Exercising outdoors requires us to overcome gravity, ground reaction forces and environmental factors such as wind, heat and cold, as well as changes in terrain. Due to these ever-changing demands our bodies are required to use more muscles than in comparable gym-based exercises and as a result more calories are used up.
So why not dust off your bike and take a ride around your village or find some great trails in the parks in your area. You can also walk, run, roller skate, or hike. Water babies might also want to get their exercise by canoeing, rowing, swimming, or kayaking at the plethora of outdoor activity centres dotted across Wales.
Instead of taking the same old turn around the local park, why not incorporate longer walks along nature trails or coastlines which include uphill climbs, slopes, forests or sand dunes to add some variety to your workout.
With its sprawling greens and spiky summits, the opportunities that await in the great Welsh outdoors are endless.
The Welsh countryside is covered by a network of footpaths and tracks, and the options are limitless. Regular brisk walking will not only improve your level of physical fitness but it will also increase your mental alertness and emotional wellbeing too. You can walk from place to place in true backpacking style, or stay in a village for a week or so, exploring the surrounding area on gentle day-walks.