Be safe when training

2018-02-20 06:01

Thousands of people are taking advantage of the warmer months to train outdoors­.

This includes getting ready for that next parkrun, or getting into gear for the Cape Town Cycle Tour or the Two Oceans or Comrades marathons.

“Staying safe while exercising outdoors is easy – just follow this step-by-step guide,” says Verena Hulme, district manager of Fidelity ADT (Cape Town North).

1. Tell someone

Ensure someone you trust knows that you are headed out for a run or cycle and has an idea of the route you plan to take and when you expect to return. In this way, alarm can be raised quickly if you do not return as planned.

2. Be visible

“Visibility is another very important aspect. Wear reflective clothing to make sure you are visible to other road users,” says Hulme.

3. Safety in numbers

She strongly discourages running or cycling alone. “Rather join a group of people who can look out for your safety and also offer encouragement along the way when muscle pain or cramps set in.”

4. Vary your routine

Changing up your route and training time makes it difficult for any would-be criminal to anticipate your movements. The change in scenery can also make the physical exertion more bearable.

5. Charge your phone battery

“Make sure your cellphone battery is fully charged so that you are able to call for help in case of an emergency. It is also important to save the correct emergency contact numbers on your phone so that you can quickly contact the police, your security company or your neighbourhood watch when you need them,” says Hulme.

6. Mobile tracking

Find out from your security company if they offer a mobile tracking app which can be downloaded on your cellphone. “This is an effective way of alerting emergency service providers when you need them while also giving them your accurate location, especially if you are running or hiking along a mountain path or in a forest.”

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