Spending Time in Nature Makes you Happier and Healthier
August 15, 2019, Kitchener, Ontario
Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer
It’s official - spending time outdoors is good for you. Being in nature can benefit your health and your mood. Summer is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoys yourself. Studies show that it’s good for you, and while many of us grew up being outdoors all day, it seems fewer of us are actually going outside now.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada found that 87% of us feel happier, healthier and more productive when we spend time outdoors but 74% say it’s easier to spend time indoors and only 34% of people say they spend as much time outside now as when they were younger.
Children in particular seem to be ‘over programmed’ in many cases and many even fear the outdoors as a dangerous place. More studies show that kids left to play outdoors develop more self-confidence, better physical condition and are happier.
Here are 5 things to do locally that will get you outdoors and make you feel healthier and happier.
- Get your kids to plan an afternoon picnic and head to a local park. You can spread your blanket in the shade and play soccer, or ball, or look at bugs and flowers, or play on the swings and splash pads. Involve the whole family in choosing where to go and what to take. Make sure to take sunscreen, hats, and bug spray. Have fun!
- Check out the local bike trails near your house. The cities and the region all have mapping that shows where they go. Grab your bike and helmet and hit the trail. Take some money and stop for a coffee or ice cream if that makes you happy.
- Check out the Grand River Conservation Authority website. They offer all kinds of organized out door activities from movies under the stars to geocaching. There is something for everyone.
- The Region has some incredible forests and conservation areas. Some are free and some have admission charges. Grab your walking whose and bug spray and head out to explore one. You can go alone, or with a friend.
- RARE Charitable Reserve in Cambridge offers some great programmes. You can go on an owl prowl or learn a bout local plants and animals. It’s free to walk on the well marked trails. Check out their website for more information.
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