How to stay fit in Rio: Go to the beach

While some visit the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to relax, others go to work out. It's a common sight to see locals exercise by the ocean with beautiful scenery as a backdrop and convenient and plentiful nearby fitness areas. Our photographers Jaclyn Chung and Langston Fields compiled the slideshow above to share some of our favorite photos of exercise and recreation along the coast.

Gallery: Best of Rio, Aug. 8

Take a look at some of the best photos taken by Cronkite News reporters on location in Rio de Janeiro covering all things related to the 2016 Olympics and the culture of Rio.

Rio in international spotlight during Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — Already the second-most populated metropolitan area in Brazil, thousands will travel from all over the world within the next three weeks to visit Rio de Janeiro, but there’s more to see than the 2016 Olympic Games.

From California to a kibbutz, former ASU track star runs winding road to represent Israel in Rio

KIBBUTZ EIN SHEMER, ISRAEL — Sitting at his kitchen table in his home on a kibbutz about a one hour drive north of Tel Aviv, Donald Blair-Sanford observed how much his life has changed since he was a student-athlete at Arizona State University.

Olympic vets Phelps, Schmitt help catapult Runge to Rio

Cierra Runge has been in the pool for as long as she can remember.

ASU’s Simonovic swimming for Serbia in Rio

On a Sunday afternoon in Rome near the end of June, Arizona State senior Katarina Simonovic stood behind the block at the 53rd Settecolli Trophy International swim meet and pictured the perfect race, a race that could punch her ticket to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

Tempe native dives into first Olympics

Each dive an Olympian takes is only about two seconds long. But when synchronized diver Sam Dorman finally plunges into the pool at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio on Wednesday, it will be the culmination of a nine-year journey.

Mercury’s Diana Taurasi set to make another Olympic memory

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi remembers the first time she walked out of the Olympic tunnel for the opening ceremony. It was Aug. 13, 2004, and the Summer Games were held in Athens, Greece.

Arizona officials warn of Zika spread on return from Rio

As the eyes of the world descend upon Brazil, Valley resident Marla Dorman is ready to cheer on Team USA, hoping the experience outweighs the risk of Zika.

Visually impaired ASU alum shooting for gold

He stands 50 meters from the target, right hand fully extended, wrist slightly bent. He takes one step to the left, cocks his head and lines up with the target from the left side.

Phelps to carry flag for Team USA

RIO DE JANEIRO — When Michael Phelps began training at Arizona State University last year, he brought a spotlight to the school and its swim program led by his coach Bob Bowman.