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Get fit in the forest!

Why face being stuck indoors at a stuffy gym, when you could enjoy getting fit in the great outdoors? Experience new sights, sounds and smells as you burn calories in your local woodland.

And instead of expensive gym membership, buy a Discovery Pass so you can get fit in the fresh air all year round!

Get out in the forest

Walking in the forestGo for a brisk walk, gentle jog or an exhilarating mountain bike ride. Or if you fancy something a little different, you'll find great classes at many of our woodlands, from Nordic Walking and Tai Chi to Bodyfit Bootcamp and Pushy Mothers.

Find the perfect activity for you.

Take the dog with you!

Walking in the forestFrom special guided walks, to dog agility trails and hundreds of way-marked routes it's time for you and your dog to get fit in the forest.

Find walks and events for you and your dog.

Keep the kids active

Den building in the forestFor children it's recommended that they take part in 60 minutes of exercise a day, which could include riding a bike, building a den or playing chase. Many of our woodlands have interactive trails, open green spaces and fun play structures.

Find great days out for the kids.

Health and fitness

Nordic walking in the forestExperts suggest that adults should aim to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week to improve health and lead to a happier life style. Forest activities like health walks, cycling and hiking can boost self-esteem, mood and energy levels.

Burn those calories!

When we exercise our muscles use energy stored in our bodies from food. The harder you exercise, the more calories you can burn. Walking is a great form of exercise, and a 30 minute brisk walk will burn more calories than the equivalent time on a badminton court! And by being outdoors, you’ll also benefit from the fresh, clean air and stunning forest scenery.

For each 30 minute activity, you could burn:
210 calories during a brisk walk
330 calories cycling
320 calories running
250 calories having fun on an adventure playground

Why woods?

For a list of reports, case studies and evidence on how woods can benefit health click here.

Find your nearest Forestry Commission woodland

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Ditch expensive gym membership this year - get a Discovery Pass and you can get fit in the fresh air all year long!