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Why Outdoor Fitness Classes

Aug 18, 2007
From swinging a hula-hoop in a park to climbing a mountain, there can be innovative ways to step up your heart rate in an outdoor fitness class. Joining an outdoor fitness class has become a growing trend these days. Bored with the same gym routines and fed-up with being stuck indoors, more and more people are choosing the exhilaration of exercising without confining walls. In fact, according to recent research, it is proved that exposure to the great outdoors, even in moderate amounts, can have beneficial effects on health, mood, and even productivity.

There are many other reasons why working out outdoors can do wonders for you. Exercising in natural light, getting free Vitamin D from the sunshine, and breathing in fresh air certainly beats a smelly workout indoors, under harsh artificial lights and inadequate ventilation. It would also be a better choice of fitting the exercise regime into your lifestyle. For instance, if you have just stopped exercising because of the boredom of going to the gym, joining an outdoor fitness class and committing yourself again to a workout regimen that you love will motivate you to stick to it, and thus be one of the best ways of jump-starting a fitness program that has the potential of lasting a lifetime.

Most people just find being outside, doing something they enjoy, pleasurable. When exercising outdoors, you can be part of Mother Nature and all her beauty. You can listen to the birds, enjoy the greenery of the grass and trees, and the colors of flowers, let your senses absorb your surroundings, as you experience the sights, smells, sounds, and textures of surrounding nature. If you live in a neighborhood with views that are not particularly motivating, you could make that an excuse to hike somewhere more inspiring. A greener neighborhood with well kept gardens and homes or a well designed park with a variety of flowering shrubs and trees could give your day just that much needed boost.

There are a wide variety of activities offered as part of outdoor workouts; choose something that you like doing. Joining an underwater ballet class, a dancercise or kickboxing class by the pool, peddling through a park trail or even a forest trail, or surfing under expert instructions on mastering the art of riding waves on a surfboard along with other surfing neophytes; all of these can be great ways of putting fun back into exercising. Many fitness professionals and gyms offer personal fitness training sessions and outdoor fitness classes these days. The growing popularity of these specially designed outdoor fitness exercise routines has inspired personal fitness trainers to create programs that include a wide variety of activities like surfing, adventure racing, cycling and hiking.

Of course, the type of activity varies according to the place you live in. Many certified exercise trainers conduct exercise sessions for groups which include strength and cardio circuits, along with biking and hiking up mountains or on beaches. Some innovative trainers make it even more fun and exciting by offering one-on-one programs such as kayaking to an island, running on the beach, or clambering up sand dunes. Some even include sports like volleyball and tennis.
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