The weather outside is not frightful, yet, but if you plan ahead and are well prepared with the proper safety gear, you will be ready when those nasty days hit and you can continue your outdoor workouts in stride.
Taking some essential precautions and having the right gear will keep you safe and also comfortable (sometimes a relative term). This helps to go a long way in fighting the temptation to wait until the weather clears up. Word of warning: threat of lightening is no reason to tough it out and put yourself in danger. Head to the gym or community center on those days.
- Know your conditions: There are a myriad of great weather apps out there for trail conditions, weather fronts coming in, and temperature changes. Make sure you have the apps that are applicable to the types of outdoor activities you will be doing, such as snow pack levels or tide/water conditions.
- Make sure you are seen: Reflective clothing and also arm band lights and ankle lights insures that you can be seen in the dark or even low light of the late afternoon.
- Have ID: one form of ID is essential. Make sure to choose workout gear with small pockets or zips just for this purpose.
- Dress in layers and moisture-wicking clothing: When you can shed or add layers depending on your body heat and perspiration, you can control your exposure and manage your body temperature.
- Know your surroundings: this includes not only knowing your route and where you intend to go (this is not the time to explore), but also consider removing the ear buds so you can be more aware of traffic and people around you on those dark nights. Choose paths that are well travelled.
- Be a Buddy: Having a partner for those cold, dark nights can not only keep you on your plan, but there is safety in numbers and help if something should go wrong. At the very least, make sure someone knows your running plan and start and end times
- Know the signs of Hypothermia: You don’t have to be back country skiing to risk exposure. Just about any outdoor activity in winter or wet weather can put you at risk. You only need to experience one of the following conditions to be in the early stages of hypothermia
- Uncontrollable shivering
- Slowed breathing and/or heart rate
- Pale, cold skin
- Loss of coordination
Following these safety tips for your fall and winter outdoor adventures will increase your personal safety and also help you to feel more confident to continue with your workout plan into those colder months of the year.
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