You know that exercise is important for your overall health, and especially helpful if you’re following a weight loss plan. But many times, life gets in the way of our plans, and we need to schedule our daily goals more creatively. Considering that our days are much shorter during the winter, you might sometimes head out for a walk at night. An after-dinner walk is relaxing, and can help you meet your exercise goals, but we also want you to stay safe.
Don’t go alone. Recruit a friend, neighbor, or your spouse to go with you. Not only will you be much safer; you’ll probably enjoy chatting during your workout time.
Bring your dog. Fido needs exercise, too! Plus, the barking of even a small dog will often ward off any would-be attackers.
Make yourself visible. One of the primary dangers of walking at night is the simple fact that drivers can’t see you. Wear light colored clothing, invest in some reflective armbands, or consider wearing a headlamp or carrying a flashlight.
Share your plan. Make sure at least one other person is familiar with your walking route, and knows the approximate time that you head out each evening.
Map out a smart route. Stick to areas you know well, and don’t venture into the unknown. Carry your cell phone and use a GPS guidance app, so that you don’t get lost.
Consider protection. Wearing a whistle is a smart and easy move, since you can call attention to yourself instantly in an emergency.
Follow basic safety precautions. Walk against traffic, so that you can see cars coming. Use sidewalks whenever possible, so that you can stay out of streets and bike lanes (yes, even cyclists can cause injuries). Avoid distractions, like looking at your cell phone, and use extra caution when crossing streets and intersections. Never assume that drivers and cyclists can see you. If you listen to music, keep the volume low so that you can hear approaching traffic and car horns.
Stay safe out there, and remember to hydrate (even at night). If you need more tips on exercise, diet, or a weight loss plan in general, remember that we can help you accomplish those goals safely as well. Just make an appointment for a consultation, and we’ll discuss the medically appropriate ways to reach your goals.