Category Archives: Health & Fitness

8 reasons to get outdoors in January


We love January: It’s a fresh start, a chance to start new things, and most importantly plan your year’s adventures.

So why get outdoors in one of the chilliest months of the year?

1. It’s beautiful out there

Trust us, those frosty mornings and snow capped tree tops make for the most spectacular of walks (or runs!)

2. Fresh air feels good

You feel a little lethargic, it’s nothing that a good dose of fresh air can’t sort!

3. Get that vitamin D inside you

Vitamin D is essential for keeping bones strong and healthy and you can get your fair share just by going outside.

4. It makes you happier!

Getting out of the office when you’ve been cooped up inside is sure to put a smile on your face.

5. You’ll burn more calories

With a chill in the air, you’ll definitely burn more calories outside than in the gym!

6. You’ll sleep better

Fresh air is tiring, so spending time out there will mean that when your head hits the pillow you will get a great 8 hours sleep.

7. You won’t get ill!

Spending time in the great outdoors strengthens you immunity – FACT.

8. You’ll feel less stressed

Away from your desk and with nothing but open fields, you can’t help but feel less worried about life.

So wrap up and head to the great outdoors!

February is just around the corner and that means one thing in our world. Forest doors across the UK will be opening for the 2015 season! Book your next adventure now.

Add years to your life


There’s heaps of benefits to getting out and going for a walk, but researchers have found that just twenty minutes a day will add years to your life.

It’s the January rush and crowds have been flocking to the gym, but walking is a refreshing alternative. Not only is it free, but you can also make it part of your everyday life. There’s no place better to walk than in a crisp beautiful forest wrapped up from the cold winter air.

The research, undertaken at Cambridge University, found that twenty minutes of brisk walking daily reduces the risk of premature death by a third.

So why not hunt out your gloves and a bobble hat and head for the forest? You’ll find getting out in the fresh air and spending time with loved ones leaves you feeling happier. Our Go Ape adventures are set in some of the UK’s most beautiful forests and country parks, all offering tantalising trails and stunning scenery.  Find out which one is nearest to you!


Get fit with Go Ape! The fun way to work out this summer.


With the summer holiday season upon us, it is the perfect opportunity to get fit, tone up and have fun, whether it be on your own or with family or friends.   If you’re not a gym goer, why not make the most of the outdoors and try something completely different?  For most people, working 45 minutes plus in the gym is a chore, but not on a Go Ape course.

We’ve conducted a health and fitness study to establish what muscle groups are used as well as the average amount of calories burnt whilst embarking on our Tree Top Adventure.  Go Ape includes a variety of pleasurable yet challenging activities that include swinging through the forest on zip wires, crossing wooden walkways and bridges and climbing tree-top ladders whilst safely attached to a harness.

Based on an average of 100-120 minutes worth of ‘Go Ape’ time, excluding the safety training, the average amount of calories burned are:

  • Males – 660 calories (equivalent to a six-inch pepperoni pizza)
  • Females – 510 calories (equivalent to a bacon double-cheeseburger) 

The exhilarating Go Ape experience strengthens the following muscles:

  • Rhomboids, Lower Trapezius, Rectus Abdominis, Obliques, Erector Spinae, Latissimus, Dorsi Gluteals and Quadriceps.

It also stretches the following:

  • Upper Trapezius, Pectorals, Erector Spinae, Latissimus Dorsi, Hamstrings, Gastrocnemius and Soleus.

According to Charlie Coward, healthy lifestyles officer, Go Ape is “a fun and easy way to work towards your 5 x 30 minutes of physical activity per week!”

Ben Boulter, a personal trainer, explains how to manage your weight with exercise through activities such as Go Ape:

“During exercise the body burns fat deposits made up of triglycerides, with health and fitness but more specifically weight loss, sustainability is the key. The breakdown of fat occurs when the heart and muscles work to certain intensity, and that level is sustained.”

Listen to the experts and book your next work out at Go Ape – we can’t wait to see you.

Rugby Not As Hard On The Body As You May Think


The typical image of rugby is of bruising encounters which leave the players needing a long soak in an ice bath afterwards.

However, a new study has shown that rugby, and other physical activity, boosts the diversity of gut microbes, known as microbiota.

According to researchers at University College York, reduced variation in microbiota is linked to obesity, while greater diversity is associated with a favourable metabolic profile.

They analysed samples from 40 rugby players and 46 men who were not athletes, but were of the same age and had the same physical size as the athletes. The comparison group was divided into two sub-groups – the first had body mass index of 25 or less, while the second had a BMI of 28 or more.

All participants were asked how much and how often they had eaten the 187 foods included in a questionnaire in the four weeks prior the study. They were also asked about their general activity levels.

The study revealed that athletes and rugby players had a better metabolic profile compared to men with higher body mass index in the comparison group.

Athletes had a wide range of good gut bacteria. More specifically, rugby players had higher proportions of Akkermansiaceae bacteria, which is known to be linked to lower rates of obesity and related metabolic disorders.

The research also revealed that the diet of rugby players consisted of more of all food groups, with protein accounting for 22% of their energy intake. The athletes ate more meat and meat products, fruit and vegetables and fewer snacks than the comparison group.

The researchers concluded that physical activity is an essential factor in the correlation between good gut bacteria, so if you want to help your tummy to feel fine, then why not join us in the treetops this weekend?

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