BENEFITS OF GETTING ACTIVE OUTDOORS

Want to know the best thing about this time of year? Finally being able to enjoy the great outdoors – properly! Thankfully it is really feeling like it’s summer now, but of course, the majority of the UK are complaining about melting in the heat! Lack of air-con, horrendous hay-fever or, like me, multiple bug bites! But seriously that all aside, you can’t deny that it is well overdue for a bit of good weather here in the UK. When we reach this point of the year I always do my training outside, but admittedly as it has been heating up to 27 degrees, I have been up and out early to go training, otherwise I would have been far to hot to do anything worth while. I don’t do it just because I enjoy it, I do it for a number of health benefits too…

Instead of doing a gym workout, or even hitting the pool, I’ve swapped it all. I am now doing those long HIIT sessions outside,  swapping the pool for the lake, missing those spin classes for actual riding and of course, ignoring anything to do with a treadmill and hitting the trails.

I’m a lucky girl, I live within a 15 minute cycle distance to town and a 15 minute cycle distance to the countryside. I seriously have a perfect balance to both, so I would be stupid not to embrace my surroundings. Even if I had to travel a distance to get to the countryside, I still would because when you are in it, it’s totally worth the effort. Being outdoors in the fresh air is good for you on so many levels, such as vitamin D from the sun (obviously once we use sunscreen), it’s relaxing so you feel less stressed and calmer,  but often activities we do outdoors give us a firmer focus on life. According to studies, spending 20 minutes outdoors gives your brain an energy boost, similar to the reaction you get from having that cup of morning coffee. Impressive – right?! It also helps a number of other things such as SAD syndrome, something I’ve suffered with in the past. So why don’t we do more of it? Weather perhaps? No such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.

But the best thing for me, (especially whilst exercising outdoors) is that I sort of forget I’m doing it. I might go for a bike ride and in spin I’d be watching the clock, whereas outside I could be climbing hills and going for hours without noticing, but still working just as hard. If you don’t even want to be stupidly active just going for a dog walk, or perhaps a jog is still good as it’ll put you in your fat burn zone as well. You would still get all the other well-being benefits I mentioned as well.

Trainers | Columbia Caldorado Trainers* Top | Columbia Titan Ultra Half Zip Shirt* Shorts |  Columbia Silver Ridge Short* 

I personally can’t get enough of this weather, so I have been testing out some outdoor specific clothing from my friends at Columbia. All I can say is those trail Caldorado trainers are like gloves for your feet! They are by far the best trail trainers I’ve had in a long time, plus they doubled up for my mountain biking with their fantastic grip. In fact the top and the trainers are actually designed for trail running, but they worked for my 10 mile ride, (I was cycle aid station to my husband who was running). Can’t wait to really test them for trail running – watch this space! 

I got more into exercising outdoors around a year ago, I had a slight dip in mood so forced myself to go for a run over the fields near where I live, and immediately I felt better. I have since been doing it all the more and I can’t get enough! I’ve been mainly enjoying getting back out on my mountain bike and indulging in the trails around the Leicestershire Outwoods. 

Just remember you don’t have to live in the countryside to get the most out of the great outdoors, you can find some great roads to run and cycle on, if you go super early like me, it can be an amazing experience seeing somewhere that is normally busy, suddenly still and peaceful. So get out there and enjoy the beautiful weather and the wonderful outdoors. 

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24 Comments

  1. June 27, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    There is nothing like managing to get outside and into the fresh air, it can really make you feel so much better.

  2. June 27, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Those trainers look fantastic. It makes such a difference when you feel comfortable in what you are wearing. We are also making the most of the good weather.

  3. June 27, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Great piccys! I know what you mean about this, it feels more effortless working out out doors and it is great to be out in the fresh air and getting that vit D soaked up 🙂 x

  4. June 27, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    When we had the heatwave last week I went out for a brisk walk at 8am and it was wonderful, really lifted me ready for the day!

  5. June 27, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    I love going out with my bike as well and I enjoy the warm weather that we had until now. Unfortunately it looks like its going to rain until next week from now on 🙁

  6. June 28, 2017 / 8:45 am

    I used to only run on the treadmill in the gym, but since I've ventured outside I love running a lot more! x

  7. June 28, 2017 / 8:57 am

    You do live in the perfect location, it must be lovely to be able to get away into the countryside. I definitely don't do as much exercise as I should x

  8. June 28, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    I love getting active outdoors when the weather is good, but too muggy or too cold and I'm always way too whiny to go outside. One of my favourite non-exercise feeling exercise is hiking for sure, you get the fresh air and all the benefits of being outdoors and yet when I hike I completely forget I'm doing it. You're right that sometimes when you're indoors all you do is stare at the clock!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  9. June 28, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    What a lovely post! I completely agree with you, when I'm at the gym i'm always clock watching! xxx

  10. June 28, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Wow it really sounds great I love trying to have an outdoor activities and I will starting tomorrow.

  11. June 28, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    I've gone to my local park and done some HIIT sessions when it's been warm, but I always feel a bit silly jumping about in the middle of a field! I think I need a bike!

  12. June 28, 2017 / 3:48 pm

    I totally agree with you, there's nothing better than getting some exercise outdoors. Especially when the weather is so good 🙂

  13. June 28, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I also agree being outside in summer is lively rather than being inside a gym. The pictures are atunning looked like a great place to live near

  14. June 29, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I've always preferred being active outdoor to being in a gym. I love those trainers!

  15. June 29, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    I love being in the gym as thats the only air conditioned place I know {well outside my work} but I agree its great to work out outdoors and enjoy the weather.

  16. June 29, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    love your blue trainers! My mummy can't wait until she's back on her feet (she's only been out of hospital for 4 weeks in the last 3 months) and back doing exercise x

  17. June 30, 2017 / 11:26 am

    I very rarely go out, but when the sun comes out, I always want to go off walking in the Countryside.
    In fact we have just got a new puppy, a Chow called Theodore and I have been walking him twice a day for the past 2 weeks and loving it. I feel so much more refreshed and vibrant when I have been out with him before getting ready for work xx

  18. June 30, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    I'm really considering getting a bike but I need to research which one is best. I'm loving this weather and it's definitely making me want to get out more especially to exercise

  19. June 30, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    I know the benefits and I personally think its better than the gym, I am thinking of investing in a bike

  20. July 3, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    I love being outdoors. I'm not a particularly sporty person, but I like walking/hiking outdoors, getting fresh air and admiring the amazing scenery (while snapping pics for my blog, of course) x

  21. July 14, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    I really like trails and doing exercise in the countryside too. Kinda takes me on an adventure.

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