From the Gym to Mother Nature

Now that spring has sprung in the Midwest, it’s time to start doing workouts outside rather than having to be cooped up in the gym. Here are some tips for working out safely as well as a couple of outdoor workout options.

Running Outdoors

When running at night make sure to wear reflective gear such as a yellow safety vest or even a blinking light. This is important so that when cars are driving past they can clearly see you. Do not wear black when running or walking at night. They make lights that can attach to your shoes, or even something like a headlight would work. They are hands-free and will help keep you safe.

Another good safety tip for running at all outdoors is to have a running buddy. This not only means you will not be alone, but you will also have someone to talk to and push you through your jog.

Hiking

Hiking can be a super fun workout activity when the weather is nice. If you decide to go on a hike make sure you are well prepared, especially for weather changes. Even if it is a nice sunny day, you never know when the weather may decide to change. Make sure to pack appropriate gear such as extra socks, warmer layers of clothes, and a plastic rain poncho that can easily be packed into any size bag.

Another important hiking tip is to bring plenty of water and food. You want to make sure you stay hydrated, as well as keeping up your energy level. Granola bars are a simple and small option to pack into your bag. If you are hiking a new trail that you are not familiar with, it is especially important to bring extra food and water in case the hike takes longer than you imagined it would. A compass, paper map, and walkie talkie are also good options, especially when you are not familiar with the trail.

Outdoor Events

Finding fun outdoor events in your area are always a good change of pace. Here in Wisconsin they have the Bubble Run, Color Run, Terrain Races, and Tough Mudder. Some of these events are nationwide, and other are local only. A quick search on Google can turn up the fun runs, walks, or other exercise related events in your area. You could try them out with your friends, family, or just by yourself. It will a good substitute for your normal everyday workout routine and a good change of pace!