Don’t give up your evening workouts just because it’s dark outside

Darkness falls. We launch Netflix. We want to eat rich, hearty foods and stay in.

Whether you like it or not, (for most of us) daylight savings ends this weekend. And for many of us, so does our motivation to get out there and get after it.

Maybe recreating at night gives you the heebie-jeebies. Maybe you don’t like being cold. Or maybe you just really miss your couch.

Whatever the reasons are, we can combat them.

Don’t forget the headlamp. Photo: Lucas Favre/Unsplash

First off, you’ll want to get the proper gear lined up that will ensure your safety on the trail or the sidewalk. A headlamp is useful for trail running, where rogue roots and uneven surfaces can trip even the most light-footed runners up. Headlamps are also useful for urban running, especially if your route takes you through some dimly-lit areas.

Self-reflection is important in life, but so is literal reflection, especially when it comes to exercising once the sun has gone down. And many brands make reflective outerwear.

If you’re looking for something a little more subtle, these stick-on reflective strips increase visibility without having to become as brightly-lit as a falling star.

Alongside your reflective gear, there are other products that can keep you safe. Wearsafe, the gadget that connects you with a network of trusted friends and family without having to fumble for your phone in an emergency, is a lightweight, simple solution to worrying about exercising outdoors at night.

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Staying warm, and using effective layering will combat those urges to cuddle up with a blanket and a warm drink most nights. We can’t get enough of Icebreaker — the OG merino wool baselayer, Icebreaker’s products are worth every penny. Plus, thanks to their stylish construction and the odor-eliminating properties of merino wool, they transition from workout to streetwear staple in a heartbeat.

Grab a couple friends and hit the trail at dusk. Photo: Todd Diemer/Unsplash

The there’s “strength in numbers.” Start a running group if being solo after dark is a deterrent to keeping up with your current fitness routine. A running group is a great way to meet new coworkers, bond with friends, and create the feeling of community. (Besides, you can always go out for beers afterwards.)

Got suggestions for how to get around daylight savings ending getting in the way of your fitness routine? Let us know in the comments.

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