Stay Safe And Be Seen With These 7 Fitness Accessories

By , SparkPeople Blogger
One of my favorite times of day to run is in the early morning before the rest of the world wakes. It’s quiet and gives me time to think before the craziness of my day begins. I prefer to run when the sun is already up, but at certain times of the year, that becomes more difficult. When I do head out in the dark, my first priority is safety. Although I never assume that cars can see me, I try to make myself as visible as possible.
 
I hear of too many runners, walkers and bikers out with no lights, no identification, wearing dark colors and expecting that everything will be fine and that cars will gladly move out of their way. Accidents happen all the time, but you can reduce the chances they will happen to you. Here are some of the products I recommend to help you stay safe and visible when exercising in the dark.
 
1. Road ID Supernova Light  ($14.99)


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I’ve used this light for a number of years. It easily clips to your shirt, hat or wherever is most comfortable. The light is very bright (so put it somewhere you won’t have to see it flashing), and traffic will have no trouble seeing it. Depending on the conditions, sometimes I’ll use two: one for oncoming traffic and one for cars or bikes coming up behind me.    

2. Reflective Hat ($3.15)

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Hats are a nice option when you don’t feel the need for a light (or just want extra visibility) but want to be seen. Not only will a neon all-over color or a reflective line help with visibility in the early morning or at night, they're also great for protecting your face from the harsh sun on bright days.  

3. Trainer Vest ($19.99)


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A vest like this one is lightweight and won’t get in the way as you're walking, running or biking in the dark. It also has a little tag in the front where you can put your contact information, in case of emergency. I always thought a vest would be cumbersome until I tried it. I don't even notice I’m wearing this one. 
 
4. Reflector Tape ($13.06)


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This tape allows you to draw attention to any part of you or your equipment. I find that the majority of my running clothes are black, making me nearly invisible to oncoming traffic at night. I love that I can put this tape on any piece of clothing and still get the safety I need.    
 
5. Reflector Sleeves ($8.99)


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These are especially good for runners and walkers, since your arms are constantly moving. I find these easily draw attention to me, and I can wear them in a variety of conditions.    
 
6. Jacket (Starting at $26.39)


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A jacket like this one is nice because it can also double as protection from wind, rain or snow if necessary. I prefer something lightweight and breathable with pockets that zip so that I have a place to keep my keys and identification. 

7. Identification ($14.95)


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I have a small I.D. that clips to my running shoe. The reflective clip outlines my contact information as well as an emergency phone number for my husband. It’s so important to carry some kind of identification, whether you’re out walking in the middle of a sunny day or on a rainy morning before the sun comes up. Should something unexpected happen along your route, you want people to know who you are, especially if you have any medical conditions.
 
In addition to wearing the right products to help you stay safe and visible out on the roads, always make sure you’re aware of your surroundings. If you wear headphones, make sure they are turned down low enough so you can hear oncoming traffic. Use crosswalks, sidewalks and bike paths whenever possible. Always tell someone where you’re going and what time you will be coming back. Most of these things are common sense, but it’s easy to forget when you’re busy trying to get out the door. Be a good example and take the time to make sure you’re safe—you never know who it might be helping.
 
What are some things you do or wear to make sure you stay safe and visible when exercising outdoors?

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Comments

RAZZOOZLE 4/5/2018
great info Report
TWEETYKC00 4/5/2018
Thanks for the list, good items to think about having. Report
PAULA3420 4/4/2018
Thanks for this article about Fitness Accessories. I plan to get a couple of them for gifts for my nephews. AWESOME!! Report
KATHRYNGC 3/14/2018
Interesting product ideals. Never thought much about being seen due to I don't go when no light. However, a few times was caught out on hike n bike in dark before could get to van. Used the flashlight on the cell phone. These items make more sense. Report
DWROBERGE 3/6/2018
Great info Report
AMBER461 2/27/2018
Good safety gear. Report
JWRFLINT 1/13/2018
Don't wear radioes Report
IAMAUNTYEM 1/5/2018
Good Tips. Report
JWRFLINT 12/20/2017
Good safety equip Report
JWRFLINT 12/13/2017
Those safety equipment is great, however, how can you hear an ER vehicle if you have headsets on and listening to the loud music of this day and age??? Report
RYCGIRL 12/2/2017
thanks Report
RAZZOOZLE 12/1/2017
Great ideas. I always get "lit up" before I run in the dark. Report
COURTENAYE 12/1/2017
So important. Report
CHRISTOPHER63 11/26/2017
Great tips Report
JOHNMARTINMILES 11/23/2017
Great article Report
DRLMAZ 10/30/2017
Great tips Report
PATRICIAANN46 10/14/2017
Thank You for the useful information. Report
IRONADONIS 9/28/2017
Thanks for the great ideas! Report
DRLMAZ 9/26/2017
Great tips Report
EO4WELLNESS 9/12/2017
Thanks for this article! Report
SHADOWDRAGON19 8/19/2017
great idea! Report
USMAWIFE 8/18/2017
great ideas. thanks Report
SPUNOUTMOM 8/12/2017
Another product that is fantastic, is reflective bands for 4 legged running partners. I ran early and have a black dog that runs with me. So they have been a godsend. Report
PHHHISC 7/26/2017
Helpful products. Report
BILLTHOMSON 7/17/2017
Great information will implement some of the suggestions Report
PATRICIA-CR 7/16/2017
Gosh, I need to put in practice almost all of them! Excellent! Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL 7/14/2017
LAST ONE WAS A VERY GOOD THING TO DO. ALWAYS LET SOMEONE KNOW. Report
AMBER461 6/21/2017
Safety has to be of utmost important, thanks for . Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL 6/11/2017
WOW. TOTALLY LIKE THESE IDEAS. WILL TRY OUT A COUPLE AND FEEL SAFER!! Report
BILLTHOMSON 5/29/2017
It would be a bummer to loose all this weight and then be run over.;) Report
JIACOLO 5/22/2017
Safety has to be most important! Report
LIN1263 5/13/2017
I bought from Amazon 4 reflective,arm,ankle bands for $8.00 a set of 2,they also have 3 lights in each with 3 settings and come with a battery, I also bought clip on lights for my runners for $7.00 a set of 2 with battery and at a warehouse store 1 hour from home they sell the regular reflective construction vests in a light material with more yellow and orange mixed in one size for $3.00 each. I have heard the headlamps have caused oncoming traffic to see them 2 blocks away & have caused accidents because they are too high and hit them in the eyes. Report
CTYONIT 5/2/2017
Not a night time runner Report
CHERYLHURT 4/30/2017
Interesting Report
BONDMANUS2002
interesting Report
I wear a light reflective vest in a big enough size to go over my winter jacket at this time of year, and a smaller one in the summer. Report
Thanks for an informative article! :) Report
Great ideas! Report
The reflective hats are very useful to have. RoadIDs are great for those doing trips or hiking/biking in more remote areas... Report
That shoe ID tag is a GREAT idea! Thanks! Report
SUSANBEAMON
I pretty much stay indoors after dark. With all the distracted drivers out there, it's safer. Report
Great ideas! Report
thanks! Report
Great info- Thank you! Report
GREAT points! Report
ZRIE014
very good. Report
ROBBIEY
This is all good information. Report
ROBBIEY
This is all good information. Report
Amazon has a lot of cheap reflective items and items with lights.I prefer items with lights and not reflective for the same price. I ordered a set of flashing lights for my runners for $6.00 and a set of wrist bands and ankle bands with lights for $6.00 a pair and am ordering a set of arm bands with lights that are 14" to fit the top of my arms for $8.00. A lot of the products called arm bands are wrist or ankle bands on amazon,you must look at the measurement and see that they are 12-14". I walk the main streets where there is lots of traffic at night. Also note that some products do not include lights,so order the products with lights included as they are the same price. Report
As an open water swimmer a brightly coloured swimming hat is an essential. I've looked for and cannot find a bright neoprene hat (rather than latex or silicon) - no one seems to make one - so I have to choose between being visible or being warm. Someone suggested wearing the bright silicon hat over the black neoprene, but I couldn't keep it on my head, the silicon kept pinging off. Manufacturers please note - this is what we need! Report
 
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