The Great Outdoors
Have you ever had the experience of the chair lift reaching the summit, your skis contacting the snow, and then lifting and gliding around the peak looking down at your descent? Have you ever experienced the adrenalin of that moment when you realize it is you alone that will take this journey? Embarking on a physical and mental journey in the great outdoors is one of the most exhilarating and freeing moments imaginable.
It is easy to fall into the habit of thinking that exercise takes place in a gym, a class, or some organized indoor event. Remembering that there is a whole world of outdoor activities to move our bodies expands the realm of what's possible in our relationship to exercise. We are no longer obliged to forcing ourselves to go to the gym to stay healthy. Instead, we can interact with Mother Earth and appreciate all that is available to us.
Being in nature stimulates our senses and keeps us in the present moment. It is pretty challenging to be worried about work on Monday when we are captivated by a butterfly alighting on a flower as we hike by or the play of water over the rapids as we cruise on down the river in a canoe. There is nothing
between us and the natural world around us, no buildings, no Starbucks, no strip malls. There are so many ways to be active and engaged with the beauty of the earth. Most (if not all) cities and townships have parks and recreation web sites with information of all the amenities available. There are countless sites on the internet dedicated to hiking trails across our amazing Nation.
Any confusion? Google it! Outdoor activities + your town or city. The list will go on for days.