Trend Tuesday: Boost Your Workout With The Top 7 Outdoor Alternatives To The Gym

03 June 2014 by


1. Move Pop Up Gym

Ever wanted to take part in a rooftop yoga class overlooking St Pauls? Step forward [a target="_blank" href="">Move Pop Up Gym[/a], London’s hottest ‘flash-sweat’ fitness classes guaranteed to get you bikini ready. From dance classes to training sessions, this is some serious fitness sans barriers- we’re hooked. Just keep an eye on your Twitter feed to keep up to speed with the latest classes.

2. Flying Trapeze

Take your fitness to new heights (no puns intended) with a flying-trapeze class from circus-skills trainers [a target="_blank" href="">Gorilla Circus[/a]. Based in Regent’s Park and other locations over the summer, this is your chance for a real adrenalin rush- and for some great views of the city!

3. British Military Fitness

Outdoor military fitness classes are guaranteed to inject some serious excitement into your workout. With classes in parks across the country designed to suit all fitness levels, each session is led by an ex-military trainer, so expect any attempts to ‘go easy’ to be met with the appropriate response. Log on to [a target="_blank" href="">[/a] to sign up for a free class- we’ll see you there!

4. Ride A Horse

Women account for a whopping 90% of all equestrian activities in the UK, with 82% believing that interaction with horses makes them healthier and happier. Find your nearest riding lesson with the [a target="_blank" href="">British Horse Society[/a]. Plus, an hour’s riding can burn the same as a 30-minute jog- we’re sold!

5. Swim In A Lido

For a more invigorating workout, take a dip in one of the [a target="_blank" href="">UK’s many outdoor swimming venues[/a]. Our favourite? The London Fields Lido is perfect for those with little tolerance for chilly temperatures- at only 50 metres long and heated, this is a sure way to kickstart your fitness regime. Plus, there’s a cute sun terrace on-site too, for when the weather heats up.

6. Nike Running Club

Completely free and lots of fun, Nike’s running club (available nationwide) is one of our favourite ways to not only keep fit, but explore your hometown and meet some new friends. For more information check out [a target="_blank" href="">Nike’s Facebook Page[/a].

7. Rock Climbing

For a serious full-body workout that reaches from feet to fingertips, try rock climbing, which can burn up to 899 calories an hour. In London, try the Arch Climbing Wall centres in London Bridge and Bermondsey or if you’re based in North London, try the well-equipped Castle Climbing Centre.

Pick up this week’s new issue of Grazia, flick through to the beauty pages and you might just stumble across a rather awesome feature about the benefits of exercising outdoors. Believe it or not, warmer weather is on the way, which really is the perfect excuse to ditch the treadmill and head outside to really get the most out of your workout. From burning more calories to increased vitamin-D exposure to naturally higher endorphins (hello good mood), we reckon you’ll be bidding good riddance to your gym membership card quicker than you can say ‘fresh air’.

A sneak peak inside this week's issue

Although you’ll have to arm yourself with the new issue of Grazia, out today, for the full lowdown, we have in the meantime, only gone and pulled together the top 7 outdoor alternatives to the gym. Click through the gallery above and prepare to shake-up for your work-out…

The new issue of Grazia is out now.


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