Guest Goddess: Penny Walsh on the benefits of outdoor training
Now that spring has sprung, it's time to venture out of your trackies and get outside. I've always been a huge advocate of getting outside. There are many, many reasons, but my top 10 benefits of outdoor training are listed right here.
- Fresh Air and Vitamin D: Exposure to natural sunlight and fresh air can boost mood and overall well-being while providing essential Vitamin D.
- Variety of Terrain: Outdoor environments offer diverse training surfaces, such as trails, hills, and beaches, which can enhance fitness and challenge different muscle groups.
- Mental Health: Nature and green spaces have been linked to reduced stress and improved mental health. Outdoor training can provide a calming and refreshing environment.
- Social Interaction: Outdoor group workouts or sports encourage socialisation and teamwork, fostering a sense of community and motivation.
- Cost-Effective: Many outdoor activities require minimal equipment, making it an affordable fitness option.
- Increased Motivation: The changing scenery and natural surroundings can boost motivation and make workouts more enjoyable.
- Functional Fitness: Outdoor training often involves functional movements like running, jumping, and climbing, which can improve everyday physical abilities.
- Improved Immune System: Exposure to different outdoor environments can help strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of illness.
- Connection with Nature: Outdoor training allows individuals to connect with the environment and appreciate the beauty of nature.
- Customise: You can tailor outdoor workouts to your preferences, from hiking and cycling to yoga or bodyweight exercises in the park for example.
Remember to consider weather conditions and safety when planning outdoor workouts.
And don't forget to protect your beautiful skin with a slathering of sunscreen.
Penny Walsh is our favourite trainer, with well over 20 years in the fitness industry. Her list of credentials is too long to list here, but believe us when we say she know's her stuff.
You can find Penny right here.