5 Tips to Stay Safe While Exercising Outdoors

I am so excited warmer weather is finally here — now we can all crawl out of hibernation and get outside to run and walk! I’m not very coordinated when running on the treadmill and I tend to get bored with the lack of scenery.

Whether you take the stroller with you or run without the kids, it is important to use some of these tips to keep you safe outdoors.

5 Tips to Stay Safe While Exercising Outdoors

1. The buddy system. I know this isn’t always possible with everyone having different schedules, but it is one of the best ways to stay safe. A potential attacker will most likely look for victims who are running or walking alone.

2. Stay visible. Try to run in areas where you are in public view. I enjoy running on trails, too, but it is not as easy to get help when there is nobody around. Save the trails for when you have a buddy with you.

3. Let someone know. Let a friend or family member know when and where you’re going for a jog. This could be a quick text to your significant other or a phone call to your mom. Letting them know where and what you’re doing could save your life if something were to happen to you. This could include a medical emergency.

4. Take a pooch. One of the things I learned in a criminal justice class in college is that dogs are a great tool for crime prevention. An attacker would be less likely to mess with you if you have Brutus at your side. My lab, Moose, runs upstairs when the doorbell rings but he is huge — 85 pounds and probably intimidating to someone unfamiliar with him.

5. Use a running safety app. These apps not only include a GPS tracker that displays your route but also have additional safety features. RunSafe includes a panic button that will send an alert to all of the contacts in your phone when it’s activated and also play a loud siren. There are many other apps to choose from.

What are your fave outdoor workouts this time of year? —Ashley

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