Longer days and hot sunny weather can make it more tempting than ever to trade in your fitness routine for barbecues and poolside beverages. But it doesn't have to be all or nothing when it comes to g...
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In the last decade, outdoor space design has grown and become incredibly popular, which calls for even more versatile, comfortable and durable than ever patio furniture. I spoke with Toronto indoor designer extraordinaire Jane Lockhart.
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With planning, it's easy to transform your lacklustre patio into a brightly manicured, exciting haven. We suppose we're all familiar with the maxim bring the outdoors in, but - should the mercury remain in the ascendant - perhaps it's finally be time to take your indoor sunshine out.
Practicing outdoors made us feel more connected to our body and mind. Inhaling salty air, with sand on our feet and hands connected us to the earth. The sound of the waves in our ears and the rays of the sun over our eyes made us more present than a confined space with four walls can.
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A moment of weakness in agreeing to foster the little monster has shaped how I now talk about health. Gracie is a half border collie and half husky; that's the educated guess, but no one actually know for certain. Gracie was thrown out of a car window with her litter mates; that's about all we know about her start to life.
These are beautiful plants, some flowering, further masking their sinister side effects. And they are an invasive species, meaning they are increasingly found in many parts of Canada. If you are gardening, hiking or cottaging this summer, it's advised you familiarize yourself with what these plants look like so you can steer clear.
When it comes to nature conservation, a little goes a long way. Small-scale conservation efforts can have a huge impact and help ensure that we and future generations can enjoy precious natural spaces. This Earth Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada challenges you to partake in at least one small act of conservation.
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Canada is rich in forest habitats, with many unique forests in each province. More than half of our country is covered in forests, and Canada is home to almost 10 per cent of the world's forests. We've chosen ten of our forest properties that are publicly accessible for you to explore.
If ever there was a time to take a Canadian stay-cation and explore the Great White North, 2017 is it. From coast-to-coast Canadians will be celebrating Canada's sesquicentennial -- a grand party for our nation's 150th. And what better place to mark the celebration than in the great outdoors?
For decades, we have been told that diet and exercise are essential to our overall health and wellbeing yet there are still significant underlying health problems in North America. Nearly 11 million Canadians have diabetes and more than 93 million Americans are affected by obesity. These statistics show that despite the variety of diet and fitness fads there continues to be a major global obesity problem.
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Camping with infants doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, babies are incredibly adaptable. It might take a couple of days for babies to completely adapt to the different sleep environment, but once you have established a routine, they usually sleep extremely well in the tent, especially after a fun day of activities.
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The time is coming to prepare your outdoor living space for the fall. The fall means colder and wetter weather but it doesn't mean you can't enjoy your outdoor living space but just in a different way.
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Pin this camping checklist to your walls, dads. From the AOL Partner Studio
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August 25 marks 100 years of America's National Park Service. With this auspicious centennial upon us, it's the summer to celebrate outdoor adventure. What better way to usher in the second century of America's National Parks than by getting fit with your pet at your side?
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If you're planning to book your next exotic getaway to a beach in Australia, be-warned as you may end up at a rainy loch in Scotland instead. These wildly different destinations share one very important thing in common, their name. Destination Doppelgangers as they're affectionately known, exist all over the world and have caught many unsuspecting travellers off-guard.
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"Children need to be occupied, they need structure, they need predictability," the experts tell us. Heaven help you if you don't make sure to keep those sticky little hands busy between late June and Labour Day every year. After all, children need structure right? No they don't.
It is summer, and our thoughts and bodies lead us to the great outdoors. When you're outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, sometimes the last thing you want to do is pack up a gym bag and head into a climate-controlled (or hot and sweaty!) gym for a workout.
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I recently had to repair a pathway along the side of my mother-in-laws house. Originally they tried to use large chunks of rock to define the garden bed and to allow for access to the side of the house. Unfortunately, the large chunks of stone all started to break down after a few harsh winters.
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In keeping with Mental Health Awareness Month, here are a few simple tips to keep your mind in tip-top-shape.
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Whether climbing a mountainous terrain, swimming in a serine lake, or catching a glorious sunset, being in nature fosters well-being in infinite ways, including balancing our nervous system, impacting cardiovascular health, and influencing our mood.
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This week we're revealing our sunroom. Its creation, as part of the overall cottage reversion, was critically important: having scanned the rental market, we quickly observed that most contenders benefit from a porch of some variety.
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Venture into the woods in the summer, and your conviction to "be more natural" goes flying out the window as the bugs come flying in. Soon you're interspersing your body slap 'bug dance' with sprays of chemical repellents that are all good and well until some gets in your mouth.
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Skate skiing is a relatively new technique that evolved in the early 1980s that completely revolutionized the sport of cross country skiing. In essence, it was discovered that ski racers could generate more power and propel themselves with more acceleration and velocity by employing a skate movement similar to ice skating.
The most important part of choosing a snowshoe is picking the right size. All snowshoes sink. The ideal size of shoe is the smallest size that supports your weight on the snow that you'll typically be snowshoeing on. It's not an exact science.
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At 45, I am learning how to downhill ski and love it. To find out the best tips on how any adult can learn how to ski, I spoke with the experts. They shared their expertise on how you (or anyone!) can...
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Fall is one of the best times of the year to head out into the wilderness for a hike, and North America is one of the best places to do it. These four scenic hikes throughout the U.S. and Canada are ones that every outdoor enthusiast should consider conquering this fall.
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From climbing trees to slouching over desks -- the transition from summer sovereignty to school routines hasn't been all that easy in my household. So, the big question I have is -- how can we strike a balance between school routines and spending time outdoors?
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A growing body of research confirms the health benefits of getting outside. Kids who spend time in nature every day are healthier, happier, more creative, less stressed and more alert than those who don't. As parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators, it's our responsibility to raise kids with healthy nature habits.
I love going on a day hike. Nothing is better than being out with friends enjoying nature and having a laugh. But from time to time, when I am on the trail I do see people who look distressed or uncomfortable. Day hikes are much more fun and enjoyable (and safe too!) when you have the top tips to make your outing great.
I have written before about how you are never too old to learn a new sport or spend time outdoors. Kayaking is no exception. It is an amazing way to enjoy nature, be close to the water and spend some fun times with friends and family.
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Recently, I was fortunate enough to speak with Andrew Sutherland, Public Relations at MEC. Andrew shared the top tips for choosing the right tent and how to make camping super comfortable. What can help make your tent more comfortable?
Some of my favourite memories are paddling and laughing with friends. Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has really taken off in the past few years and it seems now more than ever people are trying this fun outdoor activity.