Anne Lorimor from Phoenix is a figurehead at age 89 to explore nature. In July she returned from Kilimanjaro – the highest peak in Africa.
Oh, and for the second time.
She made it in 2015 at the age of 85 A world record for the oldest woman. This time she set the record for the oldest person of all time. She will write the Guinness Book of Records, but that's not even the best, she said to Senior Planet. She hopes the feat will raise awareness of her charitable organization, the Child Empowerment Foundation, a pay-it-forward mission that helps needy children. When she became a Kilimanjaro celebrity, the donations went up. And she hopes things will continue. To learn more about Lorimor's rise and charity, visit Creating Exciting Futures.
Do not take our word: Here is Anne.
Making the Ascent
The rise itself was both sweet and challenging. Everyone wanted his picture taken with her. the hashtag #ImwatchingAnne appeared. "It took us 9 days to go up and down," she says of her eight-man group. Only later did she find out why her chest hurt so much. A fall just before the ascent had left her with three broken ribs.
While not everyone is able – or willing – to climb the 19,341-foot Kilimanjaro, Lorimor says it's important to "stay spiritually, physically, and physically as fit as possible." "Being able to help nature and outdoors knows her.
Research has shown that she is on the right track. Experts find that they are out in nature after just 20 minutes, reduce stress hormones, and help people relax. A trip to nature can also help to strengthen the immune system, which translates into less illness.
And your outdoor activity does not have to involve mountains. If you're looking for an outdoor activity that does not require Kilimanjaro fitness, we have some ideas.
Baden … where?
Waldbaden could be for you. Sometimes it is called forest therapy, it does not involve bathing and yes, you take part fully clothed. Trained, certified guides guide the excursions, which can take place in forests or urban botanical gardens. In Japan, the practice is decades old and is called Shinrin Yoku, which means "take forest" means.
"I had people in their eighties who were on my way," says Ben Page, who founded Shinrin Yoku Los Angeles and is an instructor at the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy, an organization that certifies guides , "You do not need any fitness." There are more than 700 guides in 46 countries.
"Part of the magic of forest therapy is the invitation," says Page. The sessions start with the presentation of the participants and the invitations. These include, for example, a "body scan", relaxing the muscles from head to toe and picking up sights, sounds and smells like waterfalls or nearby plants. A walk through gardens or the forest is another typical invitation as you simply sit in a pleasant natural environment. A tea ceremony where participants share their thoughts usually completes the experience.
The Waldbad has become popular with older adults, Page says, especially during walks in urban arboretums, which often require very little travel. Many discover their old magnetism of being outside again, he says. "One of my colleagues took a man at the age of 80 [forest bathing] for a walk," says Page. "In the end, he burst into tears." He told the guide how he felt "reunited" with nature.
A woman who came on a forest ride had a walker seated. "She moved very slowly," says Page. "Often the group was faster than them." But that's okay, because people can set their own pace, he says. "She was very grateful she moved," he says. And at the end of the walk, she thanked him and said, "All exercise is good exercise."
Other ways to get into nature
Another option that covers all levels of fitness is the Sierra Club, in the locals are accommodated hikes and offers for fitness. I If you are not communicating with nature alone, your city may be one of 500 places where a chapter "Walk with a Doctor" has been published. D To find a forest therapy guide, search here.
How did you connect with nature? Gardening? A walk in the park? Camping? Tell us in the comments!