Whether you’re a beginner or a professional fighter, you probably already know the importance of switching up your training routine from time to time. Now that we’re in the middle of summer, it’s the perfect opportunity to take your training outside.
There are countless benefits to spending time outdoors. It reduces stress, boosts your mood, and can give you more energy.
Whether you’re getting your cardio in with a run around your neighborhood or focusing on strength training and stability, it’s just as important to keep your health and safety in mind outside as it is in the gym.
Let’s cover a few different health and training regimens you can take advantage of outside, and how you can keep yourself safe while staying at the top of your game.
Use the Right Equipment
Just because you’re not working out in a gym doesn’t mean you have to give up helpful equipment. MMA is a combination of strength, stamina, and agility. Thankfully, you can improve all three while training outside – especially if you have the right equipment.
Some of the best gear you can take outside with you includes:
- A medicine ball
- Resistance bands
- An old tire
- Agility ladder
- Jump rope
With these simple pieces of equipment, you can cover all of your bases and get in a great workout every time. Depending on where you live, there might not be an outdoor gym area readily available. You can get creative by using a local playground for pullups and other static strength exercises. But, having a few pieces of gear with you will make you feel more confident in what you’re doing since you’re using equipment that you’re already used to.
Knowing what you’re doing and not taking too many risks is important when it comes to keeping yourself safe. One of the great things about training outdoors is that it’s different and you can cross-train in a variety of ways. But, don’t “experiment” too much with your regiment, or you could risk hurting yourself or straining a muscle in a way you’re not used to.
Stay Safe During a Training Session
As an actively training fighter, you know how crucial it is to fuel your body properly. It’s even more important when you plan to work out outdoors on a hot day. Carbs are important, of course, but consuming them at the right time will make a big difference. Enjoy a carb-heavy meal the night before your outdoor workout. Complex carbohydrates will help your body hold onto water, so you won’t get dehydrated as quickly while you train.
Speaking of hydration, it’s probably the most important component of staying safe outside. If you want to stay properly hydrated during your workout, consume as much water as possible. Supplement the water with electrolytes when you need an extra “boost,” but watch out for sports drinks that are laden with sugar. When you’re training, be aware of some of the common symptoms of dehydration, including:
- Dry mouth
If you start to experience any of these symptoms, hit “pause” on your workout and take the time to cool off and rehydrate.
You can also keep yourself safe outside by applying sunscreen frequently, taking breaks, and monitoring your overall well-being. You know your body better than anyone. If something feels “off,” it probably is, so make sure you stop and take stock of what’s going on.
Taking your training outside doesn’t mean you can’t stay connected and up-to-date with new data. Medical tech has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a major boom in telemedicine, and you can use that to your advantage as you advance in your training. There are several healthcare tech trends you can use in your training.
You can connect with your doctor or other healthcare professionals about any concerns you might have so you can stay healthy while you start a new regiment. Many doctors utilizing telemedicine offer apps or digital portals that can be used for:
- Viewing test results
- Medication reminders
- Fitness tracking
You can also “go digital” with your training by downloading fitness apps and trackers that work with your specific program. Getting in the best possible shape requires dedication, but there’s also quite a bit of science to it. Using technology to your advantage will allow you to analyze your data and make changes as needed to improve your program and overall fitness level.
When you decide to train outside, you’re giving your mind and body a change of scenery and a change of pace. If you’ve been feeling burnt out by your workouts lately, it could be just what you need to stay motivated and get stronger throughout the summer. If you do make the switch, keep these health and safety tips in mind. Keeping yourself free from injuries and illnesses will make you ready to tackle your next matchup, or simply keep you in shape for whatever your next hurdle might be.
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