Running is a great way to get some exercise for your body and keep yourself healthy. However, choosing to run in the outdoors can also open you up to some potential hazards. Not only do you need to prepare yourself physically for your run, but you also need to ensure that you’re being safe so that you can return home from your run without being harmed. So to help keep yourself fit and happy, here are three tips for being safe while running outside.
Keep Your Hearing Clear
One of the biggest threats to runners who choose to run outdoors is cars. Because drivers may not be paying close enough attention to all that’s going on around them, it’s important that you know how to protect yourself from being hit by a car while on your run. A big part of this, according to Lauren Hargrave, a contributor to Active.com, is to keep your hearing clear. Not only will this help you become more aware of the cars that are driving around you, but it will also help you stay alert to anything else that might seek to cause you harm. If you do choose to run while listening to something, try to just use one earbud and keep your other ear open.
Get Yourself Seen
In addition to you being able to hear what’s going on all around you as you run, you also want to do everything in your power to ensure that the people in your vicinity see you and know that you’re there. To do this, Christine Luff, a contributor to VeryWellFit.com, recommends that you white or other brightly-colored clothes while you’re running, You should also try to wear reflective materials as well, especially if you’re going to be running in the early morning or late evening hours. This reflective clothing will make it easier for drivers on the road to see you.
Be Smart About Your Routes
In recent years, we’ve heard more and more new stories about people disappearing while out for a run. And while you might think that this type of thing would never happen to you, it’s better to be safe than sorry. To help you in being safe, it’s important that you are smart about the running routes you take. According to Beth Risdon, a contributor to Women’s Running, changing up your routes, staying in well lit and well traveled areas, and telling someone where you’ll be running and for how long can all help to keep you from being caught in a scary situation brought on by someone else’s questionable choices regarding you.
If you’re a bit outdoor runner, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you stay away from any danger out there.