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Workout Clothes Stink?  Here is How to Clean Them!

If you workout, then you have probably encountered this situation: you finish your workout in a gym or hot yoga session and shove all your workout clothes into a plastic bag to take with you to the office.  When you arrive home later in the evening and open the bag, there is some serious stench. Not just office goers, but also people who return home from a workout session or long run, encounter the same funky-smelling clothes. Sweat buildup and bacteria from your body are known to be the main causes of the foul smell in your workout clothing. Leaving sweaty clothes in a closed area, such as a gym locker, desk drawer, or plastic bag, can result in an...

Kids and Nature – Five Affordable Outdoor Activities to Foster a Love of Nature in Your Children

By Lisa LeConte “Nature-Deficit Disorder” is a phrase that was coined by American author Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder.  Louv directly linked the lack of nature exposure in our youth today to rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.  It may sound unbelievable, or maybe you think it makes perfect sense, that human beings, and especially children, need nature.  We could now discuss videogames, television, and everything in between. (All the different technology our kids know better than we do!)  We are likely all in agreement that we enjoy seeing our children outdoors as much as possible - running, playing, imagining, living.        Learning about the natural world...

Is hiking good for your brain? Here is what doctors say

We all know hiking is a great way to burn some calories while enjoying the freshness of nature. Not to mention, if you are a pro hiker, you have probably felt your body, mind and soul purged after a good hiking session. But, what many hikers do not know is that hiking is not only good for one’s physical health, but for their mental health as well – a fact that is now being approved by scientists and doctors worldwide. In case you’re still skeptical, here are the many mental health benefits of hiking that doctors agree with: Nature Hiking Reduces Negative Thoughts *photo from NPS Photo/jt-fineart - Congaree Wilderness If you are someone who often ruminates or get caught up in...

How to Wash a Sleeping Bag

One vital piece of camping gear that can easily lend to the success of an outdoor adventure is a sturdy sleeping bag that is properly maintained. While a fluffy, warm, and well-maintained sleeping bag can offer a great night’s sleep, a dirty, damp, and foul-smelling one can absolutely ruin the night. Proper cleaning of a sleeping bag is necessary for keeping it in first rate condition. I like to wash my sleeping bag at regular intervals to keep it in optimal condition at all times. We often have last minute trips and I want to be ready for every eye opening experience! If you go camping every weekend, you should wash your sleeping bag more frequently. On the other hand,...