The “in motion” Lifestyle
Here in Central Saskatchewan, the City of Humboldt partners with local groups and facilities to offer families a chance to get moving together – part of an in motion initiative. For example, during Family Day in February, there is free skating, swimming (at the indoor pool of course) and cross country skiing events, hosted by the Carlton Trail Ski Club. The hosting and promotion is shared between a number of local group. I also know of a number of families who have taken the time on the school February break to go on a downhill ski holiday or other active vacations.
I am always excited to see people getting active, especially when they do it together as a family! However, it leads me to think: why do we have to wait for a special event to get moving? What is holding us back from keeping active year round? Well, for our family, our physical activity falls into one of these categories:
• our kids do activities (skating, swimming, baseball) while we parents watch
• we work out (run, go to the gym, ski) while our kids are at school or with the other parent
• office or housework or “screen time” (TV, internet, Facebook) takes priority or kills time and exercise doesn’t happen at all
Research from around the world is showing we aren’t the only ones struggling to keep active, “Despite all the health benefits of physical activity, people world-wide are doing less of it – at work, at home and as they travel from place to place.” – Harvard School of Public Health. The same article has goods news though, “The so-called ‘built environment’ – buildings, neighbourhoods, transportation systems and other human-made elements of the landscape – influence how active people are.” So, if we have easy access to facilities, we are more likely to be active and healthier.
With this idea in mind, we are working to create a community at Prairie View Properties, where people can be active if they choose. Every acreage property backs on a 3 kilometer community trail system that links the entire development. This rolling, tree-lined, gravel path is intended to draw people to explore and be active. Plans include geocaches and outdoor work out stations. Getting in motion will be an accessible part of the Prairie View lifestyle. This spring and summer, you are invited to come out and tour our trails, see how our new neighbourhood is being developed and try out the active Prairie View lifestyle.