Get Out and Go!

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Get Out and Go!

The long awaited beautiful summer weather has arrived, bringing with it the blooming plants and greenery, vibrant colours, warmth and sunshine. The benefits of being outdoors, being active, and being able to participate in adventures have been proven to be beneficial for your physical and mental wellbeing. If you are recovering from an injury or are experiencing mobility issues, don’t let that hold you back from getting out and enjoying nature.

There are many public areas with parks and trails that are accessible for wheelchairs and mobility devices. Paved paths, flat terrain, railings and ramps have been incorporated in these areas in order to allow those with mobility challenges to enjoy the outdoors, either solo or with their families and friends. It is always a good idea to get recommendations for these outdoor areas, or you can find them using apps such as AllTrails to discover new places to go.

Make sure to have all your needed equipment with you, such as wheelchairs, walkers, walking poles and braces. You should also be dressed for the appropriate weather, with a hat to shield you from the sun, comfortable sturdy shoes if you will be walking, and layered clothing that you can add or remove as needed according to weather conditions. Bring some snacks and keep hydrated by sipping at some water as needed during your outing. Keep you cellphone fully charged, not only for the sake of communication, but also to take photos, adding enjoyment to your day trip. Plan on exploring with at least one other person, so you have a buddy system. If you prefer to go solo, then make sure to tell someone your plans, where you are going and when, in case of an unforeseen emergency so paramedics or other first responders will be able to reach you in a timely manner. Be sure that you exchange contact information so that both of you will be reachable if necessary.

It is easy to get carried away once you are enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. Make sure to pace yourself, build rest breaks into the day. Don’t wait until you are exhausted, it is better to pause, have some water, and continue on further once you are feeling refreshed.

The summer season always seems to go by very quickly. Don’t let anything stop you from being outdoors and enjoying all that nature has to offer.