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5 Reasons to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

David Nieper
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Crisp, golden leaves, shiny conkers, busy squirrels, falling apples; autumn is a truly gorgeous time of year in the natural world.

With our cosy autumn collection waiting in your wardrobe, the cold weather is no excuse for staying indoors – and there are so many reasons to grab your coat and head outside. By making time for nature, you can...

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Get much-needed exercise

The NHS has made better health a top priority, and it should be one of yours too. While you don’t have to go running to the gym, finding a little time for a daily walk outdoors is a great way to stay active in a safe space. Just 30 minutes a day could help you to wake up tired joints and even lose a little weight, and the simple impact of each footstep increases blood flow to the brain, which can improve cognitive function and memory. If you’re not sure where to walk in your local area (or if you’re not particularly good with a map!), the British Heart Foundation has collated a selection of free apps that suggest routes, record progress and track your steps.

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Stimulate your brain and immune system

You needn’t go hiking to reap the rewards of the great outdoors, however; pulling on a cosy coat and scarf and simply spending time wandering around a local park or woodland is thought to offer all kinds of important health benefits. Nature is incredibly stimulating for the brain, providing all kinds of sounds, sights, and smells that spark your senses, and as we move through autumn there will be new things to discover each time you visit. But that’s not all. Research suggests that the airborne phytoncides produced by plants can even boost immune function. And if that’s not enough reason to find a woodland near you...

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Reduce stress among the trees

In Japan, spending time outdoors is considered a type of therapy, so much so that it’s even given a name: ‘shinrin-yoku’, or ‘forest bathing’, the act of quietly and calmly immersing oneself in nature. It’s a practice based on extensive research: studies have shown forest bathers experience reduced levels of cortisol – which is a hormone linked with stress – lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure compared to those spending their time in towns and cities. If you’d like to try forest bathing for yourself (and you should – even the Duchess of Cambridge is a fan!) try The Mersey Forest’s step-by-step guide to mindful wandering.

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Experience the stunning colours of autumn

According to the National Trust, we can look forward to an absolutely exceptional autumn. Apparently, the intensity of the autumnal colours we love – gold, purple, red, and vibrant orange – depends on the amount of sunshine trees absorb in the months before, and we’ve had just enough September sunshine to produce a truly stunning display. Our autumn collection is wonderful for days out, so pack a big flask of hot soup, pull on our jeans with one of our new season jackets, and head to a National Trust place near you – most are open and available to visit if you book in advance.

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Find an excuse to stay cosy

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Speaking of our autumn collection, this year’s is filled with lush, cosy knits, statement coats and jackets, and comfortable lightweight layers. All you need now is an excuse to wear them. With the next few months still looking a little uncertain, one thing we can rely on is the opportunity to safely stretch our legs and enjoy time spend outdoors. So make the most of the patches of dry weather (or, like a true Brit, pull on your very best raincoat) and head outside – even on the coldest days, it’s certain to warm your heart.

Planning time outdoors? Be sure to browse our collection of beautifully designed outerwear and our brand new scarves - they make the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

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