Getting fit outdoors can be a great option for those wanting to increase their activity level. Everyone is different, but some find the monotony of the treadmill and the confines of the gym walls demotivating and would prefer to increase their health and wellbeing in open surroundings. There are a number of benefits to getting fit outdoors, with many studies showing that exercise in the open can lead to improved mental well-being in addition to participants experiencing greater enjoyment and satisfaction then when working in doors. Also unlike most local gyms, the outdoors won’t tie you into a 12 month contract with an early termination fee! Research also suggests you burn alot more calories outside…
So what different types of exercise can you perform to get fit outdoors?
Running can be a great way to get those lungs burning, lose some fat and release some happy hormones into the blood stream. Remember if you are starting out you don’t have to go for miles. Start off 10-15 minutes and gradually build up your distance. An average male will burn around 700 calories per hour of running at a consistent pace. In recent years High Intensity Interval training (HIIT) has come to prominence as an alternative to the traditional long distance jog. HIIT running involves sprinting at maximum exertion for a short period of time (say 20 seconds), followed by a period of a very light jog (40 seconds). This method of running is great for losing weight as it increases metabolism and activates fat burning hormones. What’s more, HIIT is short in duration – a twenty minute workout involving twenty sprints will be more than enough to leave your lungs burning and legs like jelly! Why not try a few hill sprints?
Getting your peddle on can be a fantastic alternative to running. For those that have any issues with their legs or bones, cycling can provide an excellent low impact form of exercise. With bikes generally having a variety of gears, you can adjust your workout to your goal –strength or endurance etc. Cycling can be a good way to combine exercise with a commute into work – enabling you to be maximally efficient with your time, whilst saving money in the process. Just don’t forget to wear a helmet!
Burpees, shuttle runs, press ups and boxing are just some of the exercises performed in the en vogue boot camp workouts that are becoming increasingly common in parks nationwide. Generally, a qualified fitness trainer put attendees through their paces via a variety of exercises that work the body both aerobically and anaerobically. Boot camps are a great way to get fit, providing a social but hardworking environment where professional instruction and encouragement can be obtained for a low price.