Join the kids on an adventure day out - and tone up at the same time. Here's how
You've probably heard of Go Ape - the UK's leading tree-top adventure company that provides fun outdoors experiences at 27 sites across the country.
Activities include climbing trees, hopping through the forest canopy on rope walkways, scrambling up and down nets, and zip-wiring therough the great outdoors.
It's tremendous fun for children and adults alike - and the good news is it's also a great workout. So if you're looking for a holiday activity that's going to boost your fitness at the same time, what's not to like?
Here are six reasons to Go Ape:
1. Burn calories: Two hours on the Go Ape circuit burn around 510 calories. You'll also be working at 50-60% of your maximum heart rate: perfect for burning fat.
2. Get body beautiful: You will be toning your shoulders, abs, obliques, glutes and quads, as well as stretching your back, hamstrings and thighs.
3. Reduce cholesterol levels: Exercising at this intensity helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol, manage Type II diabetes and osteoporosis. It is also good for improving posture and core stability, thus reducing the risk of neck, lower back and knee pain.
4. Have fun: It's great to get an open-air workout: Go Ape is suitable for all levels of fitness and a wide range of ages, so perfect whether you're looking for a fitness session or simply fancy a fun day out with family or friends.
5. Feel Better: Exercise releases endorphins - mood-boosting hormones that combat depression and anxiety. Research suggests that 'green exercise'- achieved by exercising outside - has an even more beneficial effect on mental health.
6. Team Up: Go in a group and develop team building skills, strengthen your friendships and improve your communication skills.
All adventurers are given a safety briefing and instructors are available to help. Participants must be at least10 years old, at least 4ft 7in (1.4m) tall and weigh less than 20.5 stone (130kg).
For further information visit www.goape.co.uk
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