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Exercise Safety Tip: Change Up Your Route

I recently polled you guys about skipping workouts due to not feeling safe, and a few of you mentioned being worried that someone would attack you. I know it's a scary topic, but I want you to be safe, so it can't go unmentioned.

One way to avoid danger is by switching up your routes as well as the time you run. If you're always changing things around, those who you don't want to know exactly when you run and where won't. However, this also means that those who you do want to know your intended route and how long you intend on being gone for won't, so be sure to let someone know before heading out.

Plus, a little change adds variety to your workout, which is a great boredom buster for your mind and muscles.

Fit's Tip: I have a friend whose husband draws on a laminated map with a dry erase marker which route he is taking for his run along with the time. Since he is training for a marathon, she makes him do it in case she needs to hunt him down for an emergency at home, but this method could be used as a safety measure for him as well.


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LVC LVC 9 years
I get more nervous about getting hit by a car! I stick to streets with a lot of people on them, so I am not alone. I try to change up my route, but I am really a creature of habit. I also carry a pouch next on my ipod arm band that has a laminated copy of my ID, $10, and a pocket knife. I think these are all a necessity in case of an emergency.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I am lucky that I live in a very safe neighborhood where there is hardly any crime, but I still change up my route pretty often. I usually run in the morning, so there are hardly any people out on the streets at that time. I like the laminated map idea though...pretty cool.
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Fit-Do you know of any small little pepper spray things that you can take running with you? I am a very tiny tiny person and it would be so easy for someone to overpower me!
Jaws3883 Jaws3883 9 years
I'm marathon training now and at least one of my weekly runs is in the evening. I have never felt unsafe but I NEVER wear my ipod/headphones at night. Just be more aware of your surroundings in the evening!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Oh wow this is a great idea. Although with the time change this Sunday it'll be black out by the time I leave work. :( I don't think it'll make me feel any more safe to go walking/running even more late at nightso I guess changing times is out of the question. Well minus 5am, eww. Blah.
econinsf econinsf 9 years
My husband insists that I call him when I leave for my run and let him know my route. I have to call and check in when I get back to the house. On a few occasions I have forgotten to call and let him know I'm home and he always calls to check in. I feel safer knowing he knows where I am.
squirrellypoo squirrellypoo 9 years
that laminated map idea is fantastic!
lady-T lady-T 9 years
cool tip ( map on laminated cardboard) :)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Very good tips (I love the map one)!
suzanne suzanne 9 years
This is an important reminder for all of us... you never know who might be noticing you out there the same time every day. :JOG: Another safety reminder... Remember when Fit told us about the little capsule key chain for those aspirins!?! They were really inexpensive - I got some and I make sure hubby and I take them along... in the event of a heart incident (you or another runner), you'll be prepared. Thanks Fit :HUG:
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
Ladies - if you do go out running or walking at night, or even during the day I hope you will take a self defence course. I took one when I was in college at the urging of a friend. I hated feeling like everyone was out to get me when I first took it, but it is really good to know how to handle certain situations. And some of the tips they give you are so obvious and simple, yet we rarely put them into effect in day to day life. Even if you feel like your neighbourhood is safe or you know what to - please consider it if you haven't done so. Also the map idea - really smart tool. If anything should happen its good to have someone who knows where to start looking.
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