The UK is the second biggest fitness market in Europe, with almost 7,000 fitness clubs across the country. However, the average cost of a gym membership is £40.53 a month. Furthermore, there’s nothing inspiring about working up a sweat in the confines of a gym. Therefore, the perfect resolution is to get on top of your garden’s design, embrace the Oxfordshire fresh air and get fit in your own beautifully crafted garden gym.
The benefits of exercising outdoors
One of the biggest benefits of working out in your garden is that you’ll get to enjoy your hard work and the glorious environment that you’ve created. However, there are psychological benefits to take into consideration too. Research from the University of Essex found that viewing pleasant rural and urban scenes when exercising produces a significantly greater impact on an individual’s self-esteem than exercising without this scenery. Additionally, exercising in your garden can also yield better results. As you won’t have to factor in travel to and from the gym, you’ll push yourself to work out for longer. Meanwhile, the resistance of the wind will force you to work harder.
Choosing the right equipment
For a full body workout that really burns calories, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve got a variety of equipment incorporated into your garden. A bike, sit up bench, and health walker are staple pieces of gym equipment which will aid your home fitness journey. Choose equipment in green shades to make sure it blends into its surroundings. Meanwhile, consider sectioning your garden off into areas so that the gym has its own dedicated spot. Simply planting some beautiful bushes around your gym will liven the area up and give you a little privacy. And it needn’t be all fancy equipment as there are plenty of natural items in your garden which can be used for exercise. Tree branches can be used for pull-ups, the lawn for laps and embedded tree stumps for step ups.
Exercise in all weathers
The British weather isn’t renowned for being particularly reliable, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo your garden workout in the pouring rain or blistering summer sun. Protect your gym from the elements by creating an enchanting tree canopy above it. Alternatively, for a more reliable roof, opt for a sail canopy in a bright colour, such as blue, green or yellow. This will ensure that your equipment stays in optimum condition and looks beautiful all year round, too.
Maintenance in and around your garden gym is essential, as you don’t want to slip or fall during or after a workout. Therefore, you’ll need to keep your lawn trim. In the summer, you should ideally mow once or twice a week. Meanwhile, in the spring, once or twice a month should suffice. Regularly check tree stumps, equipment and pathways for signs of moss and remove this to keep your garden and gym pleasing to the eye and safe to use.
A garden gym is a great way to get fit and to create a stunning feature in your garden. Be sure to choose equipment in shades which blend into your outside space, utilise the features already in your garden and remember to regularly maintain the area for maximum appeal and safety.