Whether you’ve started on y our fitness journey or you simply want to chill out away from a screen, outdoor fitness is one of the best things you can do for your mind and body. People are like sunflowers tuning into the warm energy of the sun. Sunflowers always look happier when they’ve got direct access to sunlight. People are the same. The body produces vitamin D when it absorbs the sun’s UV B. Therefore, the more time you spend outdoors, the more your body can manage its natural vitamin supplies.
Additionally, playing or exercising outside does wonders for your mood, as you combine both the goodness of physical activity with the mood-enhancing benefits of vitamin D. Yet, that doesn’t mean the outside world is safe! If you’re going to exercise outdoors, you need to pay close attention to these risks.
Cycling among traffic
Riding a bicycle is a fantastic cardio exercise that keeps you moving and alert. Besides, if you need to pop downtown to run an errand, it’s the ideal transportation: Quick, simple, and no parking stress! There’s only one problem with bikes. They share the road with cars, with can be extremely dangerous, as any bike accident attorney can testify. On a bicycle, you lack protection against quicker and heavier vehicles. A person on a bike vs. a small car, who do you think will come out intact from a collision? So, if you’re going to use a bike, make sure you’ve got all the protective gear you need, an additional high vis kit, and avoid high traffic areas.
Playing with your dog
Going to the park with your dog can be a lot of fun. Most dog owners agree that adopting a pet can be crucial to maintaining your fitness level. You are more likely to be active when you’re out and about, playing with your furry friend. Whether you choose to explore the neighborhood together or you play fetch with Rex, there are plenty of things you can do to stay fit together. But it can be helpful to avoid areas that are popular among other dogs as you don’t want to end up in the middle of a dog war. Keep your dog on a lead when there are other pets around.
Running outside without tripping
Are you an enthusiastic runner? Treadmill runners are surprised by the challenges of running outside. From changing weather conditions to uneven ground, running outside can require a lot more energy and attention. Indeed, you enter an uncontrolled environment that is ruled by variety. If you are going to strengthen key muscles, outdoor exercise can be fantastic. You constantly need to adjust your pace and motion to the uneven surface. However, you are also more likely to slip on a wet surface or trip over the curb. A lot of running injuries outside are linked to accidental falls and tripping.
Ball games, whether tennis or baseball, can be a lot of fun as they combine cooperation, agility, speed, and aim. Besides, it’s also a great way of staying fit as a family. However, beware of sunny days that encourage games in the park! The light could blind you when you least expect it, leading to getting hit by the ball!
Are you ready to take your fitness activities outside? It can be a lot of fun as long as you make sure to avoid the risks mentioned in this article.
What’s your favorite outdoor fitness activities you like to do? Let me know in the comments below!