Can you believe we’re already halfway through February!?! Since we’ve still got a month left of winter here in New England, I figured it was the perfect time to share 5 tips to enjoy your winter walks more! With plenty of snow still on the ground and freezing temps, getting outside to go for a winter walk might not always be easy, but that’s why I’m sharing 5 tips to make your winter walks more enjoyable! This blog post is in partnership with Joules USA. I’m a huge Joules USA fan and am constantly recommending their clothing to my friends and family!
It’s crazy that as close as we are to the beach, we usually default to walking around the side streets in our neighborhood. It’s always so nice and quiet on those roads and well, we’re creatures of habit! Lately though we’ve been walking to the beach, which makes our walks WAY more fun and exciting! I especially loved getting to frolic in the snow on the beach and have an impromptu snowball fight with Jared! Even after our snowball fight, our fingers were still warm and dry in our Joules gloves! (Shop Helen’s / Jared’s)
Winter walks are so much more enjoyable when you’re dressed appropriately! Jared and I love how cute, cozy, and comfortable we are in our Joules USA attire. Their pieces are SO well made and are tough enough to stand up to our New England winters. I’ll make sure to link all of our pieces for easy shopping!
Side story– a few weeks ago when I was down in Virginia with my friend Paige we went hiking in Shenandoah National Park. I decided to put my Joules hiking boots to the test, and they were awesome! I can with confidence share that they are indeed 100% waterproof (I literally walked through multiple streams and trudged through 4+ miles of snow!). My toes stayed toasty warm the whole time!
Last winter my friend Emily and I met up on a pretty regular basis to enjoy winter walks while catching up. For each of those winter walks I was always bundled up in my Joules Parka (shop this year’s version here). Let me tell you, this parka has been my go-to piece for the past few years. It’s honestly the perfect jacket. I have another parka by Patagonia that I never wear because this Joules one is just hands down better. I’ve currently got my eyes on this cozy Joules coat in Navy. How cute?!
Winter walks are also a great opportunity to meet new people! The other day Jared, Ranger, and I passed by Gia, a Cockapoo who looks a lot like Ranger. Gia and Ranger have met briefly on previous winter walks, but we never really stopped to chit chat with Gia’s owner. On our last walk we finally introduced ourselves to Gia’s owner and had a nice conversation with her about running and the neighborhood. If you’re willing to put yourself out there, you just might make a new friend on your next winter walk!
If getting outside for a winter walk is still not sounding so enjoyable to you, then this surely will do the trick! Look forward to your winter walks by enticing yourself with a hot beverage of choice (it’s a tie for me between hot cocoa or hot apple cider). Alternatively, if you have a local coffee shop you really enjoy, make that the highlight of your walk by either starting or ending your winter walk with a delicious reward! Bonus points for supporting a local business too!
One of the things I struggle with the most is getting out on a walk on those brutally cold winter days. On those days, Ranger and I both usually try to bail, but Jared does a great job of holding us accountable and reminding us how much we enjoy our winter walks once we get outside. A great strategy to combat this is to journal after each walk and highlight a few things you really enjoyed during it. Make sure you reflect on how you felt when you were outside AND how you feel the rest of your day after getting some fresh air. Over time you’ll hopefully be a bit more mindful of the benefits of your walks, in turn helping you enjoy your winter walks more!
This cozy turtleneck sweater! Especially on days when it’s really windy, this sweater is a great layer to keep me warm! Plus, it’s really cute!
It’s a tie between my new Joules jacket and flannel. The jacket has a certain sensibility to it and this flannel is so comfortable and functional that I never want to take it off.