Ever since track coach Bill Bowerman and heart specialist W.E. Harris penned the book titled “Jogging” in 1967, people across the United States have been putting one foot in front of the other and exercising their way to fitness. Jogging is still one of the most widespread forms of exercise, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down. If you are a jogger, or you have a loved one who is, then you need to know 10 ways joggers can increase their safety.
1. Wear Bright Clothing to Improve Your Visibility
You may think that jogging in the daytime means you can be easily seen. Well, think again. Motorists are busy watching other cars and trucks, and they’re less likely to notice people jogging along in the street. Not only that, but people can be hard to see. Consider the fact that both GM and Ford started putting daytime running lights on their vehicles a decade ago. The reason? Safety. It’s been determined that vehicles with DRL’s are more visible in the daytime. If vehicles need lights on them to be seen better in the daytime, then what are the chances of humans being seen?
2. Consider Adding Safety Gear to Your Jogging Outfit
Wearing bright colored clothing can help you be seen better, that’s a fact. But, add some safety gear to your outfit, and you can increase your safety even more.
Check your local sporting good stores for armband lights, hats with lights, and other safety equipment that’s specially designed for joggers.
3. Stay Alert and You Won’t Get Hurt
One of the perks of jogging is that it gives you time to yourself. You can relax and do some thinking while you’re getting your exercise. At the same time, not paying attention can get you injured or worse. You may not see a car coming at you, the mugger that jumps out from behind some bushes, or the viscous dog that’s running at you! To keep your self safer, pay attention to your surroundings and know what’s going on.
4. For Increased Safety, Stay in Areas You’re Familiar With
When you’re out jogging, you should stay in areas of the neighborhood that you’re familiar with. Stay out of secluded areas, and get your exercise in places where you can be seen and heard instead.
5. Follow the Traffic Rules at All Times
Joggers should face the traffic at all times. You should also obey all the other “rules of the road” when you’re out for a run. Use crosswalks when you need to cross a street, comply with pedestrian signals and make sure all traffic has come to a complete stop before you attempt to cross a street.
6. Don’t Get Caught in the Dark
You can wear reflective clothing to make it easier for motorists to see you at night, but it’s still not safe to jog after the sun has gone down. At night, you’re more likely to become a victim of crime. And, you can’t see obstacles in your way. That means that something like a pothole can easily trip you up and cause injuries.
7. Use the “Buddy Rule”
Using the “Buddy Rule” means that you’ll jog with a friend. This way, you’ll always have someone to look out for you, and vice versa. Whether you’re jogging alone or with a friend, you should always carry a cell phone and a personal alarm in case you need to call for help.
8. Leave the Headphones at Home
You can greatly increase your safety while you’re jogging by doing one simple act- leave your headphones and your stereo, CD player or MP3 player at home where they belong. Listening to music or the news can help pass the time, but it will also make you unaware of what’s going on around you.
9. Always Tell Someone Where You’re Going
Never, ever leave your house to go jogging without letting a family member know where you’re going. Either tell them or leave a note where it can be readily seen if no one else is at home. That way, if something should happen to you, your family will know where you are.
10. Stay Off the Roadway If At All Possible
The best place for joggers to run is on a track. The second-best place is on a sidewalk. The worst place you can jog is, of course, on a street or road. If you have to jog on the roadway, stay as far to the side of the road as possible.