With winter upon us, the Fox Creek Nordic and Trail Club is busy developing and grooming trails for winter recreation.
They are currently grooming the golf course for cross country skiing (classic and skate), fat biking and hiking. The Creek trails are packed for hiking, snowshoeing and fat biking.
A fat bike, is a bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.8 in (97 mm) or larger and rims 26″ or wider, designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft unstable terrain, such as snow and sand.
” Fat biking (click to watch the video) in Fox Creek on the trails, groomed at the golf course. Absolutely awesome!!” – Michelle Williscroft
You can rent a fat bike from Treads ‘N Trails if you would like to try it out, also snowshoes and cross country skis are available to rent. Find out more on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TreadsNTrails/.
They kindly ask that if you are out walking your dogs to stay off the groomed trails. ATV’s, snowmobiles and horses are not welcomed, as they will damage the trails.
The club is also grooming trails for snowshoeing, fat biking and hiking on their lease on the northeast side of town. This area extends from the bike park, along the fire break, to the new subdivision, east to the by-pass road and north to the lagoons.
**NEW – This land area was designated by the Town of Fox Creek as a non-motorized area in the OHV bylaw. The club kindly asks, as they develop this area for passive recreation, in both winter and summer – that OHV users respect the efforts put in to provide these recreational opportunities and refrain from operating motorized vehicles there. (see above maps)
There is also the toboggan hill behind Marnevic’s memorial park/Terra Gravity bike park area for winter fun.
Instead of looking for excuses to not get outside, focus on the variety of winter activities you can do as a family or solo. We encourage you get outside to enjoy the trails in our neck of the woods.
- When hiking, biking or snowshoeing at the golf course, please stay off the classic xc ski tracks.
- Make it nicer than when you got there, pack out your garbage and that of others not so responsible.
- Don’t cut/shortcut trails.
- Please clean up after your dogs; it does not miraculously disappear just because you’re in the bush.
- Report vandalism or OHV use.
- Be friendly and have fun!
In the New Year, the club is working on trails N and P. (see master plan map above).
Be Active, Be Healthy
Did you know? Research shows that the average Canadian spends 87 percent of their time in enclosed buildings and 6 percent of their time in enclosed vehicles. That’s a total of 93 percent of your life spent inside.
There are a number of reasons why this is unhealthy — for body, mind, and spirit. For starters, levels of many pollutants concentrate indoors, where levels are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.
5 Reasons to Get Outdoors (Source: fitness.com)
Thinking of hibernating until Spring comes? Resist the urge and get outside instead. Here are 5 great reasons to do so if you’re looking for a bit of extra motivation.
1. Boost Your Creativity and Focus
Among children with ADHD, meanwhile, spending time in nature leads to improvements in focus and higher scores on concentration tests. Richard Louv, in his book Last Child in the Woods, even used the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe behavioral problems he believes stem from spending less time outdoors.
2. Improve Your Mood and Self-Esteem
“Green exercise,” which is exercise in the presence of nature, has unique benefits above and beyond indoor exercise. One meta-analysis of 10 studies found that physical activity outdoors for as little as five minutes leads to measurable improvements in mood and self-esteem.
While every “green environment” studied led to these improvements, exercise near water generated the greatest effects.
Researcher Jules Pretty from the University of Essex said: “You get a very substantial benefit from the first five minutes. We should be encouraging people in busy and stressed environments to get outside regularly, even for short bits of time.”
Spending time outdoors is also a recommended treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is sometimes called “winter depression.” Outdoor light exposure may help your mood even if it’s cold and cloudy.
According to the Mayo Clinic: “Even on cold or cloudy days, outdoor light can help — especially if you spend some time outside within two hours of getting up in the morning.”
3. Increase Your Vitamin D Levels
It’s estimated that over 95 percent of senior citizens may be deficient in vitamin D, along with 85 percent of the public.
Researchers have noted that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in adults of all ages who have increased skin pigmentation (such as those whose ancestors are from Africa, the Middle East, or India), or who always wear sun protection or limit their outdoor activities.
Increasing your vitamin D levels is important, as researchers have pointed out that increasing levels of vitamin D3 among the general population could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly one million lives throughout the world each year.
Incidence of several types of cancer could also be slashed in half.
Vitamin D also fights infections, including colds and the flu, as it regulates the expression of genes that influence your immune system to attack and destroy bacteria and viruses.
4. Improve Your Workouts
As mentioned, exercising outdoors yields increased benefits over indoor exercise. In addition to boosting your mood, outdoor exercise can be more challenging, leading to greater physical gains. For instance, if you walk, jog, or cycle outdoors, you’ll have to expend more energy to overcome wind and changes in terrain.
Among older adults (a population that generally tends to spend very little time outdoors), those who exercise outdoors accumulated significantly more physical activity than those who exercised indoors. There’s even research showing levels of the stress hormone cortisol are lower when people exercise outdoors as opposed to indoors.
5. Healing Potential
There’s something inherently healing about spending time outdoors. Part of it has to do with exposure to natural light. One study found people exposed to 46 percent more sunlight after surgery used 22 percent less pain medication per hour.
However, there are likely benefits even beyond the light exposure. Research shows, for instance, that older adults who spend more time outdoors have less pain, sleep better and have less functional decline in their ability to carry out their daily activities.
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