Seemingly everyday, we are reminded that all of us would be much better off if we were unplugged and headed outdoors for activity.
In this week’s edition of The Standard, we highlighted two local initiatives that will add to our enjoyment of the great outdoors, the now restored trestle bridge in Uxbridge and the newly-opened Dagmar North mountain bike trails.
Both of these endeavours were made possible through the tireless, and largely thankless work of volunteers tasked with beautifying our community for the betterment of all of us, most notably, our local children.
Too many of us, and increasingly at too young of an age are putting ourselves at risk for numerous health issues by not engaging in an active lifestyle. The consequences include elevated odds of developing diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and a host of other conditions.
A report earlier this year found that only nine per cent of children between ages 5 and 17 are getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity. And, it’s likely that just as few adults, if not more are also suffering through extended periods of inactivity.
Living in North Durham, we’re extremely fortunate to have so many options available for physical activity. Especially outdoors before the cold spell of winter is cast once again.
We owe it to ourselves and our kids to turn off our phones, computers and TVs and to get out and enjoy the beauty of fall. There is so much to explore within walking distance of our homes, we owe it to ourselves to enjoy it before it’s covered in snow.