With the weather getting warmer and more people and cars outside, it’s tempting to get out and go for a walk, run or bike ride. But it’s also important to be safe.
No matter what activity you choose to do outside, there can be many obstacles and distractions. From cars and people to safety hazards at different times of day, many different situations can pose a risk. Even environmental hazards like irregular terrain or bad weather can cause an unsafe scenario. Here are some tips to stay safe while exercising outside.
- Layer appropriately for the conditions.
- Make yourself visible in less than ideal conditions (i.e., rain, fog, darkness).
- Run or walk in the direction facing traffic if on the side of the road to see what is coming towards you.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bike, and secure loose shoelaces so they don’t get caught on the pedals.
- Bike with the direction of traffic, have mirrors on the handlebars to see behind you, and keep reflectors on the bike so that motorists can see you in the dark.
- Lessen distractions (i.e., headphones).
- Be aware of your surroundings (i.e., other people, cars, holes/divots in the road or sidewalk, anything that can be a tripping hazard).
- Wear bright colors, reflective material, or a light to make yourself visible to others – especially at night.
- Use the buddy system, if possible, or let someone know where you will be going and an estimate of the time you will be back.
- Bring your mask. If social distancing isn’t possible wherever you are, wear your mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Start with a full charge on your phone.
- Trust your gut.
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