Does your New Year’s Resolution include jogging or walking? Before you head out, plan for your personal safety. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your workout:
Plan your route for safety. There is safety in numbers, consider well-populated areas. Then if you need help, there are people around.
Choose familiar areas.
If you want to jog or walk in a new area, take a drive around the area first so you know what to expect. Look for areas of activity where you can ask for help. Then when you go, ask a friend to join you.
If you plan to go after dark, plan accordingly. Use well-lit, well-populated, familiar areas and take a friend.
Think about safety when you decide what to wear. Wear bright colors and reflective materials.
Let someone know you are leaving; let them know when you will be back and tell them your route.
Carry your cell phone but avoid talking on your cell phone and becoming distracted. Stay alert and aware.
Be alert to your surroundings, look ahead and scan your surroundings. If you don’t like what you see or it makes you uncomfortable, change your route.
Try to keep people you do not know 4 to 6 feet away from you.
Use only earphones that allow you to hear and be alert to the sounds around you. Don’t let someone sneak up on you.
Be alert to suspicious activity like someone who asks you for directions and continues to engage you in conversation. Don’t stop to chat with people you don’t know, keep moving.
Have the Police Department’s non-emergency number (760-931-2197) programmed into your phone so you can call about suspicious activity when it is taking place and not after you return home.
Follow the rules of the road. Run and jog in pedestrian areas, use crosswalks and make sure drivers see you before crossing a street.
If you are driving to your workout destination, consider what property will be left behind inside your car. If you cannot take it with you, leave it at home. Don’t give a thief the opportunity.
Secure your house. Always lock all windows and doors when you leave even for a quick jog.
A little preparation can go a long way toward safety. Plan ahead and have a safe and secure workout.