Many of us plan our workouts around our days. I can’t say that any of my friends can decide on a whim when they will be working out; they always have to plan ahead. For most of us, the only time of our day that we have to work out involves either before work (4:30-8 am) or after work (5-8pm).
If you are one of those, who are dedicated to working out in the outdoors during those times, you are aware of the dangers that come with that dedication, low-visibility, rush-hour traffic, empty streets, which all can increase to the risk of injury.
Here are some ideas that I have come up with to help with that problem:
1. Workout with a partner. I used to run in the morning either with my husband or one of my 3 dogs. It helped to keep me company and appear less tempting to a mugger or attacker. If you don’t have anyone to run with, think of joining a running club. Check at your local running store to see if they have information about one. Plus, running or working out with a partner can help to keep you motivated.
2. Don’t listen to music. When running with no sunlight, it’s very important to be aware of your surroundings. You need to hear if someone is approaching you or if a car is honking. I love running with music, so I only have one ear bud in and I have the music low, so I can hear oncoming traffic.
3. Have something reflective on. You want to be as visible as you can be, especially to cars. I can’t tell you how many times, in the day light, I have almost been hit by cars because of them not following the rules of the road. It is your responsibility to make yourself as visible as possible, especially in the dark so you can reduce the risk of an accident.
4. Be extra cautious. Don’t cross in the crosswalk just because you THINK a car sees that you are there. Half the time, drivers aren’t looking for pedestrians; they are looking for other cars. Act defensively.