Take Your Workouts Outdoors With These Tips In Mind…
Ready to take your workouts outdoors?
If you’ve been working out in the gym and are looking for a change of pace, moving your workout sessions outdoors might just do the trick.
Outdoor workouts are fun, can be effective, and help bring variety to your exercise program.
If the weather is right, be sure that you take advantage of it because you never know how long it will last.
To help stay safe and get the most effective workout possible, there are some quick tips that you must know and remember about exercising outdoors.
Let’s go over what you need to consider for best results.
Avoid Peak Daylight Hours
The first thing you’ll want to be doing for safety reasons is avoiding peak daylight hours.
When the sun is beating down on top of you, you’ll be at a higher risk for heat stroke, not to mention at a higher risk for skin cancer as well if you aren’t protected.
Try exercising first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon or evening.
Focus On Hydration
Next, be sure that you are paying close attention to your hydration as well.
When the sun is out and you’re sweating more than normal, it’s important that you replace lost fluids.
Many people hydrate well while in the gym because they have direct access to a water fountain.
Outdoors however, that fountain is no where to be seen. Be prepared with your own water bottle.
If you are doing a cardio workout where you are moving around considerably, find a way to attach that water bottle to you or your equipment (bike etc).
It will be important that you focus on getting it in if you are going to feel and perform your best.
Wear Proper Footwear
It’s also a must that you ensure you are using proper footwear as well.
While you might be able to get away with wearing worn out shoes in the gym because you have nicely padded surfaces beneath you (be it the treadmill or a rubber gym floor), when outdoors in the wilderness or on pavement, you have no such thing.
If you hope to prevent injury, it’ll be critical that you are providing the support that your body needs.
Likewise, if you are doing any activity that requires equipment, be sure that you are using the proper equipment as well.
Your risk of injury will be slightly higher while outdoors, so do everything you can to prevent it.
Think Outside The Box
Finally, don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
When most people think of ‘outdoor’ exercise, they tend to immediately think of cardio training.
But, you can just as easily perform a strength workout as well.
Simply stack together some bodyweight exercises or if you want, consider taking a set of dumbbells outdoors and doing your usual strength training circuit.
Alternatively, try out an exercise that you may have never done before. Rowing, rock climbing, or cycling.
Getting this variety into your workout routine can increase your results and keep you excited about exercising.
Keep these tips in mind to stay safe, improve performance, and have fun while exercising outdoors.
Keep these in mind and you’ll enjoy your time away from the gym more.