If you’re someone who really prefers the great outdoors over the treadmill, there are a few additional safety tips that you’ll need to keep in mind as you head outside for your workouts.
The great thing is that outdoor running is a perfect cure for boredom as you can easily change your path to meet your moods and outdoor running can be done at any time of the day, for the most part.
No pricey gym membership or piece of home cardio equipment needed.
This said, let’s go over a few of the top safety tips that you’ll want to be sure you’re keeping in mind.
Always Stay Visible
The very first must-do for running outside, especially if you are going to be running during the evening, is to make sure that you’re visible at all times.
Wear brighter colored clothing, preferably with some sort of reflective material somewhere on the body and make sure that you are sticking to well-lit paths.
Avoid taking back roads or other places where visibility is very poor.
Wear Good Footwear
Next, also make sure that you’re wearing very good footwear. The treadmill has a built in element of cushioning not to mention the fact that you’ll never hit a hole or divot while running on your treadmill.
When going for a run outdoors, it’s going to be even more important that your shoes are providing very good cushioning support and are built for the style of run you plan on doing.
Runners too often neglect the shape of their running shoes and wind up suffering from shin splits or an ankle roll injury.
Stay on top of your shoe maintenance if you plan on doing a high amount of outdoor running into the coming months ahead.
Bring Water For Longer Runs
Staying hydrated is going to be essential if you are planning on doing a run in the heat or are doing a longer duration run where you will be sweating for an extensive amount of time.
Bring some water with you, or plan to stop off somewhere for a rest where you can get fresh water as needed. Depending on where you happen to be running, you may be able to pick up a water bottle at a nearby convenience store, so you can avoid having to carry one with you.
One thing is for certain though and that is that you don’t want to become dehydrated. Not only will it decrease your running performance dramatically but it can also increase the chances of heat stroke setting in as well.
Carry A Cell Phone And Identification
Finally, make sure that you always carry a cell phone as well as personal identification. If you happen to get lost somewhere or worse, attacked, having a cell phone could save the day.
Likewise, if you get injured and have to go the hospital for treatment, having identification will be a must.
So there you have the important safety tips to remember when heading outdoors. Keep these in mind and you will enjoy your runs with peace of mind.
If you have a safety tip that you think runners should consider, please leave us a comment in our comments section below.
Emily Green, WeirdMojo
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