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5 fun and exciting ways to keep fit outdoors

May 14, 2013 - Fitness

While the sun is beaming and the days are longer, why not make the most of it and take your fitness outside with our pick of activities…
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Archery
There’s something exhilarating about hitting a target, and archery is no exception! It’s a great sport for boosting your mental and physical health and fitness, as well as improving patience. Both men and women, able bodied or disabled, can participate with only the requirement being some physical and mental strength. It’s ideal for giving your upper body a workout, increasing flexibility in your hands and fingers and developing arm strength. To find an archery class near you visit factivities.co.uk

Roller-skating
Inline skating isn’t just for baggy-trousered teens, it’s a low-impact workout that tones your lower half and strengthens your abs. Skating for 30 minutes at a moderate speed can burn 350 calories – and it’s great fun! A common activity seen on the boulevards in LA, free skate groups are also starting to take over the UK streets. There isn’t a dedicated UK roller skating directory, but there are lots of groups and clubs across the UK. Search Google.com for your nearest club.

Badminton
Officially the fastest of all racket sports, badminton is one of the most popular participation sports in the UK. It’s great for your health and fitness, and can lead to both stronger muscles and a better cardiovascular system. Playing at a moderate intensity for one hour, a 200lb person can expect to burn approximately 544 calories. It’s an easy game to pick up; even new players with little or no skill can enjoy their first game and progress quickly. To find a club near you, visit playbadminton.co.uk

Bike ride
Riding a bike is good for more than saving the planet and your hard-earned cash, it’s also an efficient way to burn excess calories, shed body fat and improve cardiovascular health. It can also decrease stress levels. One of the best ways to explore the outdoors, take in the fresh air, or simply get around town, is on a bike, and depending on your body weight and the intensity of your ride, you will probably burn somewhere between 400 and 500 calories on a one-hour bike ride. Find a bike track near you at cycle-route.com

Canoeing
This is a great sport for the summer that allows you to get fit while exploring the outdoors. It’s a low-impact activity that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility – particularly in the back, arms, shoulders and chest. It can be peaceful and meditative, and done as a hobby or a competitive sport on rivers, lakes and the sea – with most leisure centres offering beginner classes on an indoor pool. Although life jackets are worn, a level of swimming fitness is required. For more information and to find a club near you, visit bcu.org.uk

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