Protect Yourself: Running Safety

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 4:51pm

We stretch, hydrate and know our limits to stay safe and prevent injuries while exercising. These aren’t the only ways to remain safe and healthy, though. DPS officials offer the following safety tips when going outside to exercise. 

Let someone know where you are going

Tell at least one person when and where you will be going. If something happens, they will know where to send help. Bring your cell phone with you. This allows you to call for help in case of an emergency. You can also utilize mobile tracking apps that share your exact location with family and friends. 

Bring identification

Don’t forget to bring identification when you exercise. Having your identification with you would help law enforcement and first responders in the event something was to happen to you. 

Know the area you will be exercising 

Choose areas and neighborhoods that you feel are the safest. Try to avoid areas with lots of doorways and alleyways where people can easily hide, or you can’t see who or what may be hiding. You also want to select routes that are well lit and have wide pathways.

Be aware of your surroundings 

Stay aware of your surroundings while you are outdoors. Consciously and frequently scan your surroundings. Trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, then it probably isn’t. Run against traffic so you can see what is approaching you. When biking, bike with the flow of traffic. 

Be conscious of the noise level when using headphones. Loud music drowns out sounds and makes it harder for you to hear things around you. Try to avoid wearing hoodies, talking with the phone to your ear, etc. This can block your peripheral vision, and you may not see everything around you. 

Wear reflective gear at night

Make yourself easy to be seen at night. Wear reflective vests, pants, shirts, etc. Also, exercise in well lit, populated areas. You want to be easily seen, and it is equally important that you can easily see others around you.

Outdoor exercise can be enjoyable and productive. Following the simple guidelines above can help you be safe, responsible and prepared.

 

See more safety tips on protecting yourself while you are away from home on our Personal Safety tips page

Author: 
Ashley Thornton