Tired of the same at-home isolation workouts? Now is the time to get fit in the great outdoors.
Sick of cold weather and losing motivation? I hear you. As a trainer, I’m here in writing spirit to help you shake off the winter blues by challenging you to embark on an Active Adventure August. I’m encouraging my clients to break out of lockdown with outdoor exercise, and here’s why.
In 2003, researchers at the University of Essex formally proposed linking the benefits of physical activity while being exposed to nature. This concept was coined “green exercise” and initiated a rigorous scientific research program which has helped more than 12,000 people living with mental illness. Dr Rachel Bragg, from the Green Exercise Research Team at the University of Essex, said that when participants exercised outdoors they enjoyed “significant improvements in mental wellbeing, social inclusion and connection to nature”.
Sounds great, right? Here are some options for trying green exercise this month.
Explore the hidden pockets of NSW and get your blood pumping with fresh air and a challenging hike. The Blue Mountains is a short drive from Sydney and has steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, waterfalls and trails that will have you gasping – both in awe and for breath. There are numerous hikes in the region; travel comparison sites like Trip Advisor have lists like “The 10 Best Blue Mountains Hiking trails” voted on and reviewed by the public.
If you prefer coastal scenery, check out Sydney Coastal Walks – it offers tips, inspiration and insider information on the best Sydney walks.