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How to Keep Your Springtime Workouts Safe

By Donna Stark

Whether you are at a beautiful park or in your backyard, exercising outdoors is a great way to improve your health and reduce stress. But before you lace up your shoes, grab your gear, and head outside, there are a few things you should consider. Take a look at the following tips your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic recommend. They will keep you healthy, safe, and ready for action!

Exercise at a Good Time

Depending on where you live, the time of day can really make or break your workout session. Most fitness experts and medical professionals recommend exercising in the morning or later in the evening so the hottest temperatures of the day can be avoided. If the afternoon is the only time that works for you, try to look for some shade and plan for extra breaks.

Stay Focused

It's easy for your senses to become overwhelmed with all the beauty that Mother Nature provides, but don't allow yourself to become too distracted with it.  Make sure you are staying focused on what you are doing so you don't sustain any injuries. Watch your form and technique while working out and save the scenery gazing for when you are on break.

Pace Yourself

In addition to staying focused, make sure you are working out at an appropriate pace. Start slowly and increase intensity over time, monitor your distance and energy levels, and know your body's physical limitations. You want to be able to come back and enjoy your outdoor workouts again, so don't overdo it!

Prioritize Hydration

If you aren't adequately hydrated before exercising outdoors, you could be setting yourself up for some serious problems. Drink a glass or two of water before you even think about engaging in physical activity outdoors, and bring plenty of extra with you. This is vital, so don't try to do without!

Dress Appropriately

The one thing that is a sure bet while exercising outdoors is that you will be vulnerable to the elements. Temperatures can fluctuate from cold to hot and sunny days can turn into rainy ones faster than you can blink your eyes. That's why layering is always the smart idea. You should also make sure you are wearing the right type of shoe for the exercise you are engaging in.

Enjoying Your Outdoor Workouts

Exercise and Mother Nature will always go hand-in-hand as long as you are playing it safe. So, go ahead and enjoy yourself. Just try to remember the tips above when you are getting ready for your workout! They will make a huge difference in how well it goes.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pooler, Ga.

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