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5 Reasons to Visit Orange County, CA (Disney Not Included)

Orange County Vacation

Orange County sits between Los Angeles and San Diego counties and is the smallest county, land mass, in California. Orange County may be slight size wise, but it offers wide-ranging outdoor activities. Amusement parks are only a tiny piece of what the OC has to offer. With fair weather all year Southern California is an ideal utopia for those of us who like to play outside and Orange County has many options. With beaches, canyons, and wilderness areas there are outdoor opportunities for everyone. With more than forty miles of coastline, it offers plenty of space for water sports. Moreover, […]

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Beginner 5 Minute Ab Workout

5 Minute Abs

One of the most common excuses to not workout is lack of time. What if I told you, you could get a great core workout in 5 minutes? If it sounds too good to be true, you’re sorely mistaken. Here’s what the beginner 5 minute ab workout looks like— Plank (1 minute) This is a great warm-up to engage all the muscles in your core. If you’re not accustomed to planking and feel like you’re losing your posture (butt going up in the air or back starts sagging) drop to your knees. Scissor Kick (30 seconds) Roll over on your […]

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Why It’s Never Too Late to Start Downhill Skiing

Skiing

As kids we’re fearless, learning as we make mistakes. The older we get, emotions like fear and doubt creep in, making it more difficult to learn new skills like language, playing an instrument, or taking on a new sport. Although I have decades of outdoor experience under my belt, I only recently (after a few rough starts) discovered the fun of downhill skiing. I’m excited to have overcome a weak spot in my outdoor skills, and to have also learned a few reasons why it’s never too late to pick up a new sport. Remember what it’s like to be […]

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Work it Out: Eight Exercises for Stronger, More Stable Hiking

better hiking exercises

Feeling the burn earlier in your hike than you’d like? Having trouble staying balanced while rock hopping during stream crossings, despite having trekking poles handy? There are a variety of variables that play into how strong and stable we feel when we’re on the trail, but in general, the better shape you’re in, the faster, longer, and more comfortably you’ll be able to hike. Of course, the best training for any pursuit is sport-specific training. The more time you spend hiking and backpacking, the better prepared you’ll be for hiking and backpacking. But it never hurts to supplement your outdoor […]

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3 Yoga Poses to Fix That Office Ache

Yoga poses for back ache

As weekend warriors we rock being active as often as we can, but sometimes our jobs involve lots of sitting in rather uncomfortable office chairs and hours spent hunched over a computer screen. This position can lead to ache-y backs, tight hips, and closed chests- not exactly ideal for when you decide it’s time to scale a mountain come Saturday! So why not ease that discomfort as it happens, and allow your body to be ready for adventuring whenever the outdoors beckon? New to yoga? Make sure to pop over to the Yoga for Beginners post right here on the […]

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Sweat with Your Sweetheart: 5 Date Ideas for a Fit Valentine’s Day

Date Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and maybe you have reservations at your favorite restaurant. Or perhaps you planned a date night in, complete with a movie, a box of chocolates, and the couch. How about trying something different this year? If you’re reading this, I have a sneaking suspicious that you love to be active and you love adventure. While having a partner who’s as active as you are doesn’t always make or break a relationship, being active together can be a total bonding experience. Instead of planning a typical Valentine’s Day date this year with your love, […]

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Forget Skiing, Try These 5 Lesser-Known Winter Sports

things to try this winter

So winter is here and all of our friends keep talking about heading to the slopes to ski or board, right? Ok, maybe “all” is a bit of an overshoot but skiing and snowboarding are by all accounts highly popular outdoor activities during the winter months. Why not try something a little more unique and a little less populated by the masses? If you are up for trying something new this winter, here are five new things you could give a whirl! Ice climbing: Gaining in relative popularity in the recent years, ice climbing can seem a bit daunting to […]

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5 Fun Ways to Increase Your Outdoor Knowledge

Outdoor Education

Learning. The more time I spend outside the more I want to learn. I want to be able to identify the plants that I’m looking at as I scamper down the trails. I want to know what kind of geologic wonders formed the mountains that I love to climb. I want to know how to use all the features of my GPS and how to safely remove a tick should one ever become embedded in my belly button. Recently I took a NOLS Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course. For 10 days my mind was enlightened as practical first-aid scenarios were […]

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Feeling Sick? Get Outside

sickness

This is the time of the year when illness and cold weather seem to be the most debilitating factors in people getting outside, and with good reason! Both make us uncomfortable and less enthusiastic about adventures in general. It’s only natural. While extreme temperatures can be reconciled with good gear and heavy layers, being sick may just be keeping us out of the fresh air our bodies actually need. We don’t feel well, and the couch is a whole lot more enticing than any walk in a winter wonderland. But, here’s the thing: getting outdoors in any capacity is better […]

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Five Breakfast-On-The-Go Ideas to Fuel Your Winter Fun

Breakfast on the go

I am lucky enough to live in a state where people can enjoy outdoor activities year-round. In fact, a large percentage of the population actually looks forward to winter every year because it allows for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and other snow sports. I’ve found that most people who haven’t visited Colorado don’t realize that the state is basically like two different worlds. It’s common for us to have warm, spring-like weather in the foothills (areas of lower elevation) throughout the winter. In fact, the first two days of this week were in the 70s! The other “world” is the high […]

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