Outdoor workouts: Data shows UK’s Weather conditions make it one of the best‘s latest study has found the best countries in Europe for an outdoor workout! collated data on six different environmental variables that would impact your outdoor workout:

  • Average Temperature
  • Average Relative Humidity
  • Average Wind Speed
  • Total Precipitation
  • Total Sunshine Duration
  • Average Pollen Count

These factors were analysed across the most populated countries in Europe, to discover where has the best conditions for outdoor exercise.

For a full breakdown of the data, where you can find all the figures for each individual factor taken into consideration please visit here.

Top 10 Best European Countries for an Outdoor Workout:

RankingCountryFinal Score / 100
9United Kingdom69

Spain ranks first for the best country for an outdoors workout, with a score of 97/100. Boasting an average temperature of 22°C, coupled with an impressively low 50% average relative humidity. Additionally, Spain has the lowest total level of precipitation (142 mm) in the entirety of the study. But that’s not all! Spain is also the sunniest country from the study, with a total sunshine duration for the past three years being of approximately 1,289 hours, which helps not only with getting a tan whilst working out, but also to improve the overall mood.

In second place is France with a score of 93/100. Keeping an average temperature of 19°C, France is also home to 16,955 hiking trails, giving you plenty of opportunities to explore new landscapes on your adventures. One of the most beautiful hiking trails in France is the Tour du Mont Blanc. This hike is not only for those with exceptional fitness levels, they also offer short hikes where you can explore small sections of Mont Blanc.

Completing the top three is Italy with a score of 90/100. Similarly to Spain, Italy has a high average temperature of 21°C that is aided by 1,198 hours of sunshine. All of the top three countries for an outdoor workout are situated on the Mediterranean.

Top 10 Worst European Countries for an Outdoor Workout:

RankingCountryFinal Score / 100

At the other end of the scale, the least ideal country for an outdoor workout is Romania, with a score of 31/100. Why has Romania scored so low? First of all, whilst the average temperature is of 19.71°C Romania is known for having extreme temperature in the summer and winter making it quite uncomfortable and dangerous to workout outdoors. The average pollen count is quite high, at around 0.76 grains/m3 and there are fewer number of hiking trails compared to other EU countries (only 1094).  

The second least favourable country for outdoor workouts is Slovakia with a final score of 58.6/100 followed by Belgium with a score of 55.2/100.

Stefan Balkenende, from, said: Bringing your workout to the outdoors can be pivotal to helping you achieve your fitness goals. Exercising in the outdoors allows you to experience unique scenery and face new challenges, which in turn will make the experience much more fulfilling. Opting to exercise in the sun will help to increase your serotonin levels, this, coupled with the endorphins that your body releases through exercise, combine together to make the perfect recipe for a strong and healthy mindset. This is also something which you can enjoy with company, as adding in the social aspect will help your brain to recognise the activity as something you look forward to, as opposed to what feels like a chore.”

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