New Year, New You
Exercise doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym for an early morning cardio session. We prefer to simply get moving more, and get some fresh air in our lungs at the same time. There are plenty of ways to improve your fitness whilst having fun at the same time.
Why not head along to your local parkrun? Parkrun is a free, timed 5k run and takes place throughout Worcestershire. A particularly beautiful course takes you through the winding trail of the Wyre Forest, or if you prefer something less undulating, there are runs through Worcester Woods or Pitchcroft race course.
If running isn’t your thing, take advantage of the many beautiful trails in the county such as the Malvern Hills or Lickey Hills. Whether walking, cycling or taking the dog out, what better way to get moving than taking in gorgeous scenery at the same time.
If ever you needed an excuse for a spa day, this is it. Help yourself to detox after the party season by treating yourself to a luxury massage or facial to help detox after the party season at one of the stunning spas across the county, such as The Malvern View Spa at the Bank House.
Forest bathing is an ancient Japanese practice which encourages mindfulness and relaxation in the heart of nature. Rather than taking an actual bath (which the name would suggest), it involves simply being calm amongst the trees. The Forestry Commission has a great guide on how to effectively practice Forest Bathing, and with locations including the Wyre Forest, and over 80 wooded areas looked after by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, it might be exactly what you need to reset your body and mind.
Why not treat the New Year as an opportunity to learn something new that you can then put into practice for the rest of the year? We’ve already blogged some ideas of new skills you can learn, but we especially like the idea of reviving your cooking skills at one of the cookery schools in the area. The Orange Kitchen Cookery School at Becketts Farm offer a variety of courses from Moroccan cooking, to bread making and Cook a Curry. Alternatively, Eckington Manor Cookery School hosts AGA courses for those who want to hone their traditional cooking skills.