Preparing for Outdoor Exercise…

July 16, 2015

There are many benefits to training outdoors…especially when the weather is nice. Think about it. You really don’t need any special equipment and there are no membership fees. Outdoor air is typically cleaner…sometimes as much as twice as clean. You have the added benefit of absorbing vitamin D through sunlight, and you can exercise your mind as you navigate through the constantly changing terrain.

However, if outdoor exercise is new to you, or maybe it is just the first time of the year that you are getting out, you do need to remember and keep in mind a few common guidelines so you can garner these benefits and assure a positive experience:

Get out early. Your energy is higher in the morning…the air is typically cleaner, the temperature is lower, and you will be less likely to find excuses not to work out.
Avoid extreme temperatures. Though your body can adapt to cold and hot weather, you should try to avoid intense exercise in either of them.
Don’t get burned. Too much sun can be dangerous. You should protect yourself with a good sunscreen, and wear sunglasses and a cap.
Drink lots of water. You should drink at least 10-12 ounces of water up to 30-minutes of outdoor exercises. You should then continue to drink water while you exercise as well.
Wear the proper gear. Wear good supported shoes with treads…breathable clothing…dry clean socks…and make sure you dress for the weather. You can always shed clothing, but you can’t put it on if you don’t have it.
Try planning outdoor activities with your family. Go for a hike instead of the movies. Outdoor exercise truly connects your mind and body. As you become more physically fit, your mind also becomes more aware. Together you and your family will start to look at life differently. It can be a life-changing experience that can bring you together.

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