We’ve all done it a million times, taken a look out the window on a dreary January day and decided that the walk in the woods, trek around the park or hike to the beach we had planned is canceled due to weather. Then, inevitably, the kids spend the day inside screaming and arguing, running around in circles and staying up until 8:30 p.m. because they just can’t get to sleep. Oh the whining!
They look at you with those “If only we’d spent an hour running around outside today” eyes and you realize that the weather is just an excuse for busting out the rain boots and parkas, not parking the kids in the house. Not to mention they would probably be sleeping rather than staring you down as 9 p.m. closes in.
Getting outside is really one of the biggest favors we can do ourselves and our kids this time of year.
The double-digit minuses in the forecast for Coastal B.C. this next week are making us all shiver a bit and wonder how long we can keep from having to set foot in the freezing. But, as the OBE NeighbourWood Walks kick off this week and we get ready to hit the trails with 38 (wow) tiny people and their parents, we’ve seen time and time again why bundling up and heading out in the chill is super fun, a great adventure and (gasp) healthy too.
Did you know?…
1. Outside is actually the healthiest place to be in the Winter. While people hanging out inside are catching colds and flus, people marching through the park in weather-appropriate gear are way more likely to be cough and sniffle-free.
2. More birds live in Coastal B.C. during the Winter than during the Summer. Some of the most amazing birds including the rare and beautiful Trumpeter Swan overwinter in B.C., migrating from the Arctic. Birds are also very active and playful, making bird watching a wonderful Winter pastime.
3. Getting outside in the Winter is good for the brain. A dose of crisp fresh air can help the whole family combat the grumpies. (Maybe that should be #1:))
4. An hour of play at the park or a walk in the forest fosters a good night sleep. Studies have shown that kids and people of all ages who spend regular time outside sleep better.
5. Some of the most unique and interesting parts of the forest, wetlands and other open spaces are only visible during the Winter. This is the season for discovering things hidden by growth in the Summer or that are only around during the colder months – like cool fungus.
6. Ice and puddles. What could be more fun?
There’s plenty of space left in our NeighbourWood Walks, with everything kicking off at 10 a.m. Wednesday out at the Lazo Marsh where we’re going to feed the birds. You can register for the walks here.