It’s August and with holidays being cancelled left right and centre, the last few months has forced us to embrace the beauty that’s right on our own doorstep. With all it’s negative effects I’m sure most of us have pulled a few positives during lockdown.
Spending time outdoors walking places we would never have given time to before, chatting to friends and family online or at distance, cutting back on the luxury’s we’ve become so accustomed to ….
Having time to reflect and experience a new way of life can only make us grateful for what we have around us and the simpler things in life.
What about exercising outdoors? What are the benefits and how can it help with our wellbeing and results?
I’m not for a minute saying ditch the gym but what I’d like you to think about is how we can embrace outdoor fitness and reap the benefits. So what are they…..
When you exercise outdoors, you get fresh air which helps to alleviate insomnia. Regular exercise and fresh air will help you to fall asleep and improve the quality of your sleep!
Reduces stress & blood pressure
Regular physical activity outdoors can help lower a person’s blood pressure and heart rate. As a result, exercise outdoors feels less strenuous than similar exercise indoors, which, in turn, pushes you closer to your maximum performance. Even with our new found online and home workouts, we can perform them outside in our gardens with fresh air surrounding us
Sunshine & mood
Granted we don’t get too much of it but when the suns shining so do we. Fresh outdoor air and natural light invigorate and provide more energy for the mind and body. Sunshine provides the vitamin D that we need to boost our immune system and lift our spirits!
Switching things up
Break the routine! Perform your indoor workout outdoors and include movements such as bodyweight exercises, which are easy to do outside. Most bodyweight exercises are multi-joint movements and therefore super effective! A bodyweight workout will enhance your coordination, balance and mobility in particular.
Group training & motivation
Training in a group, outdoors, sunshine and fresh air are surely the perfect combination. Sometimes it’s a challenge we need to re-boot the system and ignite our motivation to get fit
So, whether exercising alone or in a group, remember every minute we spend outdoors we are clocking up the healthy points for both our physical and mental well being.
I’ve really enjoyed this programme, having done the 4 week lift lean in Jan which was really quite strict with the food and intense with the daily workouts I’ve actually seen better results this time around.
I like having a choice of workouts as if I’m not keen on doing one 2/3 times through I just pick an alternative to make up the time. Like you Malinda I found it difficult to keep up with the workouts every day what with two young kids and work 4 days a week. I didn’t beat myself up if I didn’t do it this time though as I knew that if I got to class a couple of times a week and kept on top of the eating I could at the very least maintain the weight.
Hi Lindsay, the Elevate program has been a hit for me. I’ve enjoyed the different options each week. Wednesday nights class was a challenge but a good one. I also liked the daily choice of online exercises. Results for me were 3kg weight & 4.5 ins loss.
I’m ready for my trip to Australia to visit my son ✈️?❤️. Sorry but won’t be back to class till November ?. Thanks again Lindsay for your encouragement, endless energy & support xx
I lost 2lb in weight and 5.5 inches in total. I’m really pleased with the inch loss but was hoping for a few more pounds to have gone! However I’m pleased because it’s still a loss.
I had gestational diabetes in both pregnancies, so I’m high risk to develop type 2 at some point during the rest of my life. I’m not going to let this happen so Elevate/Lindsay has helped get my mindset on track for this. Having ‘wiggle room’ and not beating myself up about it is such a positive thing- allowing myself this has actually meant I’ve got back on track again much quicker than I would usually.
I love my fitness pal and will keep it up mon-fri, the daily coaching from Lindsay was invaluable and set me up for the day in the right mindset. I wasn’t fab at the daily workouts but did add more daily walks in, regular daily small changes is the way forward for me
Loved having a different theme each week too. The most challenging for me was to eat varied meals and to post in the group..
Thanks so much Lindsay, looking forward to the November Elevate
My measurements and weight stayed the same, however, overall I feel less bloated and more toned and my clothes feel looser.
I didn’t really want to lose too much weight, just tone up and I feel that I have achieved this. I also feel that my digestion problems are more under control now I eat cleaner and I think I have a better understanding on the food that triggers my ibs cramps.
I’m definitely more alert & my energy levels have improved. My sleep as also improved.
I found the daily coaching really useful. Maybe 7am is too early for some. It was okay for me as I’m at work by 7, but maybe 7.30am better. I definitely think mornings are better.
I’ve booked on the November course so my goal is to continue with food food protocol that works best for me, along with tracking my inch loss. I’ve decided not to track my weight as it’s left me really disappointed each week.
Thanks for your support Lindsay Williams
So excited as I approach the end of the programme. Have lost 4lbs and although I didn’t take accurate body measurements at any point during the programme, I know I have lost mass as I can now fit into clothing that I couldn’t before!
I’m feeling a lot fitter and more energetic and I am determined to keep up the regular exercise. Have also bought myself several keto recipe books to ensure I stay focused and motivated to keep going as I am loving the variety and naturalness of the food. Thanks Lindsay x
Lift Lean week 1 results. Weight: lost 2.2 kg 4.8 lbs. Mass: ? Lost total of 9cm 3.5” Happy with that. ?
Need to work a bit harder on home workouts! ?️♀️ But wanted to do this program for general well being! Getting back on track with healthy food, not over eating, drinking less alcohol, being more positive and ultimately getting fit.