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Self Defence Tips - Safety when exercising outdoors

Posted: September 01, 2018

SELF-DEFENCE TIP: Practice SAFETY while exercising alone outdoors

This is a great time of the year to be exercising outdoors. Taking your workouts outside from time to time will certainly help keep your fitness routine fresh. The new scenery and unique challenges may even help you break through fitness plateaus.

Of course, there are a few considerations unique to exercising outdoors. So let’s take a look!

If exercising or running alone outdoors, safety should be your first concern:

- Try not to wear headphones. Use your ears to be aware of your surroundings. Your ears may help you avoid dangers your eyes may miss during evening or early morning runs.

- Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles. By facing on-coming traffic, you may be able to react quicker than if it is behind you.

- Look both ways before crossing. Be sure the driver of a car acknowledges your right-of-way before crossing in front of a vehicle. Obey traffic signals.

- Carry identification or write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe. Include any medical information.

- Always stay alert and aware of what's going on around you. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.

- Carry a mobile phone or change for a phone call. While they are becoming fewer in number, there could still be public phones along your regular running routes. Know where they are.

-Trust your intuition about a person or an area. React on your intuition and avoid a person or situation if you're unsure. If something tells you a situation is not "right", it isn't.

- Alter or vary your running route pattern; run in familiar areas if possible. Vary your schedule too.

- Run with a partner. Run with a dog.

- Write down or leave word of the direction of your run. Tell friends and family of your favorite running routes.

- Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets, and overgrown trails. Avoid unlit areas, especially at night. Run clear of parked cars or bushes. Don't be complacent in well lit areas. Sometimes local councils install extra lighting in areas that have been know trouble spots in the past.

- Ignore verbal harassment and do not verbally harass others. Use discretion in acknowledging strangers. Look directly at others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving.

- Practice memorizing license tags or identifying characteristics of strangers.

- Carry a noisemaker.

- CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY if something happens to you or someone else, or you notice anyone out of the ordinary. It is important to report incidents immediately.

Know your surroundings and be aware of who you're in the presence of while working out. Also, if you choose to exercise alone, then let a family member or friend know of your location.