Although the winter chill is definitely in the air, it doesn’t seem to be putting the stoppers on our love of the great outdoors. The latest fitness trend making its way into 2017 is inspired by the Scandi way of life. ‘Friluftsliv’ is about returning to nature. In the same way we all got a little ‘hygge’ happy last year (faux fur throws and cosy candlelight), this is the outdoor alternative.
Rooted in Norwegian culture, Friluftsliv says the key to our well-being is found in a connection to nature. For the Scandinavians, it’s a part of every day life, with young children encouraged to get to grips with nature and spend time outdoors all year round.
A survey conducted by Persil in 2016*, revealed that British children were among the most housebound in the world. Parents admitted that their children spend twice as much time playing indoors with technology than outside in the fresh air.
Outdoor exercise has already been proven to reduce stress, improve self-esteem, increase Vitamin D, provide more energy and fight against a number of health issues. Though a lack of outdoor time also comes with its negative effects.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), linked to a lack of natural sunlight can cause poor concentration, lethargy and low moods.
A lack of Vitamin D doesn’t do any favours for your muscle and bone health.
Plus, being surrounded by nature allows us to free ourselves from the stress and strains of our busy working schedules (and the magnolia walls of our offices!)
So how can we as fitness professionals encourage the nation to get out and enjoy the great outdoors?
Park runs and outdoor gyms are becoming increasingly popular as many people are choosing to get their fitness regimes done in the fresh air. Outdoor gyms are also cropping up around the country, to provide opportunities for those that don’t fancy, or can’t afford a gym membership to stay active. As the weather gets a little warmer, we’ll see many more outdoor fitness sessions such as yoga taking place in urban areas and country parks.
As a qualified Outdoor Fitness Coach, you’ll be trained and ready to coach clients that prefer to get their fitness kicks outside. Whether it’s creating programmes for use at an outdoor gym, taking long power walks through the local park, or holding your own outdoor group class, by keeping up to speed with the latest fitness trends, you’ll help keep the nation healthy, whilst boosting your own business as a personal trainer. Not to mention, getting paid to work in the great outdoors…
Speak to the Focus team about becoming an Outdoor Fitness Coach or take a look at our latest fitness courses coming to a venue near you.
* 1,200 parents of 5-12 year olds from 10 countries