Just because there are fewer hours of daylight doesn't mean there are fewer hours to the day. Here are 5 ways to help you stay active outdoors this autumn and winter.
1. Take your lunch break out We all now this now. There's tons of mental and health benefits to spending time out in daylight so ditch the desk time lunch and head outdoors for a walk, a cycle, a cold swim or why not even an outdoor workout. If you're lucky enough to be near a trail, pack your lunch and hike to a favourite spot and indulge in an alfresco lunch on the trails.
2. Schedule your outdoor time Don't leave it up to chance. Put it in your calendar and consider it as important as any other appointment or meeting.
3. Partner with a buddy The accountability to having to meet someone is a powerful motivator especially on a dark evening or a wet early morning. Don't have a buddy that's into being active outdoors? Consider finding and joining a club or group that do.
4. Have your night gear ready It's all about making it as easy and simple as possible to get yourself out there. If you need to start riffling through all your camping gear to find that headlamp for your evening run when you were actually meant to be leaving the house, it's just not going to happen is it? Get your headlamp, reflector vest, hat & gloves sorted and keep them easily accessible.
5. Sign up for an adventure way in advance Don't wait until the last minute to sign up for that evening campfire cookout or sunrise hike. Once you've committed it's harder to bail on yourself and you won't struggle as much to make (find) time to get out there.