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Thursday, 29 January 2015

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Keeping Fit in Winter #simplyhealth

Winter fitness Ice Skating Winter Wonderland Cardiff

I admit that during the Winter time I struggle to keep up with my planned exercise routine.  As I'm in training for the Team Honk Comic Relief Danceathon which is taking place in March, I did try to start running again but I'm finding it really hard to get out of bed an hour earlier during these dull, dark mornings so I've needed to look for other ways to keep fit:

Ice Skating

One of our favourite family fitness activity to take part in is ice skating.  We were kindly given tickets to go skating at Winter Wonderland, Cardiff, which is always a treat. 

Winter fitness Ice Skating Winter Wonderland Cardiff

Simply Health Winter Ice Skating

Simply Health Winter Ice Skating

We also went skating at a smaller, local ice rink down Milford Marina.  With the music playing, it definitely felt more disco than discipline, however I could feel my legs getting a good workout.  It's also great for balance and posture too, something that I need to work on after baby wearing and pushing buggies for many years!


Simply Health Winter Fitness Sledging Snow

Going up the mountains sledging was a great fitness activity too.  It certainly took some effort to climb up the slope again for each turn.  The reward of whizzing down the hill on the sledge definitely made the effort worthwhile though.

Winter Walks

Simply Health Winter Walk Woods Beach

Whatever the weather, we always enjoy a good family walk.  Woodland walks often provide shelter from the rain.  Our favourite walks  are along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path so we can stop and run around on the beaches along the way too.

Fitness DVDs 

Simply Health Winter Fitness DVD

As I find it hard to attend fitness classes around the kids, then fitness DVDs are great for me.  Once the kids are in bed I can stick a work out DVD on and get on with it in my own time.  I currently using a dance one to get me fit enough for the Danceathon.  Now I've repeated the DVD quite a few times I do find myself getting bored and wanting to try new dances so I have also been using Youtube to train and I'm tempted to buy Just Dance for our XBox too.

What tips do you have for keeping fit during the Winter?  Find more ways to keep fit at Simple Health (I've taken part in a Santa run before bit haven't done a Christmas/Boxing Day or New Year swim yet but definitely will in the future!).

I was given ice skating tickets in return for this post.  All opinions are honest and my own.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

A Walk Around Bosherston Lily Ponds, Pembrokeshire

Hello!  Oh it feels so good to write to this blog again.  I am currently without WIFI and found out today that it won't be switched on until next week!

I couldn't keep away until then so here is a quick post with some of our photos and a video from Bosherston Lily Ponds last week. 

 It is a popular local walk and with all the views and wildlife that we saw it's easy to see why.  Start at the car park in Bosherston.  It is free to park at this time of year but we made a donation anyway as all contributions go towards the National Trust and yes, there are toilets at the start of the walk which is always a good thing!

When I was younger I was terrified of walking along the 'lily pond' bridges.  Thankfully, my kids don't have the same fears and walked along happily (and sensibly!).  As the name suggests, in the Spring and Summer the pond is full of lillies.  If you look into the water you can see the sunken lily pads from last year.

We love it when we spot sand on our walks and know that we are getting close to the beach (it's great to practise long jump too!).

On the beach, the kids got to have a play before heading back on the circular route.  

It was a lovely walk. The kids are already planning coming here in the Summer time when we can spend all day playing on the beach and paddling on the river.

As you can see the walk tired one little girl out!  Please watch the video if only to spot the cute robin- he loved being filmed! 

The weather is cold but dry and sunny at the moment- perfect for more #countrykids adventures! 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall
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