While getting active outside brings many benefits, it’s not without potential risks. Especially when venturing out on new trails, it’s important to avoid injury, sunburn, dehydration, or getting lost.
Safety tips for the trails
- Always let someone know where you are going, or better yet, go with company.
- Warm up and cool down for strenuous activity with some easy movement and light stretching.
- Always wear sunscreen when exercising outdoors during the day — even in the winter.
- Dress appropriately — think layers, proper shoes, and protective gear, such as a helmet for biking.
- Bring water with you and even a light snack when you will be out for an extended time.
- If you need to stop for a rest or an emergency, move completely off the trail.
- Avoid using headphones, or keep the volume down, so you are not distracted and can be aware of your surroundings.
- Before biking past others, announce your intentions by saying "on your left" or ringing your bike bell.
- Keep your dog on a leash and watch out for off-leash dogs.
- Bring your phone in case you need to access a map, call someone for help, or want to snap a photo.