An aerobic winter workout via snowshoeing is demonstrated. Also: a look at simple exercise programs for use at home or in the office that employ desks and tables; and a report on sewing circles that have become a rage.
Designing a family library meant to encourage kids to read; visiting a beer-brewing club in which members share camaraderie and recipes. Also: a look at a novel fitness routine that employs the rhythms of African-inspired dances.
An adventure in soaring with a skydiving family; canine fitness routines that are geared to specific breeds and personalities. Also: notes on men's cooking clubs, which prepare such dishes as risotto and osso bucco.
Planning a scavenger hunt that calls for teamwork and a competitive spirit. Also: a report on Habitat for Humanity and visits with its volunteer home-builders; an exhibition of fencing that displays its finer points.
Realizing baseball dreams at a Texas Rangers fantasy camp, where participants pay to play with the pros. Also: tips on surfing that begin with basics; a bowling adventure with a family that takes to the lanes every week.
Tips on taking vacation snapshots that have the look of professional photos. Also: a visit with amateur soccer players in Texas that illustrates the sport's popularity; a report on a popular dice game called “Bunco.”
Visiting an outdoor market in Austin, where native organic fruits and vegetables are on sale, as well as diverse meat products. Also: tips on ordering food online to enhance a Mexican-style fiesta or a Southern barbecue.
Revelry at a country fair in Connecticut includes tractor pulls and lumberjack races. Also: notes on employing yoga in the workplace to bolster self-confidence and enhance health; tips on feng-shui philosophy for use at home.
A trip to New Hampshire explores mountain trails, where conservationists do cleanup work. Also, a visit with horseback-riding enthusiasts at a New Jersey equestrian center; and a feature on the tango, danced in a Manhattan ballroom.
Lessons in sea-kayaking from a mother of two; notes from a personal chef, who cooks special meals for employers at their homes and shops for them. Also: a visit with a pottery maker who reflects on creative expression.
Profiling a kayaking teacher, who tells how she maintains her endurance and motivation. Also, a visit to a day spa for relaxation tips; and a jaunt with an adventurous hiker, who shares her love of nature with children.
Using rowing as exercise, displayed in the regimen of a California crew. Also: notes on planning and cooking a healthy meal, as demonstrated by a bachelor; learning a new language in ethnic neighborhoods.
A workout called spinning, an exercise that uses a stationary cycle and tests every major muscle group. Also: notes on nutrition during a visit to a neighborhood supermarket; a feature on personalized, perfumed scents.
Exercises for busy lifestyles are explored in a basic workout designed by a trainer. Also: a study of tension relief through “visual journaling,” a stream-of-consciousness writing style that helps people “unleash their inner artists.”
Shopping for natural foods (also known as “urban foraging”); unwinding at a day spa in Northern California with an enzyme bath that originated in Japan. Also: a couple seeks quality time together at a San Francisco retreat.
Keeping fit with Pilates, an exercise regimen from the 1920s that uses special apparatus. Also: a feature on exotic fruits and vegetables with major nutritional value; a trip with a Utah couple in an unusual prairie vehicle.
Christmas present tips focus on gifts for health (gym memberships) and purchases benefiting museums and charitable organizations. Also: creating new holiday traditions for the family; hosting low-stress neighborhood parties.
How to make beauty treatments at home out of avocados, bananas, honey, lemons and tea. Also: observing tourist greeters in Chicago, who are informative volunteers; learning about inclusive education for disabled youths.
Water thrills via windsurfing are explored in visits to ideal locales around the world, with notes on equipment purchases and lessons. Also: tips on hosting yoga-themed functions; communing with nature in comfort camping.
Plans for old pals' revelries center on a sports weekend that features diverse competitions, including football, basketball, golf, bowling, horseshoe-tossing and billiards. Also: a feature on the activities of the modern-day Girl Scouts.
Charting adventurous treks in mountain biking, which challenges participants in cross-country, downhill and free-ride trails. Also: couples massage classes that relieve stress; a low-key program on figure skating for adults.
Gourmet pre-prepared dining, courtesy of a Washington State facility that delivers 12 full meals serving four to six people for $160. Also: the Chanbara workout, said to improve coordination and relieve stress.
Teen girls bond with moms at snowboarding trips in wintry resorts. Also: a look at a high-school program involving parents seeking to help educate students; visits to yoga centers instructing nursing mothers.
Tips on indoor games that kids and parents can share during inclement weather. Also: a visit to a yoga boot camp that's a real workout in its stress of “strength, sweat and spirituality”; a discussion with ardent Scrabble players.
Great escapes near home include excursions to museums, cycling trips and hiking treks. Also: a feature on amateur orchestras and a report on the dangers of traditional household cleansers that offers safer, natural alternatives.