Get up – Get Out and Enjoy

Our first post is to tell everyone about us and to give you all the inspiration to get out and enjoy the natural world. We love spending time outdoors, and over the years have visited national parks, nature reserves, as well as enjoyed the parks and countryside in our area.

We started hiking in our 20s. It was a cheap holiday, we could take the kids and camp. At the time, wild camping was a good option, so we only had to find gas money. We had to buy some gear too, but we got most of our outdoor outfits in the sales and from our family.

In no time at all we were bitten by the outdoor bug. As our finances got better we started to do it more often. Spending weekends away and we began to try new outdoor pursuits. In no time at all we were canoeing, climbing, fishing and orienteering.

Once we had the outdoor bug we really had it. During the winter we couldn’t do as much as we wanted to, so started to travel. We went on safari, walking in the Alps and sailing. However, family commitments stopped us travelling for a bit, but we still needed our outdoor fix, so hiking in the rain became the norm for us. We also got the skiing bug and tried tobogganing, sledging and all kinds of other winter sports.

Pairs of skis

As you can see the list of outdoor activities you can enjoy is literally endless, and you do no need good weather to get out and about. We found that provided we bought good quality clothes we had all the protection we needed from the weather. That way we could enjoy ourselves year round as well as indulge our passion for winter sports.

The advantage of getting out and about

If you are looking for a way to get fit and improve how you feel getting up and spending time outdoors is a great way to do it.When you are walking or paddling down a river you burn a lot of calories without really noticing that you are doing it. This is great because there is no need to skip dessert when you are enjoying lunch on your travels.

Not only do you lose weight you stay toned and enjoy better cardiovascular health. Studies have also shown that people who interact with nature more suffer from less allergies and food intolerances.

Being outside is also good for your mental health. People who spend plenty of time outside are generally happier, they sleep better and suffer from less depression.

Forest path

During our travels we have met all kinds of people. Today, many of our friends are people we met while enjoying outdoor pastimes. In our case it also provided us with an income for several years. We offered coaching and tours in our locale and sold outdoor sports clothing, so for us the great outdoors has been great. It has brought huge benefits to our family, so we want more people to get out and enjoy the same benefits.

We still spend a lot of time enjoying our pastimes, so this blog is just a side project for us. You may hear from us every week or once or twice a month. It depends what we are up to, but everything we write will be designed to help you to choose a outdoor pastime for your family, plan your trips and buy the right equipment.