Running is a great way to lose weight, and relieve stress-it can also be quite dangerous, particularly if you are doing so alone. Taking certain safety precautions is a smart way to ensure that you will be able to continue to have fun, free of danger.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to ensure your safety when running, is to carry some form of identification. If you should be involved in an accident and are unable to speak, emergency personnel will know who you are and who to contact.
There are several products out there for runners that you can wear on your ankle or wrist, that include your name, an emergency contact, and even vital medical information for first responders. This is the first step to being safe.
Make sure that you are dressed appropriately. Over dressing can lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion, or even heat stroke.
Under dressing can cause frost nip, frost bite or hypothermia. Watch the weather and dress appropriately for the conditions so you can stay healthy for your next run.
Use your head for more than gulping water when hydrating. You need to stay properly hydrated to avoid dehydration but you also need to avoid the opposite but related problem of hyponatremia or over hydrating.
Drink enough to replace your lost fluids, but do not overdo it. You need to be especially careful with your hydration when doing a long run of an hour or more.
If you drink copious amounts of plain water, you can dilute your blood stream and become hyponatremic-a dangerous condition caused by low blood sodium levels. During a long run drink a sports drink that contains sodium and electrolytes instead of plain water and drink only enough to replace lost fluids.
When doing shorter runs, you should be fine with plain water but follow the same rule of drinking to replace lost fluids. It would be nice if you could avoid running near automobile traffic, but that is not always possible.
There are probably going to be times when you need to run in moderate or high traffic areas. When running in traffic, the one thing you don’t want is to have a close encounter with a 1/2 ton piece of moving metal.
You will most definitely come out on the losing end of an altercation like that. When running near traffic always run so that you are facing the oncoming traffic.
The drivers aren’t always paying attention. They may be on their cell phone, sending a text message or just spaced out.
If they don’t see you, make sure you see them. When running facing traffic you can keep a close eye out for approaching cars and take evasive action.
If you run with traffic, you may never see them coming. There is another hazard that is somewhat hidden-air pollution.
Running outside during periods of high air pollution can present a danger to any runner, but especially those that have any type of respiratory condition such as asthma. The poor air quality can come from automobile traffic, industrial exhaust, wood burning, or even forest fires.
Check your local air quality index. If the index is 100 or higher, consider running indoors on a treadmill and save your lungs.
Last but not least, always carry a mobile phone. Today’s cell phones are so compact you can easily carry them in a pocket or pouch.
If you encounter someone who needs help, you can easily dial 911. If you yourself are injured and cannot complete your workout, you can call for assistance.
You never know when weather is going to hit, when strangers may turn dangerous, or when a dog may choose to attack. It is better to be safe than sorry, and have the option of being able to seek help from someone you trust.
With these tips, you can be sure that you will remain safe while out on the road. Don’t forget to have some great tunes to keep you having fun!
You can learn to enjoy the alone time that you have. Just make sure you are within a few minutes distance of help if you need it. BOLA TANGKAS