Once, I was traveling in the Greek Isles and was staying at a hostel. I realized it was almost sunset time, and something in my DNA said, “hey you’d better figure out a way to go watch it.” Everyone else was partying, eating, or hanging out in the common room, but I found my way to the roof and watched one of the most spectacular sunsets during my time there. There were two other people on the roof: an employee at the hostel, and another traveler (I think from the Czech Republic or something). The employee turned to us two lone travelers, and told me something I still haven’t forgotten: “You are either a person who watches sunsets, or you aren’t. I’m so glad that you made the effort.” It was in a thick Australian accent too. ‘Twas quite poetic. (more…)Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.
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The Mountains Are Calling (Here’s What To Wear) Mountain Climbing Tips & Gear Picks from Dirtbag Darling
Someone once said, “getting there is half the fun,” and, oh boy, is that the case when you’re trying to get to the summit of a mountain. Bagging a peak is a huge accomplishment both mentally and physically because, along with the fun, there’s also a whole lot of bruises, scrapes, sore muscles, aching feet and tired lungs going on.
Reaching your first mountain summit—whether you’re on maintained trail, shimming along a rocky ledge, or climbing with harness and rope—should be on everyone’s bucket list, but you’ll need to prepare first. Here’s what you need to know to get started… (more…)
Get those feet naked. Really, please do. Do you know how many health benefits there are to going barefoot? Well, here’ s four: reflexology, strengthening, injury prevention, and it evens the workload across your whole foot. And that’s just the physical part.
There’s a reason foot messages feel so good. There is a reason you never wear shoes in yoga class…hmmmm. (Those yogis are on to something there.) There’s a reason we all want to walk barefoot on the beach (if you are a person who insists on wearing shoes on the sand, you are missing out). There’s a reason my feet feel like leather and I can walk on cement in summer with little discomfort. The reason? Going barefoot rocks. It feels great, and it loosens up your overall demeanor.
So, set your two feet free from time to time. Your whole body will thank you for it.
-Guest Blogger, Rebekah Steen
Ok, this is a total personal preference post, per say. (Say that five times fast). But some of the best, most invigorating and motivating runs I’ve had in my life, were completely out of the blue, off the beaten path, or not pre meditated whatsoever.
We’re talking laying on the beach on a Saturday, standing up, and deciding to go for a quick run. Or driving home from work, and pulling over to do a trail run. Or one of my favorites, being in a new city and just going out and exploring the area with my own (very quickly moving) two feet for a little bit. In fact, I recommend keeping a pair of running shoes in your car at all times for this very reason.
I think what I like about this type of workout is this: Instead of driving to the gym to do a 30 minute run on the treadmill three scheduled days a week, it’s making fitness be a part of your daily life. A random run is as enjoyable to me as, let’s say, an out of the blue stop for some coffee, or a quick stop at your favorite boutique, or watching that fifth episode in a row of your favorite TV show you stream on Netflix (Friday Night lights. I miss you).
Random runs (to me) are a way of saying, hey I’ve made it to the point where I really DO enjoy being active, and it’s not a chore, but a way of life.
Hope that makes sense. Because I love them.
…in fact I might just go on one now.
-Guest Blogger, Rebekah Steen