The new year brings many opportunities for adventure and fun. For those of us looking through our resolutions lists—or vision boards (check your December issue!)—there’s a high possibility that health and fitness feature prominently on our lists.
Indeed, health and fitness are hot topics. We all know we need to incorporate more of these into our lives. We intend to do so. But then, life happens: kids’ soccer practice, doctor’s appointments, bake sales, work and more work. Then we beat ourselves up about not doing enough exercise.
Maybe it doesn’t have to be this way. Maybe we can do things that don’t feel like a chore while still providing us plenty of exercise and even some family time.
The Pause Button explores this possibility this month with the idea of docent-led hikes. As we start the year, we are also entering a prime time for hiking. And many OC wilderness parks offer family-friendly opportunities for outdoor adventure.
Speaking of the outdoors, one of our features this month highlights how private schools are using it as an educational tool. We explore the benefits of using the outdoors as education in the feature, and even set our cover photo shoot at a fantastic venue for outdoor field trips: the Orange County Zoo. Don’t miss the photos of some of the amazing animals our young cover model had the opportunity to meet.
Along the fitness lines, Local Hero features an area chef who has decided to walk across the country with his rescue dog in order to raise money for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. Even if we all don’t decide to pick up and walk across the United States, we’re sure to capture some inspiration from this local man’s incredible endeavor.
But remember that health doesn’t have to involve exercise all the time. It might also mean sitting back and gathering your sense of self. Our other feature this month focuses on the practice of meditation and how it can benefit our kids.
Speaking of things that can relax us … our pet column this month covers a new law that protects pets in divorce proceedings by taking their care into consideration. Though none of us want to think about divorce, it is important to think about our pets in these situations. They are part of the family.
As we fully enter the new year, the possibilities are endless. But our time isn’t. Sometimes we have to make priorities and compromises. So maybe we don’t spend an hour at the gym … but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a 20-minute walk around a nearby park with our dog and the kids.
It never hurts to get a little creative.
By Jessica Peralta