The weather as I write this isn’t looking too great but it won’t be long until the sun is shining once again and we can get outside to do some training. There is no place I like to train and exercise myself and my clients more than outside. Outdoors is our natural gym and gives us hundreds of different opportunities to get fit. Outdoor exercise provides mental stimulation that indoor workouts simply cannot match. It doesn’t matter if you’re working out at home or at your local gym, more often than not you will be surrounded by the same four walls. Training outside means you have constantly changing scenery that excites and stimulates your brain.
There may be days when you can’t get to the gym but you still fancy doing something active and, as obvious as this is, going jogging or for a run is the easiest and cheapest way of getting active. Personally I hate running on treadmills, and I find nothing more satisfying than getting out in the fresh air and getting some miles behind me. If you don’t really like running then saddling up and going for a bike ride is another great option. I’ve enjoyed cycling since I was a kid when we used to just go out as a family or with friends around parks and towns on our bikes.
This might sound daft me saying this but climbing trees can also be a great way of getting abit of a sweat on and working those muscles. How many of you have children or young relatives that would jump at the chance to go climbing trees? Whilst climbing the tree, see how many pull ups you can do on one of the branches!! These are just a few small ideas and there are hundreds of other ways to reap the benefits of being outdoors.
Most of us as humans love the sun; believe it or not, we as humans need sunlight for development and existence. Sunlight fills us with vitamins and nutrients that are linked to all sorts of health and fitness gains, not to mention having a nice tan to go with that new summer body you have worked hard to achieve.
Anyone that has been to a gym knows that sometimes there is a sweaty odour that comes from them. Getting outdoors gives us that opportunity for fresh air in our lungs. Fresh air is refreshing and invigorating, you will improve your sense of wellbeing and increase alertness. It can also decrease anxiety and can help lower your resting heart rate.