We’ve wished we were all over the world this year, but as Christmas draws near, there really is no place like home.
We know you are an adventurous bunch so we are sure you have lots of things planned over the holidays that do not involve hibernating with a selection box and watching every seasonal special on the television. We thought we would offer a reminder of ways you can get out and get some fresh air during this festive time. You can either enjoy some quiet, alone time before you are surrounded by scores of relatives or you can rally the troops and organise a family outing. Either way, it’s a wonderful excuse to spend some time being outdoors and active before the excessive power-eating of Christmas truly begins.
Going for a Christmas Day family walk is a great tradition to pass down through the generations especially post Christmas dinner when you are all still wearing your Christmas cracker hats.
If you want to do it for charity, check out Walking With The Wounded’s campaign Walking Home For Christmas to support homeless and vulnerable veterans. It can be walking home from the station, school, the office, a party or even a longer, more challenging mission.
We think that a bike is up there with a globe for a wrapping logistical nightmare. If you managed to wrap a bike, we salute you and if you are lucky enough to be the one unwrapping that bike, we are jealous.
The roads are far less busy over Christmas, especially early in the morning. It’s a great time to build your confidence. Make sure you have lights and that your bike is in full working order.
Parkrun, the organised Saturday 5km run falls on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve this year . Check their website to see if there is one in a park near you.
If you are planning a long or short run, we recommend you go before Christmas dinner and not after. Well, give it a few hours at least.
If you are still braving the open water we doff our caps to you. It’s probably not the best time to start if you haven’t been acclimatising throughout autumn but if you want to be inspired, check out the Serpentine Swimming Club’s Peter Pan Christmas day race. An annual tradition that began in 1864 that sees members brave the icy waters of Hyde Park’s Serpentine in nothing but their swimmers and optional Santa hats.
Do let us know how you get on and if you have any outdoorsy plans for 2017, we’d love to hear about them. We have a forever growing Outdoors and Leisure section to inspire you.