Fitness

Mountain Medicine PART 8: ECOTHERAPY FOR YOU

Animal Assisted therapy – Photo credit: Sarah Vogel Click here to read the whole article The Nitty Gritty So far in this series, I have talked about the benefits of nature connection and why it heals and enriches our lives. Perhaps, I hope, I’ve convinced you of the power of nature in healing and well-being,…
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MOUNTAIN MEDICINE PART 7: If it Ain’t Broke

Click here to read the whole article Any good doctor, veterinarian, or mechanic understands that wellness isn’t just about fixing what’s already broken. Maintenance and preventative care are vital, if not the most important components of a healthy lifestyle.  My truck often gives me grief — unsurprising, considering its age and the odometer reading. Several…
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Mountain Medicine Part 5: Labyrinth

Appalachian Ecotherapy and Why We Need it Now Click here to read the whole article The beeping of the EKG machines were testing the last remnants of my sanity. Chinese water torture in the form of sound, a shrill metronome marking the growing distance between myself and reality. Forty-eight sleepless hours in the ICU. I…
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Mountain Medicine: Part 4 – This is Your Brain on Nature

Little Occoquan Run – Photo credit: Sarah Vogel Appalachian Ecotherapy and Why We Need it Now Click here to read the whole article I dipped my paddle into the water. No rhythm — a couple of haphazard and lazy strokes every now and again was enough. Propel, drift, repeat. Occasionally, I made an effort to…
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Mountain Medicine: Part 3 – This is Your Brain on Tech

Appalachian Ecotherapy and Why We Need it Now Click here to read the whole article False Promises and Re-thinking ‘Normal’ When Plato looked at the night sky, his heart brimmed with optimism that human curiosity would “compel the soul to look upward and lead us from this world to another.” A lofty notion perhaps, but…
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Mountain Medicine: Part 2 – Why We Need Ecotherapy

Appalachian Ecotherapy and Why We Need it Now Click here to read the whole article Part 2: Why We Need Ecotherapy As I sit here pecking at my keyboard in the darkness of my basement apartment, F.lux dims my computer monitor and transitions to a warm, yellowish glow. Every evening when the sun goes down,…
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Mountain Medicine Part 1: Pura Vida

Appalachian Ecotherapy and Why We Need it Now Click here to read the whole article “¿Cuál es tu trabajo?” Cocho asked me. What do you do for work? It was a difficult question to answer, especially since my Spanish skills amounted to the capabilities of a toddler. Before I began traveling, I was a qualified…
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How Meditation Can Enhance Your Athletic Performance

I have played sports since I was five years old. I tumbled and flipped my way through gymnastics, played softball and track and field in high school, and I cheer-led in a bevy of sports. I love the idea of being an athlete and seeing how my body responds to physical challenges. Sports, in those…
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