As the weather begins to warm up and we swap our winter warmers for Ray Bans, many fitness fanatics are taking to the outdoors to get their fitness fix. Our Outdoor Fitness Coach course allows Personal Trainers to open up their offering to include not just those battling it out on the treadmill in the gym, but the increasing number of people that get their daily regime done outdoors.
Though it’s not just the idyllic country views, summer breeze on your cheeks or feel of the road under your feet that makes outdoor training so valuable.
Research supports many health benefits of outdoor exercise – some of which will come in handy for Outdoor Fitness Coaches taking their clients out on the road!
A Daily Dose
Vitamin D, derived from natural sunlight has a number of health benefits. Research has shown it to improve concentration and increase feelings of well-being (who doesn’t feel happy with the sun on their face?). It also helps fight against stress, depression, cancers and many other illnesses.
In a number of recent studies, volunteers were asked to go for two walks for the same time or distance — one inside, usually on a treadmill or around a track, the other outdoors. In virtually all of the studies, the volunteers reported enjoying the outside activity more and, on subsequent psychological tests, scored significantly higher on measures of vitality, enthusiasm, pleasure and self-esteem and lower on tension, depression and fatigue after they walked outside.
Breathing fresh air opposed to the recycled air con in the gym can create a feeling of euphoria, which comes from the body’s release of feel-good endorphins. What’s not to love about that?
Ever been told to ‘get some fresh air’ when you’re feeling sluggish? There’s a good reason! A 2009 study showed that 20 minutes of fresh air could give you the same energy boost you’d get from a cup of coffee. Saving the daily £3.00 latte splurge and that extra 300 calories!
A common statement from the mouths of Personal Training clients… “I don’t have enough time to exercise”.
Working-out outdoors can quickly change this perception – heading outside takes no preparation and can easily be incorporated into a daily routine. Taking the stairs instead of the life, running from the office to the car. Forgetting the car altogether and plumping for a cycle to work… Exercise can easily be squeezed into the busiest of lives. It can also work out to be a lot cheaper. Which answers the “I can’t afford it” client quipp!
Running on a treadmill can be much easier than facing the elements outside. Natural gradients, wind and varying temperatures all add up to make workouts harder, meaning clients can end up burning more calories than they do in the gym.
It’s also surprising how much faster time travels when you’re not in the gym. Changing your routine, seeing new faces, taking in the scenic shrubbery… all helps combat workout boredom! Another common reason why Personal Trainer clients go AWOL.
We’ve all read the slew of studies that show gyms to be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.
MRSA is the most dangerous super bug you can catch at your fitness facility—it’s resistant to most antibiotics and can cause fever, rash, wounds, and chest pain. Other less harmful infections include athlete’s foot, boils, herpes simplex, and ringworm, according to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. Indoor air is two to five time more polluted than outdoor air, according to a study from the Environmental Protection Agency. Taking to the outdoors for a workout in the fresh air will keep airways clean and germ free!
Be under no illusion, using this list of scare tactics isn’t exactly going to get your clients rushing for their outdoor training shoes, but knowing how to use the benefits of outdoor training as a motivational tool will equal happier clients, more of them, and the opportunity for you to spend plenty of working days outdoors this summer!
Personal Training takes on a breath of fresh air!