How to Crush Your Outdoor Workout
The longer, sunnier days and warm weather are upon us and with that who wants to stay inside to exercise?! Escape the musty gyms and head outside with your water bottle, sunscreen, and your mobile device and you are good to go for a fabulous workout outdoors!
3 Keys to Outdoor Workout Success
1. Oh the H2O!
Remember to not only bring your fav water bottle with you as you step outdoors, but also to pre-hydrate on hot summer days to ensure you are topped up well before you sweat it out outdoors!
2. When You’re Out There, What Do You Wear?
Check the weather ahead of time to ensure you are wearing appropriate workout wear. Protect yourself from the elements and make your workout more safe and comfortable by choosing high tech fabrics that wick away sweat, provide some level of SPF protection, and allow good airflow to help you moderate your temperature.
3. Schedule For Success
Schedule your workout ahead of time for the best likelihood of actually doing it as it is easy to get distracted by summer activities (e.g. that impromptu beach barbeque). Plan to exercise either early in the day or later in the evening so that you can truly maximize your workout and not be limited by the heat of the day. Have your workout prepared in advance by writing it down or using fitness apps so you can get right into your sweat session when it’s time to hit it. (You just might make it for that barbeque after all!)
The Down-Low on Interval Workouts
Short, intense interval workouts have been shown to be just as effective, if not more so, than long continuous workouts, so take advantage of this this summer and give high intensity interval training (HIIT) with bodyweight a try!
Bodyweight HIIT is:
● highly adaptable to your fitness level – you can set the duration, intensity, and exercise difficulty level
● accessible anytime, anywhere
● portable and economical – no fancy equipment required
Take it to the outdoors and perform each of these six exercises for 45 seconds with a 15 second rest between each exercise. Repeat twice for a 12 minute whole body HIIT workout that will spark your summer fitness.
Here we go!
Tammy Uyeda, Oakley Ambassador
Tammy is wearing outfits from the Oakley Women Spring collection
Registered Physiotherapist (CPTBC, MCPA)
Certified Group Fitness Instructor (BCRPA)