Outdoor Activities bring Workout Worries

By  | 

CASPER, WY - More of us are getting outside to take in the warm sun for workouts, but we're told to be cautious before diving into your spring workout routine.

Experts say you should start a bit slower before taking on a marathon!

"If you haven’t been doing anything in the winter time. You definitely want to start slower because you haven’t been doing anything. Make sure you get a physician’s approval. Before you start any exercise program. Even If you have been doing something over the winter. You need to understand working out outside might be a little more intense." said Wyoming Athletic Club Director Jeff Miller

Professionals say to ease into the spring and not to over-exert yourself.

"If you haven’t really exercised at all during the winter and you are now planning to exercise outside. You think of how much you were doing before the winter started and start at 50 percent that level and increase that gradually as you go over a period of 10 days," said Cardiologist Michel Skaf

Wyoming's terrain is very different from that treadmill you have been using all winter.

"The treadmill itself, if your running on a treadmill. The treadmill actually provides, help, resistance, with the machinery, the mechanics of the machine. The motor running, does half the work for you,” said Miller. “So it’s going to be a little different running outsides. So you want to start slowly and increase at a gradual pace."

Until you've established a base spring workout, pace yourself.

"You should not really push yourself beyond the limit when you are transitioning from a regular exercise indoor or a regular exercise, to an exercise outdoor. You should pay attention to how you feel." Cardiologist Michel Skaf

Taking a water break never hurt anyone.

"If their starting to feel it initially, take a break, and push a little bit. How much you push depends on the individual." Cardiologist Michel Skaf

Aerobic exercise can be done anywhere you can imagine

"Some simple equipment you can take outside,” said Miller. “You can go to the parks around town and do pull ups on the chin up bars and things like that. Push-ups off the grass. A lot of things you can do outside. It just takes a little bit of imagination, a little creativity, and a little direction."

Doctor Skaf says he sees many patients having heart troubles due to our higher elevation.

Statistics say Wyomingites are some of the last in the country to see a doctor about shortness of breath.