The Adventuress is a blog for women with adventurous spirits. It's a source of inspiration, planning, tips, and advice from experienced travelers and outdoor adventurers with the extra flair of being for women and by women only.
Plunging temperatures this week may have you convinced there is no alternative to staying indoors with a good book until Spring. Think again! Staying outdoors and active improves your mood, fends off winter weight gain, and keeps your vitamin D level high. Of course you won’t want to stay outdoors if you’re cold, but follow these 5 simple tips and you’ll be able to play outdoors all day.
2013 is underway – and for some, starting an exercise program may be among your New Year resolutions. We all know the many benefits of exercise – from improving our mood to decreasing the risk of heart disease- even preventing Alzheimer’s! And if you have registered for or are considering one of our active vacations in 2013, physical preparation for that trip may also be among your goals.
'Ten Tips' is the perfect companion for every female hiker. It offers well-crafted, not-so-obvious tools that hikers of all experience levels can use. From lacing up your boots the first time to thru-hiking a major trail, this piece will make hiking even more enjoyable.
Physical preparation for an adventure travel paddling trip is a great way to kick start or enhance your upper body resistance training routine. Many of us are comfortable on treadmills, elliptical machines, or walking/running outside, but fewer women regularly incorporate resistance training into workout routines. Kayaking and canoeing are great oppotunities to exercise the upper body and preparing for such activities can help create a more functional and healthy upper body. Toning your upper body can be simple; there are actually a lot of upper body exercises you can do in your home or without any fancy equipment. Below are five efficient, (and if you choose) equipment-less exercises that can help you maintain arm and core strength between paddles, or when preparing for your next adventure travel paddling vacation. Each of the exercises incorporates both the upper body (mostly shoulders and back) and core (abdominals and obliques) simultaneously. These exercises can be done with or without hand weights. Performing them 2-3 times a week in conjunction with cardio 3-5 times per week can create a great fitness base and a paddle-ready adventure traveler.
Its summer time and temperatures are rising. So, whether participating in active travel or staying close to home – hiking, biking, walking, or gardening – a well hydrated body will lead to a more pleasant experience. Drinking water regulates body temperature, flushes out toxins, aids in digestion, and balances blood sugar. But if you're like me, there are times that plain water is not enticing. So here are six ways to make meeting your daily water dose more of a treat than a chore on or off the trail.
You may be familiar with the storied Appalachian Trail. Affectionately known as the “Green Tunnel” or “AT,” it stretches approximately 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. Eight of AGC's adventure travel trips include portions of the Appalachian Trail. If the AT interests you, check out this 5-minute movie.
When I was in my late teens, I decided that one of my major goals was becoming an outdoors woman. For me, that meant being comfortable in the outdoors for an extended time, which meant being competent in outdoor skills. It took a few years but here are 5 steps that helped.