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7 Hot Springs in the U.S.

7 Hot Springs in the U.S.

  The benefits of hot springs have been known for ages as natural treatments for stress, pain, skin ailments, and more.   When applied directly to skin, mineral-rich and high silica content found in hot springs can smooth and soften dry, rough skin. In case moisturizer is not enough for you, we have a list of hot springs for you to check out, not only for the healing powers, but also for the opulent natural wonders.     1. Breitenbush Hot Springs, Detroit, Oregon This secluded Oregon retreat is the paragon of serenity. Breitenbush offers day use of their clothing-optional natural stone...

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A Man’s Guide to Yoga Vocabulary – Part 1

A Man’s Guide to Yoga Vocabulary – Part 1

By Richard Ellis, O + A Adventure CorrespondentThe yoga teacher is pacing the front of the room while I breathe like Darth Vader and wonder if my pits stink like a Wookie. I’m there because few things boost athletic performance, mental health, and injury resistance like yoga. However, it can be an intimidating environment for men. There are a couple of reasons why:a) Yoga favors flexibility and a high strength-to- weight ratio. Great for women, rough on menb) There’s always one dude wearing eyeball-searing, nut-hugger shorts, and he sits in frontc) Half the things the teacher says don’t make any...

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O + A Guide to Alpine Touring (aka Backcountry Skiing)

O + A Guide to Alpine Touring (aka Backcountry Skiing)

What if we said you could ski pristine powder all day long, without lift lines, without crowds, and without renting a helicopter or powder cat? It’s called backcountry skiing (a.k.a. “alpine touring” or just “touring”), and it’s exploding in popularity. There are just two catches a) your legs are the chairlift and b) avalanches. This is where our lawyers step in and say, backcountry ski at your own risk! If you want to ski powder when there’s only ice or slush left in the resort, touring is the way to go. Unless you live in a ski town though, you...

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Detox your pits

Detox your pits

Photo Credit @jweeeks The term “detox” is becoming increasingly common in today’s health conscious world, a process we use to remove pollution from your body (dry January, anyone?). Juices, meds, spices, teas, and certain foods will do the job for your gut, but if you are going for the full package, you’ll want to give your armpits a tune up.   Conventional deodorants are packed with metals and chemicals to stop your body’s natural process for sweating out the bad stuff. Antiperspirants use aluminum, for example, which clogs the sweat glands, interrupting your body's need to flush out bacteria, and...

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