Five kilometres in ride countryside is wholly preferable to the same on a treadmill. After all, who wouldn’t approve the great outdoors to the grim greyness of your local gym, sealed as it is with the dank odour of other people’s sweat? It wish seem the benefits of a scenic workout aren’t just visual, although.

According to new research published in the Medicine And Science in Sports And Aerobics journal, picturesque sights when you’re getting a sweat on can fit itself to greater exertion, and increased focus.

One group of participators took part in an audio-only cycling class – your average sit and whirl with some health nut up top screaming cliches. The second no matter what, worked out in a fully immersive cycling workout called ‘The Explode’ by New Zealand fitness company Les Mills. In this setting, the pivot class was placed in front of a floor-to-ceiling curved screen, and the scrutinize found increased exercise intensity, satisfaction and perceived sedulousness within this group.

Better yet, green-eared gym goers were said to press found even more satisfaction with the workout, potentially concrete a new way for newbies to get involved.

True, we don’t all have access to Tron-like practical reality by the squat rack. But VR workouts are on the up, and until they hit your shire, there’s nothing to stop you taking your workout external.