Thursday 7 April 2016
As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer it’s time to open the doors and windows to enjoy the benefits of getting fit outside! From getting muddy with your friends to stretching out at your local park, find the perfect way to get in shape this summer.
Like the idea of running but don’t know where to start? Running coach Laura Fountain (@lazygirlrunning) recommends joining a beginners running group because “running is more fun if you do it with other people.”
Alternatively, get involved with your local parkrun. With over 391 events in the UK, their Saturday morning timed 5k races are very accessible. Parkrun prides itself on being available to everyone from those taking their first steps to Olympians.
Are you more comfortable sitting on two wheels? British Cycling organises guided cycle rides with Sky Ride and Breeze Rides, which offer a friendly and supportive environment to get out and explore the outdoors on your bike.
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You can’t enjoy the great outdoors without getting a little dirt under your fingernails, and this summer’s fitness trends point towards getting muddy and then some!
Tough Mudder is the original team oriented obstacle course event that not only tests physical strength but also mental grit. Over 2 million people worldwide have taken part, but not sure you’re cut out for wading waist deep in water? Sarah Harvey, Tough Mudder’s chief operating officer thinks you are.
“We see people from all different backgrounds doing a Tough Mudder, not just a sporting background,” she explains. “Helping out your fellow Mudders and working together means it is something that people from all walks of life can work towards completing.”
The trend of taking your gym outside is still popular this summer. The Great Outdoor Gym Company has installed comprehensive, free facilities in parks around the UK. There are even instructions for people new to the equipment.
Bootcamp fitness classes are also popping up at almost every park in the country and it’s easy to see why people love them so much. Most are well suited towards beginners and those looking to build a fitness base over the summer. British Military Fitness offers classes that guarantee to be fun, effective and offer a team-based environment to help you achieve all your fitness goals.
Being fit isn’t just about building your muscles, it’s important to balance training with rest and mental strength. Lucky for you there are outdoor classes to achieve that balance this summer. Jasyoga offers a popular outdoor yoga studio every summer.
“Doing yoga outside is a great way to hit reset—bring things back into balance” says Erin Taylor, Founder and Head Coach of Jasyoga.
“There's no shortage of distractions outside, just like there's no shortage of distractions in life, so it's a great opportunity to practice being present and sharpen your focus regardless of what's going on around you,” Erin points out.
If you are looking for more of a mental workout then try some outdoor tai chi to engage in some moving meditation as recommended by the NHS. There are dozens of outdoor yoga or tai chi classes in the UK, so a quick Google search should find one near you.
Getting involved in any of these outdoor fitness classes this summer will mean you are in good hands getting fit while enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer this summer. Keep in mind that getting fit can also be good for your wallet; many sports and leisure brands have begun offering training themselves and offer rewards for people who get active, like Nike’s popular Nike Training Club.