Sometimes, we all need a little motivation to get active. Especially after a long day, or when it’s cold outside. To inspire you to ditch the couch for the great outdoors, we’ve found seven benefits that we can all enjoy from getting a little fresh air. Scroll down, and get your trainers ready!

1. Happiness
Any type of exercise is great for lifting your mood, but throwing fresh air, sunlight and green spaces into the mix is a recipe for happiness. Even short bursts of activity outside can help to improve your wellbeing. So switch off the screen and take a brisk walk in your lunch break, or hop on one of our Coca-Cola Zero Bikes instead.

2. Sunlight
Vitamin D, the ‘sunshine vitamin’, is essential for keeping our bones and teeth healthy. It helps our bodies absorb calcium and phosphorous, while a lack of vitamin D can cause bones to become soft and weak. Vitamin D is mainly obtained through the action of sunlight on skin, but if you’re out in the sun, always cover up and use sunscreen to avoid getting burnt.

3. Better co-ordination
Being active outdoors on varied terrain requires greater awareness of your surroundings. That’s why outdoor activities, such as cycling, jogging and park games, help to maximise the co-ordination between your brain and muscles and your ability to balance.

4. Save money
Get fit for free in your own personal outdoor gym – the local park. Not only will it save you money on membership and travel costs, but you’ll feel great too.

5. Work out whenever
No sweaty gyms, no rushing for classes – the great outdoors is ready when you are and it’s right on your doorstep. Getting active outside means you choose the time and place, and there’s no queuing for the treadmill.

6. Make new friends
It’s no secret that getting active with other people makes it much more fun – it also means you’re more likely to do it for longer. Working out in your local park is a great way to meet new people from your area and spend time with family and friends. So get out there and get moving together!

7. Soak up the scenery
Go exploring and discover new places. Swim in a lake, walk in the countryside or jog along the beach and enjoy the most scenic workout you’ll ever do.

What motivates you to get up and go? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below.