Urban Shred: How To Approach Outdoor Fitness Training
Outdoor fitness training is on the rise and for good reason. Saving money on gyms and getting out and about make it a decent choice for anyone looking to get in shape. Here are some of our tips to make your entry into outdoor fitness as smooth as possible.
Body Weight Fitness Parks
A lot of cities have started adding Callisthenics gyms to outdoor parks in the last few years. This kind of equipment has been around places like Venice Beach for a long time but the big movement for fitness has caused it to spread.
These parks provide a small amount of equipment with a lot of uses. Each piece will usually detail the exercises you can do with it. Once you get some experience with the equipment you can find more exercises to do on them.
Body Weight Fitness parks are incredibly useful. Aside from weight training they can give you the chance to do most exercises you would otherwise have to use an indoor gym for.
This link has a lot of the body weight fitness gyms in the U.S and Britain.
Running is fundamental
In an indoor gym, treadmills will tell you exactly how much fat you’re burning, how far you’ve ran and a million other statistics. These can be helpful but the only thing you really need is yourself. However much you work out, fitness is the core of cardio. Running and swimming are the best ways to get your heart going. It’s free, equipmentless and if you stick to it long enough, a statistically proven endorphin release.
Running in an urban environment does come with one important not. Running on concrete, even with great kicks, can cause a lot of health problems. As much as possible, try to run on soft surfaces like grass or sand.
Be conscious of the weather
Depending where you live this can be one of the most important parts of outdoor fitness training. You don’t want to go for a run somewhere and get caught out in a downpour.
This isn’t even a matter of it being inconvenient. If you’re not prepared for the weather, spending a lot of time outside training will end up making you sick. Setbacks like this are the worst when you’re trying to get in shape but they’re easy to avoid.
On the other side, don’t relax because the weather is good. If you’re spending hours at a time outside, not wearing sunscreen is a silly mistake to make. Bright sunlight can also cause lasting eye damage so make sure you have some sunglasses.
Get some good trainers
Outdoor fitness training is a great way to save money if you want to avoid paying for a gym. For some of us it’s necessary, for others it’s a choice. Either way, putting some of that money you didn’t spend into a decent pair of trainers means making your life a lot easier when you’re out running.
If it’s not just running you’re into, getting some decent under armour will help you fight the weather without slowing your progress.
Don’t try to bring your indoor records outside
If you’ve been going to an indoor gym or using a treadmill, don’t immediately try to match the distances you’ve been doing indoors. Pushing yourself is fine but the transition from the controlled environment of an indoor gym isn’t to be taken lightly. Changes in terrain, humidity and more will all bring down how much you can do. Find a comfortable limit and work on increasing it.