Get Outside Challenge

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By Tamara Goyette

Each spring David Suzuki presents a 30×30 Nature Challenge. The challenge asks if you want to get healthier, happier, and smarter? To do so, it is suggest you add a daily dose of nature to your routine. The David Suzuki Foundation is challenging Canadians to get outside.

In some ways I am sad to see that something like this is needed to encourage people to get out into nature, or even just get out their front door and go outside. Do we really need this? However, I also understand why it has come about. We live in a society where many of us work indoors for 8 or more hours a day. Then we go home, and it is more time spent inside. We also live in a time where many of us are often constantly looking at, or somehow connected to a screen. All these devices are beginning to rule how we spend our times, both as individuals and as families.

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I actually really appreciate that this is being brought to the attention of many people, including all us parents. This challenge has proven to be a great source of encouragement for everyone to get out and explore. Besides, what kid doesn’t like to get outside to play and explore? I have yet to meet one.

Since the weather started to turn for the better in spring, and now that it has been incredible with summer arriving my family has found their way outside on a regular basis. My daughter is the happiest when we go out, even if it’s just out playing in our own front yard. Going to different places like outdoor petting zoos, on hikes at different trails, or even to pick berries at a local farm have all added to her love of the great outdoors. I want my daughter to love being outside. There are days when she wakes up and the first thing we hear her ask for is her shoes. She is letting us know that she wants to be outside.

Now I know some days it can just be overwhelming as a parent to get out. You start thinking of all the different things you may need to bring with you, and it can seem like you will never get out the door. Getting outside doesn’t have to mean you travel far. Just get out. Go into your yard, or on your balcony. Walk to the nearest park. There are so many benefits to doing this, both for yourself and your kids. I know I always feel better after spending time outside. It soothes the soul, and does so much good. I find myself more relaxed after being outdoors. With getting outside and enjoying the nice weather, I have also noticed that my daughter is sleeping even better both at nap time and at bedtime. Her dad and I are actually getting to sleep in! That in itself has been a great bonus. Has anyone else’s kids just crashed in bed after a fun day at the beach?

Have you seen this challenge? Will you be trying to get outside more as a family? Let’s all make this challenge no longer necessary. Who says going outside has to stop when the weather eventually changes. Bring on puddle jumping when it rains.

Tamara Goyette is a loving wife, and mother to a very determined little girl. The Fraser Valley area of the Lower Mainland in British Columbia has always been home. She loves reading a good book while curled up in a blanket, and sipping a cup of tea. Her blog is about her family, and the adventures, and activities they get up to at Discovering Parenthood.

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17 responses to “Get Outside Challenge”

  1. Marissa Avey — August 5, 2014 @ 2:02 pm (#)

    I agree, it is sad that we have to be reminded to “get outside and play” but I am glad they are doing it. Nowadays many children spend hours sitting playing on their iPads, watching TV all day. Not good for their brains! Besides, it is the summer!!!!

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  2. melisa — August 5, 2014 @ 6:53 pm (#)

    No, I’ve never seen this challenge, but it’s a great one! It’s very inspiring, I love the outdoors, and always seem to get more energy outdoors!

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  3. MrDisco — August 5, 2014 @ 8:46 pm (#)

    we should all get outside more

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  4. Laurie P — August 6, 2014 @ 7:29 am (#)

    Our driveway is the best for puddles lol. One of the things I miss about living in the city is the amount of playgrounds available to us. There were at least 9 within a few minutes walk from our house. Now that we live waaay out of the city, I have to find new things to do outdoors. Even if we just stay in the yard, my little one will spend ours playing with water. Whether its the pool, sprinkler, or just pouring water here and there, she has a ton of fun. Looking forward to when she’s a little more older and we can venture off to find more things to do around town….

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  5. Jeannie — August 6, 2014 @ 9:26 am (#)

    I love taking the kids outdoors. Not only do they have so much fun and burn off any energy they have stored up, but it’s also a great way to explore nature and learn as well.

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  6. MrDisco — August 6, 2014 @ 7:57 pm (#)

    who doesn’t love splashing in puddles

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  7. Anne Taylor — August 7, 2014 @ 11:21 am (#)

    I spent my youth outside and so did my kids. I’ve not heard of Mr Suzuki’s challenge before to be honest, but if its what is needed to get families/kids/people in general outside then its a good thing.

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  8. Jeanette Jackson — August 7, 2014 @ 3:14 pm (#)

    I was always playing outside when I was a kid. My grandsons play outside a lot so hopefully they are healthier than if they stayed in and played a video game.

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  9. craftyone — August 7, 2014 @ 6:11 pm (#)

    A good message…be active. It definitely promotes good health.

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  10. MrDisco — August 7, 2014 @ 6:31 pm (#)

    love the rocking horse

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  11. Melinda L. — August 8, 2014 @ 10:09 am (#)

    I didn’t know there was such a challenge. But I love his message. It’s fun being outside, we try to go on hikes at least 2-3 times a week now.

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  12. Lindsay N. — August 10, 2014 @ 11:07 am (#)

    I agree. I don’t like seeing that we need a reminder, or even a reason, to get outside and be active but if that’s what it takes to get people moving I cannot fault it. I especially think it’s important to set a good example for children. The earlier you start the better. Make it a habit!

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  13. Stephanie LaPlante — August 12, 2014 @ 3:55 am (#)

    I’m totally guilty of rarely going outside. I’m attached to my computer and neglect important things outdoors.

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  14. Anna W — October 2, 2014 @ 4:54 pm (#)

    We have a fairly large backyard so everyday in the summer that is where the kids are but in the winter it is a lot harder to get them out there.

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  15. Elizabeth+Matthiesen — November 12, 2014 @ 6:43 pm (#)

    It’s very important for children to get outside, even if the weather isn’t too nice. For one thing most of us don’t get enough Vit D in winter since we live in the northern hemisphere, so stocking up whenever possible is important. Children come alive when outside playing, they have more energy and tend to tire themselves out better – which in turn means it’s easier to get them to sleep. As mentioned above even just on the patio or in your own garden is better than staying indoors all day.

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  16. kathy+downey — November 14, 2014 @ 4:46 am (#)

    It’s very inspiring,I love the photos

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  17. kathy downey — March 15, 2015 @ 8:09 am (#)

    There is nothing better that some outdoor play to make a child happy and tired

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