Exercise Outdoors for a Change


Summer can be a beautiful time to enjoy the outdoors. It can also be a great place to take your workouts. Exercising outdoors can help you break out of a rut and set new challenges. Instead of running to a number on a treadmill, you can explore and set scenic landmarks as your goal.

Exercise outdoors can also present a variety of new challenges on your body. Here are 4 tips to consider as you take your activities outside.

Pick a Good Time

Unless you are training for an event that takes place in the daytime heat, avoid exercising from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s the hottest part of day. Generally, the early morning is the best time to workout, especially if it’s going to be scorcher that day.

Stay Hydrated

Before you go out, drink a glass or two of water. Carry a bottle of water or even a hydration pack such as the CamelBak. Take a drink every 15 minutes, even when you’re not thirsty. When you’re done with your workout, have a few more glasses of water.

Wear Loose, Light-colored Clothing

The lighter color will help reflect heat, and cotton material will help the evaporation of sweat. You may also want to try specially designed, “hi-tech” running shirts and shorts. They are often made from material meant to keep you cool.

Listen to Your Body

This is the most important tip. Stop immediately if you’re feeling dizzy, faint or nauseous. Also, if you feel pain or discomfort coming on, it is important to stop and consider getting an injury screen.

These are often issues we aren’t forced to consider while working out in the gym, but can play a major factor in your health and safety outdoors.