Dumbbells or weights? Don’t need them! Cross-trainer or high-end treadmill? Unnecessary! To the gym for body-styling? Let’s go outside instead! Outdoor exercise is the trend!
People meet wherever there is space. Public gardens, playgrounds, fields, free areas in the middle of the city. Getting in shape in a real park is preferred over expensive exercise machines under artificial light. One’s own body and natural surroundings are used as sports equipment. Every park bench, every tree, every rail, every climbing pole can become a fitness device. Pull-ups on the high bar, stretches at the wall, triceps training at mossy tree trunks – there are no limits to the creativity of the growing outdoor trend.
Why is outdoor exercise growing in popularity
o It is uncomplicated; anyone can just start without paying money first. Alone or in a group. You do not need any special equipment; normal sneakers and workout clothes are ordinary. There is no need to join a fitness studio with the often long contract terms, which are a determent, and high monthly fees.
o In addition to enjoying exercise in the fresh air, many outdoor fans appreciate the group experience. Training with others is motivating and helps you to stay disciplined – when the group is waiting then you have to follow through with training, even in rain or a storm, at the time agreed and at the usual meeting place. And, as a group, it is easier to ignore people watching or commenting in public parks while you are doing your sit-ups or squats. Often, true friendships form that extend beyond the training sessions.
o Enjoying time with others and exercising in a fun way is more important than the often monotonous and lonely battle with fitness machines. Rather than on the bench press, I can strengthen my arm muscles with push-ups or pull-ups. And in the most beautiful fitness studio in the world – in nature.