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There are many diverse benefits to leading an active life. Physical activity can give you energy, decrease stress, make you stronger, and help you stay independent as you age. It can also reduce the likelihood of developing chronic diseases, such as cancer, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
However, being active isn’t just about spending hours in the gym. Incorporating physical activity into your everyday life is also important. Continue reading for our list of fun and active ways to spend the Canada Day long weekend.
Immerse yourself in Canada’s natural beauty
Studies have shown that getting out into nature does wonders for your mental health. It can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress and anger, and help you feel more relaxed.
As the second largest country in the world, Canada boasts a huge variety of natural landscapes and wildlife. This Canada Day consider enveloping yourself in some of that nature at one of the country’s 48 national parks, such as Elk Island. It’s a refuge for bison – which were brought back from near extinction – as well as elk and 250+ species of birds. If you’re in Saskatchewan, you can visit the Grasslands National Park, home to dinosaur bones, ancient tipi rings, and traditional prairie homesteads. There are national parks across Canada, click here to find one near you.
Get in touch with Canada’s history
Canada has a rich and varied history that can be experienced firsthand at one of its 171 national historic sites. One of these, in British Columbia, is the Gitwangak Battle Hill National Historic Site that was once home to a fortified village where the Gitwangak people defended their land in the mid-1700s to 1800s. At the nearby Gitwangak Village, you can also marvel at ancient totem poles. If you’re in Newfoundland, you can visit L’Anse aux Meadows, where you’ll find the archaeological remains of a Viking village from over 1000 years ago. This site is the first known evidence of European presence in the Americas. To find a historic site near you, click here.
Get to know the hidden gems of your local area
If you prefer to stay closer to home, why not take a deeper dive into your local area. You could visit a local museum that you’ve never been to, try out a walking tour or trail, or even look up local food tours to experience different restaurants near you.
Incorporating physical activity into your leisure time is a fun way to gain numerous health benefits. Whatever you decide to do this long weekend, we wish you a happy Canada Day.
The information presented in this blog post is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information in this post as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for professional counseling care. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.