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Fit & Fab 2017: Goal #4

By Kelsie Allen Barton, Jessica Cherner, Melissa Howsam, Kelsey Ogletree and Amelia Pavlik | December 2, 2016 | Articles

3 Scenic Hiking Spots

Sometimes simply heading outdoors can help you chill. Challenge yourself with a hike; then relax and enjoy the breathtaking views at these Georgia State Parks overlooks.

One of Georgia’s most spectacular sites, Tallulah Gorge is a 2-mile-long and nearly 1,000-foot-deep gorge. Trek down the stairs to the suspension bridge, swaying 80 feet above the rocky bottom, to get a closer look at the river and waterfalls.

Cloudland Canyon’s vantage point from the western edge of Lookout Mountain lets hikers take in the stunning canyon and its surrounding woodlands. Hike the 1-mile roundtrip Overlook Trail along the canyon’s rim to the main lookout point—it’s the best view in the park.

The highest state park, Black Rock Mountain’s overlook at the visitor center showcases up-to-80-mile vistas across the Blue Ridge Mountains. A short 2.2-mile hike on the Tennessee Rock Trail offers views of three states—Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee—at the summit.

3 Tips for Ditching Meditation Frustration

Find your Zen with the help of Atmasphere Meditation Guide Claudi Pena.

Just breathe. Meditation is a practice of maintaining awareness of the breath by keeping it slow and steady. When the mind wanders, bring your awareness back to the breath.

Don’t worry that you’re doing it wrong. Everyone’s mind tends to wander from time to time. Distractions will arise whether mental or physical.

Join a community. Find a community of people who meditate regularly. There’s nothing like a group of people exchanging energy and checking in with one another to stay committed to their meditation practice.

5 Relaxing Spa Treatments Pamper yourself at these renowned local spas.

Stick it to the stress with Exhale Spa’s acupuncture for stress reduction, offered in 30-, 60- or 90-minute sessions. From $100

Inspired by the beauty of Piedmont Park, Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta’s Spa’s Piedmont Park Polish promises silky smooth skin. As you might have guessed, grass is the main ingredient in the scrub that exfoliates to get that gorgeously supple texture. $165

Make the trip OTP to Dunwoody’s WIFH for a see-it-to-believe-it facial peel like the Blueberry Smoothie, which uses Atlanta-based and -manufactured brand CosMedix to give you a deliciously refreshed and restored glow. From $70

When a long week calls for a spa sesh as sweet as a Georgia peach, look no further than The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. The Peaches and Cream body treatment, which uses peach oil to relieve sore muscles, rebalances the body’s natural equilibrium and provides moisture for hydrated skin. From $260

Head to Midtown’s Bliss Spa for the Triple Oxygen Facial that delivers O2 in three unique phases to trade bacteria and dead skin cells for nutrients and hydration. $170

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