There is so much information out there about running – how to make the most of it, how to reach your fitness goals. You can even find out about what you should be wearing and when. But there is relatively little talk about the safety side of things. Safety is important; in fact, it is the paramount concern when you are out and about jogging in the streets or in the nearby fields. So many experienced joggers do not do everything they can to stay safe; sometimes the result of this can be disastrous. If you are a keen jogger, or you are about to start jogging, it might be worth to think about how to safely start running.
You don’t always have to run with someone else, of course, but it is sensible if you are concerned about your safety. This might be especially important if you live in a particularly rough area; where you might even risk being attacked by an unscrupulous stranger. However, even in safer areas it is wise to jog with someone you trust, even if only so there is someone there to help if you fall and badly injure yourself. This is particularly important if you frequently jog in more rural areas or out in the sticks. Being stuck in the middle of nowhere and breaking your ankle while on your own is no fun at all. It is much better if there is someone with you who can help you get back home… and probably to the hospital.
We all like to push ourselves a little; after all, that is kind of the whole point of jogging to get fit. But there’s pushing yourself and then there’s masochism; that is something you want to avoid if you can help it. If you take it too far, you will probably end up causing yourself more damage than good, and that kind of defeats the purpose of the exercise. There are a few concerns here – for a start, you need to look after your heart. Pushing too hard can cause serious heart problems, and before you know it you need to be shocked with Foremost AEDs. You also need to think about your hydration levels. Go too hard, and you might even cause yourself to faint. Be careful and only push yourself a little at a time.
All in all, there are a number of things which might possibly cause you harm as you go jogging. In order to remain safe, you need to make sure you stay as alert as possible. A common concern is when joggers run with headphones in playing loud music. This can easily lead to accidents, especially if you run on pavements or have to cross roads. Make sure you stay alert, don’t block out any of your senses, and keep your wits about you. That way you can enjoy jogging for many more years to come still, and get even more out of every session.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.