Healthy Heart Tip: Working out in the Park

Let’s get physical! Did you know that regular physical activity can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by up to 35%?

Many of us don’t have gym memberships or access to home gym equipment, so while the weather is getting nicer, this week’s tip focuses on how to create an easy workout in the park.

Get Walking or Cycling

Find your nearest park or open green space and head on down. Skip the use of the car, bus, or train and put on your trainers for a walk or cycle to that outdoor space. Walking or cycling is not only good for the environment but also provides a great cardiovascular exercise and an excellent way to warm up before jumping into a resistance workout.

Resistance Exercises

It is recommended to aim for at least two resistance exercise sessions a week. These exercises are designed to improve strength and endurance and can be done through body-weight exercises or by using weights.

While in the park, keep an eye out for objects you can use. For example, you can use a park bench to perform triceps dips, high step-ups, or elevated glute bridges.

Outdoor Gyms

Many outdoor spaces are now equipped with free outdoor gyms. With the cost-of-living crisis among us and most of us cutting back on spending, these free outdoor spaces are a great way to access workout equipment.

You’ll normally find a variety of cardiovascular and resistance-based equipment, such as cross trainers, stationary bikes, rowers, chest and leg press machines, and pull-up bars. You can find your closest gym by using the following links:

The Great Outdoor Gym Company Fresh Air FitnessWicksteed

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Heart Research UK

Heart Research UK is the charity dedicated to your heart. They’re confronting heart diseases by investing in pioneering medical research, ground-breaking training and education, and in communities to improve their heart health. For over 50 years, they have driven advancements in the prevention, treatment, and cure of heart disease to benefit patients as soon as possible.

In the last 10 years, Heart Research UK has funded over £14.8m in medical research in hospitals and universities across the UK, as well as £2.2m on innovative community-based lifestyle projects to improve the heart health of the nation.

If you’d like to support Heart Research UK’s vital work into the prevention, treatment, and cure of heart disease, please visit for inspiration on how you could help.

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