It seems a shame to not enjoy the great outdoors during the colder months. Especially your own backyard that you’ve spent all spring and summer enjoying. There’s no need to stay stuck indoors when you can still head on out during those cooler months!
Although the exact temperature and weather conditions in your location will largely determine how long you can spend outside, here are some tips you can follow to maximise your time outside, and feel the benefits of being out in the fresh air all year long.
1. Year Round Gardening
Although gardening in the warmer spring and summer days is more appealing, that doesn’t mean you can’t take care of and enjoy your garden year round – there are plenty of jobs to be done;
- The leaves may have fallen, you can either rake them up, use a leaf blower, or if you fancy a bit of fun, see tip #2 and enjoy a leaf fight!
- Depending on the climate where you are, you may need to relocate some plants inside your house, or better still, a greenhouse. Some plants can’t cope in the colder weather, especially hard frosts.
- For those containers that can stay outside, you might want to raise them up to protect against any water logging, especially if you live in an area prone to rain.
2. Get Moving
When the weather turns, it is easy to get cosy inside and lose any motivation to keep fit. As long as you warm up properly, there is no reason why you can’t continue to exercise and play outside year round.
- If you have a trampoline that is suitable for year round use, it’s the perfect way to stay moving outside. Although the kids will love it too, there is no reason why you can’t jump on and do 20 star jumps before breakfast 🙂
- A dog doesn’t care what the weather is doing. They tend to want to go out in all weathers, and they much prefer it when you join them! Get out there and play a game of fetch, or do some training. If you really can’t face it perhaps it’s time you treated your four legged friend to an automatic ball launcher!
- If you’ve gone to the trouble of buying a portable basketball hoop, it makes sense to use it throughout the year – you don’t want your shooting skills going rusty do you?
- If you’re lucky enough to have snow (depending on your feelings about snow of course!) then you should get out there and embrace it! Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, or if you’re feeling more energetic (and have some suitable slopes) take part in some sledging, skiing or even snowboarding!
Once you’ve expelled all that excess energy you’ll feel much better, then you can retire inside beside a warm fire and treat yourself to a nice mug of hot cocoa!
3. Enjoy The Birds
If you like to watch and encourage wildlife to your backyard, the colder months is the time to really help them. Encourage birds by leaving food out for them and put up a birdhouse to give them somewhere warm to rest. Then sit back and see if you can identify what type they are!
4. Host A Fall Movie Night
Excite your friends and family by hosting the ultimate get together – an outdoor movie night! As long as you have the backyard space, setting up an outdoor theatre is easier than you might think. With an inflatable movie screen you can quickly set up, as well as pack away at the end of the evening.
If you want to feed your guests whilst they enjoy the movie, you could provide popcorn or if you have an outdoor pizza oven, serve up slices of everyone’s favorite takeout!
If there is a chill in the air, you could get guests to bring along blankets or provide a patio heater to keep them warm.
You’ll be the talk of the neighbourhood – for all the right reasons!
5. Hot Tub
For the ultimate in outdoor relaxation a hot tub is a sure winner. Hot tubs have become more accessible for home use with the availability of portable and inflatable hot tubs. They’re not just for the rich and famous any more! Nothing quite beats sitting in a hot tub when it’s super cold outside.
The winter months can be the perfect time for some stargazing. Make sure you wrap up super warm – layers work best. And check the weather conditions for clear skies. If you live in an area with a lot of light pollution you may need to wait until later on in the night, or drive somewhere less residential. With the correct telescope or binoculars, you’ll be seeing stars in no time at all!