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Exercise Safety Tip: Watch the Weather

Yesterday my husband and I were out the door, ready and excited for a run after work, only to find out that the fog had suddenly rolled in. Ah, the joys of living in San Francisco.

My husband was bound and determined to run, but I put my foot down — it was just too foggy. Cars hardly see us as it is in the dark (or daylight for that matter), let alone with the addition of heavy fog. This got me thinking about safety since we've been talking a lot about it here on FitSugar. Something to consider before exercising outdoors is inclement weather.

Trust me, I love to hear when someone is motivated enough to get a workout in that they will endure rain or snow, but sometimes you have to take your own safety into consideration. Rain, snow, fog, and even, sunset/sunrise can impede even the most careful driver's skills. Sure it's not a big deal to run in a little drizzle, but if it's really raining, and you're a road runner, better pop in a DVD or hit the treadmill this one time. Use your best judgment and make sure you put your safety first.

Fit's tip: If you choose to workout in such weather, it is important that you wear clothing that allows you to be visible to motorists.

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nikodarling nikodarling 8 years
I'm with you cubadog. I leave the house when its still dark out. I am a very conscientious driver but I can't see people in dark or black clothing. Please for your own safety think about it from the driver's perspective if I can't see you I can't stop for you, especicially if you are jaywalking. I can't believe how many people don't have relective gear, and dart out in front of cars. Please take some responsibility for your own safety. If I hit you my car will be fine....you on the other hand.
geekygirl geekygirl 8 years
i learned my lesson about weather - notorious dust storms where i live in late summer and went for a walk one afternoon in the bush with a friend and our dogs when we could see something (either a rain storm or dust storm) on the horizon. about 20 mins from home, in the middle of freaking no where, the huge dust storm was clearly coming for us. we started running but the fierce wind (carrying sand and grit from the desert, sticks and branches) caught us. we sheltered in a line in front of the only tree for miles (tiny little tree at that). fortunately a man had noticed us walk out on the bush track before the storm and hadn't seen us come back so drove out in his pickup and rescued us. what a nice man. since then, i've never walked in the bush if i can see a storm on the horizon.
EllaBella EllaBella 8 years
I do run a lot in the dark and any kind of weather but I have a reflective vest, reflective stripes on my pants and often a head light and I also avoid as much as possible to run anywhere near cars. I really agree with this post, it is so important to let drivers be able to see you.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
So true, I see people running in blizzards and I often, why why why?
cubadog cubadog 8 years
Nothing very nice which kind of shocked me I am sure it will take him actually getting run over to leran his lesson.
econinsf econinsf 8 years
For less than ten bucks there are tons of blinky lights on the market that you can attach anywhere on your body. I put one on my hat and one on my shoe. Twenty bucks isn't much to avoid getting hit by a car. Cateye makes a great one and so does Planet Bike.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 8 years
Sheesh, the guy was an idiot! What did he say to your comment about the relfective vest, Cuba?
cubadog cubadog 8 years
That is one of pet peeves with people that run/walk early in the morning or late at night not wearing the right clothing. I almost hit a guy on my way to work because he was head to toe in black. He got mad at me so I rolled down my window and told him to invest in a reflective vest so he could be seen.
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