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Although many people claim to love being outside and taking part in outdoor activities, a large percentage of people spend the majority of their times indoors. With many adults and children spending up to 8 to 10 hours a day in work or school, there isn’t much time left at the end of the day to enjoy fresh air. However, fresh air is one thing that naturally helps improve physical and mental health and creates a feeling of calm and overall well-being.

A 2011 study found that outdoor exercise was associated with greater decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression when compared to indoor activity. Science suggest there are benefits to exercising outdoors that can’t be replicated on a treadmill, a recumbent bicycle or a track.

Melanie Webb, wellness travel expert, thought leader and creator of Sol Fitness Adventures, shares the same beliefs. “The future of fitness is nature. ” – she says.

Melanie created Sol Guide Certification program that teaches participants how to combine traditional fitness and mindfulness techniques with outdoor activities in natural surroundings.

Sol Guide Certification redefines fitness, breathing fresh air into today’s cooped up workouts. The dynamic online course and two-day teacher training unveils the benefits of integrating traditional fitness training with mindfulness techniques in the great outdoors, and is designed to help fitness professionals, outdoor guides and weekend warriors plan and lead high quality outdoor fitness experiences and retreats for their clients, friends and families.

With over 20 hours of compelling video, puzzles, tests, games and storytelling, Sol Guide Certification arms fitness experts and outdoor guides with an innovative toolkit to master the art of meditation and relaxation techniques, develop leadership skills, navigate legal requirements, build new revenue streams, and share this insight and practice with others.

One does not have to be a certified fitness pro or an outdoor guide to take the online course or attend the 2-day teacher training workshop. However, to take it to the next level, become a Sol Guide, and receive the continuing education and benefits that come with licensing, one is required to have a legitimate certification.

But Sol Guide’s greatest value lies in it’s turn-key business toolkit. Melanie took everything she’s learned in the last 10+ years of leading fitness retreats and fast-track a person to brand their own outdoor fitness travel business, market and sell a trip, assess when liability insurance/permits are required and where to go for them, plan trip operations and plan logistics, etc.

I don’t believe the future of fitness is nature. It’s already here. And unlike many other fitness trends, and programs,  it’s here to stay.

For many people combining their love and passion for fitness and the outdoors can be a great way to create a business they’ll love, and will be proud of.