Relax with a trip to a Yorkshire canal



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A UK-wide poll has revealed 36% of people in the Yorkshire feel they do not have enough time to relax, even though 85% of people enjoy relaxing.

Following Relaxation Day, the Canal & River Trust is calling on stressed out people to take two minutes in each hour away from their busy schedule, and share their relaxation hints and tips.

Relaxing for two minutes an hour, just 16 minutes in a working day, could make a difference to productiveness, overall happiness and life expectancy.

Whether you choose to do some stretches at your desk, get a breath of fresh air or take a virtual visit to one of our calming waterway destinations, it’s something everyone should make the time to do.

The challenge to Yorkshire is part of the charity’s Campaign for Real Time which aims to champion the benefits of real, quality time and relaxation in today’s increasingly pressurised world.

The YouGov survey, carried out for the Canal & River Trust to discover how people relax, found that residents in the Yorkshire are slightly less likely to enjoy going for a drink in the pub with friends to relax compared to the national average – 37% compared with 38% nationwide. Couch potatoes were well represented though, with 69% of those surveyed saying they liked to relax by being at home with their feet up in front of the TV – the same as the national average.

Emma Aitken, national campaigns manager for the Canal and River Trust, said: “Everyone deserves to have time to relax and get away from it all, whether it’s time spent on your own or with friends and family. For millions of people their local canal or river provides space where they can step out of the pressures of the modern world and experience some real quality time.

“We’re here to make sure there is always a place in the Yorkshire where they can escape everyday life, stretch their legs and simply feel closer to nature.”

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