Build an out­door body

Want to shift your train­ing out­side? This two-part plan will su­per­charge your fit­ness in just two months. First up, we’re build­ing strength, mus­cle and skill with do-any­where ex­er­cises

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Head out­side to su­per­charge your fit­ness in just four weeks.

Smash­ing a sweat ses­sion while soak­ing up the sun­shine – there’s noth­ing quite like an al fresco work­out. It’s ex­cit­ing, time-ef­fec­tive and a great way to tone up. But the pay­offs don’t stop there. Re­search re­veals that the real ben­e­fits of a green work­out lie in the way it shapes your mind.

Touted in sci­ence cir­cles as a fan­tas­tic form of men­tal ther­apy, wild work­outs have been found to re­duce blood pres­sure and in­crease parasym­pa­thetic ac­tiv­ity (the di­vi­sion of the ner­vous sys­tem that’s linked to a more re­laxed state). The net re­sult, ac­cord­ing to a re­view in the jour­nal En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy, is a greater feel­ing of self-es­teem, en­thu­si­asm, plea­sure and vi­tal­ity, plus lower lev­els of de­pres­sion, ten­sion and fa­tigue.

‘Ex­er­cis­ing out­side has a huge im­pact on men­tal well­be­ing,’ ex­plains David Brown, man­ager of out­door gym, BaseFit Shored­itch (base-fit.uk). ‘It in­creases fit­ness lev­els, im­proves mood and pro­vides al­most all of the daily vi­ta­min D re­quire­ment in just 30 min­utes.’ Want to build a bet­ter body to boot? Then you need a plan that will boost your base­line fit­ness. ‘Train­ing out­doors is a to­tally dif­fer­ent an­i­mal com­pared with in­door train­ing. The fresh air seems to tire you out quickly, leav­ing you work­ing harder to get things done,’ says Brown.

En­ter the 60-day BaseFit Build An Out­door Body pro­gramme. This month is all about pre­par­ing your body for phase two. Brown has se­lected ex­er­cises that will test you, but also pro­vide you with am­ple re­cov­ery time be­tween sets, boost­ing your base­line fit­ness. Even in­door girls will love it!

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