Posts Tagged ‘outdoor’

December 9th, 2014 | By | No Comments

Packing Tips For Anti-Bag-Checkers A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall

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Packing. The very thought of choosing between paying extra to check a bag or hoisting a 100-pound carryon into the overhead compartment makes me feel like throwing a tantrum. Or possibly eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s.
It’d be way easier to pack if I were the type of person who could relax on a beach in a bikini and cutoff shorts, but that’s just not me. My relaxation? It means hiking, biking, rock climbing, surfing, and caving. And that means packing a whole lotta gear. (more…)

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October 7th, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

The Art of the Microadventure A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall.

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My life sometimes feels like one, big, long, ridiculously wonderful adventure—but there are times I feel almost guilty about it. Why is that I find myself sleeping under the stars by a campfire every weekend? How is it that I spend my weeknights running through a forest or rock climbing at sunset?
Ok, having a Sprinter helps. But here’s the thing: I’m no trust fund baby. I work full time. I have a house to clean, dogs to feed, bills to pay, and grass to mow. I think the secret is that I’ve mastered the art of the microadventure. (more…)

September 15th, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

Yoga for Adrenaline Junkies A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall

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I’m not ashamed to admit that I get bored when I practice traditional yoga. I used to sit on my mat, choking on incense, wondering when my mind would stop drifting to “Oh no, yoga farts!,” just waiting for the day when Downward Facing Dog would actually feel like a resting pose. Why was I the only one would couldn’t get the hang of this yoga thing?

Then I decided to make my own form of yoga, and everything changed.  I got creative, got outdoors, added in some exercise, and made it a challenge. Suddenly, I understood what it felt like to flow through poses and feel refreshed when I finally stepped off my mat. Even if you find your “om” doing high-octane activities, there’s still a way to pack a punch into your yoga routine. Here are some ideas:
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August 25th, 2014 | By | No Comments

Kayak Back and Shoulder Workout A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall

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Here’s the thing about gyms: we don’t get along. Throw me into a place with four walls, treadmills and grunting men in tank tops and I’ll be practically clawing at the windows to escape. Nope, I’d rather spend that monthly fee on gear that gets me outside, into the sunshine and onto the water. And you know what? Playing in the Great Outdoors is the best exercise you can get (I didn’t believe it until I took my marathon-running friend on a steep hike—she told me she’d never had such an intense cardio session and her buns burned for days!). (more…)