Bootcamp benefits! Top reasons why outdoor training is awesome!

Exercise and spending time in nature. Two things we’re huge advocates of here at Sporteluxe. So we’re pretty excited that Outdoor Movement Training has returned to Fitness First just in time to kick start our summer bodies! From Bondi to Brighton, these outdoor sweat sessions will take place at inspiring iconic beaches and parks around NSW, VIC, QLD and ACT. What’s even better? The fact that they’re free for all Fitness First members!

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We chatted to Fitness First’s Head of Fitness Rob Hale about the benefits of bootcamp and why it’s a good idea to mix up your gym workouts with outdoor training.

What are the key benefits of exercising outdoors?

Exercising in nature has benefits that go above and beyond the benefits you gain by exercising indoors. Research has shown improvements in mental wellbeing and self-esteem. Our bodies also need vitamin D which comes from the sun. Exercising for approximately 30 min a day outside will boost your energy levels, help you feel revitalised and reduce your levels of anxiety and anger at the same time.

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Why is it good to mix up gym workouts with outdoor training?

When you run on a treadmill, or use a resistance training machine in the gym, the machine does some of the work. However, when you run outside you provide all the movement which naturally increases the intensity. The varied terrain also takes you from a controlled environment to having to adapt to hills and wind as the natural environment changes. People who exercise outside as well as indoors tend to stick with their exercise programs more consistently than those who only train indoors.

Another big reason people see significant changes when they start training outdoors is usually because their gym training routine is stale. The body needs to be constantly challenged or it will adapt to the current training stimulus and stop getting results.

Many people still think of bootcamp as more of a guy’s domain. But can you explain why the exercises you incorporate in Outdoor Movement Training are great for women?

Most women are aiming for a lean, toned and fit physique. Functional strength exercises and bodyweight training are one of the most effective ways to maintain overall strength, tone and fitness. By using the body’s natural movement patterns to train outside with exercises such as squats, walking lunges and push ups you’ll gain greater muscle activation and core strength.

How important is the ‘team factor’ associated with bootcamp in increasing exercise motivation?

No one wants to go it alone and exercising in a group has been proven to push you to new limits. By awakening your inner athlete, you can share, compare and compete your way to a fitter version of yourself. Exercising in groups provides you support when you need it, encouragement when you want to give up and challenges you to work harder. Better yet, you can make new friends by meeting like-minded people who share your fitness goals!

For a full list of Outdoor Movement Training locations and details of how you could win a $2000 active escape visit www.fitnessfirst.com.au/outdoor