Safety tips while taking fitness outside

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With the warm weather coming, more people will be taking their fitness outside and whether you’re an avid runner, biker, or walker, hitting the trails is a fantastic way to stay active and enjoy nature. However, with great outdoor experiences comes great responsibility, and it’s essential to prioritize your safety while on the trail. Here are some safety tips for running, biking, or walking outside:

  1. Use one earbud: If you’re only using one earbud, make sure to use the one that allows you to hear better. For most people, this will be the ear that’s furthest from the road.
  2. Keep the volume low: Keep the volume low enough that you can still hear ambient noise, such as approaching cars or cyclists. A good rule of thumb is to keep the volume at 50% or less.
  3. Be extra vigilant: You need to be extra vigilant about your surroundings. Be aware of any approaching vehicles, cyclists, or pedestrians, and stay alert for any potential hazards on the road or trail.
  4. Be visible: Make sure you’re visible to others, especially if you’re running at night or in low-light conditions. Wear reflective gear, and consider using a headlamp or other lighting to increase your visibility.
  5. Consider running with a buddy: If you’re concerned about safety, consider running with a friend or a group. Not only is it more enjoyable, but it can also be safer to have someone else with you.
  6. Plan your route and share it with someone: Before hitting the trail, plan your route, and let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return. In case of an emergency, this information can be crucial.
  7. Be prepared for emergencies: Carry a phone with you in case of emergencies, and make sure it’s easily accessible. If you do need to make a call, step off the road or trail to do so.
  8. Trust your instincts: If something feels off or unsafe, trust your instincts and leave the area. Your safety is more important than finishing your run or ride.

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