5 Common Outdoor Workout Hazards

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Warm weather brings longer workouts and enjoyable surroundings. You can perform your workouts outside in the fresh air instead of staying in the house and looking out of the window while you workout.

Although the weather and fresh air are great, there are different outdoor workout hazards you need to acknowledge.

1. Getting Lost

Warm weather makes some people want to explore. Whether you are walking or going for a jog, it is a lot easier to get rerouted from your path than you think.

If you plan on exploring a new trail, places, and surroundings, you need to have a map of the area with you. If you are like many people, you do not carry your cell phone with you when you are working out.

Aside from not carrying your cell phone, you may not think to let someone know where you are going and the time you plan to return. There are different ways you can avoid getting lost.

There is nothing wrong with exploring the outdoors while getting a good workout, but you should let someone know where you are going, carry an up-to-date map of the area you will explore and consider carrying your cell phone.

There are many different types of workout clothing available that have pockets specifically designed for holding cell phones and keeping them safe from damage due to the phone falling out of your pocket.

2. Skin Cancer and Sunburn

Do not be so excited to workout in warm weather without applying sunscreen. Sunscreen lotion that has an SPF of 30 or more is best if you plan on being in the sun for a long period of time.

The sun may feel great and refreshing on your skin, but the sun gives off UV rays, and these rays damage the skin and have been known to cause skin cancer. Many people damage their skin by failing to apply sunscreen because it is cloudy outside or not as hot as previous days.

On cloudy days, the sun can be more potent because it is trying to break through the clouds. UV rays from the sun break down collagen and elastin in your skin, causing the aging process to progress more rapidly than normal.

Some people opt not to wear sunscreen because sweat drips in their eyes and causes problems. The good news is that waterproof sunscreen prevents sweating from becoming a problem.

3. Dehydration

Dehydration can become a problem when you are performing your workout routine outside, especially when weather conditions are favorable.

If you have diabetes, you are more susceptible to dehydration that other people.

Instead of consuming juice and soda to refuel your body and replenish electrolytes you lose while working out, drink as much water as possible.

4. Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is more common than many people realize. If you step outside of your home, and instantly being sweating or get the feeling it is too hot to be outside, let alone workout, you are probably right.

Venturing outside when the weather is extremely hot and participating in rigorous activities, such as working out, puts yourself at risk for not only a heat stroke but heat exhaustion and sunburn. There are many different health concerns and conditions that are associated with extreme heat conditions.

To decrease your risk of heat stroke and other serious situations and conditions, wear light, loose-fitting clothing when you are working out, and avoid working out outdoors when temperatures are not favorable.

5. Air Pollution

Air pollution comes in many different forms. Factory fumes, car exhaust, and construction dust are all primary forms of pollution.

These pollution types can cause serious health conditions, including lung cancer and asthma.

Pollution can damage your lung capacity. As a result, you should perform your workout and similar activities during early morning hours in the evening.

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