Starting on New Year’s Day, the challenge builds on recent research by Essex University, which shows that exercising in a natural environment boosts people’s physical and mental health more than going to indoor gyms, even in winter.
This suggests that the Outdoor Gym Challenge, which can be done anywhere, not just in the outdoor places looked after by the Trust, could prove to be far more beneficial and less costly than signing up for a new gym membership (60% of which are often given up within the first 6 months).
Exercises in the Challenge include power walking, tree press ups and ‘spotty dogs’. No props or equipment are needed, it’s just a question of wearing the right clothing and getting outside to enjoy the fresh air.
The Trust’s Outdoor Gym Challenge marks the start of its five year focus on the outdoors. To follow the day by day plan, visit http:/www.nationaltrust.org.uk/outdoorgym
It looks like a good way to shed the estimated 80 million kilograms (or 80,000 tonnes) that the Brits are thought to put on over the Christmas period!