Destination: Health

Six regional getaways to boost your well-being
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."

Rejuvenate with River Rafting

Whether on your own or with family, ROW's backcountry rafting offers thrills and reflection
World-wide adventure tour operator ROW has its roots firmly planted in Idaho and recently developed River Soul Journeys to take the wilderness rafting experience to an even deeper spiritual level. You'll spend the day paddling a stunning Idaho backcountry river — alternating between adrenaline-pumping Class IV rapids and nap-inducing ripples — and the dusk stretching through yoga poses beneath a canopy of pine trees.

Equine Escape

Unleash your inner cowgirl at Red Horse Mountain Ranch
If your idea of a vacation involves combining a bit of adventure with a hearty dose of pampering, your ultimate getaway might be a ladies-only, weeklong escape at a guest ranch surrounded by 300,000 acres of Idaho Panhandle National Forest. Red Horse Mountain Ranch, two hours east of Spokane and 10 miles from Harrison, Idaho, has been hosting wannabe cowboys and cowgirls since 2005.

Mineral Waters and Moss

Hot springs on the Olympic Peninsula beckon after a day of wilderness recreation
Sticking up like a hitchhiker's thumb west of Puget Sound, Washington's Olympic Peninsula thrusts a mind-boggling array of outdoor adventures your way. More than 900 miles of hiking trails meander through the peninsula's Olympic National Forest and neighboring Olympic National Park.

Pathfinding and Pampering

Get a total body reboot in the mountains near Nelson, B.C.
If you've ever wanted to remove yourself completely from the proximity of your well-stocked refrigerator — and your life — a luxury fitness boot camp might be the answer. The terms "luxury" and "boot camp" are seldom uttered in the same sentence, but that's exactly what you can expect at Mountain Trek, 45 minutes from Nelson, British Columbia.

Hop on a Bike

Adventure Cycling offers escapes for families and serious athletes
Lycra and helmets, sore buns and quads, wheels spinning over some of the country's most gorgeous back roads — it's an intriguing combination, one that Adventure Cycling has been orchestrating and guiding for nearly 40 years. You don't have to be prepping for the Tour de France to have a grand cycling adventure.

Freedom to Grow

At Sakura Ridge Farm, city folk connect with the land
Not all back-to-nature vacations need to involve working up a sweat or ranking your pucker factor on a scale of one to 10. Sometimes getting back to nature is as simple as going down to the farm.

Setting the Hook

From catching to cooking, local fish can be a healthy choice
It's no fish tale: Eating fish is healthy in numerous ways. A vital source of protein, many species of fish also provide essential omega-3 fatty acids that the American Heart Association recommends for reducing risk of heart disease.

Tongue-Tied

Does evidence support a procedure that may help some babies nurse more effectively?
After breastfeeding her first son for two years, Sara Walch never doubted she was going to breastfeed her newborn. But she knew within hours of his birth something wasn't right.

Powering Up

Boomers: As you age, you probably need more protein
Most everyone knows that babies and toddlers, teenagers and pregnant women have particular dietary needs, but less attention has been paid to figuring out how our nutritient needs change with aging. While the current recommended daily allowance for protein is the same for a 19-year-old as it is for a 50-year-old, evidence from a growing body of research indicates that eating more protein-rich foods may be beneficial for preserving muscle.

Walk the Line

Slacklining offers a fun way to improve balance and strength
When college friends Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington found themselves with free time at a camp in Yosemite Valley during the 1980s, they naturally began to experiment with their climbing gear. By rigging tubular webbing used for rock climbing between two large trees like a tightrope, Grosowsky and Ellington soon were experiencing the area's lush meadows and granite cliffs in a new and interesting way — from above the ground.

Reframing Rehab

Shawn Kingsbury builds active living into recovery
Talking over the sporadic, jackhammer-like charge of an air compressor, Shawn Kingsbury is giving a tour of Pura Vida Recovery, the "active, sober community" he founded as a nonprofit last year. It's housed in a brick building on North Monroe, just six blocks from where he grew up.

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