With summer almost here, more and more people are taking their daily workouts outside. Exercising outside can be a great way to get active and enjoy some sunshine. However, there are risks that outdoor exercising poses, and it’s important to know how to exercise safely outdoors this summer.
For those early morning or late night runs alongside the road, reflective gear is an absolute must. While running alongside the road can be a great workout, runners need to make sure they are visible to drivers. With the right reflective gear, drivers will always be aware of runners and can give them plenty of space as they go around them.
Dehydration and heat stroke are two conditions that every person exercising in the heat should know about. Working out in the heat poses risks of the body not being able to accurately regulate temperature and hold fluids. When this happens, the person can become very sick. So, always make sure the appropriate clothing is worn and hydration is maintained. For hot and humid weather, light-colored, light-weight clothes that have moisture-wicking properties will help maintain coolness. Clothing can make a big difference between remaining cool and overheating.
If you’re going to be walking or running through wooded areas, it’s important to keep an eye out for poisonous plants. Poison ivy can be found in every state, except for Alaska and Hawaii, and 85% of the population has allergic reactions to the plant. Because it isn’t always easy to spot, you should always be aware of your surroundings when you’re exercising in wooded areas. If possible, wear long clothing to avoid brushing up against plants and if you notice a rash, get it looked at right away.
When it comes to running outside, having the right shoes is of utmost importance. While running on an indoor track or treadmill provides a smooth, even surface, running outside doesn’t have the same effect. So it’s important to choose shoes that provide the right amount of support for the terrain. They should support the ankles, providing padding support, and have appropriate gripping on the bottom.
Getting plenty of exercise is great for both physical and mental health. Unfortunately, less than 5% of adults get 30 minutes of exercise each day. So if you’re planning on exercising this summer, you’re already ahead of the game. But just make sure you do so safely to avoid injuries. By following these tips, you can be sure to have a safe, effective workout this summer.