It’s a known fact that jogging or exercising outdoors is a way to keep both our body and our mind healthier, but there are some safety issues that should be taken into account as well. Along these lines, it’s important to keep in mind that exercising with a friend or partner will enhance your safety, so you should go for a run with someone else whenever it’s possible.
One of the most popular types of exercise is running. People around the world are stating the many benefits that jogging has on their overall health, so if you’ve been thinking about giving it a try, you are certainly not wrong. Of course, if you are a fan of other types of outdoor sports or exercises, then you will certainly benefit from those as well.
However, apart from those situations in which we are talking about a group sport, if you plan on exercising alone, you should know that this is not always such a good idea. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter that much if you are a woman or a man, although it’s clear that the former group is more exposed to potential predators, you can still be at risk when you are out exercising alone.
For this reason, if you can do this with your partner or with a friend, this is always the preferred alternative. With this being said, no matter if you are exercising alone or with someone else, there are some safety principles that you should always keep in mind. In the next lines, we’re going to take a look at what these are.
Exercise in Places With Other People
This is an obvious one for many, but it still remains one of the most important rules that you should follow, no matter if you go for a run alone or with someone else. It’s clear that being alone also means being more exposed, but even if you exercise with a friend, you may never know whether you’re going to run into a group of thugs on your route.
Therefore, it’s always important to have people around you that could potentially help in case anything goes wrong. Along the same lines, if you test a new running trail and you see that there is no one in sight for several minutes, you should turn back and make sure never to take that specific trail again because it’s basically not safe.
Of course, the second principle that’s also pretty obvious but extremely important to follow is to exercise during the day. We all know that going for a night run, especially during the warm season, can be very tempting, but it’s not a good idea at all, no matter if you are with your friend or partner, or alone.
Women, in particular, should avoid running or exercising during the night, because they are, unfortunately, more exposed to all sorts of dangers. Another aspect that you should keep in mind is that when we say you should exercise in public places, this doesn’t mean where a lot of cars are around.
Cars represent another risk factor for plenty of reasons, from potential accidents to predators who could be on the move, so you want to steer clear of traffic and make sure you have enough space around you to comfortably exercise while remaining safe.
Location & Devices
It may be the case that you are new in your area and you want to figure out where you could go for a run or which park you should consider for your exercising routine. In this situation, you should always ask neighbors or the local police station what are the safe areas around your home.
This way, even if you exercise alone or with someone else, you can be somewhat sure that you are going to be safe. Of course, the latter alternative is always the preferred one, both in terms of safety and, let’s face it, in terms of fun. If you do this and you also choose an area populated by other people, you have a high chance of remaining safe.
Another aspect that should definitely be taken into account is whether you choose to listen to music or not. If you exercise alone and you really want to enjoy the experience, then you’ll probably be tempted to plug in your headphones and listen to your favorite music.
This is definitely not a good idea for many obvious reasons unless you are in a crowded park with lots of people around you all the time. However, if you are ever alone, especially during the evening or night, make sure that you don’t wear any headphones that might take away the necessary reaction time or make you look more vulnerable to potential predators.
With this said, it’s clear that for entertainment and safety purposes, it’s always a good idea to exercise with someone else. This way, you won’t feel the need to listen to music, and you can also enjoy a very nice time together doing something that keeps you healthy in the long run.
Keep the Phone Ready
Even if you are running or exercising with someone else, you should always go out with your phone charged and in full functioning condition. This way, if anything goes wrong, you can ask for help right away, which is crucial. You may never know what can happen when you are outside, so this is an essential aspect to keep in mind.
Along the same lines, if you ever need to exercise alone outside, make sure to share your location with a friend or with your partner using your smartphone. This way, they will always know where you are, for added safety. It’s also a good idea to create a check-in system with someone else if you exercise alone so that they know you got home ok.
Make sure to look into the latest apps available for outdoor sports, as some of these allow you to share your location and dial either a friend or directly the police with just one click, in case the situation requires it.
Of course, these are extreme scenarios that we’re talking about, but you should avoid exercising alone, and even if you are with someone else, it’s always better to be aware of your surroundings.
Pepper Spray & Traffic
This handy little device can prove to be very effective in case some interferes with your exercising schedule in a potentially harmful way. Pepper spray is also small and easy to carry, as well as available in plenty of stores, so you can be prepared for anything and feel much safer with its help.
There are a couple of things that you should know about before getting a pepper spray, though. The first one is to make sure that you follow local regulations in order to use it properly if needed. The second one is that you want to make sure you know how to operate it since you don’t want to hurt yourself or someone else by accident.
We’ve already mentioned that you need to be careful about the cars around you when you exercise outdoors, but we cannot stress enough the importance of this fact. In today’s world of smartphones and distractions, you should never assume that drivers can see you. For this reason, if you go running along or with a buddy, you should always do this facing the traffic.
By following this simple rule, you won’t be taken by surprise in case a driver is busy texting while driving and might end up posing a threat to you or your friend.
We’ve talked a lot about what one can do to remain safe in any given situation when exercising outdoors, but it’s important to think about other ways in which you can get hurt while working out. For instance, if you accidentally hurt yourself inside your home, or if you are not sure how to do an exercise correctly, things can quickly get out of hand, and you could actually damage your muscles or body.
In these cases, as well, it’s always a good idea to have someone else exercise with you. You can help and support each other in doing the exercises. This way, if anything goes wrong, and you actually pull a muscle, or you are in pain in any way, there’s someone there to help you and the other way around.
Plus, we’ve talked about safety, but it’s always more fun to exercise with someone else. No matter if we’re talking about jogging or about other types of sports, two people can work a lot better together in keeping each other motivated in order to reach the set goals.
After all, we do work out in order to be healthier and maybe even lose weight, so having extra moral support can really make a difference in the overall experience. Therefore, if you haven’t already tried this so far, you should really give it a go and see all the benefits of exercising with someone else for yourself.