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Working Out Around Any Weather

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, April 4, 2016

April 4, 2016

Happy Monday,

As we enter into April, the rainy weather can damper some spring-eager moods and may even prevent your daily workout! Don’t let the rainy weather interrupt your workout routine. This blog discusses some ways to work around the weather and stay on track with your spring and summer goals.

The Active Times shares some great ideas to keep you motivated. First, workout in the rain! Don’t let the wet weather discourage you, go outside and make the most out of it. You’re going to be sweating anyways, especially in the humid weather, so the rain may be even a little refreshing. In fact, according to the Daily Health Post, studies have proven that runners working out in the rain have higher levels of oxygen consumption and overall more calories burned than participants working out in dry conditions. If you go for a walk or run in the rain, then you should consider some rain gear to aid with your workout. A baseball hat will protect your eyes from the rain or even sunglasses. Make sure to wear bright colors for people to spot you while you are out walking or running on the sidewalks. Rain jackets are also a good option, they’re made of breathable material and will also keep you a bit drier. Additionally, the great thing about North Carolina is that there are plenty of hiking or running trails, no matter your location. Hiking or trail running on a rainy day will almost guarantee you will have the trail to yourself. Just be safe and go at your own pace in-case of slick mud or pavement. Another option is to utilize sunrooms, decks or patios that are protected by an overhang or roof. Bodyweight circuits are a great option to train in a smaller space that requires limited equipment! Bodyweight circuits can include squats, lunges, and core workouts, and is easily accessible by looking up circuits online, check-out pinterest! Lastly, schedule your workouts around the weather. If you really want to avoid the rain, check the weekly forecast and prep your workouts for either the morning, mid-afternoon or evening in attempt to get your daily exercise requirements. There are plenty of options and opportunities to plan your workout in rainy weather, so get creative and have some fun!

Remember the Recre8’s 5k registration is up and running (no pun intended)! The race will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 12 locations across North Carolina. NCRPA is challenging your department to get actively involved and find a location near you to participate! Even if your department is not directly hosting, the race is still important for you to be involved in one way or another. The NC Recre8 5k is helping promote parks and recreation on a statewide level, and the funds raised will support the advancement of recreation in our state. So please help increase awareness and become involved simply by participating on April 16th! Create a running team within your department and make it a day to remember. Click the following link for more information and select a race location by you:

If you have any suggestions regarding working out in the rain, then please email us or submit your ideas on the wellness site here: (, Colleen


Tags:  Get Outside  Spring Weather  Wellness 

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