Strength is an integral part of health. It’s required for many tasks throughout the day, such as getting out of bed, carrying groceries, or pushing a broken-down car off the road. It’s defined as the ability to produce maximal force against a specific — and usually external — resistance (1). […]

Remember when “forest bathing” made us smirk? No more. The Japanese, of course, have long believed in the health benefits of shinrin-yoku, their term for it. And thinkers like John Muir and Henry David Thoreau testified eloquently in their writings to the clarity and inspiration they found on wilderness ­rambles. […]