with a price point of about $150.

Read more or preorder the garment here.

94-year-old Florida woman becomes powerlifter

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It may be time to go to the gym because 94-year-old Edith Traina is outdoing most of us.

Traina started powerlifting at age 91 and has since become hooked by the competition, WTVT reports.

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"(My friend) dragged me kicking and screaming to the gym, and I figured I'd keep her happy for a while and get her off my back, but I got hooked," she told WTVT.

Since starting her training, Traina has competed in more than a dozen competitions and is the only person in her age group.

"With this I just walk up lift it put it down. I get all this applause, great for the ego," she said.

Traina hopes that her work will inspire others to try something new. Next on the docket? Setting a personal lift record for her 100th birthday.

"I'm looking forward to doing at least 200 pounds by the time I'm 100 so I can celebrate my centennial," she said.

105-year-old sprinter sets new record

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Hidekichi Miyazaki just turned 105-years-old.

He’s also the world's oldest competitive sprinter.

On Wednesday he broke his own record for oldest competitive sprinter while running the 100-meter dash at the Kyoto Masters Athletics Autumn Competition in Kyoto, Japan.

He finished the race in just 42.22 seconds.

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Miyazaki had previously broken the same record by running the 100 meter dash in 34.10 seconds at the age of 103. 

This week, Miyazaki was happily greeted by his grandchildren when he crossed the finish line, but he couldn’t help but be disappointed.

“Today my target was 35 seconds. I shed tears of disappointment because I was not in good condition. I am not satisfied with today's time. But I am satisfied that I could cross finish line,” he said.

Miyazaki, also known as “Golden Bolt” after Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, told Guinness World Records that he started running competitively in his 90s when he was seeking a new hobby.

“My secret is that health comes first,” he said.

Study: When moms spend time with kids it’s usually eating, watching TV

The two most common activities mothers and children do together are eating and watching TV. Then comes homework. Way down the list is going for a walk, bike ride or dancing together.

Here’s the breakdown for top three activities mothers and children do together: eating a meal (90 percent), watching television (79 percent), and doing homework (65 percent), according to new survey conducted by Woman’s Day and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit founded by the American Heart Association and Clinton Foundation working to combat childhood obesity.

When it comes to exercise, only half of the 1,154 moms surveyed had gone out together for a walk, run, or bike ride with their kids (ages 5 to 18) in the last week and just 26 percent had played a sport, run around or danced together.

According to the survey, when mothers spend ten minutes or more doing something with their children, it is more likely to be sedentary or involve a screen than be physical.

“The survey results underline the increasingly sedentary lifestyle many of our kids are leading,” says Dr. Howell Wechsler, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in a press release. “The good news is, there is opportunity to change this trend—and families can make small changes that make a big difference.”

Woman’s Day and the Alliance encourage families to #Commit2Ten and visit http://www.commit2ten.org/ to receive a personalized fitness profile, a 30-day activity calendar, resources and motivation to commit to 10 additional minutes of physical activity per day.

Woman’s Day Editor in Chief Susan Spencer offers the following tips for incorporating more exercise into the day:

— Walk with your kids to school. One of the magazine’s readers lost 90 pounds by walking the mile to school with her daughter daily instead of driving!

— Turn exercise into a game, like setting up an obstacle course in the backyard for younger kids or challenging older kids to see who can be the first to hit 10,00 steps a day.

— Make sure you’re setting a good example. If you’re grimacing through a workout dvd, it’s not going to encourage your children to join you. Do something that puts a smile on everyone’s face, like dancing around to music.

— Younger kids especially thrive on routines, so schedule exercise in daily like you would other regular activities. You could take a daily walk after dinner as a family or kick off each morning by doing yoga together. Knowing exactly when you’ll get active helps eliminate the “when will we fit this in?” question.

— Sign up for a group walk together. Whether a mile race or a 5K, kids will love the challenge of getting to the finish line together.

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