Those who live in Vancouver year round and are privy to the changing seasons know that there is nothing like the city on a warm sunny day! Take the view of a sparkling skyline, a spectacular mountain and forest backdrop, add water (view of the ocean) and sunshine – and you have the formula for visual and experiential magnificence.
Last Sunday was the BMo marathon and half marathon (a couple of my clients participated), and it was a perfect day for running. This weekend is slightly warmer and even nicer, and the amount of people out and about on the Seawall is incredible! And they all share something in common: the desire to be outside and moving – doing something physical – when it’s bright and warm. This natural instinct to be more active when the days are longer and sunnier is built into our circadian rhythms. So follow your instincts!
It doesn’t matter WHAT you do, just do SOMETHING. Standing burns twice as many calories as sitting, and walking at a moderate pace burns roughly three times as many as sitting, so even if you don’t feel like engaging in vigorous exercise you can still benefit your body and burn an extra few hundred calories by going for a pleasant walk. Moving your body, breathing fresh air deeply into your lungs and surrounding yourself with beautiful scenery will improve your mental state (and perhaps your spiritual one) as well. If you have a favourite fair weather outdoor activity – now is the time to do it! Or, if you are looking for some ideas on how to incorporate more activity into your leisure time, speak to one of our personal trainers; some of us even take clients outdoors for part of their session to seize the day!
So put on your shoes, take a deep cleansing breath, and go play!
– written by Laurie Smith, Personal Trainer