Absolutely one of the best things about living so close to the mountains, and also something we rarely take advantage of. Beautiful mountains, fresh air, excellent sushi (don't we all go to Banff for sushi?), healing, mineral hot springs. Sounds lovely, yes?
While I was there, I checked my email and coincidentally, had one commenting on the benefits of being outside (kids and adults) for 2-3 hours per day.
Yes, 2-3 hours a day. I don't think commuting in the car counts.
Are you outside this often? Are your kids?
So many benefits of being outside:
- Fresh air
- Better sleep
- More exercise (unless that's lying on a beach, or in a hammock)
- Ability to explore our natural world-trees, bugs, animals, mud...
- More neurosensory stimulation (like waking on uneven surfaces, balancing on logs, new textures)
- Family time
- Unplugged time
Did I find enough reasons without looking up any research articles? I know the research is there, but if I start looking, it'll keep me from getting back outside.
How did you grow up? On a farm? Near a forest? Running over to your neighbour's house or the local playground?
I really can't dispute that I should have my daughter outside at least 2 hours a day, and I can join her for at least 1 hour of that. I'm thinking an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon is completely do-able. In doing so, I will be adding value to many areas of my and our life-touching on the health benefits personally, adding the parenting role of immersing my daughter in as much nature "as possible", and including the view of a balanced health-style professional, so I practice what I preach!
For now I will ignore my protests that there isn't enough time (there is) and that the weather may be too cold (it's not). If you need to find me, I hope I'm outside!