You can’t beat a bit of fresh air

Exercise is a bit of a conundrum. How can something that’s supposed to be so good for you feel so bad whilst you’re actually doing it? Admittedly, after it’s all over and the endorphins are flowing, you feel like you could take on the world. But whilst you’re on that treadmill – sweat pouring down your face, cheeks redder than a Beefeater’s smock – it certainly doesn’t feel good.

And let’s be honest, it rarely looks good either. Put Beyoncé on a treadmill for half an hour and her A-list glamour would soon start to fade, bringing her just a little bit closer to us mere mortals. To really get the best out of a workout, you have to push yourself to the limits. In the case of exercise, ‘no pain no gain’ should become your daily mantra.


Look good, feel better

But there is something you can do to make exercise that bit more bearable. With a stylish new gym kit, a supportive top, stylish joggers and Reebok trainers, you can limit the damage ordinarily done by wearing your partner’s old football shorts and shirt combo.

Of course, exercising in the gym is one thing, but in that confined space you can’t help but feel that people are looking and judging. With summer coming up, it could be the time to start exercising outdoors. If the sun is shining and the skies are blue, there is really no excuse. Go for a run or get the bike out of the garage for a quick spin. Exercising outdoors provides a break from your daily routine, and gets you back in touch with nature. In deepest, darkest winter it may be your idea of a nightmare, but on a summer’s day it will be much more invigorating and really get the circulation going.

Keep on running

Whilst you’re not exactly away from prying eyes when you’re outside, popping a few uplifting tunes on your MP3 player will soon help you forget about your surroundings.

And there’s one final thing that makes exercising outdoors so great – it’s completely free. There are no joining or membership fees – just you and the great outdoors. Letting you get fit and healthy on your own terms.

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