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Get Out and About: Everyday Ways You Can Make the Most of the Sunshine

Get Out and About: Everyday Ways You Can Make the Most of the Sunshine
26 February 2015 2509 Views No comments

Spring is almost here and the days are a lot brighter and happier. After a dark and dreary winter, this is a welcome relief. Not only are the days drier, but the sun is getting up earlier and staying out longer, making things seem a lot happier.

As well as meaning that we are a step closer to summer, this also means that you have more options when it comes to activities. You'll be able to spend more time outside with your little ones, helping them to get more exercise and daily doses of vitamin D.

So, exactly how can you make the most of the extra sunshine and get your family a bit healthier, but still stay bundled up against the possible cold weather?

Get walking

This is the simplest way to get your half hour of sunshine everyday and can also see you save money on petrol or public transport. Walking your children to and from school, going to the shops on foot or simply popping out with your little ones for a stroll can help improve health and allow you to make the most of the sunlight hours.

Doing the things you would normally do by car from now on will help you make the most of the improving weather and get the whole family involved. Everyone may find it tough going in some cases at first, but the more you walk, the easier it will get!

Days out

If you're planning a day out, why not make it a day outside? Rather than popping to an indoor attraction, find something to do that requires everyone to be outside for at least a portion of the day.

Adventure trails, parks, beaches and farms are some options that are open to you. You can have a walk around or get involved with different activities. You might even consider taking a few outdoor games with you; after all, you can still play football even if it is a bit on the chilly side.

You could even come up with some activities before you head off, with treasure hunts or sightseeing games requiring only a written list of things to find or see. This can easily make a place you've been to before more interesting.

Garden fun

If you have a garden, or even just an open space by your house, simply getting your kids to play outside for half an hour after school can help them to get more sun and burn off any excess energy. This is a great way to get them to wind down after school and is a much more creative pursuit than simply getting home and popping on the TV.

Let them run around and make up games before they need to come in for dinner or do homework. You'll probably find that the more you do this, the more they will enjoy it and want to play outside rather than sitting indoors. It is also a great way to get them off the internet or games consoles, so is definitely worth a try!