Safety tips for exercising outdoors

2019-09-25 06:02

AS SPRING has sprung, outdoor exercising — walking, jogging, cycling etc. — has more and more appeal and followers.

Chubb Security suggests the following safety guidelines to make exercise sessions safe, secure and enjoyable:

• Plan routes in advance and avoid unlit, unoccupied, risky, or dangerous areas.

• Avoid taking the same route every day.

• Tell someone where you are going and how long you will be away — estimate return time.

• If you think you are being followed, cross to the other side of the road or make your way to a shop, house or service station then call the police. If you are being followed when you approach your home, do not enter. Go to a neighbour’s home instead.

• Always have your house keys ready when you approach your door. You are vulnerable when searching for your keys.

• Never use headphones to listen to music when out cycling, walking or running — you need to have all your senses focused.

• Carry a cell phone and a mace canister either on a belt or in a travel pouch around your waist.

• Take a dog with you if possible — or a friend. Better still, join a running/walking or cycling club.

• Walk or run facing the oncoming traffic so that you can take evasive action if necessary.

• If you are cycling, remember to do so in single file.

• Preferably wear bright coloured clothing while out on the road, especially if the light starts to fade.

• Keep to the outside of pavements and away from hedges and driveways.

• Never accept a lift from a stranger.

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