Friday 20 October 2017


9 exercises to enjoy in Bristol's great outdoors

Forget sweaty gyms and stuffy studios, take your fitness regime into the great outdoors and enjoy nine outdoor fitness ideas.

Whether you want to soak up the last of the summer sunshine or fancy throwing something new into your weekly workout, SoBristol has rounded up nine outdoor exercises in Bristol, so you can enjoy some fresh air while you get your fitness fix.


1. Make a splash


Swimming is a great way to tone up, blast away fat and sculpt major muscle groups. On a sunny day, an alfresco dip can feel like a little holiday, offering the perfect motivation to get that bathing suit on, while there’s no need to worry if it rains as you’ll be getting wet regardless.

Head to Bristol’s stylish Lido and enjoy a rejuvenating dip and maybe a visit to the spa; or get back to nature and indulge in some wild swimming, with a number of local lakes offering the chance to make a splash, such as Henleaze Lake, Avon Valley Country Park, The Lake at Trench Lane and Clevedon Tidal Pool.


2. Join a Parkrun


Providing the perfect opportunity to challenge yourself, keep fit with like-minded people and inject a bit of routine into your weekly workouts, head to your nearest Parkrun and tackle a 5k walk, jog or run every Saturday morning.

With weekly events taking place at Ashton Court, Pomphrey Hill and Little Stoke, lace up your trainers and sign up for a free and fun way to keep on top of your fitness plan.


3. Enrol in military fitness


British Military Fitness has been helping thousands of people across the UK to up their fitness game, with its hour-long outdoor classes of cardio and strength training.

Taking place at Clifton Downs and Victoria Park, participants can expect to tackle push ups, squats, star jumps, burpees, competitive games, running and more, with each class divided into three ability groups, promising a challenge for everyone, from complete beginners to seasoned members.


4. Take it outside

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If sweating it out in a stuffy sports hall fills you with dread, take it outdoors, with alfresco gyms popping up all over Bristol.

Offering you the chance to work the whole body, outdoor fitness equipment is readily available for you to keep active, with equipment in Pen Park Pavillion, Victoria Park, Begbrook Green Park, Brandon Hill, Clifton Downs and Withywood Park.


5. Join a running club


If you struggle with self-motivation, joining a local running group is perfect to keep you on track, with a host of options for everyone, from busy office workers, 5k joggers and marathon runners.

What’s more, if you get the running bug and fancy tackling a local challenge, check out 10 of the most extreme Gloucestershire runs offering everything from mud runs and obstacle courses to marathons and even a chocolate run.


6. Take a hike

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Forget hot gyms, busy classes and tedious workout DVDs, start your exercise journey by taking advantage of Bristol’s many glorious walks, with plenty of rolling hills to hike, country paths to explore and long walks to tackle, working your leg muscles and glutes as well as easing stress and helping you sleep better.

Just some of the Ramblers Association’s favourite walks in Bristol include the Sculpture Trail, Brunel’s Footsteps, Clifton Squares, Durdham Down, Royate Hill and Penpole.


7. Make a racket

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Whip out your whites, grab a racket and inject some variation into your routine with a game of tennis at one of Bristol’s many outdoor courts.

Great for cardio, weight loss and flexibility, a tennis session can really get your heart racing, with courts at The Redland Green Club, Bristol Central Tennis Club, Clifton Lawn Tennis Cub, Greville Smyth Tennis Club and more.


8. On your bike

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Possibly one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into a busy daily routine, cycling is a great way to get around while helping burn calories, improve health and get you enjoying some fresh air.

With a number of bike paths to enjoy around Bristol, saddle up and enjoy this low impact exercise, with cycling set to improve general fitness, improve endurance and exercise major muscle groups.


9. Get in the water

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For something a little bit different, consider taking your workout to the water, with water sports often requiring balance, core strength, agility and focus, providing an intense cardio workout without even noticing.

From achieving strong supermodel legs and glutes with wakeboarding and toning your arms with canoeing, to enjoying an adrenaline-packed cardio activity with windsurfing, water sports are much more than just a fun day out, with all of this and more on offer at Bristol Harbour.


By Alice Lloyd

© SoBristol
Friday 23 September 2016

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