Safety tips for jogging
Jogging is great physical and mental exercise for us women, but we need to always have safety on our minds while jogging. By safety, I’m specifically talking about being aware of your surroundings at all times. There are several aspects of your environment that need to be considered when you choose a jogging venue. Where are you jogging? Are you jogging on a public road with a lot of traffic? Are you jogging around a track? Are you jogging in a park? Are you jogging on a trail?
When you take your jogging shoes out of clothes closet, out from under your bed, or out from your metal lockers at your gym, please keep this in mind: I must always be aware of my surrounding while I’m jogging.
If you jog on a public road with a lot of vehicle traffic, I advise you not to jog with earphones, but if you do, keep the volume low so that you can hear all the cars around you. I also suggest that you jog against traffic so that you can see cars coming toward you, just in case they swerve off the road.
In respects to track jogging, I would tell you to pick a track where there are other people around, so that you are not alone on the track or not alone with someone who may have a different agenda than you. The agenda I’m talking about is possibly hurt you.
Now if you jog in a park or on trail, I urge you (more than any other time) not to jog with earphones. Women can be vulnerable to unsavory people looking for a victim. I know that you know what kind of victim I’m speaking about. While jogging in these areas, keep your head up at all times and constantly look around and know who is around you. Try to be alert all the noises that are going on and most importantly, do not jog at night or at dusk — daylight is your friend. Lastly, when choosing a park or trail, try to choose based on other foot traffic like walkers or other joggers. It’s best to find areas where there are enough other people that someone would not even think about hurting you.
If you keep all these tips in mind, I am sure that you will be able to enjoy the physical and mental exercise you get from jogging.
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