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Top tips for exercising outdoors

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Top tips for exercising outdoors

Why not take your regular exercise sessions outdoors? Check out our five tips to help you make the most of exercising in the great outdoors!

1) Warm up, and cool down

Make sure you warm up before your outdoor exercise sessions. It’s recommended we gradually build up our pace when exercising (start out walking, if you’re going for a run for instance), and to cool down after your session too. All this will help avoid injury.

2) Make sure you’re visible

Whether you’re an avid runner who regularly takes to our forest trails, or a cyclist who enjoys weekend woodland rides, make sure you’re wearing reflective, or fluorescent gear and use a head torch if you’re out and about in the dark.

3) Get an exercise companion

Its lovely having someone with you to share your forest winter experiences! Whether that’s your dog, or an exercise buddy to keep you motivated, try and team up when you head out. Make sure you share your pictures from the forest too – we’d love to see what you’ve been up to! Tag your pictures with #ForestFit on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

4) Not feeling tip-top? Heading out may help

If you've been feeling a bit under the weather, heading outside to exercise doesn’t necessarily have to come off the menu completely, according to NHS guidance. If you generally feel OK, feel free to go for that run, or bike run. Or go for less intense exercise and take a lovely spring walk instead.

Last updated: 2nd August 2016

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