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Last Updated on February 2, 2018

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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            How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

            How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

            Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

            But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

            Sight – Visual Stimulation

            The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

            1. Maximize your exposure to light.

            Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

            Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

            2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

            Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

            Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

            Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

            3. Take note of your environment.

            Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

            By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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            Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

            What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

            4. Engage in conversation.

            Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

            Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

            Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

            Why Listen to Reply Instead of Understand Is the Key to Failure

            5. Listen to upbeat music.

            Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

            Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

            Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

            If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

            6. Work your nose.

            Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

            If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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            Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

            Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

            If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

            7. Have a good breakfast.

            Start off with the most important meal of the day.

            Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

            Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

            Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

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            8. Drink lots of water.

            Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

            So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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            Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

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            9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

            Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

            Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

            Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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            Touch – Tactile Stimulation

            Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

            10. Splash cold water on your face.

            Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

            This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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            11. Use acupressure.

            Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

            Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

            12. Get moving.

            Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

            And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

            You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

            Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

            Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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