If you live in a climate that’s as changeable as the UK’s, you will be familiar with how difficult it can be to get outside. We lead busy lives with work and family commitments. We’re probably already trying to take extra steps to be healthier in our diet and exercise level. What little free time we have that we would like to spend outside is often ruined by the weather. Cold, miserable days or heavy rainfall can stop us from enjoying fresh air and expansive skies. It's likely that we spend a lot of time indoors, probably in front of the television or a computer screen. Fresh air can be something we’re really lacking in our lives.
Studies have shown in the past that getting fresh air and oxygen can improve our mood, health, and concentration levels. It helps us to stay awake and alert. It energises our bodies and can benefit the whole family at any age. It’s no good if you’d love to get outdoors but you’re always left waiting for those warm Summer days that never come! It’s time to change our attitude and approach to the climate and get outdoors.
Dress For The Weather
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The Daily Commute
Getting to and from work on a daily basis can often be a missed opportunity for fresh air and rxcercise. The rat race of being stuck behind the wheel or waiting on the bus can mean we arrive tired and irritable. Walking to work can be a great way to breathe deeply, clear your head and arrive refreshed. At the start of the day it will keep you alert, and at the end of the day it will help you unwind. If walking the length of the trip is not practical, then why not try a walk on your lunch hour? Or hop of the bus a little early and walk the last few stops? Walking may not seem like strenuous exercise that will have a vast effect. But fresh air and extra steps on a daily basis can have a big impact on our health and well being.
T, A & H xxxxxx
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