Why you should walk outside this spring

Spring has sprung!


Spring is a season of renewal and growth, with longer days, warmer weather, and blooming flowers. Despite the muddiness that comes with spring, the sight of new growth and the sounds of chirping birds can lift our spirits and remind us of the beauty of nature. This is why walking outside in the spring can have benefits to your wellbeing!


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Here are 6 ways that walking outside in the spring can be good for you.


Improves Physical Health

Walking is a low-impact exercise that can help improve cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, and improve overall fitness levels. Walking outside in the spring can also help you get the vitamin D that your body needs from sunlight exposure.


Reduces Stress

Walking outside in nature can help reduce stress and improve mood. The fresh air and natural surroundings can help calm the mind and reduce anxiety.


Boosts Mental Health

Walking outside can also have a positive impact on mental health. Being in nature and getting some sunlight can help improve mood, reduce symptoms of depression, and improve cognitive function.


Enhances Social Connections

Walking outside can also be a social activity. You can walk with a friend or join a walking group to meet new people and build connections.


Increases Creativity

Walking outside can also stimulate creativity. Being in nature can help you clear your mind, reduce distractions, and spark new ideas.


Helps with Sleep

Regular exercise, such as walking, can help improve sleep quality and reduce insomnia. Walking outside in the spring can also help regulate your body's natural circadian rhythms, which can help you sleep better at night.


Walking outside in the spring can have many benefits for your physical and mental health. It's a simple and enjoyable way to improve your wellbeing and enjoy the beauty of the season.

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4 Ways to Achieve Well-being

What is "well-being"? 

Well-being is all about having a positive outlook on life, maintaining a purpose despite stress or loss, having a realistic sense of control over one’s life, and having a strong sense of self. These conditions are not constant but instead fluctuate constantly. It is possible to achieve a sense of well-being even amidst declining health.


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But how is well-being achieved?


Some practical ways to achieve well-being would be eating well, exercising, drinking less alcohol, not smoking, and stimulating your mind. But there are also other ways to achieve well-being!


1. Being Optimistic

Optimism is about taking “the sourest lemon life has to offer and then turning it into something resembling lemonade.” Optimism is often associated with happiness or with a positive person but it is much more than that! Practicing optimism has shown to build resiliency, increase goal achievement and increase overall well-being.

2. Being Grateful 

Dr. Peter Naus – an advocate for positive views on ageing – says to be sure to “count what you have, and not what you lack,” and by doing so you are one step closer to achieving well-being. Gratitude impacts well-being positively because it has shown to reduce anxiety and increase positive emotions. It is a powerful experience to count what you already have rather than focusing on what you don’t have!


3. Seeking Adventure

Believe it or not, old-age can be a time for adventure. In the midst of an adventure, you can discover new insights and experiences!  Simply having a vision and a dream can inspire you to experience new adventures – big or small – these memories will hold value, novelty and positive emotions. Dr. Naus encourages us to live well at every stage of life and remember that it is never too late for a change! 


4. Sharing Wisdom

Sharing wisdom creates a sense of purpose and meaning for many retired seniors! Wisdom is developed over time as you gain insight, practice good judgment and most of all live through varying experiences.


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There are pervasive negative connotations throughout Canadian society regarding ageing. There is a strong market for “anti-ageing” products and services, but the term alone is problematic. By deeming a product or service “anti-ageing” it is suggestive that there is an inherent problem with ageing.


However, the wisest group in Canadian society is our ageing population! As wisdom is passed down to younger generations, the experience of ageing becomes purposeful and meaningful. Even though abilities may change, health may fluctuate and losses may occur, prioritizing your personal well-being can truly lead to you living your best life.  


Seniors are valued for the wisdom they can share with others. They are living proof that ageing is not synonymous with being sick and helpless. Instead, old age can be a time for deep fulfillment and pleasure, a time for personal well-being! 

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