It’s finally here, nice weather upon us here in Asbury Park, NJ and it’s great seeing folks outside recreating and having fun. I love the word recreating – broken down to its element of “re-creating” it has all the makings of some really good stuff. I’d like to make a few suggestions and offer a couple tips if I may to make your experience a positive one:
1) If you are just starting to get moving again after a long, sedentary winter, take it slow at first. Most injuries happen when you push to hard and too fast after not being active for a while.
2) Even if you’ve been active all winter, outdoor activities are much different than stationary one’s. For instance, running on a treadmill or cycling indoors tend to be a bit safer and easier than being outside with the same activities. Running and biking outdoors for instance will have you contending with the elements (wind, sun, temperature), motorists*, potholes and curbs, air quality and more so ease into things.
*A quick note regarding motorists. PLEASE do not assume a motorist sees you and PLEASE do not assume that if he/she does that they will stop or give you the right of way. Be on the defense but be respectful as well. Motorists, take extra care to watch for people and give additional courtesies and plenty of room when passing.
3) Stay hydrated. Always bring a bottle or two of water with you, even if you’re going on a short excursion. You may not need to drink for thirst all the time as people can over heat, feel like they may pass out or even need to clean a wound.
4) Have fun, regardless of why you are out there. Whether it’s to improve your cardiovascular system, help lose a few pounds, clearing your head or getting the kids out for some play time. In fact, join in with the kids and go down the slides, hang on the monkey bars and race them up a hill. It lends itself to a great workout, great fun and great memories.