Pin It
Favorite

Destination: Health 

Six regional getaways to boost your well-being

click to enlarge Meadows and mountains near Nelson, B.C. - DAVID GLUNS PHOTO
  • David Gluns photo
  • Meadows and mountains near Nelson, B.C.

Vacations, especially active, exhilarating vacations, give back in many so many ways," says Dr. Karen Wheeler, a Coeur d'Alene licensed, clinical professional counselor. "I'm a great believer in getting off the grid." With favorite escapes like weeklong river trips, whitewater rafting, hiking, camping, downhill skiing and biking, Wheeler has perfected the art of leaving it all behind.

"Being outdoors, doing something new or challenging or energetic, gives our overworked brains a much-needed time-out from routines and obligations, allows us to play, something sorely lacking in our stressful lives," she adds. "We start to see ourselves and others in a different perspective and reflect with thoughtfulness rather than react from stress and negativity."

She cites a recent University of California-Berkeley study which revealed that awe-inspiring experiences like a robust hike, ziplining — even a beautiful sunset — allow awe, wonder and joy into our lives, creating a positive effect on our immune systems, even boosting our health and life expectancy.

Is it time to flex your adventure muscle? Add a little adrenaline to your bloodstream? Decompress your brain? Here are some breakaway options, all within a day's drive of Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. ♦

Jump directly to Destination: Health stories:

Rejuvenate with River Rafting

Equine Escape

Mineral Waters and Moss

Pathfinding and Pampering

Hop on a Bike

Freedom to Grow

  • Pin It

Latest in Living Section

  • Keeping the Faith
  • Keeping the Faith

    Mable Dunbar founded a local nonprofit that focuses on supporting Christian victims of domestic violence
    • Feb 6, 2017
  • Soup, Glorious Soup
  • Soup, Glorious Soup

    Step aside, juicing: Soup is the new way to pack nutrients into your meals
    • Feb 6, 2017
  • Gaming Strategy
  • Gaming Strategy

    Help for kids who can't seem to shake video gaming
    • Feb 6, 2017
  • More »

Comments


Comments are closed.

Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
Campus Pioneers: The First 25 Years of Women at Gonzaga

Campus Pioneers: The First 25 Years of Women at Gonzaga @ Gonzaga University

Every other day

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Linda Hagen Miller

  • The Arts of Medicine
  • The Arts of Medicine

    How music, literature and visual art are humanizing health care
    • Nov 29, 2016
  • Mystery Solved
  • Mystery Solved

    How an ovarian disorder may affect fertility and more
    • Oct 3, 2016
  • With Eyes Wide Open
  • With Eyes Wide Open

    A permanent solution to having to "put on your face" every day
    • Oct 3, 2016
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Do No Harm

    Questions of patients' rights are pitted against the safety of health care workers on a daily basis locally, and throughout the country
    • Feb 6, 2017
  • More »

Top Tags in
InHealth

ALT MEDicine


parenting


PEOPLE


Readers also liked…

  • Athletes With Abilities
  • Athletes With Abilities

    Helping physically disabled competitors achieve more than they imagined possible is the goal of ParaSport Spokane
    • Oct 5, 2015
  • Starting From Scratch
  • Starting From Scratch

    Nutrition education comes easy when it happens in the kitchen
    • Feb 12, 2016

© 2017 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation