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Have a Green Gym Day!

June 6, 2013 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Events, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Sport

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When I was asked by our New York partner, Nancercize if I wanted to be involved in co-organising an international day to celebrate local parks and encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors, the yes came without any hesitation.

Part of what I do at FunMeFit is try to promote a healthy, active and largely outdoor lifestyle. What we and many more around the western world seem to be forgetting, worryingly, is that the outdoors is where our natural home is, it’s what makes us feel alive, it’s what we as human beings need – to be with nature and realise our place in it.

We can laugh at the television all day and think that’s ‘living’. Research shows that an increasing number of us are settling for a sedentary lifestyle and yes, it’s easy, it’s convenient and we feel we have everything we need in our gadget-filled homes. But what we are missing out on is the sense of being part of something bigger, something unpredictable and something that is more natural for our physical and mental well-being.

Some of us feel like caged wild animals when we spend too long indoors and that’s probably because we were outdoors a lot as children. If children don’t experience the outdoors enough, it’s been suggested that they grow up without a sense of belonging to nature and ultimately will not develop into a balanced and happy adult.

Since we live in cities filled with other people, cars, buildings and lots of noise, more often than not, our only opportunities to connect with nature are provided by our local parks and green space. Many of us spend little or no time at all in local parks, not seeing the relevance of them or the need for them.

So, whether you’re an outdoorsy person or not, give your local park a chance. Give nature a chance. Be part of Green Gym Day on Sunday and if you’re reading this, I’m not asking you to be in your park all day or to spend time there foraging for nuts and berries. I’m asking that you give your park a chance to show you what it has to offer. Take a walk, listen to your surroundings, play with your children, watch the birds, feel the sunshine (or rain) on your face and if you don’t feel slightly happier or you don’t see any benefits for your family at all then write and tell me.

If you support getting more people enjoying the great outdoors and want to be in your local park on Sunday, register what you’ll be doing and find a list of suggestions on the Green Gym Day Website. Join the movement, make friends with nature and celebrate your family and your local parks.

By Kate Hill, Founder of FunMeFit and busy mum of two little ones!

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