The 12 days of Christmas for outdoors fans

The festive season is upon us and so we thought we would have some fun rewriting the 12 days of Christmas – for outdoors fans. Here are our words of jingle bell wisdom.

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On the first day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: There is no such thing as a cold walk (so long as you dress for the weather)

In winter, a walk in the frosty or snowy countryside can be just the thing for lifting your spirits and enjoying time together as a couple or a family. So wrap up warm in winter-specific outdoors clothing, such as three-in-one jackets, baselayers and walking boots.

On the second day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: Layer it up

Another top tip for staying warm in the great outdoors is to wear lots of thin layers, rather than one or two thick layers. Your body heat is trapped between the layers of clothing and the more layers you have the warmer you will be. If you become too hot you can always peel off one thin layer. This is the same for upper and lower body, as well as your head and hands.

On the third day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: Use your head

You lose a lot of heat from your head, so wear a cosy hat. Have some fun with your headwear, too, choosing bright colours and funky designs.

On the fourth day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: Stay low if you don’t know

Experienced hikers will go high into the mountains in winter. They will tell you about the wonders of remote, snow-capped peaks. But there are many fabulous outdoors experiences to be had lower down the hills, too. Don’t risk your life by walking in winter if you don’t know how to navigate safely. Simply go out and enjoy the lower levels instead.

On the fifth day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: Write an outdoors bucket list

Make a list of 10 things you have always wanted to achieve in the great outdoors. Perhaps you will bag your first Munro, or go white water rafting, or ski a Scottish mountain, or fly in a glider.

On the sixth day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: Do something in the outdoors with your kids

Quality time with the family is always better when enjoyed outdoors. And it doesn’t have to be expensive. Project Wild Thing is a great resource with an app that shows you how to “re-wild your kids”.

On the seventh day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: Go hug a tree

In Scotland, on December 1, 931 people hugged a tree for one minute as part of a world record attempt. They beat the previous record set in England of 720 tree huggers and they have now submitted their record to the Guinness World Records. Tree hugging is a lovely thing to do with the kids.

On the eighth day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: Build an igloo

12744pre_719d355a33cb016You’ll obviously need some snow for this but the weather forecasters are predicting one of the snowiest winters for six decades. Check out our Building an Igloo blog.

On the ninth day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: Tick off all the gifts on your Christmas list

If you still have presents to buy, take a look at the Regatta outlet website. There are lots of bargains to be had and outdoors clothing and footwear priced to suit all budgets.

On the 10th day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: Get your 20 minutes of daily light 

Health experts reckon that 20 minutes of daylight is all it takes to keep you feeling upbeat throughout the winter. Any less and you might start to feel the winter blues. More time spent outdoors is only going to be a benefit to your health. So go for a walk, bike ride or a run every day in winter.

On the 11th day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: Think up a big challenge

What will your big outdoors challenge be for 2014? Perhaps you will enter a cycling sportive, or sign up to a running race or a walking event. There are many outdoors events across the UK that are suitable for all levels of fitness. And having a goal will help you to stay focused – and fit – in 2014.

On the 12th day of Christmas my favourite outdoors clothing brand said to me: Enjoy time off with your loved ones

The festive period is a time for catching up with family and friends. Make the most of the happy holiday by planning to get-together. Perhaps you could organise a Christmas family walk – and decide that it will become an annual event.

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