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Mumsnet users share their experience of time outdoors during lockdown with Samaritans

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JustineBMumsnet · 14/05/2020 16:04

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Lockdown has meant that we’ve been spending most of our time in our homes, with precious time outdoors for exercise being treasured more than ever. This July, Samaritans are launching their second Samarathon, where you can run, jog or walk 26.2 miles in your own time and pace to help Samaritans save lives.

Now that many restrictions on exercising outdoors have been eased, they’d like to hear your experience of making the most of your time outdoors so far, and what you think that looks like in the weeks to come.

Plus, if you’d like to take part in Samarathon - alone, with a friend or with your family - click here for more information.

Ruth Sutherland, a mum of two, Samaritans listening volunteer and Samaritans CEO, says; “Now more than ever we know getting active works wonders for the whole family’s mental health. Our fitness-fundraising initiative, Samarathon, is focused on feeling good, and doing good! Why not sign up with friends, family or work mates and support each other’s progress wherever you all are?”

Perhaps you’ve been stretching out your daily exercise for as long as possible or ensuring you visit beautiful spaces that help you relax? Perhaps the routine of going for a walk before or after a day working from home helps separate work and home life? Are you looking forward to spending more time in the outdoors with your family now that the rules have been relaxed?

Whatever your experience of making use of time outdoors during lockdown and how that has made you feel, share on the thread below and you’ll be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £200 voucher for the store of their choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck!


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EmanResu7 · 28/09/2020 01:54

During lockdown we decided to live outdoors as much as possible. We made vegetable beds to grow food, camped out, slept under the stars, lit campfires, cooked outdoors and even filled the paddling pool with warm water and bubbles and let the children bathe outdoors. It completely changed how we view our lives, and our home. We realised that our outdoor space, and getting active, were actually incredibly important to us; much more so than we ever appreciated.

JustineBMumsnet · 30/09/2020 10:53

Thanks for your comments - the winner of the prize draw is @Lemonsherbets78 Grin

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sheilads105 · 30/09/2020 15:40

I started the Couch to 5K running app at the start of lockdown and I'm still running. I do it now because I'm not yet ready to go to the gym and have to keep fit somehow. I can't say I enjoy running but I do feel good afterwards and consider it a huge achievement to have continued.

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