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Life in Motion

Tips for Daylight Savings Time

Health & Prevention

Daylight savings is right around the corner! Turning the clocks back means it will begin getting darker earlier. NEBH Physical Therapists recommend the following tips to stay safe this fall.

Take extra care while exercising outdoors

The days are shorter and that means less daylight hours, but you can still exercise even though it’s dark.  Just make sure to take some precautions to keep yourself safe.  Whether you’re biking, walking or running, choose well-lit and well-paved routes.  Make yourself more visible by wearing reflective clothing or gear that lights up, flashes or blinks.  Consider carrying a flashlight or wearing a headlamp so you can light your way and be more visible.  Cyclists or those running or walking in the street should have a white light on their front and a flashing or blinking red light on their back.  Make sure to stay alert to your surroundings and exercise with a partner if possible.

Work out indoors

If you feel that exercising outdoors is too challenging or risky for you, find a way to exercise indoors. There are local gyms, senior center classes, and even public libraries that offer an opportunity to get in a good workout. If you prefer, create a routine that you can do at home.

Prepare your home

Now is a good time to make sure the outside of your house is optimized for safety. Falls are the leading cause of injury to seniors in the United States, and in many cases can be prevented. Make sure you have adequate lighting on any walkways to avoid tripping over items you cannot see. If you are concerned about wasting electricity, set the light to a timer so that it turns on and off at a specific time, or consider solar lights. Not only is raking leaves a great way to exercise in the fall, but it also helps clear walkways to decrease the risk of slips and falls.

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