I have really enjoyed watching how the daylight hours lengthen week by week and now we are to be rewarded with that extra hour in just one weeks’ time. I love the changing seasons but spring will always be my favourite.
Many of our readers will have been travelling to and from work in the dark for many months. But now with spring on the horizon, alongside the clocks moving forward, what a great opportunity to get into the fitness habit.
So, it is time to dust down those running shoes, clean the mud off those walking boots, service your bike and check out your outdoor gear. Walking, cycling or running on the trails of Sutton Park is now possible even after work. The Park is getting greener as shoots begin to spring showing new life – the gorse is beginning to flower more strongly as it does at this time of year, trees are ready to burst into leaf and the daffodils are out. It is well documented that those who exercise in parks or green spaces can reap the benefits of improved mental health, mood & self-esteem.
Plan to fit in a 20 minute walk as soon as you get home from work or even stop off on your way home. The temptation to stay in once you have had that cup of tea may be just too much. I believe you will feel a lot better when you sit down to your evening meal – refreshed and energized. Not only are you getting the benefit of exercise but also getting a dose of natural vitamin D from being in the daylight. Take a moment to listen to the birds and enjoy nature.