The Do’s and Don’ts of Training Outdoors
Different environments pose different hazards, from wild animals in forests to traffic and pollution in cities. Things to keep in mind include:
Get outside in daylight, ideally in the morning. Seek out nature. In a concrete jungle, look for parks and tree-lined streets. Keep your eyes and (preferably bud-free) ears open and enjoy the environment. In deserted areas, consider going with a buddy.
Get absorbed in music and become oblivious to your surroundings. Forget to stretch. After a long walk or bike ride, stretch your muscles while they’re still warm. Over do it. If you’re not accustomed to long hikes or running stairs, you can easily push your body too hard, increasing risk of injury.