If you‘re a fitness buff, you don’t want to wait for friends or family to find the motivation to workout with you, so your only other option is to go it alone. In many ways, this is the best approach; you can do what you want and you can go at your own pace. What’s more, you’re not restricted by distractions, or risk getting into idle chatter.
However, as beneficial as solo exercise can be, it also comes with its share of danger, so here are four ways that you can stay safe when working out alone:
Know Your Route
If you’re more of a runner, walker, or even just a stroller than someone who hangs out at the gym, you must know the route you are going to take. Not only does this ensure you get a full workout, but it also means you don’t get lost along the way.
You need to ask yourself if you want to avoid busy places to prevent running into people and maintaining momentum. Or, would you feel safer in a crowded area? Both options are suitable, yet it might be better to find somewhere crowded, but not too crowded. Secluded, but not too secluded.
Wear the Right Gear
Safety during your workout is not just about not running into people. You also need to think about the type of gear you’re wearing. Proper running or workout shoes should be a priority, as should dedicated activewear, even if this is recycled activewear.
You should also make sure to dress for the wear, as you don’t want to freeze your toes off running in sub-zero temperatures, nor do you want to collapse from exhaustion by wearing too many layers while running on a hot day.
Don’t Forget Accessories
You don’t want to carry too much with you during your workout, but it’s still essential you bring the necessary accessories. The most obvious of these is a water bottle, but you can also take power bars or electrolyte gels to consume during longer sessions without giving yourself a stomach ache.
Things like a wound cleanser and bandages could also be useful, especially when running or hiking along uneven terrain.
Tell Somebody Where You’re Going
Just because you’re going out alone doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tell anyone where you’re going. If you know how long your workout should take, tell them when to expect you back. This will give you confidence that someone knows where you are, and they will act if you aren’t back in time.
You can also set your phone up to track your movements so they can locate you if you’re taking a little longer than expected, and some running apps, such as Strava, include SOS functions that can alert people if you get into trouble after twisting your ankle. However, these features are typically only on the premium account.
Solo But Safe
As important as getting into shape can be, it should not come at the expense of your safety. No matter where you go or what you do, it’s essential that you consider the proper safety measures to ensure you can do it all again tomorrow.
*Photo by Ketut Subiyanto