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Your outdoor fitness survival kit for before, during and after your workout
When it comes to outdoor exercise, the beautyheaven team couldn’t be more excited that autumn is upon us. Why? Well, the not-too-hot, not-too-cold temperature means we can get our sweat on outdoors morning, noon and night, without the weather putting us off.
Whether you love running, outdoor yoga, coastal walks or team sports, there's an outdoor fitness option for everyone. The only essentials? Some good activewear and a gym bag stocked with everything you need to get through your workout, worry-free.
So get set to pack your ultimate outdoor survival kit, and get out there!
#1: Complexion protection
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again – protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays all day, every day, is essential. If you prefer to have a little coverage while you work out, but want to steer clear of a full face of make-up, BB cream is your new best friend. Try L’Oréal Paris Skin Perfection BB Cream 5-in-1 Instant Blemish Balm – it will conceal imperfections, hydrate your skin and give it a healthy glow, all while providing SPF 15 sun protection. Prefer a bare-er base? bh recommends Natio Daily Defence Face Moisturiser SPF 50+ for a much-needed moisture boost.
#2: Stave off sweat
If you’re getting your heart rate up, naturally you’ll be working up a sweat. Stay fresh by preparing your underarms with a high-strength antiperspirant before you hit the great outdoors. Apply a spray or roll-on deodorant such as Innoxa Free & Easy Sport Deodorant or Rexona Clinical Protection, let it dry, and toss it in your bag for touch ups just in case you end up going straight from boot camp to brunch.
#3: Perfect your ponytail
Yes, you’re exercising, but that doesn’t mean your hair shouldn’t look cute. The classic ponytail is the perfect choice as it keeps hair off your face and can be easily freshened up after your sesh with some dry shampoo. Instead of tying your pony with your usual black elastic, try styling it up with an accessory such as the Lady Jayne Sports Luxe Pony Snap. This sleek hair tie is made of faux leather so your hair will look chic but won’t budge an inch.
#4: Long-lasting sun protection
These days, there are a plethora of sunscreen options: sprays, creams, lotions, roll-ons… This means that a) you have no excuse not to wear it, and b) you can match your sunscreen to suit your outdoor activity. When it comes to exercising outdoors, choose a water- and sweat-resistant spray sunscreen for quick and easy application and long-lasting protection. We like the Banana Boat Sport Cool-Zone SPF50+. It’s a clear spray sunscreen that’s enriched with aloe to instantly cool and refresh the skin while providing high protection.
#5: On-the-go H2O
If you’re going to be carrying around a water bottle (like, say, when you’re hiking), grab yourself one with a handle. The Décor Pumped Stainless Steel Bottle with Flipseal Lid ($13.99, www.decor.com.au) features a leaver carry handle, so it’s super simple to tote around. It also has a leak-proof seal so you don’t have to worry about spills in your gym bag.
#6: Treat it and beat it
All manner of medical mishaps can occur when exercising (and not just outdoors), so it pays to be prepared. If you're prone to nosebleeds post-workout, pack Nozohaem, a transparent gel that's formulated to stem the flow in moments. For blisters, bh recommends Compeed ® Blister Patch, which is designed to provide cushioning from rubbing and pressure, and to stay firmly in place for several days. Finally, those prone to cramping and painful spasms should consider a magnesium supplement to help support their muscle function, such as Blackmores Bio Magnesium.
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Do you like to exercise outdoors? What are your outdoor gym bag essentials?