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An easy way to boost your workout
Monday, 28 December · 1 min read

Wherever you exercise, it’s good for you – but you can get extra benefits if you train outdoors. These can include:

  • burning up to 20% more calories
  • improving your balance and core skills – because of the uneven surfaces found outdoors
  • getting vitamin D from sunlight – which helps maintain healthy bones
  • improving your mood – natural light and nature can make us feel better

Remember to take the time to warm up before you exercise and cool down afterwards, and to dress for the weather conditions: layer up in the cold, wear waterproofs if it’s wet, and choose clothes that are breathable, to help you stay comfortable when you sweat.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get active outdoors, and if you walk at a reasonable speed, it will give you a good workout. You're going at the right sort of pace if you can still talk, but can’t sing the words to a song.

Quote of the day

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie

Quick Quiz
You can burn more calories walking with poles – true or false?