07 April 2010
By Namita Jain
Finding the right workout place is an essential step to a healthy body and mind
When it comes to working out in your home or outdoors, you may feel stuck if you aren’t informed and prepared.
Working–out outdoors can easily become a habit. It can be an exhilarating experience. Especially, if the weather conditions are good and the location is scenic. Beautiful, open surroundings can be mood–altering.
You need to bear in mind special weather conditions when working out outdoors.
For instance, during summer it is essential to have a longer cool–down session. A cool–down lowers the body’s temperature, gradually. This prevents dizziness and extreme fatigue post workouts. Suddenly stopping without cooling down can result in a rapid drop in blood pressure and lightheadedness. The last 10 minutes of the workout should be cool–down time. This allows the blood to return from the working muscles to the heart and for the body to return to its resting state.
In winter, focus on doing a longer warm–up session. A warm–up prepares the body for the activity to follow. Muscles perform better and are less prone to injury when they are warm. A warm–up can mean simply walking or marching for 10 minutes to raise the body’s core temperature.
Tips to keep energy levels up when exercising outdoors:
- Drink water
Water loss due to hot and humid weather conditions need to be replaced. Drink plenty of water before, after and during an exercise routine to prevent dehydration.
- Use eyewear or headbands if required
Eyewear such as sun glasses are commonly used when training outdoors. They protect you from the sun, wind, reflections and glare. Head
bands grip your hair so that you are comfortable while exercising.
- Wear appropriate sports clothes
What you choose to wear will depend on the climate and the kind of activity you do. Sports clothing such as training vests, t–shirts, shorts and track pants provide you sufficient comfort and durability.
On the other hand, you may be impressed by the convenience of not being dependant on the weather, or the lineup of imported equipment, new–age workouts and other indoor facilities.
In the midst of all this, people pumping iron, aiming for the perfect body and you might think, “I’ve found my perfect avenue for fitness”. So here are some points to watch–out for:
The atmosphere or ambience in an indoor–setting can motivate members to live healthy lifestyles. Does the facility offer a positive atmosphere encouraging health and well–being?
Check if they have the facilities you are looking for from equipment to air–conditioning or adequate ventilation.
- Membership volume
Every indoor workout facility has rush and slack hours. Find out if you are able to move around smoothly from one exercise machine to another without waiting endlessly.
Well–maintained equipment is crucial for effective training. Fitness centres should actually use a disinfectant each time equipment is handled.