Month: June 2020

Virtual Fitness Community: 3 Ways to Join

Missing the buoyancy of a crowd? Try some of these online recreation opportunities.  Join a virtual running club. Fleet Feet Spokane aims to help runners reach their goals, with or without a race season.  Compete in a virtual bike race. Bandók Virtual Events focuses on ultra-endurance cycling, like the Tour Divide.   Sign up for a virtual charity run. …

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Woman with a purple top running on a paved trail.

Running Season

For my first few years in Spokane, straight out of college and newly entered into the full-time workforce, I had a corporate job I found terribly dull—but that came with access to a basement gym, locker room, and showers. The subtle encouragement to make space for exercise during the workday was a life-changer, and I transformed from …

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Wildlife Travels

The movement of wildlife is crucial to their survival. Salmon travel from the ocean to the river to spawn, field mice scurry along hedgerows to avoid predation, and caribou traverse thousands of miles to search for wintering grounds. Wildlife corridors are the routes, relatively unhindered by human activity, that wild animals travel to meet many of their primary needs: food, shelter, and reproduction. Nature has a way of spreading animals across the …

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A pangolin on a tree limb.

Wildlife Origins of COVID-19

If animals become too crowded, they can more easily spread viral and bacterial diseases. This can become exasperated when humans artificially crowd animals, particularly bringing a large variety of different species together, like in the wildlife farms and wet markets where the COVID-19 outbreak started. In these situations, diseases can spread rapidly, evolve, and jump from one species to the …

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Two people biking downtown.

Program Encourages Smarter Commutes

You’ve probably noticed there are less cars on the road resulting in less traffic and less air pollution. With fewer cars on the road, it’s easier to go places and less stressful too. “Right now, there are more people teleworking, riding bicycles and walking,” says LeAnn Yamamoto with Commute Smart Northwest. “Let’s continue this movement,” she adds, noting that “biking …

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