Live in the Moment by Enjoying the Outdoors

This month’s topic regarding outdoor living brings a number of things to mind such as camping, hiking and exploring areas locally or in many areas of Arizona.

Each of these activities involves a healthy body and mind. In past issues I have discussed hiking that may also include other activities such as trail running, climbing, kayaking or skiing. An outdoor lifestyle can be thought of as fun or as a pursuit of a passion.

Someone may simply enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible appreciating the mountains and nature. Arizona has an abundance of both.

I have found that being outdoors helps alleviate stress. George, F Burns said: “If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity is, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.”

One of the main reasons why people spend time outdoors is that it is peaceful and an escape from the typical day-to-day. This helps us to let go of the daily stress our lives have, including hectic work schedules, home responsibilities and personal tensions.

As a health care professional, I also recommend a healthy diet and nutritional supplements with Vitamin D3, organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, including healthy proteins such as fish and nuts.

When I turned 70, I got a book entitled 70 Things To Do When You Turn 70. The message that made the most impact on me was “Live in the moment.” Go outside and appreciate the sky, clouds, nature, the smell of flowers, animals and other aspects of outdoor activities.

The demands of today’s world sometimes make this difficult, but your life depends on it.

The top 10 outdoor Arizona activities include:

  • Mount Lemon hiking
  • Scenic Byway driving (Tucson)
  • Devil’s Bridge Trail
  • Oak Creek Canyon (Sedona)
  • Butterfly Wonderland (Scottsdale)
  • Tom Thumb Trailhead (Scottsdale)
  • Koli Equestrian Center
  • Red Rock Scenic Byway (Sedona)
  • Arizona Route 89A driving
  • Bright Angel Trail (Grand Canyon)