"Getting outside, being physical and enjoying some fresh air helps build that relationship with the natural environment and the love for the outdoors.”
"I LOVE to walk for my health, to get out with my dog, have some "awww" moments looking at nature and put me in a good, calm mood."
“[I] appreciate being able to the exercise in the quiet of the outdoors. We [my husband and I] have lovely trails near our house and we went out daily as soon as it was light, before other tasks claimed our attention and energy. My theory being that prioritizing [Urban] poling over house and yard work would allow me to regain the energy needed [after illness] to take on those tasks as well. That is exactly what happened….we continue to use our poles to make further gains in our fitness.”
"I love cycling most of all because it gives me freedom. It's about being outside, the wind in your hair (that's right, you don't always have to wear a helmet) and the sights and sounds of life in the city or countryside. Why would anyone want to have an cycle exercise machine or go to a spinning class? Just get on a bike and go somewhere."
"When I’m in my kayak, I really feel like leaving everything aside, to be in sync with the water, with nature. My body is connected to the boat, it reacts to how I feel.
"I felt a pull toward long distance hiking and decided to do it. I’ve known people who have gone long distance before and I was just enamored to listen to them talk about it."
Read more about Sarah's goal of being the first woman to cross the 23,000 kilometers of the Trans Canada Trail, the world’s longest network of recreational trails.
"It's a big, beautiful world out there and I keep moving so I am able to enjoy every second I get to spend in it!!!"
"Usually I go for walks and start telling myself the story. I'm imagining and ordering the story, both at once. As I tell it, I get more and more familiar with it. Then, when I sit down to write, it's almost like taking dictation."