Exercising regularly is an important part of everyday life. Not only will it work wonders on your waistline, it can also have some pretty fantastic benefits for your mental health too. Carrying out physical activity for the recommended 30 minutes a day is a great way to unwind from the stresses of everyday life, get out there and meet people, and just generally get a sense of well-being and a healthy, refreshing mood boost.
Benefits of physical activity:
- Improves mental health
- Decreases the risk of obesity
- Increases muscle tone
- Improves cardiovascular and respiratory health
- Decreases the risk of heart disease and diabetes
- Speeds up metabolism
If you hate the gym, don’t worry, we know it can be a real bore and in fact, there’s plenty of fantastic ways to get moving that are tonnes more exciting!
So here’s a list favourite alternative outdoor activities to try this spring/summer, and where to try them for a fun way to get fit and feel great!
You might need to wait a few more weeks for the sea to really warm up, but hire a decent wetsuit, and once you’re in, you’re in, and it is glorious. Head down to the south coast for the weekend, hire somewhere on AirBnB, and you and your buddies will have the experience to remember.
Top surf spots:
- Watergate Bay, Cornwall
- Saltburn, Cleveland
- Pease Bay, Scotland
- Sennen Cove, Cornwall
- Bantham, Devon
- Thurso East, Scotland
- Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
Alright, maybe you prefer your water activities sitting down. That’s cool. The UK has plenty of rivers, big and small, where you can hire a kayak and learn from a qualified instructor. If you’re fortunate enough to live near the Lakes, the area is packed with kayaking schools.
Stand up paddle boarding
Combine kayaking with surfing and you’ve got stand up paddle boarding (SUP); the fastest growing watersports across the UK. SUP may look easy, but don’t be fooled, it’s a pretty strenuous full body work out, with some amazing health benefits too. When you first try SUP, you’ll probably think it’s all about the arms, but try focusing on your core, namely the midsection and you’ll have your endurance and balance nailed in no time!
SUP can be carried out on canals, rivers, lakes and coastlines all across the UK, with the best spots being on the South Coast.
Scale the heights of some of the UK’s beautiful climbs, then make your way back down via a rope. Sounds like fun. Please don’t try this one without an instructor, though! There are lots of places in the UK to try your hand at abseiling, including some pretty picturesque spots like the peak district, the lake district and river deep mountain high in Cumbria.
We absolutely love mountain biking, and wherever you are in the UK, you’re usually not too far from a decent trail, whether it’s urban, or you’re lucky enough to be able to get out into the countryside and peaks.
If you live near the Peak District, Lake District, or maybe the Dales or down south, you’ve got plenty of options to go and catch some speed.
Like abseiling, if you’re going anywhere with serious rocks, it’s best to find an instructor, so that you can get the best advice, and stay safe with the right equipment. Test your skill and nerve on some of the UK’s most scrambled formations.
Our best spots:
1. Land’s End, Cornwall
Why you need to try: Beautiful Tidal climbing
2. Stanage Edge, Derbyshire
Why you need to try: It’s got some pretty fantastic views
3. Huntsman’s Leap, Pembrokeshire