By Tola Gbadamosi
Most people run to look and feel their best, while some run to lose weight or to increase their cardio endurance and to get stronger or just to de-stress after a long, hard day. One thing for sure is that they certainly do not run to put themselves in danger. Experts have advised on how to run safe at all times.
We all know that running does come with some degree of risk. All we need to know is to run safe at all times.
Although chances are good that you will finish your route unscathed but there are countless things that potentially could go wrong such as tripping, falling, and getting lost in the track. One could as well collide with an oncoming bicycle or even come across dangerous men on your way.
Of course, these unlikely scenarios are no reason you should hang up your jogging shoes. But this should not be. That is why Wellness&Fitness went out to have a chat with Barrister Uche Okolo, who said “according to statistics from the Nigerian Department of Justice, around 6 a.m. is by far the safest time of the day to run when looking at rates of robbery and assault by taking some of the following smart precautions, you can greatly reduce your risk of running into harmful way.
“Unfortunately, there is no magic hour when you are guaranteed to stay safe, but you can boost your self by lacing up your sneakers during a time when the risk is statistically lower.
“It might seem spooky to head out for a run when it is still dark outside, but you could actually be safer before sunrise.
“Maybe that will help nudge you out of bed next time the early-morning alarm goes off. When running in the dark, it is a good idea to bring a friend along or have your spouse.
“It is often good to choose a safe route if you are running in a new or unfamiliar area, do not leave safety to guesswork, that would be a very risky thing to consider.
” In addition to low criminal activity, planning a safe route in advance provides you with plenty of room to run at a safe distance from traffic. Look for roads with sidewalks or wide shoulders, and, If you must run on the road, go against the traffic so you can see cars coming and never assume the drivers, notice you.
“One should always watch for bumps, cracks or uneven terrain that could trip you up.
“It is also a good idea to switch up your route now and then. Not only will this reduce your risk of being targeted by an unsavory observer, but it will also help your workouts stay fresh and keep you mentally engaged in your surroundings.
“It is never a good idea to embark on a route without anyone knowing where you’re going. In today’s digital age, you can easily leave virtual breadcrumbs behind you, so friends and family can instantly pinpoint where you are and be alerted to any deviations.
“That is why it is good to always take your phone with you in case of an emergency, but do not use the headphones or be distracted by fitness tracking.”
He suggests that “you keep your eyes and ears open while jogging or running to avoid danger.”