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Be Safe When Walking/Jogging

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Publication Number: IS1776
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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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