Even when the weather is less than balmy, just a few minutes’ daily exercising outdoors can yield a host of physical and mental health benefits which you won’t always feel when working out in an indoor gym. This is endorsed by The Body Coach, Joe Wicks who’s workouts originally begun outside.
Here, we take a look at some of the mental and physical advantages of al fresco exercising, as compared to training within four walls, allowing you to make an informed decision about the way you get (and stay) fit.
19th April 2023
There are many of these – including reduced depression, tension, anxiety and even anger. (The UK loses around 11.7 million working days a year to these and related conditions.)
Here are some others:
Estimates vary, but most figures reckon you can burn up to 10% more calories when running or walking outdoors as opposed to inside. When you prepare for any activity, your brain increases your respiration rate, while the amount of oxygen you consume increases. If you exercise outside, your ability to consume oxygen and balance CO2 levels internally increase still further and at the same time, you will be up against the elements.
There are no costly gym memberships to shell out for, and no complicated contracts to get out of should your circumstances change. What’s more, many outdoor gyms are located in beautiful parks and public green spaces. One example of these outdoor spaces is the Field of Remembrance in Windlesham, Surrey where we installed a 7-piece gym.
At Fresh Air Fitness we work with a number of Local Parish and Borough Councils to deliver outdoor gyms to communities across the UK. Our outdoor gym equipment service for councils is a complete end to end solution including installation and full user instructions.
To find out where your nearest park gym is take a look at our Outdoor Gym map.
Taking the initial steps outside for your first outdoor exercise session may feel daunting, but once you’ve cleared that hurdle, there’s no looking back. Be prepared for the weather and terrain with the right kit including footwear, stay hydrated and protect yourself with sunblock if necessary.
Finally, keeping all your kit in one place so it’s easily accessible can make it quicker and easier to get through the door.Back to all blog posts