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Cheat Days Can’t Exist
June 27, 2022
Cheat days can’t exist. That’s how we shoot ourselves in the foot. Instead of the word “cheat,” we can use “indulgent,” which better explains a realistic experience for nutrition. While cheat meals can’t exist,...
Connecting with Nature and the Outdoors in Addiction Recovery
June 24, 2022
Boy, that Henry Thoreau was really onto something, wasn’t he? His landmark work “Walden” is a love letter to nature, solitude and self-reflection that inspired a whole generation of thinkers, transcendentalists, meditation enthusiasts and,...
Which Outdoor Destination is Best For Your Body and Soul?
June 21, 2022
There’s no season like summer to enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Whether that means beaches, lakeshores, mountains or forests, there’s much to love about the beauty and vastness of nature, the scents...
How to Use Playgrounds as Gym Equipment
June 18, 2022
Kids’ playtime at the park can mean playtime for mom and dad as well with just a little creativity. Using playground equipment and your own body weight to work up a sweat on the...
Mental Health Benefits of Hiking
June 15, 2022
The weather finally decided to cooperate, turning beautiful once again. Why not celebrate spring’s return by heading to your nearest natural area for a hike?  You’ll do more than work your quads and hamstrings...
Soaking in Summer at Waterloo Park
June 14, 2022
A lush oasis for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, Waterloo Park provides 11 acres of green space in the heart of downtown Austin. After undergoing a total transformation, the revitalized park opened in August...
Natural Mosquito-Repelling Ingredients You Can Add to Your Body Lotions
June 12, 2022
The warm weather’s return causes many people to rejoice. However, insects also emerge from their winter lairs during this season, hungry and ready to feast on whatever repast they can find, including you.  Some...
Optimizing the Outdoor Experience While on the Golf Course
June 11, 2022
Golf courses serve as an outdoor sanctuary removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Being on the course and surrounded by nature allows golfers to take a moment to relax and enjoy...
Why Walking Business Meetings Work
June 9, 2022
If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that being outside is something we often take for granted. The benefits of being outside on a regular basis are undeniable. Especially in Austin, as we move...
How to Have the Perfect Greenbelt Day
June 6, 2022
Did you know there are multiple greenbelts in Austin, but the Barton Creek Greenbelt is so beloved that locals commonly refer to it as “the Greenbelt”?  The Barton Creek Greenbelt contains about 12 miles of...
Best Waterfalls to Visit in Austin
June 3, 2022
Texas is not the main place one would go looking for water, especially waterfalls! Thankfully Austin is the most nature-packed part of the state! With the intense summer heat creeping in, staying near water...
What to Do If Injured in the Wilderness
June 1, 2022
When preparing for a camping or hiking trip, packing a first-aid kit is crucial. The second thing to remember is if you get injured while in the wilderness, you must stay calm, regardless of...
Prep Mo for Summer: Skin Envy Austin
June 1, 2022
With summer kicking off, we, at AFM, decided to dive into equally important ways to care for ourselves other than solely exercising. As showcased through Kick Mo’s Butt, the great city of Austin offers...
The Mission Behind the Bark Ranger Program
June 1, 2022
In a city as beautiful as Austin, the parks and outdoor spaces entice many dog owners and their dogs. While Austin is known for being dog-friendly, the beauty of our parks and water spaces,...
How to Stay in Shape While Camping
June 1, 2022
Ah, camping. The simplicity of a tent, nature’s beauty and gentle sounds of birds and waterfalls. No alarm clocks blaring, no rush-hour traffic and all the delicious camp food.  While camping is a great...
Ambassador’s Corner: Austin Archery Club
June 1, 2022
Hello AFM! We have another local gem to share in our quest to showcase Austin’s mecca of fitness. This month’s tour brought us to Austin Archery Club (AAC), where beginners to accomplished archer enthusiasts...
Best Parks in Austin for Working Out
June 1, 2022
Austin is consistently ranked one of the fittest cities in America, and for good reason. We’ve got a plethora of great gyms, fitness studios and personal trainers in every corner of the city, in...
A Conversation with Landscape Photographer Christopher Zebo
June 1, 2022
Christopher Zebo ran out of gas in Texas. In 2009, Zebo packed up all of his belongings and explored the lower 48 states for four months with a backseat full of photography gear. The...
The Best Places for Stargazing in Austin and Texas
June 1, 2022
Austin is well-known for various reasons, including its picturesque outdoor spaces such as Lady Bird Lake, Barton Creek Greenbelt and Zilker Park. However, finding a perfect spot to stargaze can be challenging because of...
Meeting Tarzen, The Grand Slackliner
June 1, 2022
I arrived at the Lady Bird Lake boardwalk around 11:30 a.m. For the last two weeks, I imagined this day as bright and sunny, but now, with rolling gray clouds, it looked like a...
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