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Keep Your Resolutions, Just Do It Safely

Steve Wagner

The snow and ice are starting to melt, and with the pending spring weather, lots of us are looking to take our New Year’s resolutions outdoors and start exercising in the fresh air!

If you are an outdoor exerciser, we want to take a few minutes to remind you of some safety tips that could not only help you get a more efficient workout, but also keep you prevent personal injury accidents in your neighborhood and on the roadways.

  • No matter what type of exercise you are doing, or where you are going, alert someone of your plans. It’s always best that someone else knows where you are or how to find you in case of an emergency. If you can, find a partner to exercise with you so you aren’t alone.
  • If you have a cell phone, keep it with you. If you are hurt, lost, or need help, it’s the simplest way to contact a loved one or the authorities.
  • Never forget your water. Even if the weather is still chilly, dehydration is still a threat. Your body will perform better when it’s well hydrated, and you will be feel stronger, more alert, and capable of doing more.
  • If you are walking/running/jogging on the road, whether in your neighborhood or on a major street, remember to move in the opposite direction of traffic so you can see oncoming cars and move out of the way appropriately. If there is a sidewalk, use it.
  • If you are cycling, remember to move WITH the flow of traffic. Consider yourself just another car. If there are bike lanes, use them.
  • Wear brightly colored clothing, and consider using reflectors on your person or bike so traffic can be more aware of your presence.
  • If you are listening to music, don’t turn up your headphones so loud that you can’t hear the surrounding noise. It is essential that you stay aware of the people, cars, and other potential hazards around you.
  • Don’t cross the road in places that aren’t designated for pedestrians.
  • Try to exercise during daylight hours, both for roadway safety and personal safety risks. If you are exercising at night, try to take safety measures with you (a flashlight, pepper spray, cell phone, etc), and stay in well-lit areas.

Don’t forget your safety gear! No matter what you’re doing, wear the appropriate clothing and protective gear. It may be tempting to go without a helmet, or to wear less clothing because of the heat, but think about your environment and the risks you will face. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you have suffered an injury while cycling or jogging, call our pedestrian accident attorneys at (888) 204-8440 for a risk-free consultation.


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