Improving your health outdoors with the Green Gym 

Green Gym is an initiative of the BTCV, a UK environmental volunteering charity, that can improve your fitness while helping the environment. Find out what benefits it offers.

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Well, it does keep you fit, except that every time we go home we're all aching.

I'm fitter now than when I retired and that was a long time ago.

I'm certainly fitter now.

And you see new people, meet a lot of friends.

So you can't beat it really. It's absolutely marvellous.

The Green Gym was set up by BTCV,

which is a UK environmental volunteering charity.

And, basically, people can come out and instead of going to a gym,

they can get fit and healthy by planting trees or managing woodlands

and basically improving their environment.

Why do I do it? Well, I just enjoy being outside.

And, you know, meeting different people

and being in the open air tidying everything up.

The good thing about it is you do as much as you want.

And one of my main reasons for doing it is the aerobic exercise.

You get people who spend a lot of money on a gym subscription

and then they don't go, so they waste their money.

But with Green Gym you get the aerobic exercise and it's free.

And you keep coming

not because you've spent money on it but because you enjoy it basically.

A lot of people don't like gyms, they don't want to put on Lycra,

this is a way that they can just come out

in their old comfy clothes and get more active.

It's also got a lot of mental health benefits,

so people coming outside and being in nature

just helps them get a sense of perspective, helps to relieve stress.

If you're stuck at home on your own, you can come out and meet people.

And you get an enormous boost in your confidence.

The social activity's nice, chatting and working with other people.

Because if you're on benefits and living alone it can be very isolating.

So actually getting out and meeting other people is good. (laughs)

- Yeah, and there's a cake. - (laughs)

- Are you gonna have a cup of tea? - Yeah, I'd love a cup of tea.

People join because they want to get fitter and healthier,

but what keeps people coming back is the fact that they make friends

and there's all the social side of it,

they get a really good group of friends out of it.

If people want to join a Green Gym,

BTCV have got over 95 Green Gyms across the UK.

The easiest thing to do is visit our website

and they can find out which Green Gym is closest to them.

We'd like to see a Green Gym group in every community.

So it's got so much more to do in terms of getting people more active.

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