There’s no reason your running and walking have to “fall behind” due to Daylight Savings Time. Stay on track with all your fitness goals and continue to spring forward on your walks/runs. Just because the day is shorter and there’s less daylight doesn’t mean your walking and running have to be cut short. Follow these simple best practices for staying safe all fall and winter long.
1. Find the route.
Run or walk in area that is well lit and clear of any obstacles. Select routes that include safety street crossings rather than no pedestrian crossing.
2. Communicate your plan.
Share your location with a loved one or friend and provide details such as length of time, route, and estimated finishing time. Garmin LiveTrack allows your friends and family to identify your location in real time during your walk or run. In addition, take a device that keeps you safe while you log your miles such as a phone or Nathan’s SaferRun Ripcord Siren.
3. Shine Bight Like a …..
Think brights and lights. Wear colors that are bright and light and avoid dark colors that can’t be seen. Use lights to attach to your body and shoes for increased visibility and try reflective clothing.
4. Pick a prime time for you.
Make sure you select a time when you are alert. You will want to make sure that all of your senses are in check when running or walking in the dark. Planning to listen to music or a podcast? Consider trying AfterShokz headphones that allow you to hear your surrounding while still enjoying your favorite song or podcast.
5. Get ready for an adventure.
Running and walking during the darker days can add a sense of fun and adventure to your miles logged. Enjoy the change in scenery and the surroundings.
6. Grab an extra layer.
Don’t forget to bring an extra layer as the temperatures can change throughout your run or walk.
7. Watch the weather.
The forecast can change often in the fall and winter months. Keep track of the weather and plan your run or walk at the best time. If weather looks like it could be a show stopper, try an at-home workout, trade a workout day for a rest/recovery day, or better yet, just dress for the elements. Also, even though the weather is colder and you might not be as thirsty, be sure that you are still hydrating before, during after all of your runs and walks.
Just because it is getting dark earlier does not mean you have to abandon your running/walking routines. With the proper equipment to keep you safe, you will be able to continue your workouts all fall and winter long. Shop at your local =PR= store today or online to find all the nighttime running and walking accessories you need!