Outdoor fitness boot camps are growing in popularity all across the Uk. They are springing up in parks and fields in many towns and cities are people are beginning to appreciate the benefits of being outdoors. Of course, this is very season specific with less people venturing outdoors in the depth of winter and many more heading outdoors during the height of summer when the weather is better and the nights are longer.
The benefits of exercising outdoors are beginning to be confirmed from various scientific studies which note health and cognitive benefits from spending time in nature. People mostly know the benefits of getting more sunlight (it increases your body’s production of Vitamin D) but less known benefits are now emerging like cognitive and wellbeing factors associated with fresh air and green spaces.
Outdoor Fitness Boot Camp
As these sessions often take place in medium to large groups there are social benefits also like in the picture above of a boot camp near Reading. These include motivation, encouragement, fun and many other social factors. It is safe to say that without motivation the British weather would stop people continuing these programmes very quickly.
The sessions usually involve different forms of exercises many of which can only be performed outdoors such as running drills and team games involving cones and balls. Gym based exercises are also replicated in most boot camp style settings. So you will often see circuit exercises, boxing drills and body weight training.
The physical benefits of all these exercises include, but are not limited to, weight loss, increased cardiovascular fitness, increased bone mineral density and reduction in blood pressure. While every individual person has their own unique reason for taking part in these types of programmes they are most commonly used for weight loss and improved fitness. Both of these effects are seriously influenced by the group motivating and accountability factors that we spoke about earlier.
To sum up, outdoor fitness boot camps are here to stay and will only grow in popularity over the next few years. Boot Camp companies are planning to open up multiple locations this year. They offer several health and fitness benefits which more and more people will be attracted to.