Outdoor fitness

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– In 19th-century Germany, Turnplatz were promoted for gymnastics by Friedrich Jahn and the Turners movement.
– After WW2, individualistic physical activities like jogging gained popularity due to decreased daily exercise.
– The Royal Canadian Air Force Exercise Plans and books like “Aerobics” by Kenneth Cooper helped modern fitness culture.
Running booms in the 1970s led to the development of outdoor fitness trails in the USA and Europe.
Outdoor fitness boot camps emerged in Australia, the US, the UK, and Canada in the 1990s.

See also:
– Calisthenics, exercise trends, freerunning, and parkour are related to outdoor fitness.
– The history of physical training and fitness is connected to the evolution of outdoor fitness.
Outdoor recreation is a broader category that includes outdoor fitness activities.

– The popularity of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s calisthenics program in the late 1950s contributed to the modern fitness movement.
Outdoor fitness classes led by trainers became popular in the 21st century.
– Street workouts have gained popularity globally since 2011.
Outdoor gyms have proliferated due to the trend towards outdoor fitness.
– Organized events like Parkruns and Tough Mudder have seen growing participation.

Further reading:
– “Conditioning for Outdoor Fitness” and “Outdoor Fitness Flexibility” are books that discuss functional exercise and flexibility training in nature.

External links:
– The Royal Parks provide a code of conduct for outdoor fitness training.

Outdoor fitness (Wikipedia)

Outdoor fitness consists of exercise undertaken outside a building for the purpose of improving physical fitness. It contrasts with exercise undertaken inside a gym or health club for the same purpose. The activity may be undertaken in a park, in the wilderness, or other outdoor location. The popularity of outdoor fitness grew rapidly in the second-half of the twentieth century and grew as a commercial consumer market in the twenty-first century.

Runners at a Parkrun event in Russia, in 2021
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