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Safety First While Running!

By Donna Stark

It's the perfect temperature outside to stay physically active and there is no better way to get your body moving than to lace up your running shoes and hit the road! But running isn't as simple as it sounds. There are several things you need to take into consideration before you head outdoors. Things that involve a lot more planning than what you normally have to do if you were staying indoors and running on a treadmill. Take a look.

Stay Visible

No matter what location or time of the day you are running, it is critical that you remain visible to others who are sharing the same space as you. Follow safety guidelines, adhere to all traffic regulations, wear reflective or bright-colored clothing when running in the dark, and be vigilant of your surroundings. By taking the necessary steps to make yourself more visible, you are significantly decreasing your chances of getting hurt.

Change Course

If you run alone at the same time every day, it could be beneficial if you change your course every now and then. You can do this by running your normal routine counter-clockwise, running an hour earlier or later than you normally do, or by looking for new routes altogether.  

Limit Distractions

Everyone loves to run while listening to music or podcasts, but did you know that by doing so, you could be placing yourself in a vulnerable position? If the music is too loud you may not hear the sounds that signal a dangerous situation. So don't compromise your safety! Turn the volume down or leave the music at home and tune into nature instead.

Carry Identification

It is always good to carry a phone and identification with you while on a run because as much as you prepare to be safe, accidents can happen. You never know what you may find yourself in the middle of, and if you run alone, carrying a phone could put your mind and the minds of your loved ones at ease. Additionally, always make sure you tell at least one person where you will be running, day or night.

Running Outdoors

Outdoor running is an easy and inexpensive way to stay fit, but before you head out the door, make sure you have a plan. Being prepared for whatever lies ahead of you is the best way to stay safe and will keep you running for as long as you want!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Temecula, Calif.

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