You think you know, but you have no idea…
Just when you thought I was done, I was just getting started. I’m back with my “Emily Post rules of etiquette,” but this time, we’re taking it to the streets, outside that is. As there are ground rules for working out in the gym, there are cardinal rules for working out in the great outdoors. Consider the following five rules of etiquette to working out outside:
Run on the right side of the road. No sidewalk? Feeling like a rebel? Runners should be on the LEFT side of the road, facing traffic. That’s it.
Everyone is judging you. Do yourself a solid and please wear appropriate attire when you’re working out outside. It has recently come to my attention I’ve seen people wear “street clothes” as workout gear. You’re doing it wrong. If you need help, please consult with your local sporting apparel store associate and dress right. As always, no matter hot or cold, “cotton is rotten!”
It’s NOT about you! While can get easily distracted and get Britney Spears “In The Zone” when you’re blasting one of my exercise music playlists, be careful and pay attention to the environment you’re working out in. Keep both your eyes and ears open and on alert. If you’re working out with a mp3 player, keep the volume to a reasonable level and be able to hear others and vehicles especially emergency vehicles which may cause you to detour, and stop, drop, and get out the way.
Protect yourself before you wreck yourself. Here we are with more golden rules that aren’t obeyed. It’s simple! Hydrate, lotion up those arms and legs and apply sunscreen!
Accept it. Lastly, this may be either a positive or negative experience. While you’re on display for the public to see you, shirtless or shirtless, be prepared to get honked at, yelled at, sought after as a missed connection on Craigslist and everything in the book. It happens! Let’s just hope it doesn’t end up in an awkward and unwanted altercation or better yet, a positive opportunity. You’ll accept all the compliments and salivating stares right?
Did I miss a rule? Comment below and share with me your golden rules of etiquette.
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”