The weather is finally getting warmer and spring is all around us. So, it seems, are plenty of joggers and cyclists. In fact, more and more of us are moving outside of the gym to get our exercise in the open air. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, or just looking to increase your own fitness, how natural is your gym?
At the YourDerma clinic we are keen advocates of healthy and natural lifestyles. After all, beauty is not just skin deep, and taking care of your health all works towards boosting your body confidence. That’s why we also use Arbonne products, loving their commitment to using naturally inspired products.
There are plenty of places to get out and about in Stapleford. Nearby we have the Hickings Lane Recreation Ground, offering plenty of traditional sports such as football and cricket, as well as appealing to the younger generation with a skate park and play area. Sport is a great way to get the less enthusiastic moving, as working as part of a team will encourage you to commit to regular weekly exercise.
Of course, the jewel in the local crown is Bramcote Hill Park. The park offers plenty of options for getting active as individuals and in groups. There’s the Trim Trail – a circular route through the park with 10 pieces of equipment including chinning bars, bench sit ups, balance beams and leap frogs. The Trim Trail is the perfect way to bring a little more organised gym work into your outdoor routine.
If you need a little more motivation, join in one of the Boot Camps using the park each morning or evening. Your instructor will incorporate exercises that provide a full circuit training routine, building strength and stamina, while the fresh air and varied scenery will be far more inspiring and refreshing than the insipid walls of an indoor gym.
If you love to run, then the park offers a real opportunity to try some Trail Running. Trail Running is growing in popularity as joggers enjoy the chance to get away from the traffic and pollution of the town centres, and to have a longer run with less interruptions for road crossings. Running through woodland trails is great for the body, with lower impact on joints while offering a greater workout as the body shifts position to maintain balance on uneven ground.
For those who prefer a little more speed in their workout, the official cycle path runs through the edge of the park, and is clearly marked with routes to Wollaton Park or Attenborough Nature Reserve. Build up the distance you cycle over time, and discover a fun way to explore the local area at the same time.
Outdoor workouts have a number of benefits over working indoors. Not only is being out in nature clearly proven reduce stress, the increase in oxygen also helps your body to release serotonin – improving your mood at the same time.
You’ll also burn more calories at the same time - whether you are running into the wind or cycling over uneven ground, you are putting more effort and muscle movement in than running or cycling the same distance on a static machine.
A gym created by nature has one huge benefit over any other – it is completely free. And there’s no need to work out alone. Whether it’s walking, cycling or following the Trim Trail, challenge your family to join in, and spend quality time with the people you love.
Of course, it’s vital that you prepare properly before beginning any exercise. As well as a proper warm up to stretch your muscles and help prevent any injuries, make sure you consider your nutrition as well. After all, your food and drink intake provides the energy to keep you moving.
The Arbonne PhytoSport range is the perfect complement to your exercise routine. Specially formulated to promote improved endurance and energy, the PhytoSport range is a 3 step system that supports you before, during and after sport.
Step 1: Prepare and Endure supports the energy you need to fuel your exercise.
Step 2: Complete Hydration replenishes electrolytes used.
Step 3: After Workout helps to alleviate exercise induced muscle soreness, paving the way to a smoother recovery.
As always, you can rely on Arbonne to keep your nutrition as natural as your workout. The key ingredients in PhytoSport are a plant based and balanced formula, ideal for any activity or sport you choose to engage in.
If you’re planning to get more active, take nature into account as part of your routine.