‘Get out into the great outdoors’ is advice that almost every fitness and health expert will tell you. But it’s rare that you hear about the dangers involved with outdoor recreation. Well, we thought it was time to redress the balance for you today, and ensure that you are aware of everything that could - potentially - go wrong. Let’s take a closer look.
Even a simple jog through a forest could result in a severe injury that will put you out of action for some time. And it’s easy to see why, when you take a look at the rough terrain you will be running over. Roots, bumps in the ground, debris, and just the sheer amount of uneven surfaces can all put a lot of pressure on your body. And a little twist here or slip there could see you in big trouble. Be careful to plan your route, so you have a rough idea of the terrain you are traveling through, and always wear the correct footwear.
Working out at home or in a gym is not a problem for hydration, as you are never far from a tap or bottle of water. However, with outdoor activities, it’s a different story altogether. When you're miles from anywhere and, perhaps, running high into mountains, who knows where your next drink will come from? You’ll need to bring plenty of water with you, of course, and also bear in mind that the hotter and higher it is, the worse dehydration will affect you.
When you are exercising out in the wilderness alone, who is looking out for you? Exercising in rough or steep terrain alone might be great for the soul, but if anything happens, you could be in a terrible fix. Bring a phone for extra safety, and try to stick to places where you have network coverage - you never know when you are going to need help from the air ambulance transport services. And if you do insist on going alone, always make sure that someone knows your route and where you are going to be as much as humanly possible.
You can be jogging full pelt and feel like you are boiling up in cold weather, but your extremities won’t feel the same. And frostbite is a very real danger, which could result in rotting flesh or amputation - and no one wants either of those. So, always wear enough clothing to prevent your extremities from trouble - mittens, hats that cover your ears, and a pair of warm socks are an absolute minimum in cold weather.
Know your limits
Finally, make sure that you are aware of your limits and don’t push yourself too hard. As this post explains, there is a lot that can go wrong, and if you are putting yourself under physical duress, incidents will be more likely to occur. Accidents tend to happen more frequently when exhaustion is involved, and being out there in the great outdoors is not the ideal location. Keep your high-intensity activities for the local park or gym, where you will be found should something happen.
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