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Published Tuesday Jun 11, 2019 by Katina Mountanos

Easy Ways to Find Adventure in Your Every Day

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As we get older, it’s easy to fall into the work-gym-sleep hamster wheel where every day feels the same. The monotony of adulthood can be draining, and often it leaves us asking: is this all worth it? 

But, finding adventure in our lives doesn’t need to happen only when we escape on exotic trips (or let’s be honest, while scrolling through our phones). It’s really important for us as human beings to spend time exploring and engaging in creativity— for our health and longevity. 

As a conscious decision-making coach and wellness entrepreneur, I’ve figured out some of the most effective ways to get moving and start exploring in your own backyard. 

Here are my four simple, low-cost (mostly free!) ways to find adventure on the regular:

Get some fresh air.

Did you know that nowadays the majority of us spend 93% of our time indoors? Being outside and breathing in the fresh air actually has the power to shift our brains and invigorate our perspective. In Japan, there’s a national program called Forest Bathing to encourage residents to spend more time outside for their health. So, ask yourself truthfully: when was the last time you took a deep breath of fresh air? And take your movement into nature—whatever that looks like for you. 

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Get some fresh air.

Did you know that nowadays the majority of us spend 93% of our time indoors? Being outside and breathing in the fresh air actually has the power to shift our brains and invigorate our perspective. In Japan, there’s a national program called Forest Bathing to encourage residents to spend more time outside for their health. So, ask yourself truthfully: when was the last time you took a deep breath of fresh air? And take your movement into nature—whatever that looks like for you. 

Take yourself on an inspiration date.

Julia Cameron, the author of ‘The Artist’s Way,’ talks about the importance of engaging in creativity daily. One of the ways she recommends doing this is taking yourself on an “Inspiration Date.” A lot of times when we get stuck in our mundane routines, our lives become devoid of creativity. So, make a commitment to yourself to shift your perspective at least once a week. Maybe go on a walk in a new neighborhood. Meditate in a park near your house. No matter what it is, set aside time for yourself (even if that means marking it on your calendar!) to get inspired and recharged.

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Take yourself on an inspiration date.

Julia Cameron, the author of ‘The Artist’s Way,’ talks about the importance of engaging in creativity daily. One of the ways she recommends doing this is taking yourself on an “Inspiration Date.” A lot of times when we get stuck in our mundane routines, our lives become devoid of creativity. So, make a commitment to yourself to shift your perspective at least once a week. Maybe go on a walk in a new neighborhood. Meditate in a park near your house. No matter what it is, set aside time for yourself (even if that means marking it on your calendar!) to get inspired and recharged.

Shift your sweat routine.

One of my favorite ways to feel adventurous is to change up my workout routine. If I’ve been obsessed with yoga for a few months, I’ll try to head to a boxing class or go on a run with a friend. It’s easy to treat moving our body like another thing we have to check off our list. But, what if you could use it as a form of releasing stress and recharging your internal battery instead? Brainstorm some new classes or types of movement you want to explore and don’t overthink it—just get out there!

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Shift your sweat routine.

One of my favorite ways to feel adventurous is to change up my workout routine. If I’ve been obsessed with yoga for a few months, I’ll try to head to a boxing class or go on a run with a friend. It’s easy to treat moving our body like another thing we have to check off our list. But, what if you could use it as a form of releasing stress and recharging your internal battery instead? Brainstorm some new classes or types of movement you want to explore and don’t overthink it—just get out there!

Connect with another human IRL.

Sadly enough, over 70% of Americans consider themselves lonely. At the same time, we spend on average 24 hours a week on technology, engaging in “low-quality leisure,” often by ourselves. It doesn’t take much to ask a friend to coffee or go on a hike with a coworker. Humans are social creatures, and engaging in deep regular connection allows us to get outside of our busyness bubble and put things in perspective.

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Connect with another human IRL.

Sadly enough, over 70% of Americans consider themselves lonely. At the same time, we spend on average 24 hours a week on technology, engaging in “low-quality leisure,” often by ourselves. It doesn’t take much to ask a friend to coffee or go on a hike with a coworker. Humans are social creatures, and engaging in deep regular connection allows us to get outside of our busyness bubble and put things in perspective.

As a San Francisco transplant, I try to take advantage of the calm nature and literal jungles that are at our doorstep. After moving here from the hustle and bustle of New York City, the ability to get outside and be surrounded by nature is still astonishing to me. 

Some of my favorite places to explore in the Bay Area are:

    •    Changing my scenery and going on at urban hike at Mount Sutro

    •    Climbing the hills of Mount Diablo

    •    Soaking in the views at Bernal Heights

    •    Relaxing by the ocean at Muir Beach

    •    Walking through the wildflowers in Half Moon Bay

    •    Meditate in the botanical gardens

    •    Go for a run along the water near Fort Mason (and stop at the Sunday Farmer’s Market afterward!)



No matter what your version of adventure looks like, use this as inspiration to get outside, move your body, and shift your perspective. 
 

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As a San Francisco transplant, I try to take advantage of the calm nature and literal jungles that are at our doorstep. After moving here from the hustle and bustle of New York City, the ability to get outside and be surrounded by nature is still astonishing to me. 

Some of my favorite places to explore in the Bay Area are:

    •    Changing my scenery and going on at urban hike at Mount Sutro

    •    Climbing the hills of Mount Diablo

    •    Soaking in the views at Bernal Heights

    •    Relaxing by the ocean at Muir Beach

    •    Walking through the wildflowers in Half Moon Bay

    •    Meditate in the botanical gardens

    •    Go for a run along the water near Fort Mason (and stop at the Sunday Farmer’s Market afterward!)



No matter what your version of adventure looks like, use this as inspiration to get outside, move your body, and shift your perspective. 
 

Katina Mountanos
Written by
Katina Mountanos
Mindset Coach | Yoga + Meditation Teacher
About the author
A mindset coach, certified yoga + meditation teacher, and startup advisor, Katina Mountanos is also the founder of @onadulting, a viral blog, and community of over 20,000 millennials learning to navigate adulthood in a conscious, healthy way. With her work featured in HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Fast Company, Elite Daily, and more, she has helped dozens of people make choices to improve their happiness and health.
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Published Tuesday Jun 30, 2020 by Dermatologist's Choice

The Summer Skincare Routine for Outdoor Workouts and Activities

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Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness. 

Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.  


But first, protect

When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.  

Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.  
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.

“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.  
 
 
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.  
 
 
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day. 


Yoga / Walking 

Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure. 

“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.”     - Dr. B


Swimming 

Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go! 


Hiking 

With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike. 


Cycling/ Running 

One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.  


Workout done, now what? 

At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.  

Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.

“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
 
 

Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.

Dr. B Dermatologist
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Dermatologist's Choice
Clean and Clinical Skincare Brand
About the author
Dermatologist’s Choice is founded, formulated, and tested by award-winning dermatologist, Dr. B. It's not just about keeping your skin clear, but providing clean and clinical formulations. DermChoice has no parabens and no fragrance, is certified cruelty-free, and is formulated with natural and organic ingredients.