A Modern Woman's Guide to Getting Outside

Work a full-time job, take care of kids, make time for family, get outside, get exercise, eat well, make healthy meals, look great, feel great, spend quality time with friends, make time for yourself, lead a well-rounded life—it can make your head spin. How is a modern woman supposed to maintain equilibrium?

prAna Ambassadors Carrie Cooper and Jacinda Hunter climb to dizzying heights in order to stay grounded.

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Cooper, a full-time physical therapy student at the University of Utah, has two kids ages 6 and 2. Hunter is a registered nurse and administrator for a home health care agency. She has four kids between the ages of 8 and 15. Although neither of them claims to have it all figured out, they've learned a few things along the way. Here's what they have to say about family and doing what you love.

On Climbing

Climbing for me is like a meditation. I feel I can better handle the stresses of life when I take time out for myself. –JH

Climbing is something that I do just for me—I focus only on myself, what my body is doing, and what the rock requires in order to climb it. It's a new dance every time and it's ever-changing. I feel I can breathe the fresh air and move my body in nature and it's enlivening. –CC

I fell in love with climbing and my husband simultaneously, and have climbed on and off since then. –JH

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On Balance

Flexibility and a positive attitude are the key aspects in making it all work. Things don't always go as planned and I just have to roll with it. –JH

Every trip I've ever taken I've felt better coming home. I've had new energy and new perspective. Sometimes you just have to press the restart button. –CC

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About the Author

Michelle Valenti

Michelle Valenti is a senior editor at ReserveAmerica. When she's not at work, you can find her climbing rocks, riding trails, and setting up camp in fun outdoor locations around the U.S. Follow her on Google+.

Michelle Valenti is a senior editor at ReserveAmerica. When she's not at work, you can find her climbing rocks, riding trails, and setting up camp in fun outdoor locations around the U.S. Follow her on Google+.

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