Outdoor Fitness Basics

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Do you enjoy outdoor fitness? These warm, sunny days offer a beautiful invitation to get outside and be active. Why not tone up, boost energy, mood and wellbeing while also enjoying an infusion of revitalizing fresh air and sunshine?

The great outdoors offers numerous fitness pursuits, like cycling, jogging, surfing, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, skateboarding, and horseback riding, to name a few. To ensure a healthy, safe, fun experience, consider these points:

Suit up right

The proper gear for a given sport is important, whether that’s a helmet, gloves, knee pads, or eye wear, so before jumping in, make sure you’re outfitted properly. That doesn’t mean spending a fortune, however. Sporting goods stores have frequent sales, and many items can be purchased second-hand as well.

Hydrate smart

Dehydration is a major concern with outdoor fitness, as you can experience a significant water loss before you actually feel thirsty. The best strategy is to hydrate before, during, and after your activity. No need for sugar-laced, artificially flavored “sports drinks” however. Pure water is best, or caffeine-free iced tea. You might also consider EmergenC packets to replace key nutrients and electrolytes.

Protect your skin

Sun burns─which increase your risk of skin cancer─should be avoided at all cost. A chemical-free, sweat-proof sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF is essential prior to heading out. Re-apply if you’ll be exposed to the elements at length, and take advantage of hats and visors. Additionally, ensure that your sunglasses have both UVA and UVB protection.

Eat to win

A protein-rich breakfast helps keep you going long and strong. Consider raw protein shakes, with complete, plant-based, enzyme-packed protein. Whey protein is another option, rich in essential amino acids with few calories. If you choose to “carbo load” the night before, stick with protein-rich, whole food carbs like brown rice, oats, beans and legumes, and colorful veggies.

Fortify with nutrients

Exercise depletes nutrients, so your daily multi-vitamin/mineral formula will serve you well, as will extra antioxidants. One study exploring how nutrients influence the appearance and function of skin found that vitamins, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids help protect us from sun damage internally─partly by boosting cellular immunity.

With these smart precautions, you’ll enjoy outdoor fitness more than ever before. Here’s to your healthy, energized life!

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