I’m probably the least likely person to go on a real boot camp that you can imagine, but a couple of weeks ago I decided to shoehorn myself out of my comfort zone, which involved far too much Eastenders and not enough movement, and try some outdoor fitness for myself.
Outdoor fitness classes have really taken off in the last couple of years, from Boot Camps to Military Fitness or just running around in the park or on the beach; most towns have their own version of the playing outdoors phenomenon. So I rocked up at my local park, in the rain, and got muddy with a group of dedicated fitness freaks, and one of my gym buddies.
I’m clearly too much of a spa-goddess at heart, because although playing tag, crawling under and jumping over people, and various other fitness fun was a great laugh, the fact that I got myself plastered in mud, and had to throw everything I was wearing straight into the washing machine when I got home, made me a bit grumpy. At one point I found myself face down in the cold, wet mud with my friend on top of me as I’d tried to crawl under her, got stuck, and we’d both collapsed in a fit of giggles. OK, so I don’t do mud unless it’s part of an expensive spa treatment!
UK Spas have also embraced outdoor fitness – Lifehouse Spa in Thorpe le Soken, Essex incorporates outdoor workouts into its spa breaks (and why not when you have grounds like that?) and Champneys spas run tailored Boot Camps, promising fun outdoor fitness and no shouty instructors which last anything from a weekend to a whole week and also include a diet element for anyone wanting to lose weight at the same time.
So…if you fancy a bit of outdoor action, why not give it a try? Me, I think I might wait until it stops raining…
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