In today’s busy society, it’s easy to tune out our senses and forget about the natural environment around us. Being regularly immersed in natural settings can make you feel happier, healthier and more relaxed.
This August, Ontario Parks challenges you to spend 30 minutes in nature each day for 30 days.
Register here for the 30×30 Challenge!
Continue reading Tap into all 5 senses during the 30×30 Challenge!
Ontario’s provincial parks all offer FREE day-use on July 21, 2017, and our parks have all sorts of events planned, from treasure hunts to zumba to campfire singalongs!
And all that fun is sure to make you hungry.
Whether a romantic tête–à–tête by the river or a family reunion on the beach, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day is a picnic-perfect event.
Continue reading 5 must-have items for your picnic basket
The big day‘s almost here!
We’re opening our doors to everyone in Ontario; there will be no charge for day-use visitation during July 15, 2016!
Parks across the province have exciting events and activities planned. Explore a new park, sample our facilities and services, or just enjoy a fun event in a great setting!
The time to strengthen and rediscover our connection to nature is now!
Continue reading Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2016: events
If you’ve ever pedalled up a hill before, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear that cycling is great for working the lower body, but did you know the health benefits reach far beyond your quads and hamstrings?
Check out these brain and body benefits of cycling:
Continue reading 6 health benefits of cycling
Each park celebrated Healthy Parks, Healthy People Day in its own unique way. Take a look at our gallery of HPHP events to find out how your favourite park made the day special.
Continue reading Did you miss #HPHP Day?
Are you affected by any of these symptoms?
- Always tired
- Constant headaches
- Toss and turn all night
- Aches and pains
- Just can’t turn your frown upside down
Continue reading Let nature be your cure
Have we got the cure for that!
Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, rocked the parenting world with his notion that outdoor play is becoming extinct and we as parents are to blame.
His theory is that children nowadays are so overprotected and sedentary they have developed what he calls Nature Deficit Disorder, a condition that renders children devoid of outdoor play, disconnected from nature and completely unaware that their very future – and ours as a species – is at risk.
Continue reading Do your kids suffer from Nature Deficit Disorder?
Ontario has had one of the coldest winters on record with ridiculous amounts of snow and frigid temperatures so getting outside to exercise has been a challenge for most of us. Still, if we could only push ourselves to get outside and move … feel the sun shining on our skin, the breeze blowing through our hair, the sights and sounds of nature guiding us, we would actually start to feel better. Mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
A multitude of recent studies from around the world show that exercising outdoors is like winning the health lottery. We simply feel better “taking it outside.” So the next time you’re tempted to walk or jog on the old treadmill, think twice and maybe head outdoors. You will really feel better for it!
Continue reading Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Why outdoor exercise really is better for you
As the short cold days and long starry nights of winter set in, many feel the ‘blues’. However, there are some individuals who are highly affected by the change in season, who are truly ‘SAD’ with Seasonal Affective Disorder. However, a visit to your favourite park can be part of the solution to SAD.
Continue reading Keep calm and camp on; Nature can decrease symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder