Staying Safe While Getting Fit

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Updated: 10/11/2012 3:04 pm Published: 10/10/2012 4:56 pm

As we get further into fall, we are quickly losing hours of daylight to fit in outdoor workouts. Lance Miller, product manager at Fleet Feet Sports Tulsa, shares how to stay safe while working out in the dark hours.

Tips for working out in the dark, winter months:
  1. Be aware of when the sun rises and sets. Don’t get caught off-guard.
  2. Reflective or light-colored clothing or blinking lights are a must for road visibility.
  3. Workout with a buddy, but don’t take up too much road if running/walking in a group.
  4. Treadmill workouts are available online to help you add some spice to working out inside.
  5. Always follow the rules of the road when making use of roads with no sidewalks.
It’s crucial that we don’t let our workouts lapse because it’s a little darker outside. We need to keep up our activity level as it gets cooler and darker (especially as we near the holiday months!). So, it’s important to be prepared for darker mornings and evenings. Most importantly, we want to be safe. If you are working out in the dark, the proper attire and attention to detail can literally mean the difference between life and death.

While it is safe to work out in the dark under the right conditions, it’s important to consider personal safety as well as think about visibility. Run in groups or pairs to avoid dangerous situations, and always act as if drivers do NOT see you.

The most important component is to make sure drivers can see you if you are walking, running or biking on an open road. Wear light colored clothing or better yet, reflective gear, headlamps or blinking lights. If you are working out at night, pay attention to when the sun sets and when dark actually falls. It’s easy to get caught in the dark when you thought you would be home by sunset.

Also, make sure you know the rules of the road. Running or walking pedestrians should stay on the left side of the road (against traffic), bikers ride on the right (with traffic.) If you are a runner or walker, try to map out a route with wide roads/shoulders. Run in groups for better visibility, but don’t run more than two abreast.

Fleet Feet Sports carries a variety of light-colored and reflective apparel, as well as blinking lights and headlamps. Additionally, Fleet Feet training programs (and free fun runs during the week!) provide a group environment to enhance safety.

Fleet Feet Sports Blue Dome is hosting Nightmare on Second Street, a Halloween-themed run on Tuesday, October 30th. It’s $10, includes a T-shirt, and provides safe and fitness-oriented Halloween fun.

Winter is also a great time to take advantage of Fleet Feet’s free group runs during the week. Currently, free speed workouts are offered on Tuesday evenings and free group runs on Thursday evenings. Come and meet some fitness friends and workout in a safe, group environment!

Check out or come by Fleet Feet KingsPointe (61st and Yale) or Fleet Feet Blue Dome (2nd Street between Elgin and Frankfort.)

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