When Nature and Movement Collide

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The only way to reach the top of a mountain is to climb.

That’s exactly what my family and I did, one step at a time.  It took us an hour and a half, and it wasn’t easy, but this was the view from the top! The journey was well worth it.

I’ll share a picture of my husband and two kids hiking it in a little bit.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a nature girl. I’d love to be outside all day, but my childhood days spent frolicking all day in the sunshine are over.

Now, I try to get outside for a brisk walk every day. For 30 or so minutes, I’m able to connect with nature, get the blood flowing, the body moving, let my mind wander, and listen to music. All of these things are powerful stress relievers and gut healing tools.

Walking is also great for digestion.  Something about the rhythmic motion seems to get the juices flowing, not just for people, but for dogs too! Not only that, but the day I gave birth to my daughter, my water broke right after going for a walk.  It’s like my magical remedy for everything. Add a little sunshine, and I’m good to go for the day.

Thomas Jefferson once said:

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.” 

Sometimes, though, it’s nice to do so at a more leisurely pace, like when you’re on vacation!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow that my children are teens, we don’t have as much family time anymore.  With each of us often busy doing our own things, vacations have become all the more important. Those are the times when we’re really able to immerse ourselves in nature, which I love.

In this photo (taken a couple of years ago), I was walking behind my husband, daughter and son in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. After spending a day at the beach, we were taking a stroll before dinner. It’s a very family oriented place, and amazingly enough, the sand is usually packed enough for people to ride bikes on it!  It’s a fun experience.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here they are in Vermont, hiking up a mountain! Like I previously stated, it took us an hour and a half to reach the top, but the effort was well worth it. The view was amazing, as you saw above.

One time, while visiting relatives in Italy, my husband’s cousin asked me what I liked better: the beach or the mountains. I’d have a tough time picking one over the other. The experiences are so different, and yet so similar, at the same time. Both have the potential to activate all 5 of your senses. If that’s not good for the body, mind and spirit, I don’t know what is!

So when life gets a little overwhelming, as it often does, a few minutes of fresh air and movement might do you some good.  If in doubt, walk it out! Or, you might prefer to talk it out, swim it out, bike it out, deep breathe it out, dance it out, laugh it out…whatever works best for you.

No matter how high you’re climbing, always remember to take it one step at a time.

Please note that this post has been shared with the Thank your Body Thursday healthy living link-up.

About Dawn

As a Certified Health Coach, I provide motivated individuals with the resources, tools, support and encouragement they need to make the gradual changes in food and lifestyle that could completely transform their lives. Contact me.
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