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Outdoor pursuits in winter

Posted by | charlottec | January 23, 2012 | No Comments

Winter is a time when you can feel like leaving any outdoor pursuits alone for a while. It can be hard to motivate yourself to go and get some exercise when the weather is really cold.  However, as long as it’s not raining, winter needn’t be a barrier to outdoor life. All you really need to do is be prepared with some decent kit to keep you warm.

A quick to any Regatta outlet and you’ll be kitted out in no time. The whole store is geared towards outdoor life – whether that be a particular sport like climbing or an activity like camping or hiking.

The best kind of clothing for outdoors activity in winter is layering – no matter what you’ve got planned. By wearing layers, you add cushioning layers of air between each layer of clothing – keeping your body warmth in, so that you don’t waste energy trying to conserve it.

Baselayers are those that fit close to the body, yet allow you freedom of movement. Thermal underwear is perfect for a base layer, and the fabric allows moisture to escape from your skin – preventing you from getting chilled by sweat settling on your skin.

You can even get the kids involved, as long as you get the same gear for them, as they’ll be even more susceptible to the cold than you. Outdoor stores stock a range for every age and there are so many bright colours to choose from that you’re bound to find something that every child likes. And if they’re not into bright colours, black or blue is always an option.

Don’t forget to get some accessories for your extremities – thermal hat, gloves and socks will all add to your overall comfort.

Once you’ve got yourself and your family kitted out, all you need to decide where you’re going and what you’re going to do, while everyone else you know is languishing on their sofa!


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