Top Five Outdoor Resolutions for 2014
The New Year is here and brings with it a whole load of new opportunities for change. Rather than making resolutions that will be broken by Valentine’s Day, take the long term view, get yourself kitted out and enjoy the great outdoors. Here are just five ways you can get more fresh air this year:
- On your bike – cycling is becoming increasingly popular and with more cycle lanes, off-road cycle paths, mountain bike trails and cycling clubs, there’s no reason not to get back in the saddle. You don’t need to spend a fortune on a bike – you can even resurrect the one that’s hanging on the garage wall, but get a helmet and give it a go. If you live in a busy city like London, the thought of cycling through the busy streets it can be a bit scary, so an alternative is to pick a weekend once a month and drive to beautiful spots such as Ashdown Forest and make it a day out cycling.
- Volunteering – wildlife charities and environmental organisations are always looking for volunteers to help out with protection, clear-ups or education programmes. Wrap up in one of Cotton Traders waterproof jackets, pull on your wellies and do something for your local community.
- Running – lots of people take up running in the New Year; some to get fit, others to train for a specific event such as a marathon. Buy some specialised men’s trousers or leggings for running, get some decent running shoes and download a sensible training plan from the internet – don’t take things to fast until you’re ready. You can also join your local running clubs, get fit and meet new people.
- Head for the hills – walking is free and the UK is full of fantastic countryside to explore, with lots of public footpaths and open access. For individuals, couples and families, walking is a great way to explore the local area, get that valuable fresh air and increase your fitness. The thought of walks in the countryside is amazing, but parks are great too, you can easily spend hours in a parks such as Hyde park.
- Prepare for spring – there’s always something to be done in the garden, or sprucing up your make shift hanging basket. Whether it’s clearing leaves, pulling up weeds or preparing the ground, put on your casual polo shirt and a warm jumper and make sure your garden is looking its best when the weather gets better.
There are plenty more ways to get outside in the new year – even in the winter months when the days are shorter and the weather is colder – so these are just some suggestions that might help you to start doing something new.
Whatever you choose, make sure you have the right clothing. Good quality walking boots, running shoes or wellingtons, warm layers and waterproof clothing will all help, as will accessories like gloves, hats and scarves. If you’re going out for longer periods, make sure you have snacks and a drink, but above all, enjoy exploring!
This post is written in collaboration with Cotton Traders