6 Outdoor Workout Hazards

Spending time with nature has its benefits — fresh air, vitamin D from the sun, and a nice change of scenery to help you unwind. But taking your workout from the gym to the great outdoors has its downsides too. Here’s what you need to know before heading out for a sweat.

Getting Lost

Stepping off the treadmill or elliptical means your workout can take you to unfamiliar places. Before you make a trek, make sure you know exactly where you’re going. Stop by your nearest REI or local outfitter to find trails and maps. Download apps like National Geographic Park Maps and Maprika, which allow you to track your steps and find trails, even without cell reception. Going in the water? “Swim parallel to shore for a frame of reference and learn to sight an object on the shore,” recommends Jeremy Oyen, REI Expert and Curriculum and Training Coordinator for REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach. Doing so also provides a quicker way out of the water in case you run into any other issues (or creatures, for that matter).



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