Tips for Better Outdoor Sports Training Outcomes

Tips for Better Outdoor Sports Training Outcomes

Training outdoors can be tough on the body and it also comes with its benefits. Many people feel energized and revitalized by the process of working out in the fresh air and under the sun. But you don’t want to pay the potential harsh price for doing so. Here are some essential tips for training outdoors and how you can keep yourself safe when doing so.

Work Out in Shorter Bursts and Different Intensity Levels

Lots of sports professionals focus on short bursts of high intensity exercise when they’re working out, and that’s exactly the kind of activity that’s best to do when you’re training outdoors. When the sun is beating down on you, it can drain you faster and you can tire more quickly too. That’s why short bursts of activity at different levels of intensity is a good idea.

Stay Hydrated

Next, you need to make sure that you’re staying properly hydrated throughout your workout. When you’re playing sports or training in any scenario, it’s obviously important to stay hydrated. But it’s even more important when you’re outdoors and in the sun because you’ll perspire more. So try to make sure that you have more than enough water with you wherever you’re going to workout.

Use a GPS Tracker if Going Off the Beaten Track

If you’re going on a long mountain hike or some kind of workout by yourself that’s off the beaten track, you should always take precautions. A GPS tracker will let people know where you are and they’ll be able to find you faster if something seems wrong or you don’t return when you’re expected. It’s an extra safety precaution that’s certainly worth taking, especially in unpredictable conditions.

Protect Your Eyes

It’s a good idea to think about your eyes and their health as well if you haven’t done so already. You’ll want to make sure that you’re using polarized sunglasses as these will be perfect for all kinds of activities and you won’t have to worry about them falling off. At the same time, they’ll protect your eyes from the potentially damaging UV rays of the sun.

Time Your Training Carefully Depending on the Climate

The time of the day during which you do your outdoor training is something to think carefully about too. You’ll want to make sure that you’re getting your training done in a manner that makes sense and that means avoiding workouts at noon and around that time. That’s when the sun is highest in the sky and it’s when you’ll be most likely to be impacted by the heat and UV rays of the sun. Mornings and later in the afternoon are usually better options.

Outdoor training is a lot of fun and there’s a reason why so many people love the freedom that comes with escaping the gym. So be sure to make the most of the tips and ideas discussed above if you want to make sure that your training outcomes are everything you’ve been hoping for.

Written by Sami Jarjour

The Co-Founder of Sports ON Tap & Host of "Stuff That Matters w/ Sami Jarjour" Podcast & Co-Host of "Pod That: Two Brothers Talkin' Sports"

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