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By Damilola Faustino

Exercise is important to your physical and mental health, so naturally, more and more people are beginning to find time for exercise in their daily routines. However, routines differ, so people’s times for exercise differ and this is fine. But if your suitable exercise time is after work in the evening/night, then you have to be extra conscious of your safety, for various reasons. With these few safety considerations, you can sweat safely during the nighttime hours:

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Inform others

Always tell someone when and where you are going, as well as what time you expect to return.  Once you decide on a route and share it with others, stick to it.

Have something to identify you

Carry personal identification, such as a license or ID card.  If you have a medical condition, be sure that info is written down and stored in the same location as your identification.

Your phone

Carry a phone. This will help you contact friends or family members in case you are in any danger. Without your phone, this may be impossible.

Wear reflective attire

Wear reflective clothing and carry a flashing device so vehicles can see you. Most manufacturers of shoes and exercise clothing have apparel designed specifically to be seen in the dark.  You can also try and adjust your route so that it is within areas that are well-lit.

Do not use headphones

Try not to use headphones to listen to music.  If there is an accident or vehicle that loses control outside of your field of vision, you may not hear the impending danger coming towards you before you are able to see it.  Allow yourself to hear everything around you without distraction.

Arm yourself

It is not a bad idea to carry a pepper spray along when you are going for your night exercise. It can be a lifesaver.

Read also: 5 Super Simple Ways To Make Exercise A Habit

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