It’s a spring thing…


Holiday in TenerifeHope that you are all as delighted as me to see the clocks go forwards soon. It wasn’t that long ago I was blogging about the clocks going backwards, I must say it hasn’t been a bad winter at all. Living down south (London) it seems to be noticeably warmer, when my brother comes to visit he always says it’s a good 3 or 4 degrees warmer than up north. Our daffodils are well and truly blooming but my Mum says she’s not seen a sign of theirs yet in Manchester. Anyway the clocks going forward meaning we may lose an hour’s sleep but gain a summer!!!

In line with spring/summer I’ve been trying to increase my levels of activity recently. I used to be very physically fit; spinning, running and gym sessions, but since I was ill I’ve lost all my fitness. I have managed to do yoga, Pilates and swimming but it’s a much less energetic approach to exercise. On a recent holiday to Tenerife in search of a bit of winter sun I hired a car and meandered around lots of towns and coastal villages. For the most part Tenerife is a tourist destination but I found a different side, full of culture and great Canarian cuisine. I’ve got to say that I feel like I saw the real Tenerife this time, away from the tourist resorts it is a wonderful, diverse island. Driving on the other side of the car and road was a bit tricky at first but I persevered and was fairly confident after a few days.

Aside from the wonderful scenery every place we visited I noticed these fabulous little outdoor activity stations free for the locals and visitors to use. Almost like an outdoor gym, various stations focussing on different muscle groups in the body, really simple to use clever designs. Mostly the ones on the coast were located on the sea front so you could do a little work out with spectacular views. You don’t need any special clothing or footwear you just get on with each one. Locals of all ages were making use of them, one lady was even shoeless! It made me wonder why I’ve never seen these in the UK, do they exist? I know we don’t have weather quite as favourable but they could be used from March to October even in this country. The ones I had a little go on seemed really robust, I’d love to see them pop up around the UK.

Outside gym fun

Made me think there are lots of ways to introduce more activity into our lives other than joining a gym or buying expensive equipment. Try walking to destinations not too far from you, maybe get off the bus a stop or two earlier, even gardening now the weather is more favourable.

Let me know if you have exercise stations in your local vicinity and I will get in touch with my local council to make some enquiries, I think it would really help shape a fitter nation and embrace community spirit. Embrace well being this spring/summer, it’ll make you feel a whole lot better. After all health is wealth!




  1. carol March 27, 2015 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    We have some in our local park 🙂 x

  2. karen williamson March 27, 2015 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Dear Chloe

    Glad that you enjoyed your break.

    We have outdoor fitness equipment in our local park (Haden Hill Park in Cradley Heath, West Midlands) which is a great idea to encourage more people to do an extra bit of exercise whilst they are out walking.



  3. Sue March 27, 2015 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    H Chloe hope you are feeling much better!! There are quite a few exercise stations along the front in Southport – and again with views of the sea (if you had binoculars lol] xx

  4. Anne Saadati March 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe, Yes these outdoor exercise stations are a great idea. There is one outside the library/swimming pool at Swiss Cottage NW3

  5. Sally Anne March 28, 2015 at 12:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Chloe. I’m glad you enjoyed yourself! Hope you get happy and fit again, but taking things a little easier sometimes is a good thing and taking the opportunity to try new things is good too! I’ve seen those outdoor gym stations out and about, but yes, they are very few and far between. Look after yourself. Sally xx

  6. Melissa Lane March 28, 2015 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe,

    Sadly, we only really appreciate our bodies once they go wrong. It’s never too late to get more active and get more healthy, even if it’s only a tiny bit at a time. You inspire me. Thank you .

    Love Melissa xxx

  7. Jill Cope March 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    I live in the West Midlands, we have exercise facilities in our parks, I also noticed some at our local hospital when visiting my mom. I would love to have a go but haven’t got the nerve, they are out in the open (no where to hide). Perhaps with summer on the way I will try them.

  8. jenny stanford March 29, 2015 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    hello chloe nice to see you back on QVC , I have seen the type of exercise equipment you saw in Tenerife on the seafront at Abergele which I visit as it is near where I live I did try out a few of the things and they seemed easy to use and very robustly built there were quite a few people using them so I imagine its a popular thing as you can just do something without having to bother with getting a lot of special kit or going to a gym we thought it was a very good idea . regards Jenny Stanford

  9. Indie Davis April 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi chloe sorry to hear your leaving. Always nice to see you present your slots. Good luck with your future whatever that may be 🙂

  10. loraine April 1, 2015 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe what a good time you had recharged the batterys I like reading your blog always like to see what teddy has been up to best wishes love Loraine xxx

  11. Samantha antoine April 8, 2015 at 12:50 am -  Reply

    O.m.g, regarding what indie Davies said, is it true, are u leaving, no! It’s a sad day, why are you leaving, please don’t leave, love you’re wit, that time when u and Fiona From decleor
    when u pumped out too much shaving foam and the 2 of u couldn’t stop giggling. Great times .

  12. Samantha antoine April 8, 2015 at 12:52 am -  Reply

    ….. I meant keely from elemis

  13. Chloe April 8, 2015 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Awwww thanks for the comments guys. I’m so glad somebody reads my blogs! Just to let you know I’m not leaving anytime soon! Charlie announced that I was as a joke on April Fool’s Day!

    Love to you all xxxx

  14. Chloe April 8, 2015 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    And I’m pleased to hear there are exercise parks popping up all over the UK – just hope my local council do soon!
    Get out and get moving guys xx

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