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Spending the winter out of the house

A multi-purpose and versatile garden room can have an amazing effect on family life, providing the base for any number of family activities, such as summer barbecues, parties and guest accommodation. The extra space and extra facilities are a real boon for families looking to make the most of their home and give everybody a little bit of extra space.

Can the garden room also have positive benefits to health, however? We know that people tend to be more active during the summer months, but during the longer winter nights, people stay home more, which can have negative effects on mood and wellbeing. Using your garden room during this time, however, could be a brilliant way to keep yourself active and healthy.

Despite the obvious use of placing a variety of gym equipment in your garden room, simply using it to take up some of Britain's most popular hobbies could boost concentration, activity and help to stave off those winter blues.

Dancing is one of the most popular pastimes in Britain and is fantastic aerobic exercise. As a form of cardio-vascular workout, it not only improves fitness but boost serotonin, the 'feel good hormone'. For many people, dancing is something they really enjoy, but don't feel comfortable in going to clubs and find that their living rooms aren't really suitable - nothing breaks your stride quite like a coffee table or slightly ruffled hearth rug.

Birdwatching is another very popular hobby, which we've discussed before  and the British Trust for Ornithology is looking to help build on its 40,000 contributors to help monitor British bird populations. Keeping yourself mentally stimulated can be just as valuable as physical exercise during winter, making the garden room a perfect place to spend some quiet time enjoying the garden wildlife.

Improving mental stimulation, concentration and focus is good for the mind and one of the fastest growing hobbies in the UK is knitting! Many homes are busy family hubs, with televisions, laptops, tablets and stereos in frequent usage, which isn't generally conducive to intricate or activities that require concentration. Using your garden room as a retreat from the hubbub of the main body of the house for crafts, knitting or sewing is a brilliant - in fact it can be doubly rewarding as it not only stimulates the brain, but the satisfaction of the completed product acts as a second level of reward.

Even if you're not wanting to spend a lot of time indoors, you can use the facilities in your garden room to allow you to spend time outdoors. Rambling and walking are popular winter activities, but the idea of dragging muddy boots and wet waterproof clothing back into the house isn't particularly appealing. By using your garden room as a 'boot room', allowing you to go walking, then return home, de-kit and shower in the garden room without leaving a single dirty footprint in the house is a real bonus.

By using your garden room as a way to keep you active and stimulated all year round not only means that you're getting the most value from your investment, but it could be very beneficial to your physical and mental wellbeing.

Date: 04/01/2016 | Author: Roger Hedges