With summer now over and fall soon coming to an end, it can be easy to forget that walking at night can be more of a concern. Nights this time of year tend to be darker and the days shorter, so extra care is required of the public when walking or jogging near roads.
It is important to make sure that oncoming traffic can clearly see you well in advance and adjust their position on the road accordingly. This danger made headlines recently in Hamilton, when a group of people walking along a road at night were almost hit by a car that swerved out of the way at the last second.
Cyclists often have reflectors or flashing lights attached to their helmets as a way of making their presence known to cars. Pedestrians and joggers can adopt such safety measures, too, by putting these attention getting embellishments on their jackets or shoes.
However, you can also start by taking some more basic precautions. If you plan on walking during low-light periods, be sure to wear light colored clothing. When visibility is low and a person is clad in darker shades, a driver may not notice them until it is too late to get out of the way.
Also, if you plan on walking or running, be aware of the hours when the sun is out. Days are shorter, and so is daylight, so think about how long your walk will take and when you should start in order to ensure you are done and home safe before dark. Parents need to impress the importance of this upon their children, and double check that they are complying.
Drivers also need to do their part by making sure to have their headlights on well before the sun has set. Be seen and avoid an unfortunate tragedy.
We all know (all too well) how important fitness is at any stage in life. Excess weight can put a real strain on your heart and make you more susceptible to all manner of diseases, including cancer.
However, the ease with which one can lose weight changes at different stages in life. When you are young, the body has more energy and you can bounce back faster from any injuries or illness. As we age, our muscle density decreases and we feel stiffer and tire out faster.
Life can be more difficult when you are older, but letting your fitness decline will just make things worse. That said, there is no reason you cannot make adjustments to your physical fitness plan in order to reflect the changes your body undergoes with age.
First off, talk to you doctor. The two of you can discuss your fitness and weight loss goals. It is important to include your physician because they will have a good idea of what is suitable for you at this stage in life, based on your current physical state.
At this part of your life, the key is to lose fat. Don’t worry so much about what your scale says. You need to maintain your muscle, so doing so will make it seem like you are gaining weight.
In addition to exercise, be sure to drink plenty of water. Yes, water is important for maintaining proper bodily function, but it can also help you lose weight. As we age, the body has a more difficult time telling the difference between thirst and hunger. Thus, some people end up eating more than they should and that leads to weight gain.
Finally, make sure you have enough lean protein in your diet. Protein is an important component for both muscle growth and repair.