Almost any exercise junkie would be over the moon with the fact that spring has arrived! No more being stuck indoors with the hope of breathing in some fresh air. Spring reintroduces outdoor exercises and it’s a great time to try something new. Most people neglect to prepare for the transition from indoor to outdoor exercising and forget that safety comes first. Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when taking your workout outside:
Phone a Friend
When you are going to exercise outdoors by yourself, be sure to alert a friend or family member of where you are going and what your route might be. This way they will know where to look for you if you aren’t back when you say you will be.
Even if you are working out by yourself, choose a location that is highly populated and full of movement. Public parks might be a much better idea than closed off forest paths. Try to stay close to other people and active areas.
Change it Up
Don’t perform the same exercise routines on the same days every week. Change things up and try out different routes on different times of the day. This way, strangers won’t be aware of your whereabouts and you won’t pose yourself as a victim.
Even though the spring season might feel like summer, the weather can still be unpredictable. Check the weather before your leave the house, so that you don’t find yourself stranded in unexpected bad weather.
If you are exercising outdoors, make sure that you have a personal alarm or some form of protection. If you exercise with your phone, make sure that it’s fully charged. Run with a whistle around your neck or consider carrying pepper spray. By doing so, you will at least be able to deter an attack, or notify others when you are in danger.
If you are exercising by yourself outdoors, carry contact information with you in case something should go wrong. This way, when someone finds you they will know who to alert regarding your whereabouts if an accident occurs.
These are just a few safety tips to keep in mind when you are starting your outdoor exercise routines by yourself. Even though it may feel like a hassle to take these precautions, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
How do you stay safe while working out outdoors?