Health Benefits of Walking in the Rain

Healthy benefits of walking in the rain

Photo: Hubert Kang

Get your umbrella and rainboots ready, Vancouver, we’re coming into rainy season. We don’t call it ‘Raincouver’ for nothing — but did you know a walk in the rain has healthy benefits? Here’s why you want to walk in the rain this fall.

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Health Benefits of Walking in the Rain

What Colour is Your Umbrella? – Vancouver’s Rainy Days

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Photo: Rob Weiss

Last weekend, attempting an early start on my Christmas shopping, I visited Vancouver’s downtown core for a day of commerce and exploration.  Braving the elements, I ventured along the busy city streets in search of whimsical trinkets and treasures. Worn-out after hours of pounding the pavement, I decided to enjoy a well-timed, and well-earned coffee break in one of Vancouver’s welcoming corner cafes.  Savouring my drink, enjoying the warmth and ambiance and biding my time, I began to people watch.

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What Colour is Your Umbrella? – Vancouver’s Rainy Days

Between a Rock & a Raindrop – Vancouver’s Love/Hate Relationship with Rain

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Photo: Flickr Dani V

When’s the last time you complained about the rain? We all do it. Vancouver averages 1117.2 mm or 43.98 inches of rain a year. That’s a lot of water and a lot of fodder for those who enjoy moaning about our wet winters. Personally, I appreciate a brisk walk in the rain. During a recent weather event, I ventured along Kitsilano Beach and took a moment to stop and read the story stone near Kits Point. The words of Regan D’Andrade are etched in the rock and serve to remind us all that the shades of gray bring us beauty.

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Between a Rock & a Raindrop – Vancouver’s Love/Hate Relationship with Rain

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