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|Themes: Activities||Categories: Wellness|
Turns out mom was right after all, fresh air is good for you.
There are a lot of reasons to visit the Yukon. But one of the biggest reasons is the slower pace of life up here. Many Yukoners choose to have less contact with the office, experience fewer distractions and enjoy more opportunities to take it easy. So let’s look at a few of the ways a Yukon-style digital detox could do you some good.
Being outside boosts your energy.
In fact, one study found that spending as little as 20 minutes outdoors can give your brain the same energy as a cup of coffee. When you’re away from your screens and breathing in the fresh northern air, you’ll be inspired to get out and seize the day. And with the midnight sun happening throughout the summer, there’s plenty of day to seize.
Use some of that outdoor time to paddle a kayak, hike a trail or participate in a relay race. It would do you, and your potential teammates, some good.
All that outdoor living is good for you.
Now that you’re imbued with vim and vigour from all that fresh northern air, it’s time you knew about another benefit of our outdoorsy lifestyle: vitamin D.
This important vitamin promotes the health of bones, fights depression, boosts your immune system and can help combat chronic diseases. The body produces vitamin D when it’s exposed to the sun.
So, the midnight sun is like a giant vitamin D supplement. Enjoy it. Just be sure to enjoy it with sunscreen.
You won’t need the Internet for inspiration.
The slower pace of Yukon life will actually help you think more clearly. Psychologists have found that backpackers scored 50% higher on creativity tests after spending a few days in the wilderness without their phones. And while we have great cell service in our communities, the lack of service out in the wild makes it the ideal spot to detox. It might be the perfect place to paint your next masterpiece or write that short story you’ve been mulling over. In the meantime, visit some of our local artists and musicians to find out what they make of all this inspiration.
Let the stress melt away.
As you ditch your screens and hit the trail, you’re going to feel all that stress you’ve been carrying begin to melt away. Experts refer to this phenomenon as Forest Bathing or Forest Therapy. In fact, time in the trees has been proven to lower your cortisol levels, which can help relieve things like high blood pressure or the symptoms of asthma. So, as you discover our thousands of kilometers of forested trails, breathe deeply and enjoy a heaping helping of nature’s medicine.
Settle into the Yukon way of life.
It sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? Ditching your devices, if only while you’re here, could be just the thing to help you relax. And if that doesn’t do the trick, we have therapeutic hot springs, pristine forests and locals who are always up for a hike. So book a flight and find out just how beneficial Yukon living can be.
Kings Throne Peak, Kluane National Park
Midnight Dome Viewpoint, Dawson City
Divide Lake, Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon
Caribou Mountain near Carcross, Yukon
Takhini Hotsprings near Whitehorse