As warmer weather approaches, many people get back outside for their workouts, including running. If you’re among them, then here are a few things to keep in mind.
Stay hydrated. If you’re running outside in warmer weather, chances are that your sweating will increase. That’s why you need to be intentional about keeping well hydrated. Increase your water intake before and after running and also keep your sodium and sugar intake in check.
Stretch out before and after running. When you first get outside, be sure to stretch so that your body gets used to the weather conditions and temps of the day. Stretching—before and after your run—warms you up properly and can help with proper blood flow to your muscles.
Run drills. Include running drills in your running workout, including walking lunges, high knees and “butt kicks”—for approximately 50 yards down and back.
Start out soft—on surfaces, that is. If you’re just getting back outside, then begin running on softer surfaces that won’t impact your body or joints quite as much. In fact, running on grass is a good idea—at a safe, comfortable pace.
Include pool running. This one will not only cool you off in warmer temps, but can also be easier on your joints because being in the water offsets gravity so that your body doesn’t undergo as much impact.
Now you’re ready to get out there and run!
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.