Fitness & workouts

Fresh air fitness

Struggling to exercise outdoors now that the temperature’s dropped? There’s plenty of apps and organisations to help motivate you…
Published 3 September, 2018

1. The easiest way to get fit outdoors is to lace up your trainers and head out for a walk. A simple, brisk 10-minute walk counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly aerobic exercise. Try organising a walking group with friends, family or fellow WW members from your WW Workshop to help you stay accountable. Or, search for a walking group near you on the  Walking for Health site -

2. If you need an extra push to get out there, try Sweatcoin (free, iOS and Android), an app that converts your steps into a digital currency called sweatcoins, which you can exchange for fitness gadgets, gym gear and even training sessions. The catch? The app doesn’t track steps taken indoors (such as on a treadmill), so you have to get outside if you want to earn your reward.

3. Getting active outdoors doesn’t have to mean wearing trainers – wellies could be more appropriate if you sign up with The Conservation Volunteers. Volunteers learn new skills while doing their bit for the environment by planting trees, sowing meadows and building ponds for wildlife.

4. Geocaching is another fun activity to get you moving outdoors. Download the Geocaching app (free, iOS and Android), which directs you to the GPS coordinates of hidden geocaches – items you find in exchange for points. Because it involves tracking and solving clues, it’s a good workout for the mind and body!