This week’s blog theme for my Media & Communications Team in York’s Office for Student Community & Leadership Development is get outside. We all spend a lot of time staring down at our devices or plunking away at a keyboard behind a computer screen – some more than others – and it’s crucially important to get up and move on a regular basis. The winters in Canada can be long and cold, as evidenced by the one that just passed, but the warm weather is here now so why not enjoy it?
In addition to getting some exercise, a walk and a stretch in the great outdoors can serve to rejuvenate your mind and imagination. Something I’ve come to realize as I’ve gotten older, and especially now that I’m studying again, is that we really don’t give ourselves time to reflect. I remember lying in bed for hours when I was a kid and thinking about all the day’s adventures, experiences and things I’d learned. As we get older I don’t think we do that nearly enough. As a result we become stressed, forgetful and just don’t learn effectively from our experiences.
A good walk over the lunch hour can help fix all that and if you think that York’s Glendon campus is the only place to find some greenery, you are mistaken. Check out the short video I put together over my lunch hour of one of my favourite spots at Keele campus – Stong Pond.
Do you have a favourite outdoor spot at York? Feel free to leave a comment and tell me about it!