How To Maximize Your Workouts Outdoors

One of the best perks of summer is that it’s nice enough to exercise outdoors. If you’re bored of exercising indoors, this is a perfect time to move your workout routine outside.

With a new set comes new challenges to deal with, such as hot weather and pesky bugs. We’re here to provide you with some advice on how to avoid these challenges to have the most efficient workout possible.

Tip #1: Get Moving in the Pool
One of the best ways to exercise and keep cool during the summer is to do so in the water. Not only does the water add great resistance, it also keeps you from feeling drenched in sweat. Whether you prefer swimming or doing an actual workout routine like this one, there are endless ways to keep active in the water.

Tip #2: De-Skeeter your Lawn
Want to get outside, but too scared of getting eaten alive? Don’t want to run around smelling like bug spray? Well, there are many alternative ways to keep mosquitos away from you. If you want to just exercise in your backyard, try planting an herb garden. Not only will it keep your yard pretty, but certain herbs (such as Citronella, Lavender, Peppermint, and Basil) will naturally keep mosquitos away from you. If you plan on going for a morning run around the neighborhood, be sure to wear light clothing or make your own DIY bug spray (Lavender oil + Vodka) that will feel much lighter on your skin.

Tip #3: Watch the Sunrise/Sunset
During the summer, it’s known to get very hot outside during the middle of the day. Instead of trying to exercise outside during your lunch break, wake up early and take a nice run while watching the sunrise or go out after work for a nice jog to watch the sunset. This way, you don’t have to worry about getting overheated, dehydrated, or burnt from the sun. Plus the scenery will make an awesome Instagram photo!

Tip #4: Parks are Your Friend
Utilize your environment for exercising! You can do variations of exercises outdoors. Do push-ups on the side of a hill or substitute large rocks for dumbbells to switch up your form. Use public bars at local parks for pull-ups, tricep dips, and more. This is a free and easy way to get a full body workout and it will be an exciting way to switch up your typical workout routine. If you use a wearable that counts your reps, then you can focus on your form and the environment around you.

Tip #5: Water! Water! Water!
This might be the most important tip of all, but even though it is always important to stay hydrated while working out, it is extra important to do so when outdoors. When it’s hot and humid out, sweat doesn’t evaporate as quickly as normal, so its very important to stay hydrated because your body temperature will rise from the heat, which means you’ll need to drink up even more.

It’s important to mainly drink plain water because sugary drinks can make you even more dehydrated than you already are. Not only will being dehydrated make you miserable, but you also won’t get as good as a workout as you wanted by far.

Summer is a perfect time to get fit, just be sure to be safe while doing so! Check out our two previous Summer Sun Series posts for more ways to be safe and healthy this summer!

Yours in Health,
Nicole