Key Solo Workout Safety
It’s amazing that we even find the time to fit in a workout. Sometimes we have to wake up at the crack of dawn just to fit a run in or go after school or work when the bats are out and the moon is up just to get our sweat on. These times of day were definitely outside of our curfews and for good reason! It’s just not as safe when there aren’t a billion people out and about, which means we need to find ways to stay safe. When we can’t have a workout buddy to watch our backs, we need to do our best to watch our own and the best part of it is—new workout gear! Here is a peek into some key workout safety gear and tips for when you go solo:
Shine Bright Like a Diamond (really)
I’m serious when I quote Rihanna. Don’t be so blinding that it’s like you’re high beaming cars but bright enough that they can see you. Reflective gear is one of the best options and I’m not talking about wearing a hall monitor’s orange vest. You’re not helping people cross the street either. PowerB!tches want to be seen and heard so stomp like you mean it and be seen while you’re doing it.
Look for shoes that have a stripe of reflective gear near the bottom and or side and wear pants that have reflective stripes on them too. And if you can’t find these on your shoes or clothes, you can just buy some strips and add them on yourselves #DIYforlyfe.
Share It Don’t Spare It
Always let someone know you’re going or when you plan on going so they know when and where you were or are should something happen. I mean when was the last time you missed a FedEx delivery for that package you’ve been dying for?! It’s the worst. If only he knew where you were. Ok, so it’s not that dramatic but just keeping tabs with someone is a great way to know that you’re being expected so if you don’t show up, something might be wrong.
It might even help to take your phone with you so whoever you’re keeping tabs with can do the “Find my Friend” and know where you are. It sounds creeperish, but it’s the good kind so it’s ok.
Stay Creeper Safe
Rule number one: be vigilant! Sure, it’s easy to get in your head while your song plays as you run to the beat but be sure to know where you’re going and keep your eyes scanning around you at all times. Not just for cars and bikes but for people too. It can help to keep a few things on hand like a Road I.D., a couple bucks of cash and pepper spray, if you have one small enough to carry—this is especially helpful if you’re running on trails or somewhere in the wild, you beast, you.
Rule number two: Aside from wearing reflective gear, try to work out in areas where you can be seen or where you know you can run to for help easily if you notice some suspicious behavior.
Get Your Work Out on Girl
Before you hop on the road, trails or bike paths, take all the precautions you can to do it safely. If you have a bad feeling about it, trust your gut and don’t go alone. Take a rest day, chill out and catch up on some Netflix while doing some at-home workouts. Best of being lazy but not, I’d say.
And before I forget, make sure you check out my post on nutrition know-how – it’s important!