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Netflix & chill? Try nature & chill!

Published April 26, 2018

Okay people. Real talk here…

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 iPhone coming out every two days? And cat videos are an important part of everyone’s day.

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But nowadays 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?

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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.

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But it’s okay to spend some time away from all of that. Just a few minutes outside can have serious benefits. Walk away from WiFi and take a much-needed break.

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Studies show that a mere 30 minutes outside per week can significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and risk of heart disease and depression. Just taking a walk outside can release endorphins (the natural “happy” chemical), adrenaline (the natural “pain-killing” chemical), and improve our overall well-being. This could be you:

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Downtime is necessary and helps you achieve a healthier mental state. And soon, you will discover that a half hour outside is one of the most meaningful parts of your week.

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There are several common apprehensions that keep us from going outside:

“What if there are bugs?”

Bring bug spray or use citronella. Or go out in the fall and winter… no bugs!

“What if it rains?”

Bring an umbrella or a rain jacket. Don’t you remember jumping in puddles as a kid? Strap on a pair of rubber boots and start splashing.

“But there’s no WiFi!”

You will survive. Trust me.

“What can I even do outside?”

I’m glad you asked. Here is a healthy dose of outdoor inspiration...

1. Go for a canoe ride in Awenda Provincial Park

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2. Go for a hike in Bronte Creek Provincial Park

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3. Or simply soak up the majestic views at Niagara Falls

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Now 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!).

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For more inspiration check out our ideas section. Or plan your next trip outside by creating an account and adding destinations to your wishlist!