FIT Newsletter January 2016
Welcome to the first FIT newsletter. January seems as good a time as any to start our monthly updates. For the first edition we thought we would spend some time highlighting the benefits of training outdoors in Chorlton Park with the FIT training program. Some of the benefits below will be obvious to you but others maybe less so, all are good reason to get yourselves outdoors.
The 10 benefits of outdoor training with FIT
Too hot, too cold, just right
The very nature of training outdoors will help you to burn more calories, if cold, your body works harder to warm up and when hot it will have to work harder to cool down. Before you even do the warm up your body is already adapting to its environment and burning those calories nicely.
Nothing better than taking a nice lung full of fresh air. Outdoors there is an unlimited supply of oxygen that will help you work harder for longer and reduce the build up of lactic acid.
Increase your serotonin
Now we are not doctors but there are studies that suggest that training outdoors can boost your serotonin levels. Serotonin helps regulate moods and can improve sleep. So you can go from furious activity at class to a state of perfect Zen when you get home, nice.
Vitamin D helps regulate the immune and neuromuscular systems. Sunlight on the skin is a key component to the production of the vitamin so whilst you are giving yourself a good workout you are also getting the silent benefits of better vitamin D production. Multi-tasking at its very best. In winter we try to organise the sun for Saturday mornings but he doesn’t always turn up for us.
Expect the unexpected
Varying the exercises, repetition schemes, timings and rest periods during the classes helps avoid the body developing too much efficiency for one particular type of exercise. The constant challenge encourages the body to use more energy and develop all round physical fitness, strength and endurance.
I can’t do that, no wait…
The numbers of times we have seen someone approach a new movement with hesitation and doubt. 15 minutes later they are smashing out the reps with good form like a pro with a big smile on their face. Sometimes it takes weeks or even months to perfect the moves but the progress and development is great to watch.
People make the difference
It’s the people that make FIT such good fun. One thing we love about FIT is the support and encouragement that everyone gives each other. Whilst there is a healthy competition in some of the workouts there is always an underlying team spirit for all to develop and progress their abilities. Working out as part of a group helps you to push harder through the workout and maximize those results.
Teamwork makes the dream work
Surprising how well the team classes’ work. Often with little discussion or planning everyone gets on with the workout and everything just happens to plan. Effective teamwork is a really powerful business tool to get the job done; at FIT we do it all the time without even thinking about it.
Doesn’t it feel good when you get to work in the morning and someone asks ‘what did you get up to last night’? I take great pleasure in explaining what a prowler is or how satisfying it is to hit a tractor tyre with a sledgehammer in the pouring rain.
I don’t know about you but we have never regretted attending a FIT class, in fact we have kicked ourselves sometimes for not going along to train. Getting to the end of a park session provides a certain level of satisfaction that you have achieved something and pushed yourself in ways that you wouldn’t normally in a traditional gym environment. Be proud of your achievements as there are a lot of people out there who are not pushing themselves as hard as you are.