New Season….Good Reason…

New Season….Good Reason……….to spring into action with fitness & exercise

As the evenings lighten, days lengthen with warmer temperatures to embrace –  it offers a great opportunity to engage a new fitness routine too? A change is as good as a rest, so ditch the gym, and try outdoors  – if you haven’t already.

Have you got a garden or some green space near you? Use it! You don’t need a lot of room to be able to work out. There are many sources of home workouts online. It may be yoga, cardio or an abdominal workout you are looking for.

There is always a resource to help you and it will cost you nothing.

Alternatively, go for a walk – enjoy the views in the morning or as the sun sets in the evening.  According to Environmental Science and Technology Journal, just five minutes walking in a green space is enough to reduce stress and increase your motivation to stay active. Everyone can find five minutes – if they want to.

There are bountiful physical and mental health benefits to training outdoors. Here at SMuR-FIT we train outdoors all year round in daylight hours, unless the weather is really miserable.

And one of the greatest benefits is that the outdoors helps our Vitamin D intake.

Dr Katie Woodeson, a local GP, shares the importance of this vitamin.

“Vitamin D is an important vitamin which is mainly produced in our bodies by exposure to sunlight. A small amount is found in eggs and oily fish. A lack of Vitamin D can lead to poor calcium and phosphate absorption which can then lead to a reduction in new bone mineralisation. Conditions such as rickets in children produces significant bone deformity, and osteomalacia in adults. This causes both bone pain and a weakness in the bones.

There is evidence to show that adequate vitamin D levels may protect against some forms of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and the development of multiple sclerosis.

The prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in the adult population is about 14.5% rising to over 30% in the over 65s –  with it being three times more common in the winter months.

A large number of people with Vitamin D deficiency will be asymptomatic, some present with diffuse muscle pain, and some with more specific muscle pain and weakness especially in the glutes and quads.

Recommended exposure is sunlight to the arms legs and head from April – September of 15 mins at least 2-3 times per week to maintain sufficient synthesis of Vitamin D.”

It’s not always a walk in the park though….

Training outdoors means you have to be prepared for the weather, especially living in the UK.  From woolly hats & scarfs to sun hats & shades. There can be other hazards to look for – from uneven ground, litter, dog mess, so be prepared for this, organise yourself and keep your eyes open if you are training alone.  However, the benefits outweigh the potential downfalls.

Wherever you are reading this from, take a look around, have you got a small space? Access to a green park?  There is always a way to do this.

If you are in Watlington, Oxfordshire, or nearby, you are in luck – SMuR-FIT is here to help, or I can assist you find something suitable for your interests.

In summary, make the most of the great outdoors, you will be surprised at how well it can make you feel.


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