We all know that there has been a massive increase in our use of technology. I mean, how could there not be with the newest, coolest iPhone coming out every year? And have you SEEN the graphics on the new PS4!? But honestly, Canadians are spending on average 90% of their time indoors. 90%! What happened to the good ol’ days running around in fields, kicking soccer balls, riding bikes, and generally getting a little bit dirty?
Most of us recognize that being outside is beneficial for our health and well-being. But we just can’t seem to find the time in our busy schedules. We are so inundated with constant notifications that it’s easy to become overstimulated and overwhelmed. We, as a society, are more stressed than ever before. But there is a simple solution… Go outside! Walk away from WiFi and take a much-needed break.
Studies have shown that a mere 30 minutes outside per week can significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and risk of heart disease and depression. What a simple solution! Just taking a walk outside can release endorphins (the natural “happy chemical”), adrenaline (the natural “pain-killing chemical”), and improve mindfulness. You do not need to spend every second of every day being productive. Downtime is necessary and helps you achieve a healthier mental state. And soon, you will discover that your 30 minutes outside is one of the most meaningful parts of your week—the part of your week that you look forward to the most!
“But what if there are bugs?”
Bring bug spray!
“But what if it rains?”
Bring an umbrella or a good rain jacket!
“But there’s no WiFi!”
You will survive. Trust us.
“But what can I even do outside?”
We’re glad you asked! We can help you with that.
Let us be your guide to getting outside. It’s time to use some of your indoor screen time to plan your next trip outdoors. Ditch “Netflix and Chill” for “Nature and Chill.” There is so much to do, so much to see… Smash Mouth had it right. "You’ll never know if you don’t go (go!)."
Check out “What to Do” to get inspired and start exploring!