Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Shock Absorber Sports Bra + Giveaway news

Have a read of  this pretty interesting research and then stay tuned for a GIVEAWAY for a Shock Absorber Sports Bra. Paige will be reviewing one too!

While you are waiting head over to the Shock Absorber Facebook page to find out more and enter their competion too!

UK’s Top 10 ‘Green’ workout hotspots revealed

The weather has been frightful but an al fresco workout can be delightful as new research* reveals today that more women are opting for the great outdoors to exercise (52% increase since 2007). Nearly half of women (48 per cent) are exercising outside three times a week or more and three fifths (60 per cent) cite expensive fees as the reason they’re not going to the gym.

The study, conducted by Shock Absorber, the UK’s leading sports bra brand, reveals the benefits of the Great Outdoors are more than financial. More than a third (34 per cent) of women felt they achieved a better workout because they were inspired by the surroundings and half (50 per cent) love the fresh air.

According to Dr Jo Barton, leading researcher in green exercise at the University of Essex, 88 per cent of people experienced an overall improvement in mood after exercising outdoors compared to 45 per cent of people whose mood worsened after exercising indoors.

Shock Absorber has partnered with Dr Jo Barton to identify the UK’s top ten inspirational green exercise hotspots, chosen for their balance of green space and water, stimulating views and proximity to wildlife.

  • White Cliffs of Dover, England
  • Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, England
  • Lunan Bay & Red Head, Scotland
  • Brecon Beacons, Wales
  • Killarney National Park, Republic of Ireland
  • Hampstead Heath, England
  • Loch Tay, Scotland
  • Downhill, Northern Ireland
  • Forest of Dean
  • Powis Castle, Welshpool, Wales

Dr Barton comments: “Green exercise offers unique benefits compared to working out indoors. It significantly improves mood, self-esteem and restores mental fatigue. Added to this, people work harder when in a natural environment but perceive their workout to be easier. Training in the great outdoors also provides essential variety, especially with the changeable British weather – this maintains interest and reduces dropout whereas keeping fit indoors is more predictable.”

The study showed running (48 per cent) and cycling (26 per cent) were the most popular outdoor activities but newer fitness trends such as Buggy Fit and British Military Fitness are helping to drive the uptake of green exercise with almost one in 10 (eight per cent) taking part in each.

Shock Absorber has launched its “#Get Out There” campaign to promote the benefits of exercising in the great outdoors and encourage women to share their inspirational places to train. By uploading photos to the campaign’s Facebook page, people can be inspired by others’ experiences and get out there to try new locations for themselves.

Shock Absorber’s Kirsty Kothakota comments: “Many women have their favourite exercise location which gives their workout that extra boost. The aim of our ‘#Get Out There’ campaign is to provide a nationwide picture of inspirational and accessible green exercise places. Research shows participants work harder when exercising outdoors so it is important women wear the right sports bra. A Shock Absorber sports bra will give them the support they need, helping to further boost performance and confidence”.

You can view further inspirational locations and participate in the campaign including a great competition by visiting getoutthere.shockabsorber.co.uk

 Disclosure I gained no additional benefits for talking about the product or company


  1. Well there's nothing better than getting fresh air in a lovely place to make you feel better, exercising or just out for walk with the dog.
    Sadly my pictures were too small for their facebook page (first time ever thats happened to me) & I've no idea how to change their size, but I've entered into their competition, but would have loved to have included a picture of Worden Park Leyland, its got a lovely serene atmosphere around the place.

  2. Aww mine are always too big, I think you can add your pic to Photoshop to make it bigger!

  3. I love ShockAbsorber bras, they are far better than any other sports bras I've tried (and there are some really bad ones out there!)

  4. I don't think I could go running in just a bra, albeit a Shockabsorber one. I'd have to put a T-shirt over! I'm such a prude.

  5. I am guilty of drying clothes over radiators, forgetting to turn on the extractor fan when I'm cooking and boiling the kettle several times a day to satisfy my caffeine needs.