Here at FINDRA, we’re always looking to bring you snippets of motivation to get you inspired for your own everyday adventures. December seems to get busier and busier each year with more people to see and more social gatherings in the diary. It’s already difficult to get exercise into our schedules with the darker mornings and evenings, so how on earth is it possible to get outside during one of the busiest months of the year?
Getting Outside Guilt Free
Recently, we’ve been talking to a lot of people who have rediscovered activity and outdoor adventures again once their younger children have grown up and flown the nest. Once the commitments and the ‘ought to dos’ diminish in number, some people have said that they no longer feel guilty about heading into the outdoors for some ‘me time’. With a busy holiday period coming up (let’s face it, it’s already here!) how can we make sure those feelings of guilt remained banished as we make way for more commitments?
Read our top tips over on our dedicated blog!
Prepare for the Cold
So you’ve mentally prepared to give yourself time to get outside this holiday season, but sometimes it’s tricky to physically get out that door! Here are our top 5 tips to making sure you make the best use of that allocated time outside.
1/. Set multiple alarms. Even if you’re not heading out early in the morning, set an alarm for yourself to get changed, put your trainers on and another to head outside.
2/. Create your best workout playlist. Music can bring out our best performance, give us energy and reduce fatigue. As soon as your first alarm goes off, get your favourite playlist playing and you’ll be skipping out that front door to recreate the music videos!
3/. Wear your workout clothes to bed. If you’re a morning exerciser, activewear made of merino wool doubles brilliantly as cosy pyjamas so all you need to do in the morning is put your trainers on! If you lessen the effort it takes to get out the door, the easier it becomes and the fewer excuses you can make.
4/. Remember your accessories. Keeping your extremities warm can make or break a good workout outdoors. Everything down to your gloves, toasty socks and headbands add up keep your body temperature just right, no matter how close to freezing the air temperature gets!
5/. Fuel yourself. The Christmas holidays are the time of plenty and there seems to be chocolate everywhere, from the advent calendar to the After Eights. But don’t forget to keep that diet balanced to fuel yourself well for exercising – fruit and vegetables still exist and are essential to keep away those feelings of hibernation!
Quote of the Week
Music of the Week
We’re building a FINDRA Community Playlist over on Spotify, bringing you music of a rather eclectic variety! From classic dance tunes to lesser-known indie songs, we hope there’s something new in there for you. If you’ve got a favourite you’d like to hear in the playlist, drop us a tweet!
For a wintry song which isn’t explicitly Christmassy, how about this debut single from Fleet Foxes from back in 2008? There’s something about the ghostly vocals that feels appropriate for this time of year. The music video is also one of our favourites – a reminder that time will pass and seasons will change. It won’t be winter forever!
Whatever you’re up to this week, friends, remember to find your everyday adventure.
Love, Team FINDRA x