Staying active in the winter isn’t always easy. For some of us, it’s tempting to stay in, cuddle up, and spend the long winter months binging Netflix and unhealthy snacks.
Cross-country skiing boasts a wide array of benefits for your physical and mental health. Here’s why you should strap on some skis and spend your winter gliding through frozen forests and snow-covered trails:
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Every winter, as the temperatures drop, so does the amount of time we spend outside. This is especially true for children — playtime can become limited to the indoors.
It may be tempting to hide inside until the weather warms up, but outdoor play is essential for your children’s well-being all year long.
Here are some of the top reasons why you should get our kids outside and active this winter:
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Today’s post comes from Sarah McMichael, Ontario Parks’ Healthy Parks Healthy People Coordinator.
Do you ever find yourself feeling calmer, more relaxed, or more focused after spending time in nature? That’s because time outside has studied and proven benefits for your mental health.
Mental illness affects one in five Canadians in any given year. For #BellLetsTalk Day, let’s talk about what some Vitamin N (nature) can do for your mental health.
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The health benefits of hiking are head-to-toe. A walk in the woods can help alleviate mental fatigue, and improve creative thinking. Hiking is also great for cardiovascular health and muscle tone.
But is hiking an option in the winter?
Absolutely. We’ve collected a list of five parks with stellar options for winter rambles:
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The research is clear: spending time in nature improves our physical, mental and social well-being.
Yes. Even when it’s cold outside.
Ready for a healthier 2019? We chatted with parks planner Will Kershaw to find out how he stays fit and healthy during the winter months. These are his top tips:
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Are you a regular victim of post-holiday slump?
We’ve got the secret to starting 2019 on the right foot.
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The New Year is a time to take stock of where we are and where we are headed. Most of us have made resolutions to change behaviours in order to start anew in 2019: quitting smoking, eating healthier, or exercising more.
Do you consider parks and protected areas when thinking of New Year’s Resolutions?
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New Year’s Day is coming up fast — have you picked out a park for your First Day Hike?
This 10-park list rounds up some top options for your first foray into 2019:
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During the snowy season, parks can feel like our own personal winter wonderlands. Meandering through snow-covered trails and frozen forests can make an awesome day in the outdoors.
Here’s here how to have a fun and safe time on your frosty foray:
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Today’s post comes from Ontario Parks 125th Anniversary Coordinator Laura Myers.
Over the course of 2018, Ontario Parks’ 125th Anniversary has inspired us to reflect on our past and to imagine our future. We thought it would be fun to think about what Ontario Parks jobs may be required as we move forward into our next 125 years!
Continue reading 9 future jobs of Ontario Parks