#1000hoursoutside – getting outdoors more in 2022

One of my aims for this year is to get outside a little more. To help motivate me, I’ve decided to take on the #1000hoursoutside challenge again. This is a challenge that aims to balance the average amount of screen time children get with time outside in nature. It’s a great way of encouraging families to spend a little more time outside.


Sophie climbing a tree - "#1000hoursoutside – getting outdoors more in 2022"


This will be my second time taking on #1000hoursoutside, having managed to do it in 2020. Having done it once before, I know that it’s an achievable target, but I also know that it does take quite an effort to get those hours in. It works out at an average of 2 hours 45 minutes outside every single day. That’s easily doable in the summer but much harder to manage on a cold wet winter’s day!


One of the main things I learned from doing the challenge two years ago is that it was harder than I thought to catch up the hours in the summer. I’m determined to get off to a better start this time around. My average daily outdoor time in January and February last time was just over an hour. This time, I’m aiming for at least 1.5 hours outside each day in the winter months.


I’ll be focusing on logging my own outdoor hours this year. The aim of #1000hoursoutside is to encourage more outdoor time for children, but as I won’t be able to track all their outdoor time, it makes sense just to focus on my own. They’ll be with me for a significant proportion of that time anyway!


How I’ll be increasing my outdoor time

Here are some of the ways I’ll be getting those outdoor hours in:


  • Walking to school and preschool each day. With Sophie now at junior school and Thomas at preschool, the school run has got longer. On preschool days, I get an hour outside just doing the school run. Mondays is a particularly good day for getting in outdoor hours through just doing the normal routine as walking Sophie to and from her drama group that day means I clock up 1 hour 45 minutes of outdoor time without doing anything else.


  • Signing Thomas up for Tots Go Wild forest school sessions. Having a regular outdoor activity to go to each week, whatever the weather, is a great way to encourage us outside!


  • Taking my laptop out into the garden (weather permitting) and working outside. I got lots of outdoor hours in last time doing this!


  • Getting out for an afternoon walk each day with Thomas before school pick-up time.


  • Taking Thomas to the park while Sophie is at her evening dance classes once the evenings get lighter again.


Sophie, Thomas and me sitting outside on a winter's day


I might not manage the full 1000 hours, but having that target will encourage me to get outdoors more. There will be times when it feels like an additional pressure to get outside, especially when indoor jobs are calling me, but I know from last time, that I will always feel better for having made the effort to take a break and get outside for a while.




36 thoughts on “#1000hoursoutside – getting outdoors more in 2022

  1. Good luck with the challenge! 2 hours and 45 minutes a day is a lot!

    Tots Go Wild forest school sessions sound great. I’m sure Thomas will have a lot of fun getting muddy on wet days – it’s so much more fun when you’re a kid ;o)


  2. This sounds like such a great challenge. You are great at getting outside so I don’t think it will be a problem for you and your family. The school run really helps with outside time. x

    1. Thank you – having a target will at least encourage us outdoors more even if we don’t manage the full 1000 hours.

  3. Sounds like a great idea – being outside is so healthy and brings joy. Love the photos of kids climbing trees! #MMBC

  4. I’ve not tried this before although we’ve been working on more outdoor time. We have been walking to school and back weather permitting. It is great exercise.

    1. Walking to and from school is great exercise. Even better if I’m trying to keep up with Sophie when she’s riding her bike to school!

  5. Sounds like a great idea to get out more. I used to love setting challenges with the kids when they were younger. I miss getting out now as my children are all grown up and my dog died last year. It feels so strange going out on my own so I don’t do anything now. I am looking for another dog again now though so hopefully soon I will get out more. Enjoy getting out and having lots of fun 🙂

    1. Having a challenge definitely helps to encourage us outside a bit more. I’m so sorry that you lost your dog last year. I can imagine it must feel very strange going out on your own having been used to having your dog with you.

    1. Thank you. It certainly helps encourage us to get outdoors more. Hope you enjoyed your walk.

    1. Thank you. It must be nice to get out for walks along the canal, although muddy towpaths are not so nice.

  6. Sometimes just having a goal can really help motivate you. Good luck with the challenge x #mischeieveandmemories

  7. This is great. I’m a big believer in the importance of being outside as a way to improve mood and balance. Unfortunately its just been too cold here the last few weeks and I can definitely say that we are all a bit irritable. Good luck and good for you #mischiefandmemories

    1. Thanks Jeremy. We tend to get a bit irritable too when we’re cooped indoors for too long. Hope the weather improves and that you can start getting outside a bit more soon.

  8. Loving this! You have inspired me to try and work on my laptop outside. Great idea. I don’t do well if I don’t get outside lots especially at this time of year so I do a few workout classes outdoors every week and walk the kids to school each day. Thanks for hosting #Mischiefandmemories with us xx

    1. I love sitting outside with my laptop – it makes me feel better being able to get some outdoor time in while managing to get work done too! Thanks for having me as a guest host, I enjoyed it!

  9. What a wonderful challenge! I love to be outside as much as possible. Although it has been over 40 degrees outside these last few weeks in Australia, so its far too hot to spend much time outdoors haha. The stark contract to a UK winter. #MischiefandMemories

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