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4 Reasons Why You Need To Take More Family Walks

On those cold, dark days late in the year, the last thing you might think of doing is braving the weather to go for a walk. But, on days when you're not feeling your best, if you're able to venture outside on a family walk, it might lift your spirits and help you feel better.

There are many benefits to walking together as a family. In this guide, we’ve detailed four reasons why you should embrace the great outdoors, even in autumn and winter — and to make things a little easier, we've also recommended some practical and comfortable items of clothing to keep the whole family dry, from big kids to little ones thanks to our new children's sizes!

1. Spending quality time

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We understand that all too often the hustle and bustle of family life can prevent you from spending good quality time together. Taking a family walk, whether that’s around your local park or somewhere further afield, can help you to return to the things that matter.

Let the kids run ahead and explore, whilst you hold your partner’s hand and catch up about your week so far. Leave your phones in the car so that you know you can give undivided attention, or alternatively, use them sparingly during your walk to take some up-to-date family pictures.

2. Wellbeing

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Even on the dullest of days, it’s important to get out and blow the cobwebs away. In fact, it has been proven that even a short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking can increase mental alertness, energy and positive mood.

So the next time you’re feeling short on energy or a bit down in the dumps — or if you notice the little ones in your family feeling the same — it’s important to get your shoes on and go.

Walks don’t have to be hikes to be beneficial. In fact, why not try an ‘eye spy’ walk, perfect for engaging younger kids who might otherwise begrudge going out. Time away from your to-do list, and time away from the television (or whatever other activity they’re currently obsessed with) can really help to lighten each other’s spirits.

3. Good exercise

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Walking is one of the best forms of exercise out there. Whether you’re obsessed with upping your step count, or prefer to just take a leisurely stroll, it’s important to consider walking as part of your family exercise routine.

When it’s time to pick up the kids from school — do you need to drive? Or, if walking the full way isn’t possible, can you take the bus and get off a stop or two early? Introducing these little changes into your routine can help you to start to view walking as exercise — helping you and your family to stay fit.

4. Exploring and inspiration

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One of the fundamentals of child development is the need to learn through play. When walking with the family, let exploration and make-believe take centre stage. Whether they want to build a den, climb trees or hunt for flowers or mini beasts, there’s plenty of ways to let children play safely in the great outdoors.

In autumn, collect fallen leaves or nuts from the floor to bring home for an art project. In winter, evergreen foliage like holly is perfect for creating a homemade wreath for the front door. But whatever the activity, make sure they have the best outdoor clothing for kids.

Whether you walk in your local park or at your nearest nature reserve, there’s always plenty to look out for to transform your daily walk into a learning experience that all the family can benefit from.

Children’s Crew Neck Sweatshirt, £10

Combined with the jog pants above, this crew neck sweatshirt will become an out-of-school uniform for little ones — practical and comfortable, and ideal for exploration and play. What’s more, the material ensures that even in autumn and winter, they will stay warm whilst playing outside.

Children’s Cuff Hem Jog Pants, £12

Available in steel and navy, these kids’ jogging bottoms are perfect for little explorers. Prioritise comfort and warmth — ideal for days out exploring in the countryside. What’s more, the midweight material provides great ease of movement, making them just as good for climbing trees as they are for PE lessons.

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So whatever your fitness level, remember that the benefits of walking can be second to none. What better way to spend time with your friends and family?
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