Hi Ocean Dreamers,
I love this post because I've been working out outside a lot and it's so important to be careful and protect your skin, among taking other safety precautions when you're outdoors. Enjoy the spring time wherever you are and stay safe! xoxo.
March is already here and winter's fading away, giving way to the long anticipated spring. Which means you can leave the crowded gym for a change and take you training outdoors. However, the great outdoors differs from the cozy and climate-controlled gym. It can expose you to airborne pollutants, UV radiation, etc. So if you would like to stay safe while under the sun, take into consideration the following tips for training outdoors.
1.Plain water is great for a relatively short workout, but if you plan on training for a longer period, make sure you take one or two sports drinks with you in order to replenish your electrolytes and carbohydrates.
2.Eat plenty of complex carbohydrates the day prior to a hot-weather workout outdoors. The sugar in these foods will transform into glycogen and that will aid your body hold its water supply.
3.Do not rely on clothes to keep the radiation of the sun off your body. Polyester fabrics tend to provide a lot more protection than cotton ones. Dyed clothes, on the other hand are better than white. However, all of these options will also crank up the heat. Rather invest in safe and cool sportswear that has extra tight knitting and is made of sunscreen-treated fabrics.
4.Wear a hat. Sun can be healthy and dangerous at the same time, as it can be the cause of skin cancer. It develops more easily on the top of one's head, causing the hair to thin.
5.Take antioxidants. According to a recent study, taking 2gr. of vitamin C as well as 1,000 IU vitamin E will provide you the sun damage protection you need.
6.When you are used to training at a room temperature, in the beginning it may be a bit difficult to adapt to working out outdoors. Not only the temperature, but the difference in the lighting can also be crucial. Sometimes it can take up to one or two weeks for a person to acclimate to taking the workouts outdoors. Start off with lighter workouts and build yourself up. If you feel that the bright sun has a somehow negative effect on you, train earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon.
7.Pick appropriate shoes. Some types of training shoes may be ideal for indoor training, but not so good if you decide to hit the rocky pathways and dirt trails. In this case, trail-runners will definitely be more appropriate. If you will be running on concrete sidewalks or streets, be sure that their outsoles have enough padding.
8.Consider allergies. Spring is usually the season when an allergy boom is observed. For some, the bloom of plants is what has an irritating effect, while for others it is the sun. If there is a chance of having an allergy breakout, do not risk working out outdoors until it is safer for you.
9.Supplements and medications could make one more sensitive to the outdoor conditions and that is why you will need to consult your pharmacist or doctor. The so called “Fat-Burning” supplements contain diuretics that lead to dehydration so be prepared with a bottle of water if you take such supplements.
Bio: Amber Collins is a professional freelance writer and fun-loving mother. She is a fitness junkie and always try to be creative in implementing different exercises in her daily activities as a stay at home mom. She just moved to Notting Hill and is solely focused on decorating her new home. Her story of following her passions in home making and writing about it will inspire you. Her present article is dedicated on different safety tips when you decide to work out outdoors.