Benefits of outdoor exercise / fitness training

Outdoor fitness photoSummer is just around the corner. If you have spent the winter exercising in the gym, or working out at home with fitness DVD, now is a good time to head outdoors and refresh your fitness routine.  So why is outdoor fitness good for you?

Top 5 benefits of exercising and training outdoors:

1. Boost your endurance, stamina and tone your whole body for FREE

So there are lots of fancy machines, equipment and classes at the gym. But let’s face it, not everyone has a gym membership, or has the time to travel to a gym. The good news is, you can get an AWESOME outdoor workout using your own body weight, and it’s free! There are so many exercises you can do outdoors.  Different variations of squats and hill sprints are just two of my favourite exercises that you can do without any equipment. I also love to work my upper body with push-up using a park bench and mix in some step ups too. Interval training is also fantastic to improve endurance and stamina.

2 Psychological benefits – the feel good factor

Exercising outdoor not only keeps you healthy and fit physically, it also works wonder for your mood. The green environment and fresh air helps delivering oxygen to our body, combat stress, declutter our mind, feel positive, motivated and energized!  It also helps focus on our workout and reconnect with our mind and body. For mummies with buggies, fresh air and change of scenary are fantastic for your babies too!

3. Burn more energy

Certain weather conditions are known to boost your energy burn during a workout. Resistance from the wind, for example, makes you work harder while running and cycling as your body needs to counter-balance the added resistance. Your body also burns more energy while exercising in the cold compared with working out in a warm environment. The varied terrain and slopes also makes the workout more challenging, keeping your core hard at work!

4 Sunshine

Not only sunshine cheers you up and gives you an instant lift in the mood, our body creates vitamin D from direct sunlight on our skin. Vitamin D helps strengthen the immune system and makes bones stronger. Sunlight also boosts the levels of endorphins, aka the feel good hormones, and helps prevent depression. The best time of the year to get vitamin D from sunlight is from March to October.  20 minutes in the sun is enough exposure for an adult to see the benefits. To protect your skin from sunburn, don’t forget to apply suitable sunscreen before a workout.

5 Get your family involved

Keep your family fit and active by heading outdoors! Let the kids run around, play a ball game with the kids, there are so much activities to choose from.  It really helps motivating each other in staying active, and creates a foundation of healthy living in the family.  Why not make it a regular weekend activity and spend some quality active time together?

Related article: Outdoor fitness sun safety tips

Outdoor 1:1 personal training Leatherhead

Pleased to announce that Winnie Fitness has availability for TWO female clients who would like to work with an experienced personal trainer to kick start their fitness journey.

Winnie Fitness specializes in the following areas:

-fitness training for complete beginners

-pre and postnatal fitness, including abdominal separation recovery

-nutrition and fitness coaching for weight management

-fitness for over 60s

-fitness in various medical conditions, including high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma

Find out what clients say: https://winniefitness.com/testimonials/

To book a free consultation, email info@WinnieFitness.com or fill in the contact form: https://winniefitness.com/contact/

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Happy International Women’s Day! Today we celebrate women from all over the world!

Here’s to strong women.  May we know them.  May we be them.  May we raise them.

As a self-confessed achiever myself, it is extremely rewarding to see my clients to put their hand up for a challenge, work hard, persevere, and ultimately achieve their goals.

Achievements come in many forms. May be you discovered, created or learnt a new idea, skill, knowledge or a new system that helps facilitate your life.  Perhaps you overcome an obstacle on your journey to success. Have you experienced anything lately that makes you feel confident, empowered and fulfilled?  Let me know what you are celebrating.

Here’s a short, intense interval training workout for you today.

7 exercises, 30 second work, 15 second rest, 3 rounds

Total time: approx. 15 minutes

March / Run on spot

Plank / Mountain climbers

Half jack / Jumping jack

Body weight squats / Jump squats

Forward lunges (R leg)

Forward lunges (L leg)

Total body extension / Kettlebell swings

 

Never stop learning and keep pushing.

 

Winnie

Personal Trainer

WinnieFitness.com

Active body – healthy mind – happy life

 

Prize giving at Winnie Fitness

Scholarship award(2)

As 2017-18 academic year comes to an end, it’s time for children and students to celebrate achievements. This prompted me to do a little ‘prize giving’ to recognize my clients’ hard work, commitment and to celebrate success.

The two awards at WinnieFitness are:

1. Scholarship award: for one client who has transformed his/her way of training, eating and mindset for life-long health and fitness success.

2. Fitness achievement award: for one client who has dramatically levelled up his/her fitness level (strength, stamina and endurance).

The first winner will be announced this evening

Healthy habits to suit your lifestyle

Healthy habits

Achieving health and fitness goals is about developing consistent habits. Good habits are more dependable and sustainable than motivation and inspiration.

To find out how you can build fit and healthy habits that work FOR YOU, drop me an email at info@WinnieFitness.com

Winnie

Health and fitness coach

Get fit: no gym, no problem

You can get fit in the park or at home with small portable equipment. Here are some pictures of our client practising combo exercises at ‪#‎FitMummyPT‬ session. We bring equipment to the training session and provide you with a progressive fitness programme.  All you need is commitment, dedication and hard work.

We will be holding a bodyweight strength training workshop for beginners. For more information, visit: winniefitness.com/bodyweight-strength-training-workshop.

Want to try a Fit Mummy PT session? Email info@WinnieFitness.com to book  your place.  Click here for more information on our training session.