Winter really is on its way, isn’t it? This is the season that can be the most frustrating for anyone who likes being outside. It gets dark quickly, it’s usually wet and it is so cold!
Freezing (and wet) weather can stop people wanting to head out and go for a walk. Some of us have health conditions like arthritis and Raynaud’s syndrome that are made worse by the cold. Others struggle with knowing the right thing to wear. People don’t want to be sweating… but no one wants to be shivering either. And some people just don’t like the cold. Who can blame them really!
But there’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored if you’re well prepared. A good stroll in the cold can be really exhilarating and refreshing, so go on, get your coat on…
Wrap Up Warm
There are a few proven ways to perfectly wrap up warm for a winter walk. With a layer that wicks away moisture, one that insulates your body from the cold, and another that keeps out the wind and rain, you’re sure to be walking comfortably in any conditions. Some experienced walkers do this with:
A relatively light base layer
An insulating top that can easily be slipped off if you get too warm, or back on if you get cold
A windproof and often water-resistant layer in the form of a breathable jacket or coat.
For many of us, it’s as simple as wearing a jumper under a breathable coat. Others will feel comfortable and warm enough in a pair of jeans, tracksuit bottoms, walking trousers or a pair of thermal leggings.
It’s important to find clothing that works for you to make your cold walks comfortable. It’s probably best to include a pair of gloves, a scarf and a hat too.
Get Good Walking Shoes
Cold and painful toes? Blisters and corns? Painful knees? This is often avoidable if you have a good pair of walking shoes to carry you on your way. They don’t have to be anything expensive or fancy, just a pair of shoes you feel comfortable in and that’ll keep your toes warm too. Some people like walking in trainers that allow feet to breathe despite the cold air. Others prefer a strong pair of protective boots to keep the warmth in and the cold out.
What makes your feet happy? Comfort? Warmth? Cushioning? Breathability? Figure out what works best for you and get walking!
It gets dark quickly these days but there’s no need to go it alone. Buddy up with a family member, friend, or as part of a walking group so you can head out in the evening for a walk. For those of us who look after kids at home or who work 9-5, time for a daytime walk can be hard to find. If you are able to take some time for yourself in the evening, a walk with a friend or loved one is a great way to do so. A scheduled walk with someone else is great motivation for getting outside. Make it a weekly thing!
Your winter walks don’t have to be difficult journeys of epic lengths, just heading out for a 10-minute walk in winter will have many benefits for your health and happiness. As long as you’re well prepared, walking in winter could be your new favourite thing.