How many of you out there love to work out outdoors? I do! I’m a runner and I’m really excited about getting back outdoors for a jog 🙂
So is there anything special about the springtime exercise transition that you should keep in mind? Here are 3 spring exercise tips to be aware of.
1. Dress warmly
It’s really NOT that warm out there yet. Today’s temperature is in the sixties and I’m comfortable in jeans and a hoodie. Of course I’m not running, but people tend to overestimate the temperature and UNDERESTIMATE how much clothing they need in the spring.
Layering is key. You should dress so that you’re comfortable when you start AND so you can take off a layer or two as you warm up. Also consider it tends to be windy in the spring. Wind wicks body heat away quickly and can cause you to get cold especially when you’re sweaty. Respect your body and dress properly!
2. Train up slow
When you’re transitioning from indoor sport/training to outdoors, remember it’s not a simple switch. Running on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike is different from road racing. Hills, wind, traffic, uneven terrain and other factors make outdoor workouts different.
Make sure to decrease your intensity/mileage when you transition to exercising outdoors. Take it slow! If you’re training for a road race make sure to give yourself plenty of time for a leisurely and thorough transition. Fast changes lead to injuries!
3. Try something new
A new season is a perfect time to try a new sport or fitness activity. Spend a little time thinking about what the best activities are for the current season. Jogging and cycling are perfect warm-weather outdoor sports, but there are others too.
Hiking and climbing are popular in northern Ohio especially in the Metroparks. Horseback riding is perfect for warmer weather (if you have a friend who owns horses or can take classes). Rowing and sailing will be starting up soon.
Spring is a beautiful time of year, especially in a place that spends so much of the year buried under snow and ice! Get out there and take advantage of it by taking the show on the road!
QUESTION: What is your favorite form of exercise in warmer weather? Are you interested in trying something new this year?