How To Choose Safe Jogging Routes
Every runner should know how to choose safe jogging routes. Worrying about hidden dangers will stress you out and you may not enjoy your jog or reap the benefits of good exercise. There are so many possible hidden dangers on many jogging routes but most people don’t pay them any attention because when they are jogging they are in their own world enjoying their workout and that’s exactly how it should be. At no time during your jog should you be at a risk for danger. Take the proper steps to ensure that on your next jog, you safely choose a jogging route.
- Try to choose a jogging route that is easily accessible by other people. You may be tempted to choose a route that not is easy to get to. The harder it is to reach the route from the street, the less likely you are to be bothered by other people. However, in case of emergency, you want the people rescuing you to get there as soon as possible. If they have to climb over a log, under a bridge and wade through a river, chances are they aren’t going to reach you in a decent amount of time. Choose a jogging route that is easily accessible by other people, you may sacrifice ultimate privacy, but you save your self in case of an emergency.
- Make sure someone knows about your jogging route. This is a little like the first rule. Choosing a jogging route and telling absolutely no one about it poses safety risks as well. If no one knows where you will be, then if anything happens to you they won’t know where to look. In many ways this is even worse than having a route with limited access because in this case it’s not just a matter of not getting to you, it’s a matter if not knowing where to look. Make sure that no matter what, someone knows where to come looking while you are jogging.
- Choose a jogging route that is well lit at all times. Many areas are safe during the day, but night is a different story. Look for a jogging route that is well lit even at night. In larger cities like Chicago, many people jog along the lake front, there is always plenty of light. Look for an area like this where you live. The lighter the area is, the safer the jogging route.
- Remember that other people are a plus. There is definitely strength in numbers. If you are jogging on a heavily populated are, you are less likely to be targeted by dangerous people. Robberies and kidnappings are just a few of the potential dangers faced by runners, however, a criminal is less likely to victimize you if you choose a safe jogging route full of people.
- Know your terrain. If your jogging route is through a forest or another location that where the ground is mostly soil, then be on alert for areas with loose or weak soil. Also pay close attention to areas near water, if you are jogging close to water, and the soil is loose, you risk slipping and injuring yourself.