If you’re fed up of spending so much time at home and have a lot of restless energy to burn, it may be time to embrace the outdoors more — even if it’s cold and wintery outside.
Though your natural response to cold weather might be to snuggle up inside, fresh air and activity is key to staying fit and healthy. And with coronavirus still spreading, being outdoors may be the safest place to be.
If you’re short on ideas for how to enjoy the outdoors, here are a few you might not have thought of.
Plan a picnic
Steal a spot in your local park and enjoy games and sports with family or a few friends (as guidelines allow). If it’s especially cold, keep the food and drinks hot to warm you up.
This combines jogging or walking with picking up litter and first started in Sweden. It's not only exercise but also good for the environment. You can go plogging on a local beach, in the surrounding countryside, or in your town or city.
Be a tourist in your local area
Get to know the area you call home and be a tourist for the day. As indoor venues may be closed right now, it’s the perfect time to explore outdoors. Check out boats on a nearby river or hike up into the hills to get a view of the landscape.
Plan a scavenger hunt
Make a list of specific items you need to find, such as a blue bicycle or oak tree, then gather a few people together or just go with your household and break into teams. Get each team to share a picture of every item on the list they find. The team that finds everything on the list first wins.
So what are you waiting for? Wrap up warm, grab what you need and head outside as much as you can.
Quote of the day
I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
Henry David Thoreau, essayist