Let nature help nurture your health

Most of us spend the winter months yearning for this time of year when we can get outside and enjoy nature. So, now that the beautiful weather and long sunny days are here, what are you doing to connect with the great outdoors?

In fact, summer officially arrived on Monday when the sun reached its northernmost point of the equator. Also referred to as the summer solstice, it’s the day of the year with the most hours of sunlight.

While the beautiful weather and the coming end of another school year is the perfect opportunity for some well-deserved rest and relaxation, it’s also important for adults and children to remain active. Make it a goal for yourself and your family to spend less time sitting in front of the television or computer, and more time walking or being active outdoors. It can be as simple as starting a new after-dinner routine. Go outside for a walk, play with the dog in the backyard or shoot some hoops. Everyone will benefit from the fresh air.
Dog jumping to catch frisbee

There are physical and mental health benefits that make being outdoors good for you. Physical activity makes you stronger, promotes healthy growth and development, provides energy, decreases stress, and prevents chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. In addition to the exercise, the sunlight will activate your body’s production of vitamin D.

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) has two helpful resources to help Canadians get active everyday:

Being active doesn’t have to be difficult or overly structured. It can be as easy taking the time to explore local parks and trails and reap the benefits nature has to offer.
Family going for hike

What’s on your summer “bucket” activity list?
Pail and shovel in sand