5 Ways to Stay Safe While Running
Safety is a vital consideration whenever and wherever you’re running. If you want to enjoy a comfortable and trouble-free run, there are a number of factors you need to take into account.
At Luxe Fitness, we were delighted NSW Compensation Lawyers recently featured us in their blog about staying safe while exercising on the roads. The article, ‘Exercising safely on the roads in your neighbourhood’, highlights the importance of high visibility on the roads when exercising. A great way of doing this is by wearing reflective clothing and shoes.
But there’s more you can do! Here are our five top safety tips for all you runners out there.
1. Make sure you can be seen
As mentioned in the article, staying visible should be one of your main priorities if you want to keep yourself safe while running. Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially early in the morning and late at night. The more of your body you can cover with reflective clothing, the less risk there could be of you being involved in an accident.
2. Keep yourself cool
Running in the summer carries its own hazards, as high temperatures can cause heat exhaustion and a variety of related health problems. It’s vital to wear light, breathable clothing when you’re running in the hot weather to keep yourself safe and healthy.
3. Think about your direction
Running facing the traffic (on the footpath) makes it easier for you to see and react to oncoming cars, as well as making it more likely that drivers will see you.
4. Carry a light
If you don’t have enough reflective clothing, it’s wise to carry a light while running at night. This can help make you much more visible to drivers, as well as having the added advantage of helping you to see where you’re going – which could reduce the risk of injury.
5. Give your body the nutrition it needs
Lack of energy and dehydration can cause all kinds of problems when you’re running. If you want to perform at your best, it’s vital to fuel your body properly in advance. Before you set out, consider having a glass of water and half a banana. This can help provide your body with the hydration and energy it needs for a successful and enjoyable run.
Safety is not only defined by being seen and being safe while running or working out, it is also defined by how safe and supportive your clothes are. Check out our range of athletic wear to find the best match for you!