As the British Summertime ends and we transition into the Autumn/Winter seasons, nights are becoming longer, darker and colder. Some may benefit from working outdoors in these conditions, but for others it can seem quite daunting.
Do try to ensure that you’re safe, especially during darker and quieter times of the day. But most importantly, have fun and enjoy working out. Unfortunately, we live in a world where taking precautions are something we have to take into account at times, but don’t let fears stop you from partaking in activities that you love and that benefit your health & lifestyle.
Keep your phone on you
We’re lucky to live in an era where nearly everybody has access to a smart phone- as this is great for safety. Always take your phone out with you whilst exercising alone. Many athletic companies now create clothing designed to hold phones safely whilst you run.
Don’t forget any safety gadgets
If it helps you to feel safer- don’t forget to take any safety gadgets with you whilst you’re exercising alone outdoors. This could be reflective clothing or wearable gadgets for example.
Wear layers when it’s cold
Look after your body whilst outdoors by making sure you’re wrapped up when its extra cold. Wearing various layers is better than wearing just one thick layer to keep you warm.
Drink plenty of water
Keeping hydrated in colder weather is just as important as it is in the heat. Drink before, during and after your work out- even if you’re not thirsty. It can be harder to notice in colder weather, but you can become dehydrated in the cold from sweating and breathing.
Trust your instincts
If you’re feeling unsafe at any point whilst outside exercising- always take yourself out of the situation and move to a place where you feel safer. It’s best to trust your instincts when you feel uncomfortable.
Avoid loud music when possible
Music is a great way to stay motivated when exercising- as it can help us run faster and train harder. However, safety comes first when you’re running in the dark especially. Keep your music low so you can be more alert to danger.