With the UK enjoying some really rather glorious weather at the moment, no doubt many of you are eschewing the gym in favour of getting out and about in the fresh air.
There are lots of ways in which you can still hit your training goals even when you’re not on the gym floor and the added benefit, of course, is that you’ll be reaping all the benefits associated with the great outdoors, everything from increased energy, better mood, reduced heart rate and even better digestion… so it’s certainly worth doing if you can.
However, there are some considerations you may need to take into account when training outside that you perhaps wouldn’t need to think about when you’re in the gym. So, with that in mind, here are a couple of top tips from the Elite Wear team to help you exercise safely.
Choose your gym clothes wisely
When it comes to your sportswear, you’d perhaps be best advised to go for lightweight fabrics and brighter colours to help you keep your cool, no matter how hard you push yourself. Sweat-wicking training gear would be of particular benefit, as this will help your sweat evaporate more effectively, which has a cooling effect.
Hydration should always be a top priority if you train hard, but especially so in the summertime.
Water is a must, naturally, but if you’re sweating lots and it’s very hot outside, you might find that you could benefit from using electrolyte tablets, as these can replenish any nutrients and minerals that you might lose through sweat, helping you to stay properly hydrated no matter what.
Train in the morning
Training as early as you can has all sorts of benefits associated with it, but if you’re exercising outside, doing so before 10:30 in the morning means that you can take full advantage of lots of lovely morning light, without having to worry overly about wearing sun cream.
There’s a growing school of thought suggesting that morning light can help you enjoy better quality sleep, better mental health, reduced risk of diabetes, reduced obesity risk and more, so it’s certainly worth trying to get outside as early as you can, as often as you can.
Listen to your body
Whether you’re training indoors or outdoors, the most important tip is to listen to your body and adjust what you’re doing based on what signals it’s sending you. If you’re feeling dizzy, nauseous or overly tired, don’t worry about taking a break. If you push yourself too hard, you could find that you sustain an injury or even faint, so it’s not worth the risk.
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