Be Safe When Walking/Jogging
To stay safe while walking or jogging, be aware of your surroundings and don’t take chances. Always use common sense. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Avoid walking or jogging alone.
- Walk at a steady pace, and walk with confidence.
- Let someone know where you are going and what time you will return.
- Change your route from day to day.
- Avoid remote and isolated areas. Use well-lighted and populated streets.
- Do not wear expensive jewelry or carry money.
- When exercising in the dark, always wear bright or light-colored clothing and reflective devices.
- Do not respond to taunts from others.
- Carry some form of identification. This could save your life in case of an unfortunate accident.
- Carry change for a public phone or carry a cell phone.
- If approached, look for lighted windows and wave toward them and shout as if someone in the window is watching you.
- If you think you are being followed, cross the street abruptly to determine if in fact you are.
Tips to Prevent Injuries and Stay Safe
- Always have an emergency plan that includes access to a phone and first aid kit.
- Should an acute injury occur, use RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
- Wear a mouth guard during contact sports.
- Drink 7 to 10 ounces of water or a sport drink every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise.
- Maintain good eating habits and proper nutrition to enhance your performance.
- Avoid the dangers of lightning. “If you hear it, clear it; if you see it, flee it.”
- Use appropriate and well-fitting equipment (including shoes) when playing sports.
- Before starting an exercise program, see your physician for a physical exam.
- For a healthier body and lifestyle, avoid tobacco, alcohol, and other harmful drugs.
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