Get Active Outdoors

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Doing exercise outside is not only great for your health, it can instantly improve your mood and doesn’t have to cost the earth (no pun intended). Use what’s around you to inspire your physical activity whether that’s simply going for an autumn walk in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest or getting the adrenalin flowing with some watersports action on Hampshire’s coastline.  

There are so many opportunities to get into the fresh air and we’re here to help point you in the right direction. We’ve got lots of information about where, when and what you can do, all broken down in categories to cover outdoor pursuits, activities and fitness. Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking.

  • Breeze cycling With Breeze, it’s all about building confidence on the bike and having fun whilst you’re doing it. You can ride with a supportive and friendly female-only group and choose a speed and distance that suits you. You’ll get to experience the rush of the outdoors and get social with a coffee and chat afterwards.  Use your postcode to find your nearest group on the Breeze Cycling website or contact Ruth Crawford.
  • park run parkrun events are held all over the world but with plenty in Hampshire you’ll never struggle to find one close to you. The timed 5K run takes place weekly, caters for all levels, ages and abilities. It’s free, safe and, best of all, they take place in beautiful parkland surroundings.
  • Walking to health Even taking a simple stroll to your local shops can really lift your mood and get the blood pumping. If you’re just starting on your journey to get active, then walking is a great way to build your fitness. You don’t need any special equipment, and there are plenty of great local health walks across the region.
  • Beginner running Groups like Alton Rookie Runners really show how inspirational group exercise can be, especially for those looking to build confidence, return from illness or injury or just start on their fitness journey. Take a look at RunTogether in useful links to find your nearest running group or contact Katharine Jones.

Take a look at our activity finder in useful links to find an activity near you.

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