Tips for summertime outdoors workouts
Ok, don’t let this title confuse you, we’re not here to say how gym workout is bad. Working out on your favorite machines and following a good, fixed workout plan is great, especially nowadays when less and less people pay attention to their bodily health. But, on the other hand, how can you miss out a beautiful and sunny summer day.
Outdoor exercise is different and can be a lot more fun and playful, while a useful exercise for your body at the same time. While exercising, you can also explore, have fun with friends and family, and get in touch with nature. Jogging among the trees instead on a running track will do much more for your breathing apparatus and will make your lung alveoli work with the top quality oxygen.
The first thing that pops into everyone’s mind on the mention of outdoor exercise is jogging. You can jog wherever and whenever you want, you just need a flat road. Jogging is a consciously conducted exercise (unlike certain games that will be mentioned), so you need to intake proteins before starting it, so you’ll have enough energy, and after the run so the muscles can recover. There are substances of highest biological value, such as Golden Standard Whey protein powder shakes, that’ll help you with this. Just blend it into a shake or smoothie and off you go! While in the park, make use of the grass, trees, benches and check out exercises such as: explosive pull-ups, park bench pull-up trio, calf-hops, park-bench step ups, leap frog burpees, etc. (for your abs, shoulders, arms, biceps, quads, chest, back, and calves).
If you have a lake nearby, then you can go swimming or canoeing. Swimming is good for your cardiovascular system, while canoeing is an all-body workout. Make sure you pay attention to muscle balance and, if you’re circling, reverse the circle. Mountain workout? Go pole-hiking, which is also an all body workout. You explore and take power-walks at the same time, while the surrounding is fresher, shadier and cooler. There are also tracks for mountain bikes. This biking is harder that the indoor one, while time runs much faster because you get distracted by the scenery. When on the beach, go snorkeling, play volleyball with your friends or do a combination run: walking, jogging and running.
There are gadgets for your outdoor exercise that’ll make things easier and more pleasant for you. For example, running belts – not too bulky, but will hold your stuff (cell phone, cash, keys, iPod and other personal belongings). Next, different running armbands for different types of biceps or wrists – suitable for phones when used as MP3 players or if you’re just a photo or internet addict. It keeps your phone safe from breaking.
On the other hand, outdoor exercising also has some of its flaws. You always need to pay attention to the weather change, the heat index and humidity – if it’s too hot, perhaps you should switch from jogging to walking. Then, you might be allergic to pollen, so blooming plants could actually harm you and prevent you from exercising. If you jog in the city streets, the combination of exercise and air pollution might be a bad idea, especially if you have asthma, because of the negative effect on your breathing apparatus. When you’re exercising on a hot summer day, you sweat a lot more so you need to get more hydrated and wear clothes of breathable material.
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