TLDR: The best national park to visit each month. 3 things that will make you happier than money. Mountain guide wisdom you can use everyday. Get fit from walking. Buy a hammock, get a free backpack. Share Friday Digest for the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.
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The 2021 National Park Calendar
We love National Park trips. Outside Magazine recently released a calendar of the best parks to visit each month of the year. Ok, so we are already four months into 2021, but the best weather is yet to come.
Here are our favorite picks for the rest of the year: Pinnacles in California (April), Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado (May), North Cascades National Park in Washington State (June), Oregon's Crater Lake (July), Nevada's Great Basin National Park (August), Utah's Capitol Reef National Park (September). See the rest.
As much as I like to think a million bucks in my bank account would make me happier than a pig in mud, research suggests otherwise. You can work more to make more, or as suggested by recent studies you could do these three things to be EVEN HAPPIER.
1. Relationships: giving up some material ambition in favor of nurturing your relationships is likely to pay off in greater well-being.
Climbing mountains is a high-consequence endeavor, and demands all kinds of practical skills such as good judgement, awareness, perception, and perseverance. These skills are all as valuable off the mountain as they are on the slopes. Here are some good bits of wisdom from Mountain-Guide Charolette Austin.
Deliberately ask yourself: what would make this journey a success?
Make sure you’re fueled right and have the energy to play your part in your venture.
Always know what is directly above and below you. Prepare for contingencies.
Take action to address the variables you can control, and don’t waste time or energy worrying about the ones you can’t.
We all know walking is good for you, but can it actually get you back in shape? The TLDR answer is not that simple. But John Sharkman, a 263-pound former college football player started incorporating this simple exercise into his routine to find out how much it can make a difference. "Walking is something you're completely capable of starting right now," said Sharkman. "It sounds cheesy to say changing your life is that simple, but this definitely changed mine."
"I think walking is probably the single most underutilized tool in health and wellness," says nutrition coach and personal trainer Jeremy Fernandes.
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