Personal Trainer Tips

7 Safety Tips for Running in the Dark

safe walking with headlamp in the dark
Wearing headlamps is a great way to stay safe during those night walks!

 

As fall turns to winter, getting outside to exercise comes with new challenges. But don’t let that crisp air or the short days become excuses. Of course Gixo offers great indoor workouts, but if running outside is your preference, we’ve got some important tips to keep as safe as possible while you’re on the go. Yes, you can still get out — just be sure you’re using your head while you’re pumping those legs.

Tip #1: Shine a Light On It

You can keep it simple if you’re carrying a smartphone, and simply turn on your built-in flashlight. Or, if you’d prefer to go hands free, consider a headlamp. We happen to love the Black Diamond Spot which is not only waterproof, but comes with two super bright settings.

Tip #2: Go With the Glow

Not only is it important that you can see where you’re headed, you want to ensure others can see you. While wearing bright colors is a great start, be sure you have some sort of reflective gear on as well. You can apply reflective tape to shirts and leggings, sport a reflexive vest (like this Amphipod one), and even throw some reflective shoelaces onto your shoes (like these).

Tip #3: Buddy Up

Adding a second pair of eyes and ears is not only a great way stay motivated, but it will also help keep you safe. Be it an enthusiastic friend or a keenly alert dog, traveling in a pair will help you to be more aware of potential obstacles and dangers.

Tip #4: Let the Lights be Your Guide

When it’s dark, it’s best to get your cardio in somewhere that’s well lit. Look for spots with well-spaced street lamps or even a track with stadium lights. If being out in nature is more your thing, be sure you’re in a heavily trafficked spot where people are looking out for each other.

Tip #5: Be Mindful of Your Path

While a smooth surface is your best bet, all paths come with obstacles. Be sure you’re paying attention to the ground ahead and avoid branches, roots, rocks, etc. Also, run on the left side of the trail or road. The best way to watch for oncoming traffic — whether people or cars — is to see them coming toward you.

Tip #6: Don’t Tune It Out

While music can be a great motivator, in the dark, situational awareness is even more important. So, turn it down or turn it off. One way to get the best of both worlds is with bone oscillating headphones (like AfterShoxz). These allow you to hear ambient noise through your headphones. And with Gixo, you always have the option to turn the volume of the music and/or the coach’s voice down — so take advantage of that. If you ever find yourself feeling suspicious about your surroundings, don’t hesitate to message or alert your coach.

Tip #7: Make Some Noise

The best way to confront any potential danger is to be prepared to defend yourself. This handy whistle connects right to your zipper pull, and this Wrist Saver allows you to have mace right at your fingertips wherever you go.

 

That’s right, shorter days do not have to mean shorter workouts. You can still get your Gixo in. So get out there and kick some butt — safely, of course.