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"With the nice weather finally here, you may find yourself sitting at your desk, staring longingly out the window and wishing you could somehow escape the office and enjoy the outdoors."

With the nice weather finally here, you may find yourself sitting at your desk, staring longingly out the window and wishing you could somehow escape the office and enjoy the outdoors. The truth is, there are quite a few easy ways to appease this feeling and add a little ‘freshness’ to your workday. Here’s are just a few ideas:

Walking Meetings

Weekly status meetings can be transformed by simply taking them outside. Instead of sitting in the boardroom, suggest that you and your team hold your weekly status meeting outside. If Downtown Barrie is the place you work, you can get your caffeine fix at one of the great local cafés and then head to the waterfront for a nice ‘walk and talk’. Not only will you feel more relaxed, you’ll also enjoy the health benefits of being active. In fact, studies show that walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running.

Lunchtime Strolls

With endless to-do lists, emails and requests, it’s often tempting to spend lunch hours sitting at your desk. With sitting now declared as the new smoking, it’s clear that this isn’t beneficial for your health or your productivity. When the weather is nice, take advantage and get outside for a quick stroll. If your workplace is located close to the downtown, you may even choose to go for a quick jog by the lake and use some of the great exercise equipment that has recently been installed along the lakeside path.

"Get outside and enjoy the calming breeze, the spectacular sunshine and the delightful sound of birds chirping from the tree-tops."

Another option is to take a walk through downtown Barrie on your lunch break. During the month of May, Fridays are ‘Fresh Air Fridays’ . From noon until close, shopping or dining at one of our participating businesses provides you with the opportunity to get outside and enjoy a little fresh air. As an added bonus, Fresh Air Fridays also provides you with the opportunity to support the
Women and Children’s Centre in Barrie and get entered for a chance to win an amazing local prize pack valued at over $2500.00.

The Patio Office

One final, fresh approach to sneaking a little outdoor time into your workday is to set up your office at one of the great outdoor patios in Downtown Barrie. If your boss is down, suggest the outdoor office scenario. Although it may be a little unexpected, it provides a great opportunity to get some work done, spend some time outdoors and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the downtown.

As you can see, there are certainly some easy ways to get outdoors during your weekday workday. Get outside and enjoy the calming breeze, the spectacular sunshine and the delightful sound of birds chirping from the tree-tops. Whether it’s a walking meeting, a lunchtime stroll during Downtown Barrie’s Fresh Air Fridays, or even an ‘ap-pint-ment’ at one of the great patios, you’ll feel happier, energized and more productive.

How do you add some ‘freshness’ to your workday? Share your thoughts with using the hashtag #downtownbarrie #freshairfridays