Tuesday, May 17, 2016

6 Spring Safety Tips for Exercising Outside

It’s finally Spring! Warmer weather is finally here! Get ready for some fun in the sun with these outdoor safety tips.

Run/walk against traffic and bike with traffic.

When possible, try to run on the sidewalk and away from any traffic. If you do decide to hit the road, run/walk against the traffic and ride your bike with the traffic. Wear light clothing so motorists can easily see you.

Bring a phone or tell a friend/family member where you are going.

If you are going out for a hike or even a short run, it’s important that someone know where you are going for safety. Bringing a phone can come in handy in case you get lost or need help. It’s even more fun to exercise with a buddy!

Pick a popular area.

If you are going to exercise on your own, pick an area where there are others around. Avoid secluded areas. Stick to the trail and bring a map with you if venturing off somewhere you are not familiar with.

Be aware of the weather.

Be prepared for anything! Make sure to wear sunblock and stay well hydrated. Also, make sure to wear appropriate clothing for your activity. Check the weather before venturing out so you know what to expect.

Change your routine.

Although consistency is nice, it is important to exercise at different times of the day and on different days. This will help minimize someone noticing your routine. Safety first!

Protect yourself.

Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t wear headphones in both ears or listen to headphones at a lower volume. Take notice of any specific landmarks and people around you.

Blog post by Nikki Courtney.