Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Get Moving Outdoors!

Now that spring is almost here, the weather where you live is probably warming up (unless, of course, it's warm year-round where you live!). It's a great time to start gearing up to take your workouts outside, if you haven't already!
Exercising outdoors is one of my favorite things to do, and I highly recommend it. It's a great change of pace that will get your blood pumping and your senses engaged, and you'll soak up all that fresh air and vitamin D from the sun. You'll also get in touch with your surroundings, and maybe learn your way around a park you've never visited or an unfamiliar part of town. In addition, outdoor workouts are free รข€” no gym memberships or class fees to worry about!

To make the most of your outdoor workout:

Dress for the elements. Wear a hat and jacket if it's cool outside, and no matter what the temperature, wear sunscreen and sunglasses to avoid sun damage.

Drink plenty of water before you start and after you finish. If you're going to work out for more than 30 minutes, carry a water bottle with you or stop for a drink during the workout.

Dress in layers, peeling them off as you warm up.

Wear reflective gear if you exercise before the sun rises or after it sets.

Bring music — you can carry an iPod with headphones — to keep you pumped up. Or, if you can, bring a friend!

Go on — take your workout on the open road! You'll be glad you did.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Nancy! Thanks for the comment and follow. I'm not following you as well! This is a great site, as I'm getting myself back into running shape. Signed myself up for a 5K in late April to keep me focused on a goal. Can't wait to explore your site more! Thanks again!