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.
During August, Ontario Parks is challenging Ontarians to join the 30×30 Challenge by spending 30 minutes a day in nature for 30 days. We hope you spend your nature time at your favourite provincial park but you will reap benefits from any time in nature anywhere.
Want to get healthier, happier and smarter? Add a daily dose of nature to your routine.
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?
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!
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.