5 Tips For Working Out Outside

I LOVE being outside. LOVE! I feel better. I move better. And that’s not by coincidence.

Here’s some amazing benefits of getting outdoors as much as you can.

And I love working out outside. It just has a different feel, for me, versus being in a gym (or even working out at home).

I get asked for tips, especially now in the winter time, for working out/running outside. I think these tips can apply for any season or temperature.

1. WARMUP BEFORE GOING OUT

You want to get your heart rate up a bit. Get a little bit of a sweat in. Get your body loose and ready to go. All before you step outside.

This only applies if you’re going directly from your home to outside. If you’re driving to a location, then do these things there. But warm up is important.

2. Dress For The End

You workout clothes is super important for being outside. But the tip is, to dress for how you’ll feel in the middle to end of your workout, not the beginning.

In winter, you don’t want scarfs, gloves, a coat, and now you’re completely overdressed in the middle of your run.

This one takes trial and error to figure out.

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3. Stay Hydrated

There is nothing worse than being in the middle of a workout, and cramping up. Being hydrated in the summer makes more sense to most, but during the colder months, it’s just as important, and you may not even realize it till it’s too late.

Fluids before, during, and after your outdoor workout.

4. All you need is water.

Goes with the last tip. But, for most outdoor workouts/runs, water will work just fine.

Now, if you’re doing longer (hour +) endurance type workouts, then aim for something more. A Gatorade/Powerade, or something similar, can help out here.

5. DON’T OVER COMPLICATE THINGS

You want to make your workouts as convenient as possible. It’s a simple hack to keep you doing it.

If it’s easier to just step outside and go run, jump rope, ride your bike… do that.

Don’t always aim for the long drive to the beautiful scenery just to workout. It’s nice occasionally, but it can lead to an obstacle when the weather isn’t as nice.

This are the 5 tips I have. If you are a frequent outdoor workouter (did I make that up?), let me know a tip you use.

Top 10 Whole Food Plant Based Protein

We previously did a post on 5 plant based foods that were high in protein.

This time around, I put together a list of Plant Based Whole Foods that are highest in protein.

Why protein is important?

Is important for healthy bodily functions. It helps with digestion, blood clotting, hormone production, bone health, muscle growth, and much more!

Let’s go over 10 of the highest, plant based, whole food options for protein.

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*Based on 100g (3.5oz) servings

*These food sources may also contain of macronutrients (carbs & fat)

1. Pumpkin Seeds – About 32g of Protein

2. Peanuts Butter – About 25g of Protein

3. Hemp Seed- About 23g of Protein

4. Almonds – About 22g of Protein

5. Pistachio Nuts- About 21g of Protein

6. Flaxseed- About 19g of Protein

7. Tofu- About 17g of Protein

8. Oats – About 16g of Protein

9. Chia Seeds- About 16g of Protein

10. Cashew Nuts – About 15g of Protein

OWYN Vegan Protein Shake – Food Review

I reviewed the Plant Based Protein Shakes from OWYN. Find out where I picked them up What’s in them Nutrition info And my honest opinion on the look, smell, and taste of these shakes.

Before buying them, I never actually heard of the brand OWYN (Only What You Need). But, on a Target impulse buy (we’ve all been there!), I picked up these two flavors.

“20 grams protein plant based drink” was good enough for me to check out.

Doing a little research, I found you can pick them up at Target, Walmart, Amazon, & on their own website (link above).

Not only are they vegan/plant based, but they are free of the top allergens.

Which means, these drinks do not include any dairy, gluten, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish.

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I picked up two flavors: Dark Chocolate & Cookie & Creamless

They do have other products, including 5 flavors of grab&go shakes, 2 flavors of larger cartons of protein, meal replacement shakes, and higher protein grab&go shakes.

In Target, I paid just under $3 each. Pretty standard for a protein shake.

Here’s the ingredients and macros for the 2 flavors I tried:

In doing the review, they passed the look and smell test.

With the taste test, I preferred the dark chocolate over the cookie and creamless. Not that the Cookie was bad, just my own personal preference and love of chocolate.

Overall rating

OWYN Dark Chocolate Protein Shake: 9/10

OWYN Cookie & Creamless Protein Shake: 7.5/10

Both had quality taste. No dry after taste, like some protein shakes have, and it was pretty smooth, not “chalky” at all.

So, I recommend you checking them out if your looking to try out a new protein option.