Rainy Day Fitness Safety

by Alison McIrvin
Rainy Day Fitness Safety

Admittedly, we are enjoying a stupendous spring, but we still have our share of wet spring days and all the safety considerations that accompany working out outdoors.

There is no need to shelve your outdoor fitness plan due to rain or other less than desirable conditions. With a bit of forethought and a few inexpensive pieces of gear, you can be ready to go with fitness safety, regardless of the conditions.

  • Running/Power Walking

Be sure your shoes can handle puddles or slippery pavement and take extra caution as you run on variety of surfaces that may differ in their traction. If it is gray or cloudy or otherwise dark, make sure you are as visible as you can with some reflective clothing as well as a blinking strobe. Additional precaution or gear that you may need is a breathable, waterproof jacket. Especially if you are planning on a longer run, you may want to do all you can to keep dry so you don’t get chilled.

  • Cycling

Easily attachable fenders not only keep you welcome with other riders, but more importantly, they will deflect any spray from your wheels that can impede your vision. A mountable helmet mirror is indispensable for keeping an eye on traffic coming up behind you without needing to turn your head. And of course, similar reflective gear as mentioned above for runners applies to cyclists.

Extreme caution around corners and uneven roads is advised in raining conditions. If a thunderstorm is nearby, get off and away from your bike and wait 30 minutes after the storm has abated to resume your ride.

  • Hiking

Due to the longer duration that hiking calls for as compared to running, not only should your outer shell be breathable and water proof, but make sure it has “pit zips” to help you vent off some steam when slogging those steep inclines that can cause your temp to rise. Alpine gaiters are not just for snowy conditions, but keep your lower legs dry when hiking wet, brushy trails.

A headlamp is always required for safety even if you do not anticipate hiking in the dark. You never know what conditions or situations may make your hike longer than you intended, and the ability to get back down the trail safely with no sprained ankles in the dark cannot be stressed.

As always, pack the 10 essentials for the same surprise situations that can arise.

  • Watersports

The most obvious safety concern for all water sports is to get out of the water if there is a threat of thunderstorms. Lightening is conducted by water and is drawn to the metal on kayaks, canoes, and motor boats. So don’t hesitate and immediately get out of the water. Regardless of how calm and sunny the day is when you start your water adventure, bringing along personal floatation devices for all participants is a must. In the case of diving or open water swimming, an understanding of current conditions to your specific location is required prior to getting in the water.

Remember, a little rain never hurt anyone and as long as you are comfortable, working out in the rain can actually be refreshing! With these tips you can continue to enjoy your outdoor fitness activities and stay on track.

Featured photo source: Pixabay.com.

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