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7 Reasons the Pikes Peak Region is an awesome year-round destination

The Pikes Peak Region is one of Colorado's most scenic destinations. Boasting 300 days of sunshine and mild temperatures, it also has some incredible ways to get out there and enjoy the landscape any time of the year. Have you ever been Jeeping in winter or to the summit of the 14,115-foot Pikes Peak? Winter, spring, summer, or fall, here are 7 of our favorite activities for the whole family to enjoy in Colorado Springs in all seasons.

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Wina Sturgeon: Add some creativity to your workout routine

If you do a regular planned training program, you may vary the amount of weight you lift or the number of sets and reps, but you probably always do the same exercises, with the same joint movements and the same ranges of motion. Why not get creative with your workout and bring a little 'oomph' to your training program?

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Eight ways to burn major calories no matter what you're doing

While it's been proven that burning calories is not the only way to lose weight, it can't hurt. And if there's a way to blithely burn calories throughout the day without deviating from your usual routine, that's even better. I'm very much a lazy-girl wellness-hacks kind of person – if it's easy, feels good, and doesn't cost money, I'm in. I'm thinking you probably feel the same way.

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Keep your runs warm and productive with these must-have gloves

Running or biking in the winter means figuring out a way to keep your hands warm without relying on bulky insulated gloves that quickly overheat during exercise. The PhD HyFi Wind Training Gloves from Smartwool won't let you down. The slim design features a comfortable fit, and the back of the glove is windproof to keep out the chilly air. On the palm and fingers you'll find silicon grippers to help you grab onto things like water bottles or the handlebars of a bike, and the thumb and index finger are coated with touch-screen compatible material to allow you to operate your smart phone without having to take off your gloves. They are made by Smartwool, after all, so 37 percent of the gloves material is merino wool, providing excellent insulation and breathability while remaining soft to the touch of your hand.

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Here's what happens when a Flywheel addict tries SoulCycle for the first time

There are 30 seconds left in class, and a rush of adrenaline overtakes my entire body. I forget my problems, responsibilities, and insecurities. I focus on me. You have no limits – I repeat this to myself every time. I see my name jumping on the Torqboard (a competitive meter that tracks who has the highest points in the class), the music speakers are blasting, my legs are moving at lightning speed, and I'm pouring my very all into the bike. It's the final 10 seconds, and I completely zone out – letting go of any resistance from my body in hopes of reaching a new goal. Time's up. My legs gradually come to a halt. I look up at the board and see my score. Yes, it's significantly higher than what it was last time. I instantly feel fulfilled and proud of myself. That's the high I get from Flywheel. It's why I've been hooked for eight months.

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Five tips to avoid holiday weight gain from the FitMenCook guy

Kevin Curry is a Dallas guy who has turned other guys (and women), in Dallas and otherwise, into healthy eaters and at-home chefs. He has an app (FitMenCook) and a website (FitMenCook.com) and a following to beat all followings (as in millions). His recipes will yum you out – fresh, beautiful, easy to follow.

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Cole grabs Central Valley Senior Bowling Club tourney title

Sheri Cole took the title in the Central Valley Senior Bowling Club’s tournament stop in Atwater after qualifying third. Jim Marksman was the top qualifier with a 1,028 total. Dean Allen qualified second with a 1,002 score, followed by Cole who rolled a 1,001. In the first stepladder game Cole defeated Allen in a close match, 236-234. Cole continued her roll to the championship by defeating Marksman with a nice 263 game against his 193. Cole took home $200 for the first place finish. Marksman earned $170 for second.

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Modesto Queens tourney offers a guarantee of $2,000 first prize

Ladies, if you’re a scratch bowler this is your weekend. The third annual annual Modesto Queens Tournament is coming and guaranteeing a $2,000 prize for first-place finisher. The competition starts with one squad of qualifying this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Entries close 15 minutes prior to the squad start. Qualifying round will be six games across 12 lanes. The top scorers will return on Sunday for the two-game Double Elimination Finals Round. Entry fee is $125. Entry forms can be found at either bowl or online at modestousbc.org.

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Fishing Report: Week of June 13

Compiled by Dave Hurley and edited by Roger George, a former Olympic-class decathlete at Fresno State and striper record-holder at Millerton Lake and who now guides in the greater Fresno area. Telephone numbers are in 559 calling area unless noted. Have a photo of a recent catch to share? Email it to sports@fresnobee.com with “fish photo” in the subject line.

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