Spending time outside is beneficial to both your mental and physical health, and while it can sometimes be hard to get out and about when the weather is colder and the days are shorter, winter can surprise you with some refreshing local walks. We have gathered some top tips to help you get outside and enjoy being closer to nature this winter.
Start off toasty
If you hate the feeling of stepping outside and the cold hitting you then this one’s for you. Heat your base layers, gloves and hats on the radiator before you put them on and you’ll be cosy all day.
Stay warm when you stop
The moment you stop, whether it’s to take a swig from your flask, check your map, or just to soak up a spectacular view, you start cooling down. Carry a lightweight jacket with you in your bag which is easy to get out when you stop. They pack up really small and weigh next to nothing – perfect additional winter warmth.
As strange as it may seem to think about overheating in winter, sweating is one of the easiest ways to get cold when out walking. Wearing breathable layers is crucial in helping you cope with this. Merino wool base layers are the best as they naturally wick sweat away from your skin. And a breathable jacket is the icing on your layer cake, too.
Switch from gloves to mitts
A top tip from the professionals is to wear mitts. The heat from all your fingers will work together, like a little pack of penguins, sharing the warmth between them. If you need to use your hands a lot, it can be a good idea to wear a liner glove beneath the mitt to keep the elements away when your mitts are off.
Whether you go for a long or short walk, it’s important to drink enough water and other fluids so you don’t get dehydrated. You might not find a fountain to fill up at or a shop to buy water so bring your own.
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