You never have to tell us to get more fresh air in the spring, summer, or fall, but the winter air hits differently. Follow these tips to get outside more when the weather is less than favorable – your body and mind will thank you!
Know Your Limits
It’s important that you decide your limits. Safety always comes first, so it’s best to hunker down if there is a blizzard, snowstorm, or ice storm. Decide on a comfortable temperature range, and head outside for a brisk walk when it’s above that mark.
You’re more likely to enjoy your winter excursion when dressed appropriately. So layer up as much as you need to. Thermal underwear makes a great base layer, and hats do a great job retaining some of that body heat. If it’s snowing or raining, wear something that will repel the water. While layers aren’t always the most flattering, you’ll stay warm, and that’s all that matters.
That Means Shoes, Too
Cold, wet feet are no fun, so wear wool socks and comfortable, waterproof shoes with thick rubber soles to keep you from slipping.
Say No to Wind
Whether you’re heading out for a hike or a jaunt around the block, the winter wind can be brutal. If you’re making it a point to get outside a few times a week, we don’t recommend heading out on a windy day.
Say Yes to Adventure
Getting outside more during the winter doesn’t mean just going for a walk; you can do many outdoor activities during the colder months, including skiing, ice skating, or snowshoeing.
Promise to Get Some Rays
A lot of people are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder. One of the best ways to combat SAD is by getting vitamin D. So anytime you see that sun poking through the clouds, head outside to soak up some rays.
Make It a Group Effort
Sometimes it’s easier to get outside when you’re not alone. Call a friend, leash up your mutt, or ask a family member to join you on your outdoor excursion. Having someone there for conversation can make you forget the cold temps.
Keep in Mind You Get to Come Back Inside
After you’ve gotten some fresh air and moved your body, come inside and treat yourself. Start brewing some hot tea or coffee, put lotion on to keep dry skin at bay, change into comfy loungewear, and settle in.