November 2018

Getting through winter indoors…

With the nights closing in on us it can be hard to find the motivation to go out and exercise. When it’s cold I’m always the first person who wants to curl up with a hot chocolate in hand in front of the television.

Jigsaw Puzzles

Call me old-fashioned but I love getting my head stuck into a jigsaw. It helps me completely switch off and focus on one thing in front of me. I can spend hours and hours doing them and yes, it might be pointless once they’re broken apart and put back in to a box for a rainy day but I find them a calming way to spend time.

Did you know?*

  • Jigsaws are called jigsaws due to the name of the saw that they are cut with. Before they were cut with a jigsaw they were called dissected puzzles.
  • Whimsies are puzzle pieces cut into recognisable shapes such as animals or objects within a puzzle. They are called whimsies as the Victorian puzzle makers cut them on a whim.
  • The largest jigsaw by number of pieces was 551,232 and completed by 1,600 students in Vietnam. 
  • The largest jigsaw puzzle measures 6,122.68m2 and was achieved in Dubai, July 2018.
  • According to mathematicians it takes four times as long to do a 1000-piece jigsaw that it does a 500-piece jigsaw. Each time you double the number of pieces in a puzzle it quadruples the difficulty. 

Reading

I love a good book and started off the year with a resolution to do more reading. Naturally, that dropped off in the summer with longer days meaning more time to spend outdoors – exercising and pubbing (but not at the same time).

I’ve jumped back on the bandwagon and now aim to read every night before bed. I take my book inspiration from the Richard and Judy book club, usually picking a few off the list every quarter. I also like hearing of other people’s adventures and experiences through running. You can read some of my previous book reviews by clicking here.

Working out at home

Finding a home workout that can easily be enjoyed in the home, is a great way to stay focused and active during the winter. Whether it’s a HIIT workout or a yoga class, working out in the comfort and warmth of home means that you’re releasing the happy endorphins while still wearing your PJ’s!

What are your favourite indoor activities during the winter?

*As part of the blog post I was gifted two 40-piece micro puzzles to try from Wentworth Wooden Puzzles. In addition content used in this post, as part of #NationalJigsawDay on the 3rd November, was supplied by Wentworth Wooden Puzzles. https://www.wentworthpuzzles.com/

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