Reasons to train outdoors
The days are getting longer and spring has finally arrived, which makes training outdoors far more appealing! Whilst I really enjoy using the treadmill for a warm up and interval training, nothing beats going for a run up the Afan Valley or down Aberafan beach. Being surrounded by the trees or the ocean is the ultimate escape and I immediately notice the change in my attitude towards running. Rather than begrudgingly watching the time and distance creep up on the treadmill, I feel present and notice the fresh air filling my lungs whilst enjoying the surroundings.
Not only does training outside provide a much needed boost of vitamin D and fresh air after a day spent inside, it can also serve as a welcome break for your joints after repetitive treadmill pounding at the gym. Opting for an outdoor session over a treadmill run can activate more muscles, reduce fatigue and prevent de-conditioning of certain muscles, whilst also providing numerous mental health benefits. These include boosting the immune system, reducing anxiety and helping to relieve symptoms of stress.
You don’t need any expensive membership fees or special equipment to train outdoors and the options are endless. From running to hiking and outdoor gyms which are great for a quick HIIT workout, there really is an option for everyone.