5 Tips on How To Fuel For Outdoor Sports And Adventure

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Yes, we know that spending your day in your yoga pants, with a cup of coffee in hand, watching your favourite films cannot be compared with anything else. Some "me time" is necessary for physical and mental health, relaxation, entertainment and avoiding stress. However, our bodies are also in need of active physical maintenance, such as cardio, jogging, yoga, pilates, gymnastics or any outdoor sport. We also know that fitness habits are not easy to get used to if you're not an experienced athlete. That's why these activities require a big amount of patience, will and time.

Wait, this doesn't sound very good, does it? Don't panic. There are so many ways to work out, have fun, get fit and have a nice story to tell your friends. They are called Outdoor Sports and Adventure. From hiking, climbing, surfing and even cycling tours with a group of friends, these activities can be an amazing chance to be adventurous and increase fitness at the same time. Just be sure to follow these following tips on how to fuel for outdoor sports.

Getting in condition

For every workout activity, you'll need training. Your body needs to get in condition for whatever physical challenge you're achieving, otherwise, you won't get the results you want, and you'll probably have a bad time during the exercise. Professionals recommend a combination of cardio, resistance and flexibility training for full body fitness.

During training take on board extra carbs

There are different types of fuel, and one of those is obviously food. Especially when working out, our bodies need to replace the energy that spends on the exercise and there's no better source of energy than carbs. In this case, less isn't more. Carbohydrates will provide the power your body will need for all the effort, especially if it is an outdoor activity, which usually spends more energy than the other ones. Eat them approximately 2 hours before the training and, on a long workout, take a few energy snacks during the exercise, Everyone has a different energy burning cycle that depends on the type of workout, the weather, your metabolism, etc. As you go on training, notice how your body works with food. What's good for you and what isn't?

Take more fluid after exercise

Hydration is a crucial part of training and working out. The body loses an enormous amount of fluids during exercise in sweat. Don't be afraid, sweating it's a good sign. Just be sure to refill the fluids once you've finished. Water, orange juice, and even milk are good energy sources. Drink it slowly, by little sips and often. Getting some carbs and proteins right after the workout will also help. You need carbohydrate to replace the fuel you burned and protein to repair damaged muscle cells.

Prepping the mind

The fitness life it's not just about the physical effort. Exercising your mind, is very important too. Most difficulties on the challenge appear because of fear of failure, and a perceived lack of will or motivation. Meditation after your workout helps to calm the rush of energy and adrenaline you'll get. Another great way of preparing your mind for the physical challenge it's practicing with a whole group. Teamwork helps to boost your confidence and brings out mutual support. Besides, it's much more fun.

Gathering the gear

When it comes to outdoor activities, you'll have to take all your equipment with you. But keep in mind that practicality is your motto. A few, lightweight, comfortable itemswill guarantee a stress-free and productive workout. Focus on yourself and your health only for better results, and have fun!

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About the author

Oliver Bramford

Oliver is director of Forever Cycle Tours, an Alpine road cycling holiday company. He can be found riding up paved Alpine cols as often as riding downhill single-track, as well as occasionally to the local pub.