British Military Fitness is the UK's undisputed leader in outdoor fitness. We deliver classes in over 140 parks across the UK. BMF was originally started to encourage more people to get out of the gyms and get active in the great outdoors. Why? Because outdoor exercise is proven to be better for you than working out in the gym.
It's easy to get in a fitness rut when your body knows exactly what to expect from the treadmill, cross trainer, and stationary bike. The varied terrain of a park encourages your body to challenge itself to move in varied, more complex ways. Also the varied weather conditions and the different temperatures (the hotter the weather, the harder your body has to work to cool down) will challenge the body as well.
Breathing fresh air opposed to the recycled kind in a gym can create a feeling of euphoria, which comes from the body's release of feel-good endorphins. Exercising outside also creates greater feelings of revitalization, energy, and positive thinking than does working out indoors, according to a report published in Environmental Science and Technology.
Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for our overall health. We get most of our vitamin D from sunlight on our skin. The vitamin is made by our body under the skin in reaction to sunlight. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and the neuromuscular system. Vitamin D also plays major roles in the life cycle of human cells.
Exercises performed outdoors in fresh air offer increased aerobic benefits. More air in helps improve our breathing technique. Better technique increases stamina. More oxygen to the muscles reduces that lactic acid build-up in the muscles which leads to cramping.
In numerous studies exercising outside has been shown to increase both serotonin production and release. Serotonin plays an important part in the regulation of learning, moods and sleep. A boost in your serotonin will help you feel calm, alert and capable.
"I thought I was fit doing three body combat and four gym sessions per week. Now I'm really fit! BMF gives you confidence. You feel so chilled and relaxed after a session. Also, you laugh a lot and it just feels so damn good! Makes for a very good life with the new people you meet. I couldn't imagine not doing BMF."Alison Kiely
"I have done three sessions and am behind all the blues, but I absolutely love it! I have given up my gym membership, and am determined not to be fat and fifty."Kalsoom Bashir