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6 Benefits Of Training Outdoors

When I left my corporate job and retrained as a personal trainer, I did it with one specific path in mind – to train people in the great outdoors! Being outdoors has a number of huge health benefits, even more so when you combine it with movement. Despite this, most office workers nowadays spend barely any time outdoors, and when they do it’s often rushing from one indoor location to another.


Below I’ve outlined my top 6 benefits to training outdoors. Think about these next time you’re deliberating how to get the most out of your training, and instead of stepping into another indoor gym space, consider whether working with an outdoor PT might be the added boost you need!

 

1. Positively impacts mental health


The biophilia effect states that environments rich with natural scenery and stimuli (visual, scent, sound), can significantly reduce symptoms of stress and increase positive mood, focus and concentration. The terminology was popularized in the 80’s by Dr E.O. Wilson of Harvard University.


Numerous studies have also demonstrated that being outdoors increases the circulating levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is strongly linked with mood. Combine that with the endorphins produced by exercise itself and you’ve got yourself a natural anti-depressant!


2. Fresh Air


Increased oxygen obtained through fresh air improves the function and efficiency of every cell in your body and ultimately boosts the function of everything your body does. This includes hormone production, digestion, tissue renewal, muscle contraction, the list goes on!


3. Vitamin D


Vitamin D is essential for keeping our bones and muscles healthy, and supporting the body’s natural immunity. While we can get some vitamin D from our diet, the main source is sunlight exposure on the skin. Given how little most of us manage to get outside in our daily lives, it’s no wonder that 1 in 6 adults (!) in the UK have low levels of vitamin D (source: The national diet and nutrition survey). Getting around 10-30 minutes of sun exposure 2-3 times a week through the spring and summer months can help ensure you get enough much needed vitamin D, so taking a training session outdoors can help you on your way.


4. Functional fitness


Outdoor training often involves body weight exercises and functional movements with light-medium weight equipment. This style of functional training mimics the natural movements of the body, which improves movement patterns and efficiency. This can lead to improvements in co-ordination, balance, posture and overall fitness.


5. No gym membership, no contracts


No gymtimidation and no tie in to a contract. Just you, out in nature, whenever you need it with no unexpected costs.



6. Do it anywhere


Understanding how to train functionally and with limited equipment is really valuable, as you’ll be able to do it where-ever you go as there will always be an outdoor space nearby to workout in. Particularly useful if you travel a lot for work, or holidays. If you’re unsure where to start, choose a personal trainer who’s focus is outdoor training. They’ll be able to show you tonnes of effective exercises you can do outdoors with little to no equipment, and you’ll soon be able to replicate them working out solo.

 

Ready to start training outdoors? Arrange a free consultation with me to chat about your goals and how I might be able to help you reach them, just submit the form here and I’ll be in contact.



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