Transitioning Into Outdoor Workouts In The Fall

Running in autumn (Photo: Shutterstock/baranq)
Running in autumn (Photo: Shutterstock/baranq)

The temperature is dropping more each day now, and it’s dark early. Both of these factors will affect your outdoor running. To stay safe and warm, there are precautions that you should take and fitness gear that you should add to your wardrobe.

Exercise during daylight hours, especially if you’re running in a busy traffic area

Yes, this can be difficult given that it’s often dark as you head into work or school and dark by the time you leave. If you can, fit your workout into your lunch break. Besides being safer to work out in the daylight so that cars can see you more easily, it can get difficult to motivate yourself to run when it’s cold and pitch black outside.

Buy some gear and accessories so cars can see you in the dark

Head to a sporting goods store and you’ll find an array of items from clothing with reflective details (like the new Nike Flash Pack gear) to lights you attach to your jacket with magnets.

When running in the dark, leave your music and earphones at home

Every runner thinks they’re paying close attention to their surroundings but it can be easy to get lost in your own thoughts or the music you’re listening to. When running in the dark, it’d be smart to be extra vigilant and just run without listening to music so you are more attuned to what’s going on around you.

Run facing the cars

That is, run on the left side of the road. You’ll be able to see what’s coming at you (rather than be caught by surprise by a vehicle behind you when running in the direction of traffic).

Plan to be ready for emergency situations

Although you should be careful when running year-round, the winter presents elements that make it even more important to

Bring your health card so that you have some sort of personal identification on you

If you were to slip on some ice and be knocked unconscious, this way the EMT or good Samaritan walking by will be able to ID you.

Karen Kwan

Karen Kwan

Karen Kwan is a freelance writer based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in Flare, Elle Canada and ElleCanada.com, Glow, Metro, Huffington Post Canada, Travelife and Travel + Escape. She also runs her blog, HealthandSwellness.com, where she writes about health, beauty, fitness and lifestyle.

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