Sick of breathing that machined air?  It’s time to get outside!  

I used to be naive to the idea that you could get a great workout in the great outdoors.  My mindset was that once I entered the gym, I could turn on a different side of me and push myself further.  As I’ve gone through my fitness journey, I’ve realized that I don’t need the gym to get a great workout in.  In today’s article, we outline a few key ideas to help you take your outdoor workouts to a whole new level.

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is crucial to have a successful workout – especially outside.  Rain, temperature, and humidity can all be factors.  Be sure to take plenty of water.  I’ve been in the unfortunate circumstance of not planning ahead and becoming dehydrated.  It takes an incredible toll on your body and can be lethal.  Avoid this by checking the weather and bringing what you need.  Sunscreen, a towel, a water bottle, sunglasses, and appropriate clothing are just some of the items you may consider.

Enjoy The Environment

Set and setting are important.  Regardless of where you live, It’s nice to have a few places you enjoy training outside.  As a Floridian, I absolutely love to get out in the heat.  The trail, the river by our home, or the beach each serve as a great environment for our workouts.  Maybe you prefer a hill or the water.  There are so many options to get out and play outside, but one thing is for sure:  Pick a place you ENJOY.  

Be Water

Being water means to flow however is needed.  This means that if it starts raining, your workout may be cut short or you may have to change locations.  Earlier, we talked about planning.  However, you don’t want to plan yourself into a hole.  Don’t be so rigid that you can’t enjoy your outdoor workout if it doesn’t go exactly as planned.  Be ready to change things up and keep it simple and effective.

Closing Thoughts

As someone who previously never really liked exercising outdoors, I’ve completely taken a 180 on this topic in the last several years.  Whether it’s a brisk walk or a full-force cross training session, getting a sweat going outside can be valuable for your body, mind, and spirit.

Do you have a favorite outdoor workout?  How do you prepare for your workouts outside of the gym?  Let us know in a comment below and until next time.. Stay moving!

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