Dark, colder evenings are here and you might be put off continuing with your regular exercise due to safety concerns. We all know the importance of regular exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle so we’ve put together a few handy tips to help you stay safe while exercising when it’s dark.
Exercise with a friend
If you enjoy walking, running or cycling but are put off because of the darker evenings, why not grab a buddy or 2 to join you? You’ll help motivate each other while also making each other feel safer. Find out if there are any local groups you can join such as rambling, cycling or running.
Wear Bright Clothing
Make sure you dress to be seen when walking or exercising outside in the dark. Use a head torch and stick to well-lit roads and areas you know.
Dress for the Weather
Don't be put off if it's a bit chilly outside- there are some great benefits to exercising in the cold weather. If you’re exercising outside you need to make sure you have the right clothing for the temperature as well , wear layers that can be removed or added when needed.
Run or walk against the flow of traffic
Be aware of any oncoming dangers and always run or walk towards oncoming traffic, especially in areas where there is no footpath.
Take Your Mobile Phone
If you are exercising outside in the dark be sure to let someone know where you are going and take your phone. There are a number of apps you can download to your smartphone that will share your location with a friend.
Join a Class
Exercise classes are a great way to exercise when it’s dark outside. Depending on the class you could be inside or outside but you’ll always have the safety of being in a group.
If you fancy trying a fitness class to stay active in the darker months, Smart Fitt has a number of classes aimed at all abilities and ages- from Bootcamp to Move-It-Or-Lose-It, there's bound to be something to suit your needs.
Smart Fitt also offer one-to-one fitness coaching sessions - contact Amanda to find out more.