Adventure for your Health: 9 Ways to Live Vicariously Through Yourself

You can create a daily sense of adventure (whatever that means for you) by prioritizing the simplest of changes.   Living a live trapped in stagnation is detrimental to both physical and mental health.  If you're feeling tired, bored or trapped by day to day life, chances are you'll make choices that will compromise your health too, like downing Coca-Cola and a Snickers on the reg during the mid-afternoon energy slump. On the other side, when you're feeling extremely fulfilled in one area of your life, you're likely to make better choices in other areas of your life as well.  

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Reaching To The Other Side of Fear

One of my biggest fears is stagnation.

For years, I quieted this fear by embarking on epic adventures a few times per year, from a balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey, to summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to running one of my overall 25 marathons up volcanoes around Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. After each of these adventures, I returned home to my comfortable (but extremely small!) New York apartment, settled into my 50 hour/week work grind and plugged away diligently as a nurse practitioner. When the feeling of stagnation settled in again, I would just book my next adventure to overcome it once more.

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Nomadic Nourishment

On 9/3/2016 at 6:53 AM I successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak.  My Kilimanjaro trek was my most rugged experience to date (think dust covering all of my clothes and permeating several layers of my skin after no shower for 6 days and nausea inducing long-drop toilets with a malodorous pungency that alerts you to your arrival at the next campsite).  What do bears and Kilimanjaro trekkers have in common?  They both poop in the wilderness, or in my case, behind a rock.  

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