The Benefits of Outdoor Boot Camps

Hmm. Summer wardrobe time is upon us. If, like me, you tend to leave things to the last minute, this is how I imagine the last few months have panned out for you:

January – Resolve to never eat chocolate, drink alcohol, or make sandwiches with butter again.

February – Temporarily break resolution in order to ear Valentine’s Day chocolate. Then proceed to devour two entire packs of Penguin biscuits to feed your sugar cravings.

March – Back on the diet, make a token attempt to run around the park once a day. This lasts a week, the last day of which is also coincidentally Easter.

April – Join the gym and vow to lose at least two stone before your summer holiday.

May – Cancel gym membership and hide in the lounge with instant hot chocolate and that sneaky rum you have been hiding in the cupboard.

We’ve all been there. At least, I hope so.

Fear not – there is, however, a better way to lose weight and more importantly become fitter and healthier.

I know what you’re thinking. Outdoor boot camp? Sounds like torture! Imagine the angry, red-faced sergeant major barking orders at you, whilst you flail through muddy, sodden ground in an attempt to keep up with the rest of the group, who are apparently ex-SAS.

Relax! Outdoor boot camps are in fact a very different kettle of fish these days. One might even go so far as to say that they have become rather civilized. Groups of like-minded people meet on a leafy playing field in a handy location, and exercise together for an hour in the common pursuit of reaching their optimum level of fitness. People are segregated into teams depending on their ability level, which means you are able to improve at your own pace. Motivating and friendly instructors work with you to achieve your goals.

It all sounded too good to be true, so in the interest of research I went along to one of these boot camps to find out more. I took a friend with me, for both moral and physical support. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a young, sprightly lady who turned out to be the group leader. There were around 20 other people in our group and we started off by doing some simple star jumps, squats and sit ups. Over the course of the hour we played various running and team games and also did a rather exhilarating obstacle course. I actually felt like I was in the army! The time passed very quickly and at the end of the hour I ached, but in a good way. I have been back once a week ever since. Now, I feel much fitter and happier than I did before.

So, if you want to get fit and have fun at the same time, in the company of like-minded people, why don’t you try an outdoor boot camp for yourself this summer?

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