What beautiful weather the summer season brings – the sun is shining and I am just edging to get outside. Especially since I work in an office Monday-Friday, as soon as the night or weekends roll around, I just want to get outside for a run or pop my kayak in the local lake/beach. While working out outside can be great for your body and mind, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
- Put sunscreen on: I’m not going to lie, I’ve certainly been guilty of running outside before without sunscreen on thinking, oh I’ll only be out for about 20-30 minutes, what harm could that do? Well there will come a time when you are out for a hike and don’t have sunscreen on and the beads of sweat on your forehead turn into sun burned beads of sweat. AKA – put on that sunscreen my friends if you are going to be outside in direct sunlight. 🙂
- Run in the morning or later in the evening: I know that sometimes it can be difficult to run early in the morning or at night after work, but I promise you, your body will thank you. Too many times it’s a 90 degree day outside and you see someone running around town at 1:00pm in the afternoon. Give your body a little break, and don’t run at the hottest time of day in the summer. Your body will also perform better when it’s cooler out, allowing you to go further.
- Drink lots of water: You’d think that this would be the simplest piece of advice that people would know about and follow, but there are too many times when people are dizzy when they run or get dehydrated and have to stop working out. Do yourself a favor, if you are looking to workout outside, make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day.
- Take it to the beach: Looking for a new location to workout? Why not head to the beach? If you go early enough, you can run a long the water and get a nice breeze!
- Wear the right clothing: The other day I was on the beach – it was literally 80 degrees out and someone was wearing a sweatshirt running. HELLO, are you trying to pass out? Not all of us are as confident as some of the women we see running in short shorts and sports bras, but definitely do wear clothing that is “breathable” and allows you sweat as you are working out. Cause, you do sweat when you workout yah know right? No avoiding that :).
What other tips do you have? Feel free to share 🙂