With half term and a full weekend of kids parties our adventures recently have been a little bit different, so we’ve managed to fit in a woodland walk on Otley Chevin, pumpkin picking in Pontefract and we even dragged the kids Grandparents up Burley Moor. I also have a new best friend!
We were introduced a few weeks ago and I already feel this might be the start of a love/hate relationship. My new best friend is the leg press machine! I’m still having physio after my hip surgery last year and working hard to get stronger, with my charity trek next year I need to be as strong as possible so the jelly legs need a workout. I’m trying really hard to go to the gym every other day to do my prescribed exercises but the lurgy and half term had scuppered things slightly. Having said that my legs are definitely getting stronger and on the exercise bike it’s a lot less like cycling through treacle.
With a fully packed party weekend planned for the kids we only managed to fit in a few short walks to help with my training and try some steep inclines. We’ve walked on Otley Chevin before but there’s lots of it that we still haven’t discovered so this time we started our walk in a slightly different place. The autumnal woodland was gorgeous and the steepness of some of the paths were just what I needed. The kids had a great time in the woods kicking leaves and hiding behind the trees and we managed to spot a few planes taking off from the nearby airport.
Walk for Wellbeing at RHS Harlow Carr with Fenetic Wellbeing & my tips for getting your family active.
Our adventure this weekend was to RHS Harlow Carr and we were invited by Fenetic Wellbeing for a Walk for Wellbeing event. I’m all for getting outside and part of my own mission is to get my family outside and us all fitter. More and more the advice for better health and mental wellbeing is to get outside and I’ve found myself that my mood is brighter and I sleep better having been out and active.
After a treat at Betty’s of tea and scones we were taken on a guided walk of the beautiful RHS gardens, we learnt about the history and some of the hidden secrets the garden holds. Despite a little rain at first we had a great time wandering around and the kids found a fabulous tree house, some colourful fallen leaves and my Daughter made a new friend!
We had a lovely morning and by the end of our guided tour the rain had stopped and the kids were ready to go back and explore the playground again. We had definitely walked off our cakes!
Lurgy has stopped play the past few weekends and we haven’t been on any big walking adventures as I haven’t been able to stop coughing. I’ve also had to stop the gym and physio exercises but my abs still got a great workout from all the coughing!
We did go out for some fresh air and managed a couple of very short walks first of all testing out the kid’s new coats in some local woodland and then this weekend three of us went back to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Although my China trek might be months away I’ve very conscious of the fact I need to continue improving my endurance and fitness. My hip was starting to hurt from being in the house all day and I needed to get my boots back on and get out there. The fresh air was bound to do me some good too. Our youngest was at a party so we headed for somewhere close by and although we’ve visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park before for a stroll amongst the Sculptures, it’s big enough that we haven’t discovered everything about it.
It was a bit strange without our youngest chattering away but the three of us had fun as we picked a path we hadn’t taken before through the woodland. We let our Son choose which way to go and as soon as he found the ’71 steps’ he was decided as part of Mummy’s training that this was the way we were definitely going. He actually looked at me and said “Go on then, get on with it, you can do this one a few times”. Had my chest been better he may have got a smart remark back but we headed up the steps with him counting all the way.
Climbing up through the woodland and under the canopy of pine trees we found a little den made of logs that our Son would have loved to be able to hide in. He ran from tree to tree pretending to jump out on us and I think he was playing some sort of sniper game, like boys do!
The well-worn path led us eventually to the Longside gallery and we were able to wander around and have a look at some of the interesting exhibits. My Son loved the monkey and I liked the interesting blue tiles making a person.
I'm a 'thirty something' Yorkshire Mum of two, recovering from two hip arthroscopies and hoping to get fit for a new challenge. My aim is to also get my kids out into the countryside and get fitter as a family. Follow my blog about hips, trips, training and getting my kids outside!
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