Forget dancing in the rain, try walking!

Dew, Warwick

It’s raining outside and the last thing you feel like doing is going for a walk. I know! I’ve been there! It’s hard to find the motivation when the weather’s rubbish. But I’m here to tell you why you should ignore that pesky inner voice and get out there anyway. There’s lots to enjoy about walking in the rain!

You know the feelings you get when you’re out walking in beautiful weather? The feeling of lightness, joy, and relaxation. These are all still available for walks in the rain if you choose to embrace them. A lot of your feelings about walking in the rain come back to mindset. If you go out thinking that you’re not going to enjoy the walk, guess what, you won’t. If you go out thinking it will be relaxing and enjoyable, it will be.

Walking in the rain is a totally different but equally wonderful experience to walking in the sunshine. The rain really accentuates the colours of nature, and everything looks so much more vibrant. The leaves and grass look greener, the flowers stand out and appear brighter, and everything just looks so much cleaner. Also take a closer look at the way the rain pools on objects and forms droplets, it really is a beautiful sight!

The rain also brings out a few animals that you may not normally see. Keep an eye out for snails, worms and frogs who often take this as an opportunity to make an appearance.

Having the right equipment can make a huge difference to your enjoyment of a walk in the rain. Firstly, make sure you have a waterproof coat. I have a Joules one that goes down to my knees and is great for the winter cold and rain. I also have a Nike lightweight coat for summer showers. Waterproof shoes are also a must. There’s nothing worse than soggy feet! I have a great pair of North Face walking shoes, and wellies for when it’s really wet. An umbrella can also be helpful, if it’s not too windy, and if it’s really pelting down, waterproof trousers can be useful for keeping your legs dry.

So next time it’s raining, and you need to go for your daily walk, put on your wet weather clothes, go out with a positive mindset, and soak up the experience (excuse the pun).

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