Walking is great exercise and especially for anyone that is pregnant, just had a baby or is just getting back into the working out lifestyle, if your doc has given you the green light to exercise, enjoy a great walk.
It can be fun to bring along your kids, your dog or your favorite someone and have a good walk. You can listen to music if you go solo or enjoy a fun chat about anything if you pair up with others.
Walking in the cooler months has its own set of requirements, the days are much shorter and the chances of being caught out walking at dusk or dark are much greater. With this fact in mind, be sure that you are very visible to motorists. A great way to make sure you're seen by drivers is to wear a reflective strip on your clothing. Another way is to put small reflective stripes on your shoes or the backs of your pants legs. The movement of your feet and legs and you walk will be instantly attention getting to motorists and if you're visible to the people driving the cars - you're a lot safer.
You can also wear a cap
that reflects car lights or a fanny pack that carries items you might need when out such as your wallet with your i.d. or some change to pick up a bottle of water to ensure that you stay hydrated while you're out on your walk.
If you enjoy riding a bicycle, make sure you're doing it legally in the State of New Jersey. The regulations aren't hard to follow and many of them will make your bike ride a safer one.
There is a helmet law that applies if your bicycle has a seat hight of 25-inches or greater. The helmet is mandatory to any bike rider age 17 or younger no matter what size bicycle they are wearing. Your bike must also have lights
equipped on the front that must be able to be visible from 500-feet to the front and a rear lamp on the bicycle that emits a red light that is visible from at least 500-feet to the rear of the bike. In addition, it is not required at the time of this writing, but a red reflector is advised on the rear of all bicycles.
Additionally, a bicycle must be equipped with a bell or other audible device that can be heard at least 100 feet away, but not a siren or whistle. Working brakes are a must and you may only carry as many passengers on a bicycle as there are seats.
In New Jersey, the law states a bicyclist must obey all state and local automobile driving laws. A parent may be held responsible for the child's violation of any traffic law. Therefore it makes good sense for all parents to go over safe biking regulations with their kids to make sure they are riding safely and legally in New Jersey.
If you're considering getting a young person on your holiday list the gift of a bicycle, also give them the gift of safety along with their present.
Make sure they have the proper safety equipment and understand the full importance of using it. A helmet is a must for any child riding a bicycle. Closed head injuries from an impact on a bicycle may seriously injure or even end a child's life. It is very important that children understand the importance of wearing a helmet when biking.
Pads are great for when children are learning to ride and will definitely save them from a scraped knee or elbow as the inevitable falls that are a part of learning to ride, even with training wheels, happen.
Another issue you need to talk to your child about is the importance of being visible to cars. Many children on bicycles are no higher than the hood on a standard SUV and can't easily be seen by a driver, especially at dusk. If you're child has the potential to be riding their bike home from a friend's house or activity such as soccer practice, they need to understand it is very important that motorists see them. A good head and tail light combo
installed on the bicycle will help immensely towards making your children much more visible. You can also put reflectors on the pedals and other areas on the bike to ensure great visibility by drivers.
Use those tips to make sure the gift you give this holiday season is a safe one!