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Get Fit, Stay Safe

These innovative products help you stay safe while you get in shape.

By Neena Samuel | May 2006

Exercising alone or at night can be risky if cars can’t see you, or if you’re hurt and need help. New gear that can help make that walk, run or bike ride safer:

     

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    Footlights.

    Pedalite is a battery-free bike pedal with flashing lights that can be seen a half-mile away. And it keeps flashing for up to 10 minutes when you stop or take a break. ($80 for a pair; pedalite.com)

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    Headlights.

    Tec’s LED Eos Headlamp has three brightness levels. Strap it on, and your hands are free to hold weights or gear instead of a flashlight on nighttime hikes. (amazon.com)

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    Phone clip.

    Hold-a-Phone firmly keeps your cell phone on your arm or wrist while you run, walk or bike. The adjustable band even holds your ID, money and a key. ($20; holdaphone.com)

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    Reflective clothing.

    Brooks’ NightLife tanks, shorts, vests, jackets and hats can be seen up to 300 feet away, giving a car at 30 mph the time to react. ($10 to $80; brooksrunning.com)

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    Safety alarm.

    Strap Doberman’s Power Button on your arm or grab the Electronic Defense Whistle and hit the 100-decibel alarm if you need help. ($20 each; $30 for both; Target stores)