Running At Night
Running is one of the best exercises for your body. Taking regular runs will not only help shed excess weight but will also reduce the risk of developing heart issues. Research also shows that running at night could afford you a better quality sleep time. It is also a known fact that running helps to improve learning patterns and skills.
As most people cannot afford a morning jog routine for various reasons, running at night may be a better option. Although it may not seem like the best safety choice, it does offer a burst of adrenaline sprinting in the moonlight. It certainly helps to unwind after a long day, running off the pressure, bad energy and sweating out the negative energy.
There are many reasons one may prefer to run in the night time and also numerous health benefits. However, to consistently pull off a satisfying after-dusk running routine, it is important to take the necessary measures.
Wear Reflective Gear
No sane driver sets out at night with the hopes of running down an innocent runner. The night easily conceals what should obviously be seen. One of the best ways to increase your chances of being seen by an oncoming vehicle is by wearing reflective gear. This enables any vigilant driver the ease of seeing you run by.
There are many reflective gear options from blinking running shoes, strips, armbands and LED flashlights. Holding a flashlight while running helps drivers see the torch in motion. Wearing reflective gear on your arms and legs will also be beneficial as these are the parts of the body that move more when running. Drivers and bike riders are more liable to see a reflective light in motion while on the road.
Running in the night may be one of the best ways to unwind after a busy day. It is also a time of the day where your vision may not be so keen. Other mini accidents can be avoided such as falling or tripping on/in slippery surfaces, portholes, and branches. It is best not to lose focus of where you are and where you are running to.
Run Against Traffic
The best way to avoid the dangers of traffic is where and when you can vividly see it. Increase your chances of seeing and being seen by running close to traffic congested areas. The street lights and car lights will also increase your chances of running in brighter light. It is also crucial to run behind vehicles when running across a street as it is not easy to establish that a driver has seen you. Running behind the vehicle is much safer as it would take more time for them to reverse than lunge forward.
Bring Your Phone
This may sound like the worst advice seeing as it is one of the easiest ways to lose your phone. However, carry a safe pouch or a fanny pack to place your phone in when running out. This is important for several reasons. It will be easier to call a friend or the police if you see something or feel unsafe for any reason. And when you stray a bit far from the proposed limit, you can quickly call a taxi. Having access to Google Maps will also come in handy if you run into unknown territory at any point.
Stick To Lighted Places
Not everyone is psyched about running in the dark, and for good reason. We all watch thriller and horror movies and know how it all goes down. Running in busy areas with bright lights will help keep the fear of the unknown at bay. Streets with restaurants, casinos and the likes are the best bet for running and clearly seeing the environment around you. On the flip side, one of the benefits of running at night is the subtle quietness of it. Find less busy nearby streets with headlamps and streetlights to run in clearer vision.
Stick To Familiar Trails
Before you go touring the city and setting your target at adventurous spots, it is best to start with familiar tracks. Starting with trails you are already used to will boost your confidence and help you run at a more fast and convenient pace. Knowing and mastering your surroundings will adequately establish a safe and grounded routine you can stick to.
Let Your Senses Come Alive
When running at night it is best to ditch headphones or earpieces and use your sense of sight, hearing, smell, and feel. Instead of listening to music on the run its best to keep your ears open for any warning sounds. You’ll need all your senses to enjoy a safe and satisfying run through your path.
Snack Before And After The Run
To get your energy levels going, it is best to eat a small snack before you hit the road. Either opt for a healthy and filling afternoon snack or take a light pre-run snack. To avoid feeling uncomfortable or stuffed, stick to taking fruits or nuts right before you head out. After the run, you’ll need a recovery meal and not just a protein shake. Choose snacks that are high in protein and drink lots of water to cool off from the workout. Eating lean meats or taking dairy products will help pump up your energy levels and prepare you for a good night rest.
After the day’s activities, you may not have the time for a full, lavish 30 minutes warm-up routine. The best way to get it done anyway is to incorporate it into your daily routine. Maybe walking a few steps around the house after work or getting active while feeding your pet. Doing this will not only prepare you for the run, but help get your blood flow in good circulation. On the other hand, start slow and then ease into a faster run to readily adjust all your senses for the sprint ahead.
Don’t Wear Dark Clothing
Running at night looking like Batman may not really work to your advantage. It is better to wear white clothing that can easily be spotted by onlookers and drivers. Wearing bright colored joggers would also work great to ensure you are seen. On the other hand, stealth colors like black, dark green or blue is highly discouraged.