New Year's resolutions to get you outside By

Overindulged this festive period? Why not kick-start the new year with some resolutions that will get you outside more. Here's 5 ideas to get you started.

Camping by a lake

Christmas was only yesterday and you can still hear the ringing of festive jingles in your ears and remember that third helping of turkey you had. It was exactly what you needed, but now you're itching for a change. You need an antidote to all that time inside with the heating turned up high.

Getting outside this January, from camping in the New Forest to cycling the routes of the Peak District, is the perfect way to kick start the new year with a healthy mind and body.

Traditional goals tend to fall by the wayside, but if you love the natural world, these are some you'll have no difficulty completing. And they're guaranteed to put a smile on your face and brighten up those wintery days at work.

Here are 5 New Year's resolutions that will get you out and about in those green spaces again.

Riding at sunrise

1. Try something new

So many of our resolutions are about quitting things, but here's a chance to pick up a habit and never have to give it up. Did you know, it only takes just 21 days to form a habit? You might love golf, but have you tried footgolf? If the thought of being by the coast gets you excited, coasteering is a new and interesting way to explore. Or it might be something as simple as altering your usual bike route through the local hills for a slight change of scenery. You'll never know what you may find!

Other great options include slacklining, which is similar to tightrope walking but doesn't need to be high off the ground, parkour, geocaching and bouldering. And what about water activities like canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing? There really is something to suit everyone.

2. Camp in a National Park

Pick one that you're never visited before and make it your mission to camp there this year.

There are 15 to choose from, in all corners of the UK and when it comes to breath-taking scenery and wildlife, they are second to none. Think of boating along The Broads, roaming the Brecon Beacons or getting close to the sea on the Pembrokeshire Coast – bliss.

Don't light a fire unless you are certain that it's allowed, as this can damage the area, but at this time of year, a stove is a great way to keep toasty instead. Whatever you do and wherever you camp, be sure to leave no trace and dispose of your rubbish responsibly.

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Camping in a National Park

3. Switch off with a digital detox.

We all know that our phones are taking up too much of our time, offering endless distraction and taking us away from the things that we really want to be focused on. The temptation to click and scroll often gets the better of us.

Stepping away from social media is a great way to clear your head and start the year with a bang. To keep temptation at an absolute minimum, why not set yourself the challenge of heading for a spot where you're guaranteed no signal at all, in any case. Be sure you've told someone where you are headed in advance, and have a physical map with you in case of emergencies.

4. Stargaze in clear skies.

Forget light pollution and cities, the UK is full of incredible Dark Skies where you can see the Milky Way like never before. Relax, recharge and give yourself an experience that you'll remember all year long with an evening spotting constellations and watching the heavens.

No need to invest in a telescope, a simple pair of binoculars is enough to see something incredible from spots like the South Downs, Galloway Forest and more. From meteor showers to planets, this year is going to offer some incredible astronomical events. Grab a picnic blanket and gaze up at the stars above!

Stargazing on campsite

5. Read something inspiring before bed each night

Sometimes we all run out of drive and get stuck in a rut. The best solution can often be swapping the time that you might have spent mindlessly scrolling for a good read.

Whether it's the non-fiction exploits of your favourite adventurer, a guide to the next destination you want to tackle or a practical how-to that will teach you some outdoorsy skills, there are so many great options. Our OS GetOutside Champions have some great books out, find out more about them here.

Take a deep breath, you've made it into the start of the year with a few resolutions that you're bound to keep, enjoy and want to continue throughout the year. Bring friends and family along and see if you can fill your weekends with a few lasting experiences in the great outdoors and make this year a good one!

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Published 10.12.2020. Edited 17.12.2020 By


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