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Faire du sport + "forest baths": your ideas and tips for relaxing mind and body

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TODAY'S WORD: faire du sport

    : to work-out
   : play sports, do sports

Click here to listen to Jean-Marc read the following French words

Faire du sport permet de s'entretenir physiquement et moralement.
Working out (or doing sports) allows one to maintain oneself physically and psychologically.

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    by Kristi Espinasse

What do you do when the feeling of overwhelm hits you? Do you push through or return to bed? avec de quoi grignoter.... Here is one of the things I've been doing when the feeling of overwhelm sets in:

Mama Jules always told me to take a new road each day--and I have been doing that these past three weeks, à pied. Along with Jean-Marc, who also benefits from the exercise, I've been hiking the nearby sentiers or speed-walking along the boardwalk in Les Lecques or parking farther away from wherever I am going. When I was younger, I exercised to stay in shape and, while that is a sought-after bénéfice, the emptying effect all this exercise is having on my mind is worth any temporary inconfort.

I recently learned about forest bathing. According this Wikipedia entry:

Forest environments have been found to be advantageous with respect to acute emotions, especially among those experiencing chronic stress...

Forest bathing is the practice of taking a short, leisurely visit to a forest for health benefits. A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in...wood essential oils, which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees... Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity...

So when Jean-Marc and I are in the second phase of our hillside climb (the much-anticipated descent beneath the Mediterranean pines) I remind us both to Réspire! Réspire!

Perhaps the single act of Réspire, Réspire is the most beneficial part of all? But how much more agreeable when mixed with the earthy and pine scents of the great outdoors.

Please share your ideas and tips for relaxing the mind and body. What do you do as soon as you catch yourself feeling overwhelmed? (Find the comments link at the end of this post. Merci d'avance!)

Artist and hammock
Walking in the pine forest is relaxing and the scenes there are often just as relaxing! Beside a hammock, an artist paints a still-life in one of our local calanques, or sea inlets

faire du sport = to work out
à pied = on foot
avec de quoi grignoter = with something to snack on
le sentier = path
le bénéfice =benefit
l'inconfort (m) = discomfort
merci d'avance = thanks in advance

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The following authors will be present, please share this event:

Alice Alech - The 7 Wonders of Olive Oil: Stronger Bones, Cancer Prevention, Higher Brain Function, and other Medical Miracles of the Green Nectar
Lisa Anselmo - My (Part-time) Paris Life: How Running Away Brought Me Home
Patrick J. Murphy - An Art Lovers Guide to the French Riviera
Patricia Sands - The Promise of Provence, first in the Love in Provence series

Margo Lestz - Curious Histories of Provence: Tales from the South of France
Kristin Espinasse - Words in a French Life: Lessons in Love and Language
Julia Allen - Facets, A Book of Short Stories

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