I’m guessing once you read the cover theme was ‘Style and Trends’, you expected this month’s content would be all about new style and trends to watch out for on your next shopping trip. Look, I love shopping; I love exploring new fashion trends; in fact, I still have girl friends who won’t shop without me.

But this month, to change it up a bit, I thought why not broaden the definition of style to include trends that won’t fade away before the next issue gets published. After all, most of us know how to shop, right? And I’m thinking, most of you could probably locate, and actually buy, more stylish, trending items online in an hour than I could display in this magazine for an entire year.

Canadians spend almost 90% of their time living indoors in artificial environments: at work, at home, in a car or at indoor recreational arenas. That means most get constant exposure to indoor air, which as a rule, is of very poor quality. (1)

The benefits of getting outdoors is so great that going outdoors every day—even if it’s winter and the temperatures are low—supports the body, mind and spirit. Disconnecting from nature has been proven to affect one’s quality of life. Here are some great reasons to get up close and personal with Mother Nature: