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Take a Hike!

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A great way to stay active on a weekend or on vacation is by embarking on a hike!  Even better: hiking isn't just fun, it's good for you, too.  



Personally, I never really hiked growing up, except a few times while away at camp.  Then, in Israel, I learned how fun hiking can be!  I loved the rocks, the risk, and the reward.


Since then, I've enjoyed hiking in other settings and even planned a whole trip around it!  Check out my old post on hiking the Sedona Red Rocks to see the awesome views that Arizona hiking can provide.


So let's get to it:
Health Benefits of Hikes:Hiking is a fun way to explore a new area, but it still comes with all the benefits of regular physical activity!
Improved cardio-respiratory fitnessImproved muscular fitness and muscle tone (hiking engages many muscle groups) Lowered blood pressureStress relief  Reduced depressionBetter quality sleepWeight loss and maintenanceHealthy bone structure/reduced chance of osteoporosisIncreased levels of vitamin …

Take an Active Vacation -- Visit Sedona!

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[The winner of the recently closed book giveaway is Christy!  Congratulations!]


Where have I been?  Hiking red rocks in Sedona, Arizona!



I typically dream of tropical islands for a winter getaway, but this year I dared to visit one of America's most beautiful cities and get back to nature.

For an alternative, off-season, ACTIVE trip, I can't recommend Sedona enough.  There's endless hiking options, each trail a unique experience.  There are fine Arizona wines.  There are spas and wellness centers galore.  There is beautiful art on display in the many galleries.  There are wild off-road jeep rides.   There are stars spread across the sky, untainted by city lights.

Beautiful landscapes!

Here are some scenes from the trip:


Bell Rock and Cathedral Butte Loop





Sunset view from Airport Vista




Sunrise on the red rock



Pink Jeep Tour: Broken Arrow (Thank you, Hilary, for the recommendation!)










Cathedral Rock