(This guest post is authored by Kate E. Jerman of Get Outdoors Colorado)
On June 14th, Get Outdoors Colorado will host the 7th annual National Get Outdoors Day and the inaugural GO Play! 5K where you can run, skip, jog, or hop through Denver’s City Park with a great group of partners, friends, and the Mayor of Denver, Michael B. Hancock! To help you prepare, Get Outdoors Colorado wants to talk training and fitness tips for the summer race, walk, and hike season. Whether you are running, skipping, or bounding through the summer, it is important to prepare your body for success to prevent injuries and make sure you have the most enjoyable time possible staying healthy and getting outside.
1. Get a group to walk or run with: Connect with partner organizations like Walk2Connect , WalkDenver or Run Denver to learn about upcoming community events, races or training opportunities. It is much easier to find the motivation to get out and train with a group of like-minded individuals.
2. Get fitted: Running or walking doesn’t take fancy gear or equipment – just a good pair of fitted running shoes, breathable workout clothes and a water bottle.
3. Stay hydrated and fueled: While training, it is important to know what your body needs. Understand the signs of fatigue or low energy and act accordingly. A rule of thumb is to drink 20 ounces of water and eat 200-400 calories of complex carbohydrates (such as brown rice, oatmeal, whole grain breads, beans, or lentils) 1.5 hours before training.
4. Make sure you warm up: Do five minutes of medium paced walking or dynamic stretching before a strenuous walk, hike, or run.
5. Have fun! Staying fit and training for walking, running, or trail events should be fun and enjoyable!
Remember to join us on June 14th at Denver’s City Park for the free National Get Outdoors Day Colorado event! Learn more about National Get Outdoors Day HERE or read more tips HEREfrom our partners at Active!