Whether you’re working or relaxing, it’s all too easy today to get stuck indoors (usually in a sedentary position, in front of a screen, no less). But if you’ve gotten into the habit of wandering outside for a break, you know how good even the urban version of nature can be for the body and soul.
And virtually no one knows that better than Beth Santos. mindbodygreen and Corning® Gorilla® Glass recently teamed up to send the Wanderful founder and CEO to the Navajo Nation region of the American Southwest, tasking her with sharing the journey through her photos and stories. (If you’re heading to the rocky desert and hope to bring back pics like these, it’s a good idea to bring a phone like Beth’s, which is protected from shattering by its Gorilla Glass 4 cover glass.)
The first part of the trip took Beth and her crew to Betatakin, long-abandoned ancient home of the Ancestral Puebloan people (sometimes called the Anasazi), consisting of dwellings built into cliff walls.
Rain pouring down when the travelers arrived at the site could have made the already taxing 3-mile hike even more treacherous. “But the moment the hike started, the rain stopped,” Beth reports. Soon, the sun came out. “And then, just when the hike ended, the rain started again.”
Clearly, nature rewards its most dedicated devotees. And though you probably aren’t hoofing it to Betatakin in the near future, you can use the following 10 easy ways to swap out your confining indoor routine for a literal breath of fresh air: