As we head towards winter, there’s no reason to feel down about the change of the seasons. The warm summer sun may feel like a memory, but there’s no reason to feel like we have to spend months sheltered indoors!
Heading outside in the winter can be extremely therapeutic! Those brisk winter afternoons can show cast a beautiful light over our brilliant countryside.
What if it rains?
Here’s our top four tips for things to do on a rainy weekend!
1. Go For A Run!
If you’re a personal fitness aficionado, exercising in the rain can have some amazing effects! Not only does it warm you up, did you know that running in rain creates higher levels of oxygen consumption? This leads to increased calorie burning and fat loss!
Taking a run through the countryside can help you enjoy our beautiful countryside in the fresh air, and help you clear your mind from the stresses of the week.
Just make sure you dry off afterwards!
If exercising isn’t your thing, there’s still no reason to sit indoors feeling bored.
Giving up just one weekend a month to a local charity by volunteering on an environmental project or in one of their charity shops can make a real difference to the charity, and to your quality of life!
It’s good to give something back, getting involved with new projects and meeting new people. You’ll be surprised what a positive impact volunteering can have on your life.
3. Go Camping!
The autumn can be the perfect time of year to go camping. Take a good waterproof tent, bring along sleeping bags, cushions and some airbeds and go camping in the great outdoors with your family.
Wrap up warm, plot an easy route – you don’t need to go too physical if the weather isn’t great! – and most of all, explore the outdoors.
Camping can have great bonding effects, and can be a great change of pace for you and your friends or family.
Just make sure you tidy up behind you!
4. A nature walk!
Sometimes, nothing beats a good old fashioned casual stroll. Go to a local park or forest and have a wander. Take your time, and study the environment around you. You can show your children things they may not have noticed before – how water runs through the forest in wet conditions, what leaves provide the best canopy cover.
Go exploring, get muddy, and have fun.
The Conservation Volunteers’ Big Green Weekend is coming up! Find out more, and get involved.