4 ways to spend more time outdoors

4 ways to spend more time outdoors

Going outside for some daily exercise has become the highlight of many people’s day, but to others the benefits of a walk can be overlooked. 

As well as improving our physical health, a brisk walk can help us sleep better, lift our mood and is a great way of staying connected with friends, family, and our local communities too.

We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to scenery in our region, so you don’t have to go far to find a walking spot close to you.

So, whether you’re looking for a great outdoors adventure or just looking to take a quick stroll with the family, here are some ideas to help make walking part of your daily routine.

1. Take a moment for yourself

Going for a walk can be as simple as walking to the shops or taking a quick stroll around your street on your lunchtime break.

It’s also a great opportunity to take some time for yourself and listen to music or catch up on a podcast – it won’t even feel like you’re exercising.

2. Visit country parks and open spaces 

You’ll be surprised by the number of great walking spots available on your doorstep. Many are open all year round and free of charge.

We recommend getting in touch with your local council or Wildlife Trust to find a list of places in your area and to check the current visitor information.

Our region is also home to many historical sites and both the English Heritage and National Trust have places you can visit for free too.

3. Go on a treasure trail

Treasure trails are not just for pirates. If you have kids, scavenger hunts are a great way of exploring where you live, and you can get the whole neighbourhood involved as well.

Have a go at making a list of items you can find close to you or different seasonal leaves and bugs you can look out for.

Another idea is to encourage your street to draw different pictures to place in windows which you can look out for on your next walk.

4. Get Wild about Wessex

Whether you’re an avid hiker or still finding your pace, you can find a walking route that suits you at our lakes and reservoirs.

There’s the five-mile Clatworthy Round at Clatworthy reservoir for those looking to stretch their legs or you can enjoy a one-mile walk through a traditional hay meadow at Sutton Bingham reservoir.

Written by

Tom Thomson

Junior Content Writer

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