It’s the time of year when days are longer and warmer, which could be good news for your health goals. It’s time to change up your routine and get out of the gym. There are several advantages to training outside, and these tips can help you make the most of your workout.
Whether you’re taking your workout to the busy streets or finding a more secluded running trail, it’s important to keep safety in mind. The best precaution you can take is telling someone where you plan on working out and when you expect to return. Also remember to be aware of your surroundings, run against traffic and only use one headphone when listening to music.
Unlike at the gym, there’s no water fountain just around the corner. On top of that, you’ll likely be sweating more due to the heat. Your body can’t perform at its best without proper hydration, so pack a water bottle along with you during your workout.
Take Advantage of the Terrain
The outdoors offer plenty of ways to take your workout up a few notches. Find a few muscle-building hills to climb or burn extra calories by jogging along a beach. You could also incorporate swimming, kayaking or other water sports into your workout routine.
Track Your Mileage
Without the tools that a treadmill can give you, it might be hard to figure out how far you’ve ran. To keep track of your miles, which in turn helps you reach your goals, download an app that will monitor you workout. Check out the MapMyFitness or iFit Outdoor apps.
Fresh air and a fresh workout routine could be exactly what you need to reach your health goals. Consider these tips and plan a workout in the great outdoors sometime soon. It could be a fun and challenging experience to add to your weekly exercise plan. See you on the trails!