Winter is here, and it’s only natural that your family will spend more time indoors than in the summer. Still, there are plenty of healthy winter outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by all the family. Integrate them into your life to stay healthy and happy throughout the magical winter season.

Nothing beats blowing the cobwebs out like a spot of fresh air, wrap up warm and enjoy some fun activities with your friends and family. Being outdoors in winter can be invigorating and there are many free and fun activities you can enjoy. You don’t have to hit the slopes or go cross country skiing a pleasant walk in the countryside can have amazing health benefits.

Why Healthy Winter Outdoor Activities Matter

Outdoor activities are a good way to keep you healthy through the winter months, including but not limited to;

  • They help you maintain a healthy weight and body shape.
  • Exercise releases endorphins and works alongside mindfulness to boost positivity.
  • Helps reduce stress and anxiety
  • They are key moments that you can look back on as a family.

In short, outdoor activities are good for your health and happiness. Delaying this until the warmer weather returns would be a waste of precious time.

Suitable Activities This Winter

There are dozens of activities that you and your family and friends could try in the winter months. Here are 10 of the best.

  1. Complete a winter trail or take a family bike ride.
  2. Head to an ice skating rink or an outdoor dry ski slope.
  3. Go for a walk and collect pinecones and other items for home crafts.
  4. Go sledging if it snows.
  5. Hold a winter garden BBQ and play some garden games.
  6. Explore a national park and take photos of the landscapes and wild animals.
  7. Have a snowball fight or build a snowman
  8. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or other charitable event.
  9. Have a go at forest bathing.
  10. Create a winter scavenger hunt for the kids.

Take care of Nature

Winter is the time of year when wildlife can struggle, you can give nature a helping hand by feeding the birds. If you’ve been collecting pinecones in the woods and are wondering how you can use them, try making a pinecone bird feeder. You can also thread plain unsalted popcorn on a string and tie it to trees or shrubs in your garden.

If you’re doing a spot of winter gardening you can help nature by not being overzealous. Leave a mound of leaves where hedgehogs and insects can hide until the warmer weather arrives. Spending time in your garden with nature is a very therapeutic way to enjoy a perfect winter’s day!

How to Make a Pinecone Bird feeder

Many people suggest peanut butter, however, most peanut butters contain ingredients not suitable for garden birds. Try using plain lard instead to mix your birdseed in.

  • Use a large open pinecone.
  • Attach a piece of string to the cone long enough to dangle from a tree.
  • Spread the lard onto the pinecone.
  • Then dip the pine cone into a bowl of birdseed.
  • Hang the finished cone somewhere safe for birds to enjoy!

Have a Winter get Together

You can hold a winter gathering in your garden and if the weather is dry with no rain or snow on the horizon you don’t even require any shelter. Light a firepit, put out some chairs, and grab a few cosy blankets. Place a few candles or tealights around and indulge in some scrumptious nibbles topped with a glass of wine ot two and enjoy the stars and banter. This could certainly be a winter’s night to remember!

Whether enjoying outdoor activities alone or with friends and family, the opportunities to stay healthy and active this winter are plentiful. Wrap up warm and enjoy spending an hour or two outdoors this winter.

If you’ve enjoyed this article you might want to read up on What you need to know about Forest Bathing

 

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