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Cheryl Farley was so convinced she would die by the time she was in her 70s that she already made arrangements for her house, assets and final wishes.

An advertisement during this year’s Super Bowl showcased the latest trends in fitness: Exercisers engaged in a high-intensity interval workout. Cyclists spinning in tandem. Runners pushing to finish a race. With the theme song to the TV show “Cheers” in the background, finishers commiserate …

“It takes a special breed of person,” said Janice “JJ” McClean as she watched veterans of NBC’s popular obstacle course show “American Ninja Warrior” and “Ninja” hopefuls scale a 14-foot-3-inch warped wall, an intimidating concave structure that mimics one on the show. Then they took turns w…

When pollsters interrupt people’s dinners to ask about their New Year’s resolutions, very often the top three responses are “get in shape,” “lose weight” and “save money.” Find a deal on a gym membership, and you can do all three. Here’s how.

Many detest it and simply refuse to do it, while others do it begrudgingly while longing for spring’s sunny days. A third group, though, loves it and says that “it’s not a matter of bad weather; it’s a matter of bad clothing choices.”

I used to write for a gossip column at the New York Daily News, interviewing celebrities on red carpets, asking endless infuriating questions like, “Who are you wearing?” or “What’s your hair secret?” (Celebrity hair, it turns out, is full of secrets.)

Shoulders down, back straight, abs tight, Fola Awosika instructed during a Foundations class at RowVigor in Arlington, the Washington area’s first pop-up rowing studio. Then: “You want your legs to do the bulk of the work.”

There was nothing appealing about heading to my college gym — OK, maybe the cute guys playing basketball. But the mammoth sports center, teeming with athletes, was intimidating. And with zero athletic ability, I mostly stuck to the elliptical, not wanting to embarrass myself in the weight room.

Jeff Battersby walked into Grace and Glory Yoga in Northfield on a cold January day to try a class recommended by a friend. It was intimidating, the idea of trying something completely new at a place where he didn’t know anyone, but then he spotted an old high school classmate.

Especially in the spring, it can feel as if it's a balancing act to train for upcoming races. You're increasing your weekly mileage at the same time you're preparing healthy meals for your family and juggling deadlines at work.

As beach season approaches and we're inundated with swimsuit ads and their six-pack-abs models, it's easy to forget that a strong core is so much more than a well-defined rectus abdominis (that's the six-pack).

With five children age 6 and under, including a set of twins, Karyn Ryan could barely find the time to sleep, let alone exercise. After a nine-month hiatus from her fitness routine, Ryan was so overweight and out of shape that she got winded just going up the stairs.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - When gym owner Michele Burmaster looks at stock photos of fitness models, with their chiseled abs, oiled skin and revealing attire, she imagines they would be bored working out with her. For one, she would insist they wear sensible shoes.