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Good for the Body, Better for the Mind

by | Mar 7, 2022 | News | 0 comments

Good for the Body, Better for the Mind


It may still be cold and windy outside but the warmer weather is just around the corner and there’ll be no better time to exercise outdoors. There are many reasons why working up a sweat in the great outdoors makes us feel good. Gorgeous views, sun on our faces and getting away from the hustle and bustle of a packed gym, to name a few.

Exercising outdoors provides all the physical benefits as indoor exercise does:

  • Increased blood flow
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Improved strength
  • Flexibility
  • Endurance
  • Plus many many more

Any form of exercise is beneficial to Mental Health as it allows us to free ourselves from the stress and strains of our busy work schedules, but if you are prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), exercising outside is even more beneficial. SAD is linked to poor concentration, lethargy, low moods and lack of Vitamin D so being outdoors surrounded by nature and more importantly, the boost of Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight could vastly improve your life.

Donna and the team fully recognise how important getting outdoors is and so have been developing our outdoor timetable which will launch very soon. Throughout the Spring and Summer months you’ll be able to enjoy early morning workouts on the beach with John, taking in the sunrise while giving your day a much needed boost! Morning exercise kick starts your metabolism and leaves you reaping the mental benefits of exercise all day…what’s not to love?

If Beach Boot Camp, Run Club, Metafit and Walking Groups sound good to you, keep your eyes peeled for our brand new Outdoor Timetable! But for now, view our recently updated Gym Class Timetable here.

How Do I Get Involved?

You don’t have to be physically fit, confident, or even look the part when you join our classes at YMCA Gym. You are joining a community of individuals who would love nothing more than to see you shine and enjoy yourself. 

Download our Club Link app now via the App Store or Google Play to view our wide selection of inclusive classes, or download our newest class timetable.

An all inclusive YMCA Gym membership costs as little as £12.95 per month. Or classes are available on a Pay-As-You-Go basis. See website for details.

Inclusive Classes for All!

At YMCA North Tyneside we pride ourselves on being a community who support each other, no matter a person’s background or situation.

Encouraging people to be themselves often leads to remarkable things. This story of one of our members proves that to be very true indeed.

New Year, New Starters

As the New Year approaches, new January starters will come flooding through our gym doors. For some, it will be their first time stepping foot in a gym, for others it won’t be their first time restarting their fitness journey. Whatever their situation may be, it’s especially important to be kind, have empathy and welcome the new members into our gym community with encouraging smiles.

New Outdoor Exercise Classes in North Shields
New Outdoor Exercise Classes in North Shields

As of 29th March 2021, outdoor exercise is permitted as part of the Governments Road map out of lockdown. With this in mind, YMCA Gym has launched a number of fun and engaging outdoor classes in North Shields.

Workout to Help Out

During the pandemic we’ve all been advised to stay indoors and this has had a huge impact on our mental and physical health. With the support of the YMCA Gym team, we’re encouraging people to get involved with Workout to Help Out and get motivated again to help fight the risks of Covid-19.

GNR Virtual

Great North Run 2020 may have been cancelled, but if you’re still keen to grab your running gear and take on that 13.l mile dash… Great run have now made it possible to get involved and raise vital funds YMCA North Tyneside.