The great outdoors, after doing a bit of reading it seems that most of us spend around 90% of our time indoors which really is quite shocking. For many people the time they spend outdoors consists of miniature walks from one closed space to another, We live in our homes, we jump into our cars, we drive to more closed spaces and at the end of the day, we come back home. We were never designed to spend the amount of time indoors and hide ourselves away from the natural outdoor world that we actually do, although its great to get home sometimes and just relax, the great outdoors offers so much more than just rainy days, honestly it does!
People who train outdoors experience higher levels of post exercise endorphins, these endorphins are endogenous opioid compounds, this comes from our pituitary gland and hypothalamus during exercise. They are basically natural pain relievers and produce a feeling of well being. The name endorphin comes from the words endogenous and morphine. So what this means to us, is that training outdoors has been and can be associated with higher levels of these feel good chemicals that your body produces.
Fresh air is refreshing and invigorating and high oxygen levels increase the efficiency of almost all the reactions in your body, from losing weight and body fat, sleeping better at night to reducing anxiety and lowering your resting heart rate, fresh air is a key component.Training in and exposing yourself to the great outdoors can help boost serotonin levels, which helps you to feel calmer, more alert and more capable, you also hopefully have the added bonus that its a nice day, sunlight helps supply the body with Vitamin D which helps the absorption of calcium, provides strength to bones, reduces systemic inflammation and boosts the immune system. unfortunately too many of us fail to get enough sunlight and synthesise enough vitamin D, and looking at how the weather has been this may be a little optimistic but, everyone would like a tan, wouldn't they?
Training in the great outdoors gives you a great deal of flexibility for your training sessions and a good personal trainer will know exactly what to do with the surroundings, and it allows you to perform different exercise routines to that you may find in a gym. Examples might include sprint training, multi directional running, crawling and hill sprints but I'm sure your trainer will come up with some great exercises, that's why we use them and a good personal trainer will know exactly what to do once they see the terrain and what the venue has to offer.
There are many places that we can train for free in Stoke on Trent, that's right, free places to train in Stoke on Trent where you and your personal trainer can meet up and exercise, and all you will pay is the cost of your session to your trainer, you don't have to be a member at a gym to train outside. Why restrict yourself by thinking that you have to go to a gym to get healthier and fitter, and most if not all of these places will require little to no equipment to be taken.
We have plenty of open recreational areas, city parks and other more unlikely places like large stairways in which a good personal trainers can find loads of "interesting" exercises to make sure their client is getting their moneys worth, these parks and recreation grounds are perfect for training in the great outdoors, personal trainers in Stoke and Newcastle under Lyme will know these areas and be able to make full use of them. Below are just a few of these areas, I'm sure you'll recognise most if not all of these.
Central Forest Park.
This is just outside Hanley has a great open space, A large lake, maybe not so much for swimming, this might draw a few frowns and I wouldn't recommend it, but for running around its an idea size. On the far side of the park there is also an area that has some good sized steps and climbing equipment and I'm sure your personal trainer will be able to use the areas very well.
Tunstall Park and Burslem Park
Both these parks have great open areas in which to train including some nice steps and small hills and banks to challenge you in your training and they are very nice places that you can find right in the middle of our hectic city and our hectic lives that take you away from the hustle and bustle for a short time and they really do look quite relaxing, comfortable and nice places to exercise which, should help to make it easier when you are trying to catch your breath during your workout.
Lyme Valley Park in Newcastle under Lyme
Lyme Valley Park just down on the A34 in Newcastle under Lyme is another great area that lets you know that there are places that you can go to unwind in this big city, its also another great area for personal trainers to go with clients and give the client a great workout. It has a massive open area and some great hills and banks on the far side so I'm sure a good personal trainer might want to make full use of these area's.
Everybody should know Westport Lake, its one of the most famous landmarks in the Stoke on Trent area, I'm sure everybody will know that it has a great open field right next to the new car parking area and of course the famous lake itself which many people use to run around for exercise anyway, but there is also a canal that runs alongside Westport Lake that is at the top of a bank, this bank is just the right size for some great hill sprints and if its a hot day and your macros will allow it, you could always have a sneaky ice cream from the shop that overlooks the lake, make sure you declare it to your trainer though, they may want to help you work this off next time.
The "Crem" Steps
These are a massive set of steps that lead up, and down of course, the side of Bradwell Crematorium and many people that I know use these steps for health and fitness, as you can see from the picture these would be quite a challenge for many just walking up them. They have a smaller set of steps that are not as steep that lead around the other side and many that go there will do certain bodyweight exercises at the top and at the bottom, then maybe taking the steps 2 at a time or sprinting up them 1 at a time, quite a challenge for any fitness level.
There are many more area like these in Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme, I have just been through a few of the more obvious places that we can all use with our personal trainers that are completely free to exercise in, we don't all need to be members of a gym in order to make use of personal trainers and a good personal trainer will make very good use of the surrounding for all these locations. Just because I have highlighted these areas it doesn't mean that they have to be used, just looking at these places will maybe jog the memory to other places that are similar to these. You may prefer to get your beasting or should I say personal training session at any number of different locations within the city that are more than suitable? Wherever you decide to go training, work hard but make it enjoyable and make sure you have fun while your at it!