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Fresh Air Fitness Boosts Self-Esteem

A breath of fresh air isn’t just great for our health, it can also give our self-esteem a boost!

Scientists have found people who spend more time outside, feel better about their body image and have higher self-esteem.

There are many reasons why getting our sweat on in the great outdoors makes us feel good. Beautiful views, the sun beating down on our faces and getting away from the hustle and bustle of a packed gym floor, to name a few. Though research has found a link between spending regular time outdoors and our perception of how we look.

As part of an online survey, individuals were asked to rate a number of statements about their body image. These statements included...

  • ‘I respect my body’
  • ‘When I see good-looking people, I wonder how my own looks measure up’
  • ‘I often check my appearance in a mirror just to make sure I look okay’
  • ‘I feel pressure from family members to look thinner’

They were also asked a variety of questions about how exposed they were to nature on a daily basis. Researchers found strong links between exposure to the outdoors and how much people liked their bodies. Sure, this could be due to the fact that confident types tend to head outdoors more than introverts, though the benefits of fresh air already stack up.

Outdoor exercise has already been proven to…

  • Improve stress
  • Increase Vitamin D
  • Provide more energy
  • Motivate those working towards a goal
  • … and fight against a number of health issues

Outdoor gyms are becoming increasingly popular as many people are choosing to get their fitness regimes done in the fresh air. Take a look at the brand new outdoor bootcamp at Village Gym Portsmouth. A fitness playground designed for a multitude of outdoor activities, including our functional training rig.

See more on our Instagram page!

As the weather gets a little warmer, we’ll be planning many more outdoor fitness sessions such as yoga and member fitness challenges to give your self-esteem, and your fitness goals a boost!

If you're keen to get your sweat on outdoors, our new outdoor space is the perfect place to get started. 

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