Health And Fitness in The Great Outdoors of Australia

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Many Aussies are heavily focused on health and fitness these days and that’s a positive thing. To prolong life and to truly enjoy the time that we have, the fitter and healthier we are, the better off we’ll be. While getting fit and doing regular exercise is certainly prevalent in Australian society, many people limit most of their fitness regime and exercise program to indoor activities, such as the gym. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course, but there is a great big country out there with better views and fresh air to inhale, so let’s look at some ideas for getting fit in the great outdoors.

Walk Or Jog In Your Local Area

No matter where you live in the country, there are usually locations nearby that provide good places to go for a brisk walk or do some jogging. Many neighbourhoods are fine just as they are but if you’re in the city or live on a busy stretch of road, seek out a boardwalk somewhere nearby or a local park, somewhere where the view is better and the air is fresher.

It’s totally free to go for regular walks or jogs and both of these exercises are effective in burning calories, reducing body fat, improving your cardiovascular fitness and fitness in general, and also in speeding up your metabolism so your body continues to burn calories even while you’re resting.

If you have a dog, take them with you to keep you company on your walks. You could also invite a friend or relative to go jogging with you to break the monotony.

Another alternative is to join an organised walking or jogging club in your area.

Get In Some Exercise Near the Water

Being near the water is very therapeutic no matter what you are doing. It helps to calm the body and mind and refreshes the human spirit. It provides relaxation and serenity.

Exercising near water is both good for the body and calming for the mind. It doesn’t really matter what exercises you decide to do, whether it be stretching, yoga, performing a series of push ups and sit ups, a standing abs workout routine or any number of other exercise routines. Different scenery gives you a fantastic visual perspective and it can help to ramp up your energy levels and your enthusiasm for getting some exercise in. It makes exercising more of an adventure than a fitness chore.

If you live not far from the beach, then this is a great location to visit regularly to exercise and improve your fitness. You could even finish off your routine with a swim in the ocean. If you don’t live close to a beach, then maybe there is a lake or some other body of water not too far away.

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Journey To a Secluded Nature Spot

As Aussies, we are blessed with a beautiful country and many of us are fortunate enough to live near National Parks and other nature reserves. Even the local park will do the trick.

The idea is to escape the everyday, so you can clear your mind and refresh your soul. This will invigorate you in many ways and also make doing that exercise so much more pleasurable. As with the water idea, getting out into nature to do some exercise will be an adventure in itself. You could choose to take an exercise mat, find a nice spot and perform some routines or, alternatively, you could get your exercise by hiking some mountain trails or nature walks.

Being at one with nature and completely switching off from the world for a few hours does wonders for the body and mind and you might also discover that you get even more benefits from your exercise efforts as a result.

Exercise In Your Backyard

To get outdoors to exercise may not even require you to leave your home. If you have a half decent backyard, you can use that space as your outdoor gym. Get down on the grass and do some sit ups, push ups and some other ab routines. You could also set up a weight bench on the back patio, equipped with a barbell and some dumbbells. Put on some music, do some stretching and then get into it without having to step out onto the street.

Utilising the backyard space also provides an opportunity to get the entire family involved in an organised exercise regime on a regular basis. This way, your whole family will be getting fit and healthy and it can be a team effort.

If you happen to have a backyard swimming pool, then you can get exercise in the backyard and have the added benefits of being near water at the same time.

Why Exercise Outdoors?

There are numerous benefits when it comes to getting outside to exercise and we’ve touched on some at various stages throughout this article.

For starters, in new surroundings you’ll find you have a renewed focus, more energy and will likely feel more motivated. In most locations, the air you are breathing while working out will be cleaner and fresher and this, in turn, will produce better results.

Also, while outside, you’ll be able to cool down naturally from the breeze or under the shade of the trees, rather than sucking in recycled air conditioned air like you find in most gyms.

Every time you venture off to some outdoor destination with fitness in mind, each journey will feel like a small adventure. Exercise becomes interesting rather than routine and boring and you will get more out of it.

Breaking up your routine with some outdoor fitness activities is also beneficial for you mentally. Your mind will be refreshed and revitalised and that can only be a good thing.

The Takeaway

While there’s nothing wrong with exercising indoors or going to the gym, add in some outdoor routines to break up the monotony. A mixture of both will add many benefits to your health and fitness and exercise will remain positive and fun, rather than feeling like a laborious chore.