Joggers, Bikers and Walkers watch out! There are lots of things to look for as you exercise along a road or sidewalk.
You should always be careful when exercising on the road, but when visibility is reduced, use an extra measure of caution. Looking both ways before crossing an intersection goes without saying, but when it’s dark you’ll need to use your other senses to back you up. Leave the headphones at home and take an extra moment to look and listen before heading out into the street.
Wear reflective clothing. If you exercise at night regularly, invest in a reflective vest or other item of clothing that will help make you visible from a distance. If you’re biking, make sure your bike has reflectors on the front, wheels, and pedals. Another good idea is to use a head lamp or flashlight. This will not only help you see where you’re going, but it will also let motorists know where you are.
If you can, exercise with a friend. Groups or pairs of people are easier to see, and there’s truth to the “strength in numbers” idea. If you run with other people, you’ll have more ears and eyes watching out for potential danger, not to mention someone to get help in the event that someone should get hurt. Follow these simple safety guidelines during your nightly activities and you’ll be able to enjoy your evening workouts with greater peace of mind by doing all you can to keep yourself safe.