Taking My Workout Routine Outdoors

28 May

When you live in Pittsburgh and have a fierce hatred of weather less than 75 degrees, you have a very small window of opportunity to not be flaming miserable every time you go outside. And that magical window of opportunity has finally arrived! Hello 80 degrees and sunshine in Pittsburgh!

In honor of this gorgeous weather, my boyfriend and I decided to take our workout routine outside yesterday and run laps at a nearby high school track. Skipping the gym and working out in the sunshine is a great way to get a little fresh air and get the most of a beautiful day! Afterall, working out in the confines of a gym can be really depressing on a bright, sunny day.

Although I would definitely do this outdoor workout routine again, I would advise you to plan better than we did. They say timing is everything and I couldn’t agree more, at least when it comes to working out in the bright sunshine of an 80+ degree day. We’re really smart, so we decided to get this outdoor workout routine started at 2pm, one of the hottest times of the day. Oh boy, it was H-O-T!

I was trying to run intervals, but they had to be quickly adjusted after I realized the running portion of the intervals was starting to make me nauseous. Although my dreams of sprinting around the track without breaking a sweat were ruined within 30 seconds of starting this workout routine, it was still good exercise. Next time I think we’ll practice better planning and go first thing in the morning or during the early evening hours. It would be kind of cool to try to sprint for more than 30 second intervals without experiencing waves of nausea. But if you’re into that, by all means keep working out during the afternoon heat, more power to you.

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3 Responses to “Taking My Workout Routine Outdoors”

  1. Lauren May 29, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Think of all the extra calories you burned in the sun!

    • thejerp May 29, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      True. And I thought running outdoors was supposed to be easier!

      • Lauren May 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

        It is if you’re running at a leisurely pace and not sprinting intervals!

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