On this Wellness Wednesday, my tip is for you to stay safe while outdoors! Remembering a few safety rules will help you enjoy and get the most from your outdoor workout, especially as the days get shorter.
Wear bright and shiny. Use reflective gear that slips over your clothes, like bibs, belts, or bands to wear on your arms or legs. They’re so lightweight you won’t notice them, but oncoming motorists will. Even wearing a white T-shirt over your outfit will make you more noticeable.
Walk or run in well lit public parks, that host a lot of activity, such as those with sports facilities, pet areas, or playgrounds.
It’s best to use sidewalks and paths, but if you must go on the road, be sure to face oncoming traffic to see what’s headed your way. Go against traffic at all times.
Assume drivers don’t see you or are on their cell phones. As a pedestrian you may have the right-of-way, but many drivers don’t know this or aren’t paying attention. Waiting a few seconds to cross a street isn’t a big deal when you consider the consequences.
Workout with someone. Beside the other benefits of pairing up, having a companion means safety in numbers for both of you. If you don’t have a partner, tell someone where you’ll be and what time you expect to return.
Stay well this Wednesday, take your workout outside, and enjoy the fresh, crisp, fall air!