Naturally Good for You - the incredible benefits of being outside and in-nature

Getting people outside and enjoying being 'in-nature' has always been one of Green Farm's principal objectives, and it forms a huge part of the whole Green Farm experience. Whether you are popping into The Spa, coming for a weekend stay or spending the day at one of the many events and workshops hosted on the estate, guests are always invited to explore the farm, surrounding ancient woodlands and spend time appreciating the great and beautiful outdoors.

But having been an unprecedented year when we've spent more time at home and inside than we ever expected, getting back outdoors has also never been so valuable or vital. And because nature is free we often take for granted the incredible benefits it has to offer, especially those that affect our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Working with several like-minded partners, we've co-created three events that take full advantage of all the amazing rewards being in-nature gives us, body, mind and soul.

BODY - Woodland Workouts, with Jo Willemse

Experience the wonders of outside and in-nature exercise

It is safe to say that over the last year, we have all learnt to appreciate the importance and joy of getting outside, and studies have shown that exercising outdoors and ‘in nature’ has even more incredible physical and mental health benefits.

From reducing your blood pressure and resting heart rate, there is even evidence to suggest that exercise may feel easier when performed outdoors due to the changing surroundings and sensory stimuli. This means you can work harder without feeling so tired, helping to increase the amount of physical activity you can do compared to indoor training. Being in nature also challenges your body to work that little bit harder with an ever-changing outdoor terrain. It has also long been known, that simply being outside can reduce our stress hormone cortisol by as much as 15% and the positive effects of being 'in nature' increase when we combine that with physical exercise. Research published in an Environment, Science and Technology journal suggests that exercising in a natural environment is associated with greater feelings of revitalisation, enjoyment and satisfaction as well as a greater intent to repeat the activity at a later date. When training outdoors, you can also enjoy the benefits of our glorious British sunshine, even if it isn’t the brightest day. Fresh air and natural light invigorate the mind and provide the body lots of lovely and important vitamin D that we need to support healthy immune function, bones, nervous system and many other things. To take advantage of all these wonderful benefits that nature provides, Woodland Workouts have been created to provide a series of unique, nature-inspired training sessions to those looking for an all-over body workout, set in the magical, private woodlands at Green Farm. Combining bodyweight exercises and cardio, whilst utilising the natural terrain and nature's own props, Woodland Workouts are perfect for all fitness levels. The class will be run by Jo, a Level 3 Exercise Referral qualified Personal Trainer, who has always been a strong advocate for outdoor exercise which she thinks is even more important now than ever before. "Working out outside means you are getting a valuable source of Vitamin D to keep your bones and muscles strong and boost your immunity. Using the benefits of natures' stimulation, breathing in the fresh air, feeling the ground beneath your feet and taking in the sights and sounds of the beautiful Green Farm, means that workouts are enjoyable and the environment also boosts your mood."