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I'm guilty of doing most of my training in the gym, but summer is here and I need to challenge my body to keep gaining results. Whilst there are obvious practical benefits to training indoors, exercising outdoors can have many advantages – and not just the beautiful scenery!

Varied exercise outside means you're more likely to work your body in new and different ways. Additional stresses and strains will bring some ace improvements, sending signals to the cells to tell them to build additional strength in our muscles. Brilliant stuff.

So strap on your runners, it's time to take it outside...

Top 5 benefits to Outdoor Exercise:

1. Sunshine
Vitamin D we get from exposure to the sun has awesome benefits (when you do it in moderation, obvs). Its a common treatment for depression and other mood disorders. Unsurprising really when you thin about how fabulous you feel when you step into sun rays. Endorphins (which lift your mood)are released by the body when you get some sun. Yahoo!

2. Mental Stimulation

Get outside for mental stimulation that indoor exercise just doesn't seem to give. Staring at the same 4 walls of your house or gym can be pretty dull, so take it outside for some brain stimulation and give your mind a workout too!

3. Psychological Benefits

An increasing amount of research shows outdoor activity is great for the mind. Exercising amongst trees and wildlife can give you a healthy mood boost and can help to combat anxiety and stress. Bonus points if you take your shoes off to feel the grass on your feet.

4. New Exercises

Despite claims that machines are a great simulation of the real thing, using a treadmill day in and day out will use the same muscles. Step outside for different inclines and street camber to switch on those muscles you never thought you had!

5. More varied workout

Outside you'll find different terrain that can't properly be simulated in the studio. You hit hills and different surfaces (think  grade, mud, concrete, gravel) and flex limbs in different ways to handle it. Isn't that more fun than the cross trainer with a TV?!

Outdoor Training Fitness First


Want to kickstart your new outdoor-exercise regime? Take a look at my fave providers in Sydney and surrounds:

1. Lazy Girl Fitness, Bondi Junction

This 6 week bootcamp will help get your best summer body. Outdoor group training (women only - sorry guys!) in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. You'll train 3 times a week for 45 minutes, plus receive advice on how to continue your new program at home. Need more support? Jess (head personal trainer and all-round superwoman) also makes herself available phone or via email to answer questions that come up over the course of the Challenge. To top if off, you'll also get an amazing goodie bag full of health products to kick-start your new regime. The Lazy Girl Fitness Blog has some amazing recipes, additional workouts and motivation - great reference material to keep you on track!

Next intake 12 January 2015

Cost: $300

When: Mon + Wed + Fri at 6am, Waverley Park

2. Fitness First, Nationwide

Fitness First’s Outdoor Movement Training provides free Outdoor Yoga, Pilates and Bootcamp classes to members, giving them the opportunity to go further with their health and fitness. These classes are designed to give variety to members’ training, helping them stay motivated beyond the walls of the gym.

Cost: Free to members

When: View timetable


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Rocking my favourite new Lulu Tights & Crop at the Fitness First Outdoor Movement Training


3. The Cube Gym, Collaroy Beach

Lewis McLean, Hayden Quinn, Sam Whittaker and the team at The Cube Gym have teamed up with the health and fitness-conscious folk at The Collaroy’s Pelican Pavilion to hold free weekly training sessions on the golden grains of Collaroy Beach. No need to sign up, simply rock up and go hard. After working a sweat on the sand, stay back and join the gang for a post-sesh game of touch footy or a beach swim, followed by a healthy breakfast at Sydney’s ultimate beach café, the Pelican Pavilion. My eyes are on that poached eggs and avo on rye - post-training perfection.

Cost: Free + cost of breakfast!

When: 7:30am Saturdays - meeting on the north side of The Collaroy Hotel

4. Savage Training, Sydney CBD 

Small Group exercise programs means Savage Boys Justin Waldo and Justin Savage can tailor their programs to your specific needs whilst you enjoy the motivation of working with a team in various Parks and Reserves in Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, Potts Point and Rushcutters Bay. They also offer indoor training (if the weather turns!) so you never miss a session.

Cost: $22 per session

When: Mon - Sat. View timetable

5. Lulu Lemon Summer Series, Stores Nationwide

Lululemon Athletica offers complimentary yoga classes in-store, but in summer they move sessions outside for their 'Summer Series'. All levels welcome and all classes are suitable for beginner yogis. Use outdoor yoga to add balance to your life and bring a bit of calm to your busy mind during the silly season.

Cost: Free!

Where: Locate a store for your local timetable


I hope you're reading this outside...

Embrace that fresh air Fitties!


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Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).