Here are some really bright ideas for your night-time to pre-dawn workouts.
1. Team Up With A Buddy
Go out with a buddy or two (or even more) for safer nighttime workouts than when you are alone. If you're with a group, you'll be more visible to approaching cars. Moreover, muggers would more likely avoid you if you're jogging with a pack.
2. Eat At The Right Time
Avoid eating a big dinner just before you go out for your workout. Set your meal two to three hours before exercising.
3. Be Reflective To Stay Visible
To stay visible at night, wear fluorescent colors. Make sure you're wearing glow-in-the-dark clothing that covers your back and sides—not just your front.
4. Don't Forget To Sip Water
If you get dehydrated, you can get cramped up. Stay alert with a sip of water during your workout.
5. Run Against The Traffic
When you run against the traffic, you'll be in a better position to notice an approaching car.
6. Alter Your Routine
Don't let attackers track your routine. Change up your routes and the times in which you go out for a workout.
7. Pack Up Wisely
Be sure your gadgets are all charged up. Carry your identification card, and have an emergency contact number handy. Bring pepper spray, too!
8. Follow Familiar Paths
In case you're going out alone, stay close to home and follow familiar paths. Avoid streets that are usually dim and too quiet.
9. Don't Carry Jewelry
Avoid wearing anything that can attract robbers!
10. Have A Backup Place To Run To
Familiarize yourself with the nearest stores and their opening hours. Keep them in mind in case you have to run to them for safety.
11. Trust Your Intuition
In case you'd suspect something could be wrong, just follow your intuition. Avoid going out if you feel something might happen on that particular night.
12. Get Your Keys Ready
Keep your key handy and get it ready just before you arrive home so you can quickly get in.
13. Leave Your Earbuds At Home
Music can be a huge distraction during nighttime workouts. You could get hit by a car if you don't hear it approaching you in dim light!
14. Take Precaution
Working out in low light always has its dangers. As much as possible, stay on sidewalks or bike lanes, and pay attention to cars that might cross your way!
15. Plan, Plan, Plan
Set a plan for your nighttime exercise routine. You only have a few hours to spare at night; So when you hit the road, be sure you're already ready with what you have to do.