During the cold winter months, it can sometimes be hard to find the motivation to go outside. The days can be dark, wet and cold, meaning that the comfort of our homes may seem more appealing. But as we are all forced to spend more time at home this winter, it’s more important than ever to make it a habit to spend some time outdoors as often as we can.
Whether you choose to go for a run, take a stroll around your neighbourhood or go on a family walk to a local nature reserve, spending time outdoors can help to boost your mood, increase your focus and improve your overall health and wellbeing.
So, what are the barriers preventing us from making the most of the outdoors and how can we overcome them?
Before heading outdoors, make sure that you are wearing layers which you can easily take off. This can be especially important if you’re going for a long walk or hiking. It’s easy to forget that as we walk and exercise, our bodies begin to warm up. The benefit of wearing layers is that you can simply take them off if you start to get too hot and sweaty. As you cool back down, you’ll have your layers ready to put back on, keeping you warm until you get back home.
It’s also important to remember your feet! Cold, wet feet can make a walk horribly unpleasant and an experience you won’t want to repeat. Make sure you wear suitable footwear and keep your feet cosy with thick winter socks. Scarves, gloves and hats are also key winter essentials.
If you keep yourself warm, then you’re more likely to have a more enjoyable experience outdoors. The cold, wet weather won’t seem like such a barrier in future, meaning you’ll be far more likely to want to go out again next time.