Tag: Nature

Don't let fear of falling keep you from exercising in winter.

‘Tis the season to be falling! And nothing ruins your holidays or plans for outdoor activities like a big old cast on your arm or leg. A bad fall can lead to long-term health problems for anyone, not to mention time away from work, family, and the other good things in life. Happily, you don’t need to hibernate all winter to be safe—you just need to be informed and follow these tips.

Any form of activity gains something from the natural environment. In this guest post, yoga instructor Shawna Emerick, one of the yoga teachers in the summertime yoga program I coordinate, writes beautifully and eloquently about what doing yoga in nature means to her. “Community grows from this place. From the communion with nature, to the communion with friends, old and new, we share in the practice of “union”(yoga) together. We come to see that we share so much more than just flesh and bones, breath and movement; we share in feeling.” Do you agree?

Have you ever noticed how, every once in awhile, two or three things happen in a row that add up to make you go “Aha!”? Here’s how to be part of a little miracle.

Join us on June 9th, Green Gym Day, the first worldwide day of play for everyone. Green Gym Day is the day you’ve been waiting for–an excuse to get outdoors and play. Once you experience how good it feels to be active outdoors, you might make everyday Green Gym Day. My partners and I are using social media to promote the day and get more people outdoors, for the sheer pleasure of it. We’re inviting everyone to share their activities on the day with everyone else who takes part, via photos and video clips, which will be used to create a video montage of the day. 

Spring is an especially poetic time of year for nature. Here are some quotes from Albert Einstein, Aristotle, Margaret Atwood, Rachel Carson and others. What’s your favorite nature quote?

We all pretty much know that being active is good for our health. But how many know that our surroundings can make a big difference too? In a previous post, I asked whether we are genetically programmed to love nature. If we are, it makes a lot of sense to do more things outdoors–from exercising […]

As in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the Portland area I eschewed the obvious for off-the-beaten path solutions to my fitness needs: a small urban park that nods to its earlier incarnation as a wetland, a small town park, and a college campus open to the public. You’re never stuck when you know how to Nancercize.

Don’t get me wrong—I love to move, to feel my body challenged, to feel the kinks and computer hours melt away during my walks and stretches. But right now, it’s also about the berries. Being active in nature brings all sorts of surprising and sensual delights.

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I’d rather notice the seasons changing and feel connected to my environment—even in the winter, even if it’s only for an hour…