How to keep fit while enjoying the outdoors

by Natalie
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Wow, how beautiful is the weather at the moment? I almost feel like I’m on holiday. Almost. If the sunshine is inspiring you to get fit and you don’t fancy being cooped up in a gym, why not head outdoors to exercise?

The fresh air will do you the world of good and if you can find an activity that you love doing, you won’t even realise it’s a workout.

An obvious choice of outdoor exercise is to go for a run. Running is great for your overall fitness and stamina, and clearing your mind, but if you’re not a keen runner then there are other options. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


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Cycling is a brilliant way to burn calories as it’s a great form of cardio and you also get to explore the great British countryside.

It’s a whole body workout and is especially effective at strengthening your legs and toning your thighs. Engage those core muscles while you’re on the saddle and you’ll tone your tummy too.

Make sure you always wear a helmet and if you’re prone to falling off, you could protect yourself with knee and elbow pads. You may wish to get some Velosure insurance too, so that you know you’re covered if your bike gets stolen or damaged in an accident while out and about.


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If you really want to recreate that holiday vibe, how about some outdoor swimming? Swimming is a fantastic full body workout that burns fat, tones muscle and builds stamina.

There are some beautiful outdoor pools in Hertfordshire and it’s such a different experience to swimming in your local leisure centre.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could research local open water swimming clubs and take it to a whole other level! I’ve never done open water swimming but I’m sure it feels absolutely exhilarating.


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Yoga is one of my favourite workouts. It’s amazing for your mind, body and soul and it has really helped to improve my lower back pain. Yoga is harder than it looks but the rewards are enormous – improved strength and flexibility, better posture and a clearer, calmer mind.

The great thing about yoga is that you can do it anywhere you want to – in the park, in your garden or at the beach. Practising yoga outside will really enhance the benefits of your breath during your practice.

There are plenty of outdoor yoga classes taking place across Hertfordshire, often in really beautiful locations such as Hitchin Lavender Fields.

What outdoor exercise do you enjoy? Please let us know in the comments below.

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