Commune with nature and enjoy the bounties it has to offer on Take a Walk in the Park Day.
Celebrated annually on March 30, the unofficial holiday encourages people to get active and enjoy the physical and mental benefits that come from walking in nature.
Studies have shown that walking for 30 minutes a day can have huge health benefits. Walking outside can not only help you get your daily dose of vitamin D, but can also lower the risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancers. It can also increase heart activity and lower blood pressure.
Reduces Stress and Boosts Mood
Walking in nature - away from the dust and pollution of streets and cars - can boost moods and reduce stress. Studies have shown that people who hike or walk in green areas tend to be happier than those who don't.
How to Celebrate?
- This one is easy! Wear your finest walking shoes, leave your phone behind and breathe in the fresh air as you walk around your local park.
- Recruit a good friend or a fun family member to accompany you on your walk. What better way to enjoy nature and maintain your health than to share it with a loved one?
- Stay at ExecSuite Eau Claire Tower, where a scenic riverside pathway system is only steps from your front door - perfect for a quiet walk or an invigorating run.
For more information, here is a list of Calgary City Parks.