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Forest bathing: a walk in the woods is exactly what you need

Posted on February 27, 2017 at 1:28pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Forest bathing: a walk in the woods is exactly what you need

By Sarah Sekula, special for USA TODAY

Santa Cruz, Argentina — When we arrive at Aguas Arriba Lodge, a cozy hideaway in the heart of the Patagonian Andes, we don’t waste any time. Our cheerful guide, Julie, spreads out a map of the surrounding land—packed with glaciers, thick forests and aquamarine rivers—and talks about the dozens of hiking trails. Her enthusiasm […]

How cliff diver Rachelle Simpson stares down fear every day

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 2:54pm by sarahsekula No Comment
How cliff diver Rachelle Simpson stares down fear every day

Rachelle Simpson makes her way to the end of the platform as it sways ever so slightly. She doesn’t focus on the thousands of screaming fans below, or the waves slamming against the rock face or the wind roaring past her ears. Instead, she has tunnel vision. Her heartbeat rises. She gives the OK to the safety divers 60 feet below. Her hands raise overhead. The familiar grip tape is rough beneath her toes.

Paige Claassen’s on-the-go tortilla pizza

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 2:45pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Paige Claassen’s on-the-go tortilla pizza

Rock climber Paige Claassen scales her way up sheer rock faces four to five days a week. After her legs have had enough and her hand calluses are burning, there’s nothing she loves more than whipping up a meal in the great outdoors. Tortilla Pizza comes together pretty quickly, so I can jumpstart my tank. But I’ll likely need to make more than one to feed everyone in the group, which means I’ll be assembling and cooking pizzas for a while.

12 epic places to go paddleboarding

Posted on December 24, 2016 at 4:59pm by sarahsekula No Comment
12 epic places to go paddleboarding

There’s nothing quite like skimming across the water on a stand-up paddleboard. Especially when that paddleboard is floating on a picturesque pond surrounded by wildflowers, a yurt and the snow-covered Rockies. My location is Devil’s Thumb Ranch, a whimsical retreat near Winter Park, Colo., that keeps its guests pretty active. Post archery lesson, I make my way over to the pond (with my eyes peeled for moose, fox and hummingbirds) and spend an hour with an instructor mastering SUP yoga moves.

Brag-worthy adventures

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 2:12pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Brag-worthy adventures

When you think of Colorado, giant sand dunes don’t immediately come to mind. Unless you’re Raleigh Burt, with Kristi Mountain Sports, that is. The 23-year-old regularly heads to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve near Alamosa, about a 4-hour drive from Denver, to slide down the wind-polished pyramids of sand.

Fresh foods for all!

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 2:08pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Fresh foods for all!

When it comes to getting kids to eat their veggies, Lea Howe knows the trick: teach them to grow and harvest it themselves. They will become more connected to the radishes and carrots and kale are more likely to give it a taste. Better yet, teach them to cook an entire nutritious meal. Or, have them sell their delicious produce at a farmers market.

Sightrunning tours and why we love ’em

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 1:31pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Sightrunning tours and why we love ’em

The sun just came up in Forsyth Park, and it’s prime time for a run through historic Savannah. To my left, an intense game of Ultimate Frisbee. To my right, a labradoodle trotting alongside its owner. Straight ahead: A fountain attracts a photo-happy tourist. Don’t be fooled, though. This is no ordinary outing. It’s a sightrunning tour — part guided excursion, part social activity and part exercise.

Roll and Release

Posted on August 30, 2012 at 9:36am by sarahsekula No Comment
Roll and Release

By Sarah Sekula, published in Orlando Magazine

Looking for a simple, effective way to relieve physical stress and tension? Who isn’t? Here’s some good news for your weary, aching muscles: Using a cylindrical foam roller a few times a week can provide significant relief, promote flexibility and help prevent future injuries. By rolling parts of your body over the cylinder, you […]

Catch him if you can

Posted on July 14, 2012 at 5:12pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Catch him if you can

Imagine what it’s like to be the fastest man on the planet. To know that anyone who challenges you to a race is bound to lose. To know you are the most extraordinary sprinter in track-and-field history. A freak of nature. A once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon.

That’s a pretty extraordinary gift. One that could land Usain Bolt with an ego twice the size of Jamaica.

Stand Up and Paddle!

Posted on June 1, 2012 at 2:36pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Stand Up and Paddle!

By Sarah Sekula, published in Breathe Magazine

Back in the 1960s, famous beach boys on the coast of Waikiki used long outrigger canoeing paddles to help control their surfboards. That way, they could keep an eye on tourists during their surf lessons and even snap photos. Turns out, it was also a blast. So, it didn’t take long for it to […]

Capoeira Fever

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 12:42pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Capoeira Fever

Where did Dennis Eckart get those abs of steel? Perhaps nine years of practicing the sweeping kicks, spontaneous jumps and agile cartwheels of capoeira has something to do with it. The unique martial art — marrying fluid dance movements with cunning self-defence techniques — is a fast-growing sport the 26-year-old alpha athlete has mastered through intense training in Brazil.

Stress Busters

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 5:24pm by sarahsekula No Comment
Stress Busters

It’s 8 o’clock on a Monday morning as I trot into the Human Performance Institute, a stone’s throw from Orlando’s Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. As quickly as I say hello, I’m whisked away — outfitted in a pastel purple swimsuit and black Speedo cap, and wrapped in a plush terry cloth robe.