I am the first person to admit that when the temperatures get lower, I get going into the house to switch the heating on and hibernate. I’m not a fan of the cold and I really do go into hibernation mode with layers, blankets and lots and lots of hot drinks.
Walking would not be top of my things to do list but when my husband drags me out for a wintry walk, I love it. The cool crisp air, the wintry landscapes, the general feeling of well-being that comes from any exercise. I always regret the protestations that I made before because life always looks better when you are out walking.
So more than ever, during those cold winter months, you do need to get out walking and we always try to go out as a family at least once over the weekend. You do need to make sure you have a good coat for your wintery walks and Blacks have a great range of women and men’s waterproof jackets which are perfect to see you through the winter.
It’s makes you feel better
We all know that it is so much easier to get out walking and exploring when the sun is shining but getting out at this time of year is so much more important. At a time when many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), our bodies need the fresh air and sunlight even more in the Winter to help boost our moods. Regular exposure to fresh air and sunlight is proven to be an effective remedy to boost both well-being and mental health. It can also increase energy levels and it is the perfect pick me up when you are feeling the effects of too much time in a warm house such as tiredness and lethargy.
It’s so good for you
So, it makes you feel better but it really can help to make you better. Living a sedentary life isn’t good for any of us, we need to get at least 20 minutes exercise a day, so why not walk it. Those twenty minutes of walking will help to keep our hearts and bodies healthy as well as our minds and walking is good for joints too. With so many positives, a daily walk is a really good habit to get into, whatever the weather.
It’s the perfect way to explore places old and new
How often do you say that you need to explore your local area more? I know I do. Living in Worcestershire and on the edge of the Cotswolds, I know that I really am very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. However, I am the first to admit that I have never really explored the area as much as I could and I know that there are lots of places within a half hour drive from here that are well worth the visit. Our plan this winter is to drive out to some previously unchartered villages and towns and get exploring. But it is always good to catch up on old favourites too. Broadway in Worcestershire is one of my favourite places to visit in the Cotswolds. It has the most incredible park for the children (and adults), there are beautiful walks, lots of places to explore and a lovely range of quaint shops selling anything from traditional sweets to antiques. We strolled around last weekend and it is lovely to walk around and enjoy the sights. It also gave my husband the chance to try out his new men’s North Face waterproof jacket from Blacks, which he loves (and even my brand loving teenage son was eyeing it up, so it must be good.)
It doesn’t cost a penny
I am a big believer in not paying to exercise if I can possibly help it and with so many health benefits to walking too, why pay to go to the gym when you can get out walking and have a great time along the way. You might need to invest in a coat and sensible shoes but most of us already have them in the cupboard, so it is time to dust them off and get walking.
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