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result from being outside. The actual activity can vary from a rocky mountain bike ride, to relaxing on the dock sipping coffee while reading this magazine. During a recent study, Louise Chawla, an environmental psychologist at the University of Colorado Boulder, has found that having frequent contact with nature can reduce symptoms of attention-deficit disorder and can even increase memory and productivity. Outdoor activity is also associated with lower rates of depression. Simply being outside in moderate sunlight allows your body to soak up natural Vitamin D. Medical researchers have found that a lack of vitamin D has been linked to various types of Cancer, obesity, mental disorders, and other health problems. Now I’m not saying go bake in the sun on the beach and you won’t suffer from a mental illness, but it’s just like everything, enjoy it in moderation. Another study found that people who spend time hiking or resting in a forest had considerably lower cortisol rates, heart rates and blood pressure. These physical and mental benefits are something that people of all interests and body types can enjoy just by taking some time to “play” outside. It seems so easy right? But sometimes in the busy hustle and bustle of our lives we forget the simplest things that can benefit our mind, body and soul. So what can you do? A simple morning coffee on the back patio or a leisurely stroll in the evening with a neighbour gets you outside enjoying nature. Invite friends and family over for a backyard BBQ, for a friendly game of flag football or a fun filled scavenger hunt! Many communities have outdoor enthusiast groups for people of all interests. Some examples are run clubs, community gardens, dog walk programs, beach volleyball teams, canoe and kayak clubs, free forest biking trails. The list goes on and on. Many teachers - at all levels of education – have taken to teaching their classes outside. This gives their students a welcome break from the confines of the classroom, refreshing their minds and improving concentration. The health and wellness trend we see in society is often largely focused on hard core gym workouts, but Ecotherapy focuses on allowing nature to do its thing. Doesn’t that sound better than busting your butt, exercising outdoors? It does to me. JUNE • 17 wellth.xyz 73 B4394 FOLDING CHAIR IN A BAG


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