4 Ways To Stay Safe When Running

I love running. I picked it up about 3 years ago during the summer and once ran a half marathon during my peak running days. Ever since I came back to Malaysia, the heat and humidity had been deterring me from choosing this form of exercise, but I miss it a lot. Running is a great form of exercise. If you go for a 30-60 minute run a few days per week, you’ll start seeing positive results very soon. It’s a fantastic form of cardio and can really help you enjoy exercise by getting you out in the open.

Bearing that in mind, running can also be a tricky sport. While it seems pretty straightforward and easy, there are many things you need to know to run safely. Here are a few tips for you:

Wear High Visibility Clothing

Most people enjoy running early in the morning or in the evening, because it lets you get in some exercise before or after work. The only problem is that the sky can be quite dark at both these times. When you run in the dark, you put yourself at risk of being hit by cars or bikes when crossing roads. To keep yourself safe, always be sure to wear high visibility clothing like a vest or top. This makes it easier for you to be seen and prevent any accidents from happening.

Get The Right Footwear

Being safe while running also means ensuring your body stays safe and injury-free. As running is a high impact exercise, it can be very easy to injure yourself if you’re not careful. One of the prime causes of injuries is bad footwear. If you wear something with no grip or support, then it’s easy to twist your ankle or slip and fall over. Ideally, you want to buy shoes that are designed for running. They’ll have ample support for your feet, and enough grip to ensure you don’t fall.

Avoid Running In Slippery Conditions

The great thing about running is that you can run almost anywhere you want; the bad thing is that you’re restricted when the weather is terrible. To keep yourself safe and avoid injuries, you should stop running when it’s wet or icy outside. Anyone that’s been injured from falling over on an icy pavement will tell you that it’s highly painful and dangerous. You can slip and bang your head or land on your backside and break some bones! To stay safe, it’s best if you run when it’s relatively dry.

Stay Clear Of Secluded Places When It’s Dark

As we established in the first tip, you can definitely run when it’s dark if you wear a high-visibility vest/clothing of some sort. However, to really assure your safety, you should avoid running in secluded places when it’s dark. Things like large parks or dark alleyways are never safe when it’s dark outside. My general rule is to stick to places that are well light by streetlights or are densely populated. Safety first honey!

These four tips should help you to stay nice and safe while running. Of course, you can increase your chances of being safe if you run on a treadmill in the gym. There’s nothing wrong with doing that, but one of the best things about running is that you can get some fresh air and explore your local area! Go go running!

 

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