It occurred to me the other day that I had been looking at my fitness the wrong way. I had been trying to squeeze in trips to the gym in between work and looking after the children and as a result I was becoming stressed. I wasn’t getting to the gym as often as I wanted to and the constant juggling of trying to fit it in was making exercise seem like a chore. Then it occurred to me that I was looking at it all wrong. Instead of trying to juggle everything I should be combining it all. So this weekend saw me dragging the family outdoors for a hike with me.
Getting outdoors even in the cold and drizzle is so good for the soul. So on Sunday we wrapped up warm and headed to Val De La Mare reservoir and arboretum. It is one of our favourite places to visit as it is really safe for the children and there are so many different paths and hiding places to explore. When we go on these walks we like to take a bag to collect any treasure we find.
Our treasure could be interesting looking leaves, fairy cups (acorn shells to you and me) or beautiful bark from one of the many trees.
This is the children’s favourite tree as it looks like it is shedding its skin. We found some lovely bark from it on the floor and added it to our treasure bag!
Although it was a gloomy day we had fun running and hiding behind the trees whilst keeping an eye out for any bears that might be lurking.
After exploring the forgotten forest we emerged out into the sunlight where we found the reservoir.
Nestled next to the reservoir were some boats. The children informed me that the boats belonged to pirates hunting for their treasure.
With the wind chill starting to work its way beneath our layers of clothes we decided to run back to the car.
Whilst finding muddy puddles to jump in on the way.
Not ideal footwear for a muddy walk but I still haven’t got round to buying us all wellies. I keep hoping that the rain will be stopping soon. When we got back home we snuggled under blankets, excitedly chatting about our walk over big mugs of warm cocoa whilst munching on chocolate eclairs. We really love getting out for walks as a family but with the recent never ending rain we haven’t been going out as much. We realised that we can still have fun outdoors whatever the weather. The children love charging around outdoors and it seems to stoke their imaginations as they invent incredible stories, it is also good for us as we get much needed exercise keeping up with the children. A walk is also fantastic for clearing my head too which really helps with my work.
After our fun adventures in the forest we all slept very well with some of us having fantastic dreams about pirates burying their treasure in the woods.