In view of the popularity of exercising in the outdoors and the long summer nights ahead this brings another issue of keeping safe whilst keeping fit.
Be conscious of your own fitness level when setting out – start conservatively especially when returning from illness or injury. Don’t set off if you feel unwell. If you are new to exercise or are doing a particularly strenuous event you may wish to seek a consultation with your GP first. Keep family or friends informed of where you are going and when you expect to be back or preferably exercise with a friend. Carry identification and any special medical information. If you are asthmatic carry your reliever inhaler with you. Be considerate to other pedestrians/cyclists – avoid coming up fast behind them, make them aware of your approach. Look out for oncoming traffic never assume they know where you are going. Avoid any head gear that restricts your vision. Running, walking or cycling with headsets and portable MP3 audio players can impede your hearing and will make you unaware of your surroundings. Most event organisers will take no responsibility for any injury that may affect you or third parties if an accident occurs as a result of wearing portable audio players. At night wear hivis clothing. When cycling follow the high way code, always signal when turning & use front and rear flashing lights. Always wear a helmet.
Avoid exercising in the hottest part of the day. Wear suitable clothing – anything above 11 degrees c consider wearing shorts & t shirt. Hotter than 15 degrees – a vest is more appropriate. In warm conditions ensure you start your exercise well hydrated and re hydrate afterwards. If you feel dizzy or nauseated stop running and get a drink.
Complicated or just common sense? Most of all enjoy the opportunity to get outdoors and keep active.