Us Brits tend to do one of several things when the sun shows its face briefly – A) flock to the nearest beer garden, B) wear shorts in weather that isn’t quite warm enough, and C) state how blue the sky is in every second sentence. Just to make sure everyone in the vicinity is aware it’s a Good Weather Day of course. There’s a scent of barbecue wafting down the street (although lets face it, how many times does the food end up in the oven because the barbecue’s died out?) and we’re all checking BBC Weather to see how long it’s supposed to last so we can make the most of it. Non-Brits / people with reliable weather – you maybe can’t relate! But yes, today I wanted to chat about why outdoor fitness should be added to the list of reflex reactions to the temperature rising.
So yeah, now that leaving the house sans jacket and gloves is actually possible, this gym bunny is making an effort to swap my gym cardio for the outdoor variety. There isn’t really an outdoor substitute for good ol’ weights (bodyweight alternatives are all well and good but it’s just not the same!) but HIIT can certainly be done outside. And boy do I feel better for it in the fresh air! For someone who spends a lot of time indoors at a desk I can’t tell you how much I crave just getting out at the end of the day. Cabin fever is real, people. This long time morning workout fanatic has actually started swapping for evening ones sometimes now the evenings are lighter, too – an evening run or gym sesh is something to look forward to after a long day cooped up. My body literally craves it. The same way my body literally craves pizza sometimes. Gotta listen to those cravings haven’t you!
Oh and when the British sunshine disappears (ie. 90% of the time) I actually enjoy running in the rain sometimes (only very occasionally ok) too. Yes I sound like a nutcase but really, rain’s only a nuisance when you’re trying to stay dry! You don’t go swimming with the aim to stay dry so water isn’t a problem. If you head out embracing the fact that you’re gonna get soaked it actually isn’t that bad. I did begin to question my sanity when I started doing situps on a soaking wet outdoor gym bench though…
Now I’m not gonna pretend that these photos were taken in my local park, but I love that open spaces like this are never far away! Around Jeffrey Hill and Longridge fell are some of my favourite areas to just get out and about for an afternoon. And if I can combine that with a (albeit low intensity) workout then it’s always a bonus! I’ve featured outdoor fitness on here a couple of times before – Go Commando military style bootcamp (loved that one), canyoning in the Lake District, keeping fit on holiday – and plan to make it a running (or y’know, jogging) theme from here on out.
On the topic of swapping things (indoor for outdoor fitness and that), BRITA are applying the idea to our water bottles too. Bit daft that in 2017 we’re still needlessly using things like disposable water bottles that damage the environment for no good reason isn’t it? Even if you reuse those a couple of times it’s still not brilliant. I know lots of people don’t care for the taste nor the lack of filtration in their tap water though and prefer to drink bottled, which is where the BRITA Fill&Go with inbuilt filter comes in. Tastes and smells nicer than plain ol’ tap water with the carbon filter, so no more funny tasting water when you’re away from home. I drive my mum mad with my leaving bottles around the house after my workouts, so now I can annoy her with leaving one particular bottle around instead!
My plans are to head out around this patch for another outdoorsy day tomorrow, but of course it’ll rain now that I’ve said that. Fingers crossed for me and my outdoor fitness! Who else feels like this weather makes them wanna go go go?
lily kate x
This post is sponsored by BRITA however all words and opinions are 100% my own.