5 outdoor activities to improve your health

Who needs a gym membership when you have the outdoors?

Outdoor exercise has a stronger effect on blood pressure and mood than indoor exercise. Stress is relieved within minutes of exposure to nature as measured by muscle tension, blood pressure, and brain activity.

To put it simply, time spent outside is good for you! On World Health Day, let’s take a look at a few fun outdoor activities that can improve your health.

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Healthy resolutions for a new year

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 2018? 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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Forest school at MacGregor Point

When you think back to your childhood, what are some of your best memories?

Likely a lot of them involved playing and exploring in the outdoors.

Unfortunately, many children today don’t get this opportunity. Kids are often kept indoors by electronics and other distractions. They miss out on the developmental benefits of outdoor play.

This is where forest school comes in. Forest school combines nature with education for the ultimate outdoor learning experience.

Since September 2017, MacGregor Point Provincial Park has hosted Saugeen Shores Forest School, the first forest school in an Ontario provincial park.

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Tobi Kiesewalter: interpretive naturalist extraordinaire

Nothing’s more inspiring than a person with a true passion for nature.

Tobi Kiesewalter is one of those people. He puts his passion to work as the Natural Heritage Education leader at Murphys Point Provincial Park. 

Tobi’s been a valued member of the Ontario Parks family for a whopping 22 years. Now, we’re proud to announce he is the recipient of the National Association for Interpretation’s Great Lakes Region Master Interpretive Manager Award.

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Take the 30×30 Challenge!

During August, we challenge you to spend 30 minutes in nature for 30 days!

Tackle the Ontario Parks 30×30 Challenge!

Head outside to a green space and spend 30 minutes reconnecting with nature and improving your health. Nature can be as close as the park down the street or found in one of Ontario’s more than 300 provincial parks.

Register here for the 30×30 Challenge!

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Front crawl, butterfly, and backstroke your way to better health

Whether you walk through the waves or jump off the dock, there’s no better way to cool off than going for a swim.

This summer, as you escape the sweltering heat in one of Ontario’s lakes, think about these head-to-toe benefits your body is receiving from that dip:

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Healthy Parks Healthy People Day 2017: events

The countdown is on: enjoy FREE day-use at all Ontario Parks on July 21, 2017.

Parks across the province have a variety of events and activities planned to help you reconnect with nature. Explore a new park, participate in a family adventure, or simply take a moment to enjoy the view.

Check out our four spotlight events, or scroll down to see park events from across the province:

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Introducing the Nature Playbook

This week, the Canadian Parks Council unveiled an exciting new project: the Nature Playbook!

Just as the plays in a coach’s playbook spark movement and bring the team together, the Nature Playbook is designed to inspire action — bringing Canadians into the nature game!

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Killarney’s 30×30 challenge weekend

Are you taking the 30×30 Nature Challenge?

Come and join us in celebrating the 30×30 challenge at Killarney Provincial Park with our four-day Challenge Weekend on August 19-22, 2016.

We want to help you get outside with fun workshops and guided hikes all weekend long!

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Tap into all 5 senses during the 30×30 Challenge!

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!

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