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Starting outdoor exercise

Published on July 20, 2015 at 9:59 / Updated on May 8, 2018 at 20:52

We all know about the many benefits of physical exercise.

At all intensity levels, getting out and moving is great for your physical and mental health. And now that spring is here at last, outdoor activities are the perfect way to get some fresh air and sun as well. Just don’t forget about the UV rays in that spring sunshine: always make sure to wear enough sunscreen.

For most people, getting started with outdoor exercise is fairly simple: You just have to choose the right equipment and get motivated! But people with certain health conditions may need closer monitoring, especially with sustained physical exercise. Those with a history of heart or vascular disease or diabetes, fractures, or recent injuries should consult a health professional (doctor, kinesiologist, physiotherapist) to help choose a suitable activity and the right intensity level based on their medical history. Plus, the right equipment can help reduce the risk of injury while greatly improving your enjoyment, effort, and motivation. Long story short: Find a physical activity that’s fun and keeps you motivated, set realistic objectives, and above all get out there and enjoy the sunshine!

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