Running is great exercise. It will increase your endurance, build muscle, strengthen the heart, and even improve your overall mood. Many of us can only find the time in our busy schedules to exercise in the early morning, or in the late evening. If you find yourself going for a run in the dark here are a few tips to make it safer.
- Start with your gear. Following the rules of the road may not be enough for the traffic to see you. Consider wearing a reflective vest, or headlamp. You can find them at many safety supply stores.
- Keep it quiet. As nice as it is to listen to your headphones while out on your run, this is not safe. Make sure you can hear everything going on. If you absolutely need some type of noise, try wearing only one earbud and keep it turned down. This way you can still hear the noises around you.
- Carry your phone and ID. This is a great habit to get into even when not running in the dark. Having your phone is nice if you want to track your progress, or just need directions if you take a wrong turn. The most important reason to carry your phone is to call for help if you ever feel unsafe.
- Lastly, always run with a buddy. Not only will you feel safer. You have someone to pass the time with, and help you in (space) case of an accident or injury. Running with a buddy will also help keep you motivated.
Not everyone can have a running buddy. If you must run alone, you should still have a sense of security. No one ever wants to be in a position where they need to defend themselves against an attacker. Take our online Personal Safety and Self Defense class today. This 4-hour course is designed to provide important safety tips and precautions for personal safety. The Instructor Preston Taylor has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years, is a Police Academy Instructor, and a Defensive Tactics Instructor for over 15 years. You can feel safer today.