Stay Safe While Running or Bicycle Riding

treatment of heat exhaustionRunning and cycling are great forms of exercise and there is a lot to be said about exercising outside. One of the disadvantages of exercising outside is your safety. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

  • Try to run during the daytime.
  • Avoid running or riding by yourself.
  • Choose a path that is well lit. If you need to run or cycle at night ensure you choose a path that is populated.
  • Avoid using earbuds. They will make you less aware of your surroundings.
  • Be aware of who is around you, you should trust your intuition.
  • If you feel someone is not safe,  widen the distance or turn the other way.
  • If someone gets too close, consider yelling. Tell them not to get any closer and be direct.
  • A whistle  can be helpful.
  • Consider using mace.
  • Mace and pepper spray have restrictions in some states.
  • Wear reflective clothing.
  • Make sure the bicycle has lights and reflectors.
  • Try not to use the same path at the same time. Usually a time of day may work out better with your schedule. People may take note of the time that you pass a certain location. Altering the route and or the time is a safer bet.
  • Consider riding againist traffic. if a car is pulling over you will see them rather than having your back to them.
  • Ensure you share you route with others.
  • Make sure you carry a phone with you.

There are a number of apps that can be down loaded to help protect you.

The Road Runners Club of America recommends that runners

  • Carry identification or write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe. Include any medical information as well.

Know self defense tactics

  • The most sensitive areas are the eyes, nose moth, neck, groin and knees.
  • In addition to your hands your elbows, feet and knees can be used to strike a target.
  • Use objects that you may have on you such as a key or hair spray that can injure the eyes.

What tips to you have when running or cycling?

 

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