Even though our calanders are saying it's spring it sure doesn't look or feel like it outside, does it?
But the warm weather will come soon enough.... When that happens let's jump into spring without any wasted time.
Here are a few ways to get outside....
Spring has sprung-time for SAD and NDD to go away
Heard the term “Nature-Deficit Disorder”? No, it’s not a medical “diagnosis”, simply an observational term quoted back in 2005. In this article the author discusses in more detail the importance on getting outside. Great read for everyone!
How can we get outside?
There are ‘free’ ways to go outside such as go to your local municipal park and have a picnic. Bring your children and an item from home then can play with in the park, a ball, a bicycle, a doll, a friend, a dog! Or find a bench and enjoy a beverage while just relaxing, without your phone! Relaxing, yes…no phone, just people watching, sky watching, watching your children, whatever. Maybe you do yoga in a studio, try it outside! Some beautiful parks in Calgary in various quadrants are on the city of Calgary website: http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/All-city-parks.aspx
Another park found in the city- but is actually run by the province is Fish Creek Provincial Park. It is a large park with lots of outdoor area to enjoy as well as some programs it offers (some are free, some require payment). For more information https://www.albertaparks.ca/fish-creek.aspx
There are often local non-profit environmental clubs that offer free outdoor activities such as Nature Calgary: https://www.naturecalgary.com/field-trips/before-you-go/
And there are probably more opportunities in the city, that you may be aware of. Some communities have a special park for the residents of that community, that may offer swimming, skating or other water sports depending on the season. If you live in one of those communities, taking advantage of those amenities must be better than a day in front of the computer, right?
This is just a start in our local Calgary Community, and there may be similar opportunities where you live. So let’s all get outside!