Monday was Memorial Day, and summer is now in full swing. People all over the country are turning off their lights and heading outdoors for some sunny fun. However, the heat of summer causes many of us to augment our daily exercise routines—we choose to work out before dawn or late at night to avoid the heat of the day.
While taking a walk, hike, jog, or bike ride in the great outdoors can be a refreshing start to your morning or liven up your evening, there are precautions you should take so that what you do to stay healthy doesn’t jeopardize your safety.
The most important thing to think about when exercising in the dark is being seen—and what better way to show up at night than with a light? Nowadays, there are many different lighting options for joggers, bikers, and outdoorsmen (and women!). Here are a few safety lights we love:
• LED Battery Operated Head Work Light
This super bright light features 21 LEDS in a compact headlamp, and has four different light settings to meet your needs. With soft, adjustable lycra bands, it will comfortably fit your cranium, allowing you to see and be seen while out and about. It leaves your hands free to hold what is important—whether it be handlebars, hand weights, or your trusty walking stick.
• LED Battery Operated Red Safety Armband
A non-intrusive choice, this LED fits sleekly around your arm, but still makes you visible to those around. It’s red glow and white reflectors will make you stand out to drivers, cyclists, and anyone else with eyes! Like the head lamp, this battery operated safety light won’t tie up your hands so you can hold onto your cell phone, iPod, or water bottle.
• 5 LED Wind ‘n Go Flashlight and AM/FM/Weatherband Radio
This 3-in-1 device will not only light your way up sidewalks, across roads, and down trails—it also includes a fully functional AM/FM/Weatherband radio so you can exercise with a little pep! In the event of an emergency, this flashlight can also emit a 90-decibel siren and a flashing red LED. To charge, the light comes with a hand crank so you’ll never find yourself out of power for long.
• LED Clip-On Hat Light With Swivel
One of the most versatile safety lights is this clip-on LED. If you prefer jogging, walking, or hiking with a hat, this light will clip right on to keep you safe and conspicuous. However, this LED doesn’t have to be restricted to just hats—it’s small and lightweight, and can swivel up to 90 degrees, which means you can clip it to almost anything!