Denise Sanger

Denise Sanger

This past weekend, the hubby, myself and family met up in Panama City Beach for the hubby's 60th birthday. Neither of us are much for parties these days — been there, did a lot of that when we were younger. Now we both prefer good company in an awesome location and Panama City Beach always makes us happy.

It's been a crazy year for both of us and if you would have told us a year ago what our lives would be like today, neither of us would have believed it. We've closed a business and both of us now work opposite hours and days which means we often don't see each other for a few days at a time. So this birthday trip also allowed us to reconnect and spend time together.

A beach trip was exactly what the doctor ordered for this girl. We have been spending a lot of time running around trying to get our lives back on track that we've forgotten what's important. We may not be out of the woods yet but we have sure made a lot of progress and taking some downtime helped me at least see that.

As I was sitting on the beach, watching the waves roll one after another to shore, I could literally feel the tension leave my neck and my whole body relax. Spending time outside in nature has been scientifically proven to improve memory, fight depression and lower blood pressure. Yet we don't make the time to spend even a few minutes outside on a daily basis.

I've always been the girl that preferred to be outside from the time I was young. But even a nature lover like me sometimes needs to be reminded how much my body craves and needs to spend time with nature.

If you've been feeling sluggish, tired and run down, spending time outside in a natural environment is the boost you need. Could be as simple as spending some time in your garden or taking advantage of local hiking trails near your home.

Here in Suwannee County we are surrounded by beautiful natural springs many with hiking paths that run next to the river the springs feed into. Enjoying one of these trails or parks once a week will have a major effect on how you feel.

Yes, we're all busy. I get it, but like everything else you don't find the time — you have to MAKE the time to get outside. Have an amazing week.

To your health,


Denise Sanger is an over 50 health/lifestyle blogger. Known for motivation, inspiration & loving the BEACH. Certified fitness instructor, Silver Sneakers Instructor, Zumba, STRONG by Zumba instructor, gentle flow yoga, teaches morning classes at Country Strong Gym. Denise may be reached at, 386-292-6105 or

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