Airdrie coach touts benefits of outdoor fitness

Did you know that being active and exercising outdoors has many benefits? Besides fresh air, natural light, vitamin D, and the chance to get a nice tan, here are some other reasons why you should include the outdoors in your fitness regimen:

Now that summer is just around the corner, it’s easier to be healthy and active. From outdoor boot camps and family bike rides, to adventurous hikes and the many sporting events available, getting fit and having fun can go hand in hand.

Did you know that being active and exercising outdoors has many benefits? Besides fresh air, natural light, vitamin D, and the chance to get a nice tan, here are some other reasons why you should include the outdoors in your fitness regimen:

  • Studies have shown that being active outdoors helps reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
  • He ids into a more restful sleep
  • As mentioned, the sun brings you vitamin D! Living in Alberta, with our long winter months, many of us don’t get enough vitamin D. Just like Superman, the sun also energizes our bodies.
  • This saves money. There are so many activities, parks, sporting events, walking trails, bike paths, etc. which you can use or participate for free. Minimal or no equipment is required on a bodyweight circuit.
  • It saves time because there is no need to go far. Many neighborhood playgrounds already have the equipment needed for a great workout. For example, you can do pull-ups on the monkey bars, triceps dips on the park bench, lunges, squats, and/or push-ups on the grass.
  • It helps save the environment by not driving to the gym – enjoy nature!
  • It keeps the body guessing by altering your workout routine. Trying something new will prevent your body from adapting to the same old workout routine.
  • It’s social. With all the open space, you can train with friends and family without being in a crowded gym. Working in a group not only strengthens the community, but makes you more responsible for your fitness program
  • Happiness – that’s what you get when you have more energy, go out with friends and feel the warmth of the sun shining down on you.

For you to reap all of these health benefits of working out and being active outdoors, I want you to remember these safety tips:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink water throughout the day, before your workout, during your workout, and after your workout. Stay away from heavily caffeinated beverages as they tend to promote dehydration. Also make sure you have electrolytes, which are minerals in your body that have an electrical charge. They are found in your blood, urine, tissues, and other bodily fluids. Electrolytes are important because they help balance the amount of water in your body, as well as your body’s acid/base (pH) level.
  • Listen to your body and watch for any warning signs of heatstroke, heat exhaustion or heat cramps – muscle spasms, dizziness, nausea, absence of sweating, hallucinations, flushing of the skin and/or confusion. If you don’t feel well for any reason, you should stop.
  • On very hot days, start your workouts or activities early in the morning or later in the evening when it’s not as hot outside.
  • Train with a partner, not only for accountability, but also for safety.
  • Dress for the weather by avoiding unnecessary layers, heavy fabrics and dark colors. Darker, heavier fabrics like polyester trap heat and will only make your outdoor workouts miserably hot.
  • Keep it light and loose to increase airflow and reduce your body temperature. Stock your summer workout wardrobe with light-colored, moisture-wicking fabrics like cotton. Wearing lighter, brighter colors will also help drivers see you more easily, if you’re exercising near or along a road.

Summer in Alberta is short lived, so go ahead, be safe and enjoy! Have fun, stay active, move, be healthy and get in shape.

Jay Raymundo is the owner of NRG Fitness Inc., as well as a personal trainer for the City of Airdrie, co-owner of F45 Training in Airdrie and strength and conditioning coach for the Airdrie Martial Arts Centre.


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