When the outside world becomes your gym, you can begin to know just how natural exercise is, and the fact that you don’t have to pay a monthly subscription each month to stay in shape with a little more planning.
But no matter if you use public gym equipment, or if you commit to cardio exercise outside, it’s important to make sure you’re staying safe. You can’t enjoy the benefits of being fit and healthy if you’ve injured yourself.
After all, no matter how tough you are, without good sleep, without taking a week off every now and then (known as a deload week in weightlifting), and without realistically understanding what your limits are right now, then injury and a loss of progress is almost inevitable.
In this post, we’ll discuss how you can stay safe outside and make sure that your workouts are conducive to healthy results. After all, working out outdoors can be freeing, but it’s harder to control the variables surrounding you in a natural environment. With that in mind, consider:
Temperature Control & Apparel
Depending on where you live, the weather patterns may be more or less predictable. Still, it’s best to check the temperature each day, and the weather conditions, and use those to determine how you dress and what kind of exercise you do. Going for a run in the snow and ice is ill-advised, for example, but dressing in multiple layers in the hot summer heat isn’t a good idea either. However, wearing gloves that can protect your hands, breathable fabrics, a cap that can block out the sunlight, and proper footwear that can protect you on all forms of terrain is essential. This way, you can make sure that you’re regulating your temperature as necessary.
Proper Hydration Is Essential
You need to stay hydrated, no matter what. When outside, this means bringing along a water bottle you can hold easily, that has a latch release so you don’t expose the lip of the flask to dirt or the outdoor elements, and that is keeps water cool. Isotonic drinks can be a good idea, but make sure they are sugar-free. In warm weather, continue to hydrate, especially if you sweat easily. It can be harder to remember to hydrate when outside compared to the gym environment, so make sure this is a regular practice of yours.
Know Your Environment
The best way of staying safe outside is to know your environment. What kind of terrain will you be running on? Where does it get steep, and when should you slow down? If running on the streets, when is the quietest time of day, and where should you slow down and look both ways? Running in a busy city environment, for instance, may encourage you to take out of your headphones so you can hear everything about the world around you and make your decisions in that light. And remember to ensure that you have everything you need should you come into a scrape, such as wound care products that can help you patch yourself up immediately.
With this advice, we hope you can stay safe and protected when working out outside.