You probably know all about the benefits of working out outside, but there are also several safety issues to also consider. According to experts, accidents from outdoor recreational activities like exercising are among the highest causes of injuries. Here’s how you can protect yourself.
Plan your route ahead of time
If you intend to go for a jog or cycling, it is best to plan your route before setting off and stick to it. That is especially important if you’re not used to the area or live in a busy part of town. Thankfully, you can rely on apps like Google Maps if you’re not familiar with a particular location. But, because busy streets always pose a problem for pedestrians, it is best to have some form of legal backing in the form of experts in pedestrian injury cases.
Wear bright-colored workout clothes
Visibility is very important when working out outside, as it could easily be the difference between getting home safe and being knocked down by a motorist. And one of the best ways to ensure that you are visible to both motorists and passers-by is wearing bright workout clothes. That is especially important if you are exercising at night or dawn near very busy streets. Although many sports footwear comes with reflective features, it is not a bad idea to wear reflective aspects. The logic here is pretty simple – the more visible you are to pedestrians and motorists, the safer you can expect to be.
Workout with a friend or in a group
If you want to make your outdoor exercise experience fun, try working out with a group or with a buddy. Plus, beyond the fun aspect, there’s always some safety in numbers. A group of runners or cyclists are more visible to motorists. But aside from that, it is best to be in a group or have someone around in case of an emergency. For example, if you have certain health conditions that may make you dizzy from physical exercise or blurred vision, it is safer to exercise with a group. It is also best to inform your group members of your health condition, the symptoms to look out for, and how to help.
Carry an ID and a cellphone
We understand carrying stuff like cell phones can make working out outside a bit complicated, as they give you extra load. But it is always safer to have your mobile phone on you in case of an emergency, especially when you’re exercising alone. In emergency cases, first respondents may need to rely on your phone to reach your loved ones. Also, it is best to carry some form of identification along. That does not necessarily mean you need to bring your driver’s license with you. You can either invest in a road ID that will carry important contact info or even an army-style necklace capable of holding contact numbers.