Are You Ready to Take Your Workout Outdoors?
By Virginia Laird
With the warm weather sneaking a peak recently, it gives many the urge to take their exercise outdoors. Fitness experts suggest that exercising in the fresh air can be beneficial to your overall health and wellness. While this sounds wonderful, there are a few things to remember before you head outside to exercise, including:
- Be sure to make time to hydrate
- Make your shoes a priority
- Dress for the weather
- Wear sunscreen each time
Be Sure to Make Time to Hydrate
Moving from an inside exercise facility to the outdoors can put your body to the test. With the warmer weather, it will be necessary to make time to hydrate while exercising outdoors. Although it is always important, a variety of variables can increase the chances of dehydration while working out outdoors. Make sure you have a plan for hydrating.
Make Your Shoes a Priority
Wearing shoes which offer support and comfort should always be a priority. Fitness experts would recommend you keep in mind that some shoes which are great indoors may not support your foot well outdoors. Check the traction of the shoe. While exercising inside, this may not be an issue. However, taking your workout on grass or other smooth surfaces may require shoes with more traction. Likewise, running on concrete may require more cushion. Just keep in mind where you are exercising and be prepared to try a different shoe if you begin to have some pain.
Dress for the Weather
While the warm weather may be peaking out at the moment, it is still spring. This means the weather can change at a moment's notice. Fitness experts suggest always having a light jacket handy. Not being prepared for a change in the weather can prevent you from getting your workout. If you are like me, you don’t need any extra excuses to get in the way.
Wear Sunscreen Each Time
Sunscreen is imperative. Health and wellness professionals remind those who choose to exercise outdoors to find a sunscreen made for sports so it does not sweat off. Protect yourself from skin cancer and the harsh damage the sun can do to your body by applying sunscreen before hitting the track, trail, or wherever your workout may be. Although you may not be so hot that you feel like you are roasting, you can still burn.
Now you are ready to get out there and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Have fun and enjoy the sun! Now get to moving!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chandler, Ariz.