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Plan a Local Holiday Outing

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The holiday season is an easy time to put your feet up and relax at home, but there are so many ways you can enjoy your time without a) lying around all day, or b) spending a fortune.



Two weeks ago, Eric and I planned such an outing based on this NYC tour put together by The Huffington Post.  It started at Macy's/Herald Square and worked its way up to the Upper East Side, stopping at impressive holiday shop windows, city holiday displays, and tasty treats along the way.




An outing like this is not only free, but also keeps you on your feet for a few hours as you walk around without even noticing the many steps you're taking!




Another bonus is that you can spend some time outdoors! Getting outside has plenty of benefits, but unfortunately happens too rarely during winter.



To warm up along the way, we stopped at Maison Kayser, as per HuffPo's recommendation to get a croissant and hot chocolate there.  Eric had the croissant and I enjoyed the hot cocoa.



Some shop windows were

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


Friday Features

Spring is here!  Well, almost.  Now that the sun is shining and it's (maybe?) getting warmer, I dare you to go outside Get some sunshine!  Make yourself some vitamin D!  Have fun!

I've got a LOT coming up on the blog for this spring/summer, and although I'm SO eager to share with you some new dares I've taken on, I want to make sure I do 'em right and gather sufficient information for you first.  Sooo... For now, there's TONS of interesting stuff, as always, to learn from on other websites.  The last "features" post was a bit nutrition-heavy, so this one will be more diverse.  Enjoy!


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Speaking of going outside, taking your routine outside could benefit your workout!
The New York Times "Well" blog describes studies suggesting that getting outdoors
could help "reluctant or inconsistent exercisers."

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One way to take your elliptical/biking workout outdoors is with a Street Rider! MizFit demonstrates the learning curve required …

Step Outside

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Last weekend was amazing. Ask me why
Was it because I spent it visiting with old friends?  Eating delicious meals?  Dancing the night away?  Those all helped, for sure, but what made this weekend so different from others was that I spent it outdoors. 
Of course, we all lounge on the beach in the summer season, but how often do we spend time outside after Labor Day?  The temperature dips below 75, and suddenly we confine ourselves to our warm homes and offices.  The sun still shines throughout the fall, people; let’s take advantage!  Frolic on the grass, sit on the porch, eat on the café’s sidewalk.  All you have to do is dress warmly and you’ll be alright.  Just because it's getting chilly is no excuse to stay inside.  It’s surprising how much you warm up while basking in the sunlight; you’ll be peeling off those layers in no time! 
Scientific reasons to love the sun: All the benefits of Vitamin D, from bone formation to increased immunity and disease prevention.Better sleep due …