If you are one of those people who like to exercise outdoors with nature, rather than being confined indoors with your gym equipment, be sure that you practice social distancing.
At Step by Step Family Foot Care, our experts recommend 4 important tips before you head out:
- Keep hand sanitizer with you all the time and use it frequently, especially if you happen to touch some objects outside. We cannot overemphasize the importance of hand sanitizer.
- Protect your skin from the sun. Sun rays can cause damage by burning your skin or making it crack due to dryness. Use sunscreen before leaving the house and reapply frequently. Similarly, you may want to carry your sunglasses along to protect your eyes.
- Drink plenty of water! Staying hydrated is extremely crucial if you want to continue with your outdoor workout. Dehydration can result in painful cramps, dizziness and you may even collapse if you are not careful. Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks in the heat as they accelerate dehydration.
- If the weather outside is pleasant, you may want to extend your exercise routine. However, listen to your body and stop if you are feeling drained. Overdoing it can lead to many problems like sprains, muscle damage, ankle swelling, dehydration and more.
If you have been inactive or idle for a while, you may feel the urge to jump into intense workouts to shake off the laziness. However, it is advised to take it slow, increase your pace gradually and always allow for proper stretching to prevent injury. This will enable you to build stamina and avoid unexpected breaks due to injuries or burnouts.
For your questions and concerns about exercise routines and health in general, contact our office in Parsippany, NJ by calling (973) 917-3785. For the safety of our patients and staff, we’re offering telemedicine. Dr. Debra B. Manheim is available by phone for a consultation.