National Running Safety Month: 5 Essential Self Defense Tips
November is National Running Safety Month and there has been lots of awareness raised on general running safety - such as wearing bright clothes or staying on an appropriate path. But staying on guard against potential threats is also very important while running, though it is less talked about.
Here are 5 essential self defense tips for those who like to keep fit through running:
1. Plan AheadI can't stress this enough. Avoiding trouble is always the first line of defense, and this means planning your running route before hand. Stay out of bad neighborhoods or places that have few people around during the time that you run. Try to plan a route that passes by several public locations that will have people present at the time that you are running. This way, if you suspect that you are being followed, you can run to one of your pre-planned public locations for safety. I would highly advise against running back to your home if you are being followed, as this would reveal your place of residence to a potentially violent stalker.
2. Turn Down Your Music
Predators and criminals tend to go after easy targets. If you are running with your headphones on and you have the volume turned up, the chances are a criminal would find it very easy to sneak up behind you and catch you totally off-guard. Now, many of my friends like to jog while listening to their favorite music. What I suggest to them is to keep the volume reasonably low or jog with only one earbud in your ear. This way you can hear if there is someone or something (like a dog) running up behind you, while still being able to enjoy your music.
3. Don't Run AloneYou are definitely safer running with a partner. A running partner can assist in getting help in any type of emergencies - be it medical or otherwise. A dog can also make a good running partner and an excellent threat deterrent as well. If you don't have a running partner, consider finding one through your local running or fitness community.
4. Bring Your Phone
Be prepared for emergencies by carrying
your phone on you when you run (armband straps are cheap and easy to find). If
you run into any type of trouble you can call the authorities, friends, or
family to come to your aid.
5. Carry a self defense weapon
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prepared for anything that life throws at
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when you are out on a run. That's why I suggest to my family, friends,
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I feel much more confident when running knowing that I have a powerful defense option up my sleeve - just in case.
Keep Fit - Be prepared! Running is a great way to keep fit and stay healthy. Just remember to keep safe by being prepared for any threat or emergency. Keep fit, be prepared, and happy running, everyone!
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