Did you know that globally, a quarter of adults do not meet the global recommended levels of physical activity according to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO)? Furthermore, up to five million deaths a year could be prevented if the world population was more active.
Often it’s the inconvenience and expense of joining a gym and getting into a regular routine that stops us from exercising as often as we should. The NHS recommends that adults undertake 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week, which broken down can start to seem much more achievable.
During the pandemic, more people than ever before started to exercise at home and realised that an expensive membership isn’t required to stay fit and healthy. With just some outside space and simple pieces of equipment, you can easily create your own outdoor gym. Continue reading to find out about more of the many benefits of bringing the gym to your own back garden.
Reduces Stress Levels and Improves Mental Health
Many studies have shown that exercising outdoors can help to reduce your stress levels, lower your blood pressure and even improve your mental health. When we exercise outdoors, often it can feel easier and less strenuous on our bodies, which allows us to work harder for longer feeling more fulfilled by the end of the workout.
The fresh air can also positively impact our mental state as it can help us to sleep better at night. Plus, the Vitamin D from the sun can improve our energy levels too.
A Bespoke Gym Tailored To Your Needs
One disadvantage to paying for a gym membership is that your fee covers the use of all of the equipment, when often you will only use a select few pieces. And during busy sessions, you may find yourself waiting to use the machine, taking the momentum out of your workout. But with your own personal outdoor gym you can install the equipment you want and enjoy using.
If you want to improve your stamina levels, why not install an Arm and Pedal Bike and work your legs and arms at the same time. Or if you’re looking to increase your flexibility, an Air Walker is a great piece of equipment that the whole family can use.
Convenient and Easy to Use
One of the most popular reasons why adults say they aren’t more active is because of a lack of time. Many of us don’t live within a walking distance of a gym, so finding the time and motivation to drive or hop on a bus is often enough to put us off the idea of a workout. But if the gym is outside, a mere few steps away then there is no longer the need for the journey and effort.
Another great benefit is that you can work out whenever you want and won’t be restricted by the gym’s opening times. You also won’t feel pressured to finish your exercise on a particular machine by other gym-goers waiting in line – you can have a completely flexible workout routine.
Enjoy Some Privacy and Peace
Of course one of the other main reasons why we may avoid is the gym is the fear of feeling self-conscious. With mirrored walls and rooms full of strangers, the gym can often be an imitating place to work out. So a great alternative is to create your own gym from the comfort of your own home.
You are much more likely to feel comfortable and confident in your back garden, and so you can try out new exercises and work out with no pressure to look a certain way.
Workout Together with Friends and Family
If you install several pieces of outdoor gym equipment, you can share your workout with your family and friends at the same time. This will not only help you to enjoy your routines more but you’ll also be more likely to stick to them if you’re having fun and socialising at the same time. It’s also a great way to encourage your children to stay active and led a healthy lifestyle.