Do not underestimate the power of fresh air!
Regardless of how miserable the weather may be, or even if we are blessed with a few moments of sunshine, the majority of the population spend their days cooped up indoors.
With so many of us up and out before sunrise, and home after it has set, is it any wonder stress levels, work-related absence and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter months are at their highest?
The solution? GET OUTSIDE!
This post is by no means suggesting you risk yours or anyone else’s safety in the treacherous weather conditions we've had in Southampton and the majority of the country lately, but merely think how it can be used to your advantage.
Here are my top 3 ideas that my Personal Training clients have found work best for them:
Walk/Run for Function
It may sound cliché (or you’ve heard it before) but grabbing a brolly, getting out the office and briskly walking around the block even for 10-20 minutes can make even the baddest of days better.
Your mind will clear and re-focus from physically removing yourself from the environment, your mood lifted from the natural daylight and oxygen.
15 minute fat blast: Warm up by walking briskly for two minutes. Repeat the following x 4: 2 minute jog and 30 second sprint. Walk slowly to cool down, finishing with stretching.
Head for the Hills
Hill walks/sprints are a great interval training workout for the heart and lungs, allowing exertion and recovery at your own pace. Try your local park, woods or venture further, making a day of it at the beach or a national park. Vary the terrain: grass, gravel and sand all keep it interesting.
10 minute fat blast: run uphill (or up outdoor steps,) walk down and repeat. Record how many you do – and see if you can beat it next time to track your progress. Great fun for all the family so make a game of it!
DIY Boot Camp
As our Boot camp takes place outdoors and undercover, our attendees are fortunately always guaranteed fresh air whatever the weather!
Try making your own in your garden or local playground. Simple exercises like press ups and step-ups can be done on benches. Pull ups and mountain climbers can be done on climbing frame ladders.
5 minute fat blast: pick five exercises, one for each minute. Complete as many reps as you can.
Whatever your age and fitness level, these three outdoor workouts; when done with care and patience can create phenomenal results. So if it rains, be your own sunshine!