I love being outside but sometimes I really struggle to do more activities outdoors, particularly because of the typically rubbish UK weather! There are loads of studies that show how time outdoors is good for your health. The fresh air, being closer to nature and just the fact that you’ll be more likely to get more physical activity are top of that list. Although summer is approaching, that doesn’t equal good weather in these parts so thinking about how you can deal with rain and wind is a good idea.
There are loads of things you can do to spend time outside and to overcome the barriers that make being outdoors less than appealing.
Of course walking is the most obvious one, and something I’d really like to do more of especially at the moment. However I do find it difficult to motivate myself to get outside when the weather isn’t great. To overcome that barrier, having specialist clothing and foot ware that keeps you snug and warm can make a difference. Millet Sports have a great range of outdoor clothing and foot ware that can make walking in less than great weather feel more doable. A good umbrella can make a difference as well! Something I’m trying to get better at, is walking to places like the shops or appointments when they can be easily done, no matter the weather.
Back in my running days, I used to love feeling the fresh air on my skin, and I know that since I stopped running, the amount of time I spend outdoors has vastly reduced. The same applies to running as it does to walking when it comes to having the right clothing to make it a more comfortable experience. Personally I loved making myself a new playlist for my iShuffle to get me out for a run on a grey morning.
I think anyone that has done some gardening recently can confirm what great physical activity it is! I’m really chuffed that I now have my little garden to tend to, but again the weather is something that can easily put you off doing it. Having some good gardening gloves and a waterproof gardening mat to kneel on can make all the difference. If you have an allotment I think the same can be said, as well as taking a warm drink with you in a flask.
Go on a day trip
This is yet another thing on my list to do more of, the humble day trip! Planning a day out to the park or the sea side is a great way to get outside and do some walking without it feeling like you are planning to specifically do something for exercise sake. My friend recently took her little girl rock pooling which sounds brilliant, even though they had rubbish weather on the day. Making sure you have warm clothing and a warm drink in a flask is a good way of making the day more enjoyable.
Basically, making sure that you have the right clothing for the weather is a big help, as well as roping in a partner or friend to keep you company!
How often do you get outdoors? What are your tips for not letting the weather put you off?
*post in collaboration with Millet Sports.