Press Release – The Great Outdoor Workout

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The great outdoors is your gym

26 August 2021:

The National Parks has teamed up with The Great Outdoor Gym Company and Olympic champion Sally Gunnell OBE to show how the great outdoors is as good as a gym.

Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, Sally Gunnell will spearhead the campaign #tgoismygym with a digital fitness programme accessible via smart phone that will help individuals turn their walks into workouts and their parks and gardens into gyms. It will launch on Thursday 26th August on The Great Outdoor Gym Company’s digital platform:

The Great Outdoor Workouts with Sally Gunnell and the National Parks is a digital course that can be accessed by smart phone with workouts tailored for our most accessible outdoor activity settings, including free-to-use National Parks, TGO outdoor gyms and green spaces nationwide. The course promotes the physical and mental health benefits of walking or jogging in beautiful National Parks across England, Scotland and Wales. Sally turns walks into workouts with 75+ bodyweight activities throughout the course, moves for all ages to build stamina, muscle strength and bone density over time. The course is designed to fit with time pressures in people’s lives too: participants can choose between 10-minute movement breaks to do at home; 15-25 minute workouts for their nearest park or TGO gym; and walking/ jogging routines that can be completed in 25 minutes or extended to several hours in their favourite green space. 33% of the profits will go back into the parks for biodiversity and tree planting.

Sally Gunnell OBE says: “I’ve designed my Great Outdoor Workouts to encourage people of all ages to take positive steps towards improving health and wellbeing in the great outdoors. My activity has changed a lot since my competitive days on the world stage. Today, staying active is as much about my mental wellbeing as my physical health. Like all of us, I just want to feel good about myself and movement is one of my keys to a happy life. I want as many people as possible to make the most of free outdoor activity including in our beautiful National Parks and TGO gyms nationwide.”

Naomi Conway, National Parks Partnerships Director: “Everyone can #BeMore outside. We want as many people as possible to discover the physical and mental benefits of nature connectedness. We are delighted to have The Great Outdoor Gym Company Activate and Sally Gunnell OBE launch the Great Outdoor Workout series in National Parks, to inspire people to get out into nature wherever they are and whenever they can.”

Kate Drake, Health and Wellbeing Officer for the South Downs National Park, said: “We were delighted to welcome Olympian Sally Gunnell to the South Downs National Park for her outdoor workout. With over 2,000 miles of rights of way and the internationally-renowned 100-mile South Downs Way, there are so many opportunities to walk, jog, run or cycle, breathing in fresh air and beautiful views. National Parks really are places to replenish the soul, both physically and mentally, and we hope Sally’s endeavours inspire more people to connect with the great outdoors for their health and wellbeing.”

Founder of The Great Outdoor Gym Company and sister company TGO Activate, Georgie Delaney MBE, says: “The great outdoors is accessible to everyone. Sally’s workouts help us all turn things like a hill or a TGO gym into a workout fit for an Olympian. Our ethos at The Great Outdoor Gym Company and TGO Activate is to make nature a stakeholder in everything we do, hence 33% of the profits in this course go back to the National Parks for tree planting. Our vision is one of a healthy people and healthy planet.”

For further information please contact Will Potter, National Parks Partnerships,,  07725 702974.



About UK National Parks:

  • There are 15 National Parks in the UK, spanning the length and breadth of the country. 10 in England, three in Wales and two in Scotland.
  • National Parks cover almost 10 percent of England, 20 percent of Wales and 8 percent of Scotland.
  • Each National Park is administered by its own authority, but that authority does not own all of the land within the Park. They are independent bodies funded by central government to:
    • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage.
    • Promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of national parks by the public.
  • In carrying out these aims, National Park Authorities are also required to seek to foster the economic and social well-being of local communities within the national park.
  • National Parks are free to enter and explore and have 104 million visits each year.
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