The following post is a collaboration piece with some sound advice on ways to enjoy fitness outdoors!
You’re on the fitness train heading to beach body central, but maybe you don’t feel like working out at the gym. Is there another option? Well, you could consider working out in the outdoors, and there are a number of great benefits with this idea. First, you’ll be out in the fresh air. Fresh air is great for your body and will almost definitely provide the sharp burst of oxygen you need to take your fitness to the next level. But that’s not all. Exercising outdoors will also ensure that your workout is more varied and not boring. Ultimately, that could lead to fantastic, fresh, exciting results.
However, there are a few things that you need to know about working out in the open.
When’s The Best Time?
The best time is probably either early in the morning or just before dusk. The reasons for this are simple. First, it’s less crowded which means you will be less self-conscious. Particularly if you decide to work up a sweat early in the morning and it can be very freeing to know you’re the only one up, running along the path at the park. The late evening will also be quieter and both times are likely to bring the optimum temperature for getting the most out of this workout.
The worst time would be the middle of the day. You can get trapped in the heat of the day and the hottest of the sun’s rays. This can also lead to issues with dehydration so you definitely want to avoid it if you can. Particularly, if you live in a hot, humid or tropical climate.
Should You Take Anything With You?
While it can be certainly freeing to run or exercise out in the open with nothing but the clothes on your back, this is possibly not the best idea. The reason for this is that you should always have your phone with you for emergencies. You might want to take a bottle of water too particularly if you’re running or traveling quite a distance. It’s always good to make sure that you stay hydrated. You might also want to think about taking some music which brings us to our next point.
Is It Safe?
Exercising in the outdoors is safe as long as you take the right steps to protect yourself. First, if you’re running along the road do make sure you are wearing reflective clothing, particularly if you’re exercising late in the evening. It’s common in accident law cases for a pedestrian to be hit simply because a driver couldn’t see them. Also, it’s great to listen to music while working out, but you need to make sure that you can still hear what’s going on around you.
Other Choices Besides Running?
It might sound like your only option for outdoor exercise is to run, but that’s not true. You can bike, do any type of cardio or even go wild swimming. If you find a quiet river or lake to swim in this can be a great way to get the best results from a vigorous workout.
We hope you find this advice helpful if you’re considering an outdoor workout.