As the weather continues to hold at a steady state of comfort, it's time to move from the confines of the gym or your home and out into the fresh air. Whether you're naturally getting out there to run, walk, bike, blade, or bat a ball around, here are some key tips while you're out there.
Always begin your exercise time with gentle, dynamic stretching. This means moving while you stretch to warm the muscles up at the same time. Stand on one leg and swing the other front and back, move your arms in large circles, and swing your hips around like you're hula-hooping.
Having a buddy while exercising is always good if motivation is an issue. Use the time to catch up, plan a great barbecue, and push each other to make it up that next hill.
While outside, be sure to find a nice, green area to walk in such as a park or trail. Take plenty of deep breaths while you're there, especially if you live in a city. The air will feel fresher and cleaner than if you're out on a busy road which makes it easier on your lungs. This extra rejuvenation is sure to help push you in your workout.
Last but not least, always hydrate. Use your judgement if you should bring water with you. Personally, I hate carrying the extra weight with me, but I'm always careful to hydrate before and rehydrate after. If you're sweating intensely for over 30 minutes, be sure to add electrolytes to your water post-workout.
Above all, have fun!