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5 Items All Night Runners Need To Secure A Safe Night-time Running Experience

5 Items All Night Runners Need To Secure A Safe Night-time Running Experience

In these busy modern times, being a runner can be tricky. Working long hours will mean getting up super early or going for a run at night once you get back from work. Some of us may not have a choice than to hit the pavement in the dark but this can bring several dangers that daytime running doesn’t present.

The main danger is not being seen. When we run down a road with traffic this danger increases. But even in more rural running areas, there are trip hazards and with the dangers mounting when it’s hard to see, it’s important to have the best running accessories to maintain your safety.

5 Essential Items to Take on Your Nighttime Run

There are some great running accessories that can help you get peace of mind when you have no choice but to venture out on your run in the dark. Optimal safety is paramount in ensuring you lessen the chance of getting into dangerous situations so here are 5 gadgets that will help you keep your nighttime running safe.

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1. Night Runner 270° Shoe Lights

    If you want to see where you’re running without the hassle of wearing a head torch then these could be your solution. Secured to your shoelaces, this unique way of lighting up your running route was developed by athletes and provides 270 degrees of visibility and 30 feet in front of the runner. It also features two red taillights to alert drivers, pedestrians or cyclists that you’re there. With 4 hours of battery life they won’t leave you running in the dark.

    2. No. 1 Reflective Running Vest Gear

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      Many people prefer to opt for the traditional reflective hi-vis option and a vest is a good idea for a run in the dark. This weatherproof vest gives 360 degrees of visibility which is essential if you tend to opt for running alongside busy roads. It’s lightweight, breathable and fitted so won’t move around while you do. Perfect for a safe run.

      3. Road ID Bracelet

        If you do end up in a dangerous situation, help will need to get to you quickly. Having your details to hand can be problematic when going for a nighttime run if you don’t have the pockets to carry stuff in. But having them on you when you run it will speed up the process for those coming to your aid. It’s even more important if you require special medical assistance. This bracelet sports a silicone band with a metal faceplate that can be engraved with your details. It’s an easy and comfortable way to keep your mind at ease.

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        4. Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband

          If you like to track your run using a running app then there’s a high chance you’ll be wanting to take your phone with you. Armbands are the perfect solution and stops the annoyance of having to carry it or risk dropping it somewhere. This armband is weatherproof and fits a variety of phones. The band’s tough material means it’s non-slip and comfortable to run with. However, it’s not advisable to listen to music while running in the dark as it poses a higher risk of being vulnerable to the dangers around you.

          5. Black Diamond Spot Headlamp

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            Being able to see is obviously paramount to nighttime running due to the many hidden hazards. Many people prefer to use a headlamp as an easy and efficient way of lighting up their running route. This powerful LED light emits 200 lumens and has three different light settings: a triple power, a single power white light and a single power red light. Each setting is easily changed with a simple tap making it fast and efficient while running plus the red light has proximity and strobe settings making you much easier to see.

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            Last Updated on July 23, 2019

            5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

            5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

            In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

            Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

            How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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            • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
            • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
            • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
            • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
            • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
            • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

            When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

            1. Realize You’re Not Alone

            Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

            2. Find What Inspires You

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            Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

            On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

            3. Give Yourself a Break

            When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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            Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

            4. Shake up Your Routines

            Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

            Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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            When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

            5. Start with a Small Step

            Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

            Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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