Outdoor Fitness: Start Your Own Fitness Business!

04/12/2018 08:00 | Sport franchises

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There’s no denying the health benefits that come from regular exercise. Being physically fit helps to prevent heart disease, improves mood, reduces stress, enhances sleep, plus much, much more.

According to NHS guidelines, to stay healthy, adults should do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week. That’s just over 20 minutes a day.

Although this seems easy enough, with people leading increasingly busy lifestyles, it can be difficult to find time for exercise. Also, despite the rise in affordable gyms in the UK, the cost of membership fees is often given as a reason for not keeping fit.

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But fitness doesn’t need to be expensive, and when performed outdoors, can be enjoyed by all the family for free. There are many benefits of exercising outside, including:

You burn more calories – Whether you’re running in the park or cycling to the shops, your body is continually trying to adapt to your environment. The varied terrain and weather conditions mean that your body has to work harder than if you were running on a treadmill or sitting on an exercise bike in the gym.

It’s free - You don't need any special equipment to keep fit. Walking or running doesn’t cost a thing and you get to enjoy the benefits of exercise and fresh air. If you need some encouragement to get you moving, then there is a wide range of outdoor boot camp style classes that you can attend which are generally cheaper than a gym membership.

You get to top up on vitamin D - Outdoor exercise is a great way to get your vitamin D through sunlight. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and the neuromuscular system. It also plays a significant role in the life cycle of human cells.

It will improve your mood – Any exercise will help to release the body’s feel-good endorphins, but these increase when you keep fit outdoors. The fresh air can blow away the cobwebs, help you to feel revitalised and energised and create an overall sense of well-being.

It can easily fit into your busy routine – If you find it difficult to find time to exercise, you could make some changes to your daily routine to fit it in. Just five minutes walking in green space is enough to reduce stress and increase your motivation to stay active, according to the Environmental Science and Technology journal. So, rather than sitting in traffic for your daily commute you could try walking instead.

Whether it’s gardening, hiking or walking the dog, doing something you enjoy while keeping fit is good for your head and your heart.

Outdoor fitness London

Parkrun is perhaps the most popular organised event for individuals who want to keep fit in the great outdoors. The 5km run was founded in 2004 by Paul Sinton-Hewitt at Bushy Park in London.

Sinton-Hewitt was suffering from depression wanted to run while spending time with his running friends to aid his recovery. The very first event had just 13 runners and three volunteers and was initially known as the Bushy Park Time Trial. Over the next two years, the timed run took place every week. The number of participants and volunteers increased with each event, and new technology was introduced to improve the processing of results.

The name parkrun was adopted as more and more locations were added using the same format as the Bushy Park Time Trial. There are now parkrun events organised every weekend in 20 countries around the world, and as of April 2018, nearly three million people have taken part in a parkrun in the UK.

Despite the success of parkrun, the event has always remained free of charge and open for anyone to enter. From children to pensioners, beginners to club runners; parkrun is all about inclusiveness and wellbeing. The mission of parkrun is to create a healthier, happier planet by helping people to feel part of their local community.

The success of parkrun is partly down to the simplicity of the format. Participants just need to register once, print their barcode, turn up whenever and wherever they want to take part and enjoy the run. Times are recorded and published on the parkrun website so that people can track their improvements as they get fitter and healthier.

A study by the University of Loughborough discovered that the initial motivation for attending a parkrun event for the first time is weight loss and improvement in their physical fitness. However, the reasons given for continuing to participate on a regular basis are to beat their personal best time, to enjoy being outdoors, and to make new friends.

Outdoor fitness franchise opportunity

If you’d like to start your own outdoor fitness business, you may want to consider investing in a franchise. One Element is a franchise opportunity that will see you offering bespoke group fitness training in local parks. You’ll get to be your own boss, receive the backing and support of an established franchise and have the satisfaction of helping people keep fit in your community.

Before launching your franchise, you’ll attend an in-depth training programme in London. This is to ensure that you fully understand the science behind the One Element fitness programmes so that you can offer effective and consistent classes.

So, whether you’re looking for a career change or are a qualified personal trainer looking for a new challenge, a One Element franchise provides a fantastic opportunity for you to take ownership of your life.

For a total investment of just £20,000, you can combine your passion for fitness with the freedom and flexibility of running your own business. You don’t need to have any previous experience in the fitness industry to become a franchisee as long as you’re ambitious, driven and committed to making your business a success.
 

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