While running alone, pay attention to what's happening around you. Be watchful about any strange activity or a potential threat on your way.
Running or jogging makes for a great workout. Plus, it does not require any cost and can be done at any time of the day. Its benefits are numerous. It strengthens the bones and muscles, improves the functioning of body organs, relieves stress, improves blood circulation, keeps you active, and helps maintain a healthy weight.
While running is beneficial in many ways, it is important to know the safety measures when doing it alone. There are potential risks pertaining to traffic on the way, the road and trail conditions, and potential attackers. Unknown people or even animals may pose a risk to your safety while running alone.
Runners, especially females, should follow some smart tips so that the exercise becomes fun, beneficial, and safe too. Here are the safety tips and precautions to take when running solo, so that your run is safe and fun!
Also, choose even surfaces for your runs and carry a map. Avoid running through trails during the night.
Run during the daytime
Running during the daylight hours is most likely to keep the attackers away.
Change your routes and timings
Try and alter your running routes. Taking the same route makes you too comfortable with it, and chances are that you stay less alert while running. Also, you become an easy target for attackers. Sticking to the same timing everyday as well as the route, makes it easier for the attackers to predict your schedule. So, alter your time of running.
If there is no sidewalk, keep safe distance from the vehicles and choose a timing when the traffic is less. Preferably, do not run in the direction of the traffic.
Follow your instincts
You can sense if something is wrong if you pay attention to your instincts. Take notice of any strange behavior by anyone around and change your route if you sense something dangerous. If you feel that a certain area is not safe for running alone, avoid it.
Water and food
Carry one or two energy bars with you. In case you feel fatigued in between the run, you may have one. Carry a bottle of water or juice. Sip it in between the workout or when you feel tired. See that you do not start running immediately after eating. Do not eat anything heavy just before or during the run. Keep yourself hydrated throughout the workout.
Apps that can detect your location or send signals to chosen contacts can also be of help in case you are in a difficult situation.
Carry some cash
Keep some money or a credit card in your pocket, shoe, or belt to be safe in case anything unexpected happens. You can buy something or pay for the cab if you lose your way or feel tired to get back home. Do not carry too much cash or jewelry.
Know the weather
See if the weather would be pleasant or appropriate for running. Check the weather forecast so that you can be prepared. You may not be able to run if it rains heavily or if there is snow. And it is not advisable to run on a very sunny day, as the heat will cause more sweating and exhaust you sooner.
Check your pace
Maintain a decent speed while running. Splash some cold water on your head and neck. It will help maintain your body temperature.
Seek medical advice
In case you hurt yourself when running, stop and call the doctor. Do the same in case of any other health problem (like feeling dizzy or extremely fatigued) that you may face while running.
In case an animal attacks
If you encounter an aggressive dog on the way, avoid turning and running. Instead, stand still and be calm until the dog leaves. In case you face a dog attack, divert its attention away from you. In case you are pulled down, curl and cover your face with the hands. Avoid screaming.
If these safety tips are followed, your run alone won't be all that risky. Happy exercising.