Outdoor Fitness is more than a work out.. It’s connecting you with the Earth.

sunset chins
This is an exert from the MysticMamma.com website where you can find reports on the meaning and folklore behind planetary movements, wisdom and insights. This adds another dimension to why training outdoors is good for you.
John O’ Donohue from Beauty: The Invisible Embrace
“When we emerge form our offices, rooms and houses, we enter our natural element. We are children of the earth: people to whom the outdoors is home. Nothing can separate us from the vigour and vibrancy of this inheritance.”
“In contrast to our frenetic, saturated lives, the earth offers a calming stillness. Movement and growth in nature takes it time. The patience of nature enjoys the ease of trust and hope.”
“There is something in our clay nature that needs to continually experience this ancient, outer ease of the world. It helps us to remember who we are and why we are here.”

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Size 18 to a size 14: Marie’s story

Outdoor Adidas gym in Homerton.

Outdoor Adidas gym in Homerton.

Running in Wick woods. Beautiful green space in Hackney Wick.

Running in Wick woods. Beautiful green space in Hackney Wick.

Marie has been training with me in East London since October. We’ve been doing outdoor fitness sessions once a week including: running, skipping, outdoor gym (assisted chins, pull ups, leg raises, dips), TRX and weight training.

It’s a joy to announce she’s gone down from a size 18/20 to a size 14! And has lost 10cm off her waistline.

It’s not just the 60 min training sessions we do each week that have contributed to her fitness it’s her attitude! After she was diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year Marie has transformed her diet. Her food and nutrition ideas are a massive inspiration to me. Check out her instagram account here: http://instagram.com/mijosy

She’s also been training at home 3 times a week doing free weights, skipping and yoga.

So exciting to watch the progress, see how her amazing attitude transforms her body as well as inspire me with her recipes!

If you want to buy personal training sessions for a Christmas present get in touch! 30 min free consultation and food diary analysis included in all multi buys. Prices are as little as £40 an hour if you buy ten and can be split with a friend for no extra cost.

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Make training fun

Pavillion Cafe Victoria Park

Pavilion Park Cafe Victoria Park

Getting training going if you’ve had a break or are starting out (even if you’re training hard but getting bored) has a lot to do with making it fun. Start to lose the bad associations with exercise and make some positive ones.

For example I love a really well made coffee. So I train in an unconventional way that helps me get going in the morning, brightens up my day and takes away the chore element of training. I plan the run to call by my favourite coffee spots and incentivise myself by knowing: a) I have a nice coffee waiting for me so get out there! And b) after I’ve had the coffee I’ll get a buzz from a full on training run!

I’ve not met many runners that do this! The pre coffee run is a warm up and the post coffee run is training. I get a high from coffee and running/training/dancing. It’s a cardio buzz as well as making use of any adrenalin from the coffee in a constructive way.

If you’re having trouble getting motivated have a think about what would make you get out there. It’s ok to make training fun and integrate it into the things you enjoy. Don’t worry if you train in a different way to others, everyone is at different stages. All that matters is you try and do something towards your inner goals. And that’s it. You will feel good about it after and so the positive spiral begins.