Posted on June 07 2018
Sometimes, our days are so busy the only time we can fit a workout in is after dark. In the summer, this can often be ideal if you go for runs because the night air is much cooler than trying to run during the heat of the day. Additionally, you might find, like myself, that the gym is less crowded at night so that’s when you prefer to go. Whatever your reason, make sure to check out these nighttime fitness safety tips.
If going to a gym, try to park near the entrance. This is pretty much common sense, but doing so will keep yourself safe (if your gym’s parking lot is like mine-not that well lit) and you can keep an eye on your vehicle.
Wear reflective gear- I always like to wear bright colors and reflective wear just to make sure drivers can see me if I will be running along a route on the street. Many shoes have reflective parts and almost all of Rainbeau Curves gear has a reflective logo. You can also wear a reflective vest and wear a headlamp to make yourself even more visible.
Always bring a cell phone with you- This is paramount should you get injured. Additionally, it can help you stay on your route should you get turned around.
Map out a route and tell others you are going- I like to use apps like Runkeeper to map out a route before I go so I can let others know where I will be as well as know how far I will be going for my own sake. Another thing to consider when making your route is to not do the same one every day. This will prevent someone who is watching you to not find you so predictable. Also, stay on busier streets that are well-lit.
If possible, don’t go alone- While many of us find peace exercising, it’s not a great idea to go alone if it will be at night. This is a great time to go with a friend, or even your pup! Additionally, you may find that going with someone else makes the run more exciting. Consider, too, that having a canine buddy with you will often mean you are less likely to be a victim of a mugging.
Don’t listen to music through headphones- It makes it very hard for you to be aware of your surroundings and at night, since your vision will already be impaired, it’s a good idea to be fully capable of listening to cars coming, people coming up on you and even wild animals if you live in an area they are prevalent.
Trust your gut- If someone or somewhere makes you feel uneasy, listen to that inner voice. If you think you are being set up, run the other direction towards an open store or restaurant, casually. Call the police if you see anything suspicious.