6 Tips for Spending More Time Outside This Winter

In the summer, spending time outside is easy. It’s often warm and dry and there’s plenty to do outdoors. We spend hours sitting in our gardens or working to get them looking their best. We go for walks, practice yoga, and run outdoors, and we travel on foot instead of driving. If you’ve got kids, you might spend time playing and exploring together. We even try to eat outside as often as possible. But, in winter, it’s so much harder. When it’s cold and often wet and windy, we drive more, we spend time indoors in the warm, and we avoid being outside as much as possible. But there are many advantages to spending more time outside in the wintertime. Here’s a look at some of them, as well as some tips to help you do it.

Why You Should Spend More Time Outdoors in Winter

There are plenty of benefits to getting outdoors in the winter. These include:

  • Better access to Vitamin D
  • A boost to your circulation
  • Increased focus and concentration
  • More exercise
  • A boost to creativity
  • Time outdoors can help you to sleep
  • Fresh air

Invest in a Fire Pit

A fire pit is a fantastic way to make your garden more exciting and warmer, and somewhere that you want to spend time even when it’s cold. If you have a smaller garden, look at different sizes to fit your needs, but try to place it somewhere convenient and dry, so that you can gather around with friends to enjoy a drink, conversation, and nice food, even on the coldest of days.

Add Texture to Your Garden

You’ll want to spend more time in your garden in the winter if it looks warm and inviting. A fire pit is a great start but adding texture with outdoor soft furnishings like rugs, blankets, and cushions can help to make things look cozy.

Utilize Evergreens to Make Your Garden More Appealing

In bad weather, it’s easy for our gardens to look dead, bare, and untidy, which won’t encourage you to spend more time out there. Planting evergreen shrubs, and plants that flower in cold weather will add colour and drama and help your garden to look alive, even when it’s cold, and having plants to prune and care for will give you a reason to get outdoors more.

Get into Good Habits

Getting outside can become a habit, which will make it easier. Get into the habit of going for a walk every day, or of parking further away from work. Or get into the habit of going for a winter hike at weekends or even just having your morning coffee outside on mild days.

Wake Up Earlier

One of the main reasons we don’t spend as much time outdoors in the winter is that it’s dark much earlier. This makes it feel like nighttime and it’s much harder to go out.

It might also be dark earlier in the morning, but at least your feel more alert and energetic, and the idea of getting out for a refreshing walk might not be as daunting.

Keep Warm

You’re more likely to spend time outdoors if you can wrap up and stay dry. Invest in waterproofs and light layers, as well as some more colourful winter fashions and accessories, and stay wrapped up when you go out.

Spending more time outdoors is always good for you. As long as you are well-wrapped up and take care to stay safe and keep warm, time outside in the winter, whether exploring, getting from a to b, or enjoying your garden, is extremely beneficial.

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