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Exercise Safety Tip: Get a Personal Alarm

I recently polled you guys about skipping workouts due to not feeling safe, and a few of you mentioned being worried about being attacked.

Again, this is not meant to be scary, but just as a way to keep everyone safe and informed about the ways to protect yourself while exercising outside. One idea is to get a personal alarm to carry with you while jogging. There are many options out there, but my favorite is the Doberman Power Button ($19.99). This safety device was designed especially for jogging since it's relatively comfortable to wear with an adjustable elastic band. Just one touch is all you need to alert others to your location with an 100-decibel alarm and bright LED lights. What's more? The flashing lights can be seen from more than 1 mile away.

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lintacious lintacious 9 years
it will bring attention to you, if you push it - it will startle the attacker enough so you can start running, then im sure if you run down a street with a flashing light on your wrist making a heck of a noise, someone would say or say something. i dont know, i run in a residential area so even if someone did try something i could run up and knock on doors in a worst case scenario. i would never run at night in a non-populated area.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
Little tip about pepper spray - everybody thinks you aim for the eyes. Wrong. Aim for the nose and mouth this is what incapacitates a person because they cannot breath which means they can't run after you. Still I DO NOT recommend using it.
kelly1kanobee kelly1kanobee 9 years
nikodarling, that is an excellent point. The other problem with pepper spray is the wind could blow it right back at you. It's definitely not 100% foolproof. I'd add to your suggestions that every woman should go out and read "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker. He talks about how to trust your instincts & to avoid attacks. He also reviews various self defense methods and recommends his favorites. He was a bodyguard to the stars & now does consulting.
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I think a workout buddy is a safer way to go. If this makes you feel safer than great, but even if you wear this please don't think this means you are totally safe. I highly reccommend a self defense class, stick to well lit well travelled areas, always let someone know where you are going and how long you will be and always always be vigilant of your surroundings. Most attackers will be scared off by the loud noise yes but someone could easily rip this off you before you have a chance to push the button so this isn't a free pass. Oh and the same thing goes for pepper spray, someone can easily grab it and use it on you before you have the chance to use it on them so it isn't a great safety idea. And the other problem with pepper spray is it might not be as effective as you think, my man was jumped and pepper sprayed by would be muggers - he said it was hard to see but he still managed to fight off his attackers and get away so don't think pepper spraying someone is going to save you.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
I finally got my boyfriend to begin to run with me for a month ago or so and this post really made me realize that since I began to run with him, I got so much more focused on my work out and making the best out of the run. To me it definitely means that when I was running alone I was not focusing on the work out as much cause I felt I had to be aware of what was around me and the possible "dangers" etc... With him I feel so much safer and definitely get a better workout, sad it has to be like this...
pluckyred pluckyred 9 years
I don't think this is a good idea. It could just anger the attacker and make him more likely to hurt you before help arrives. My advice: Invest in a self defense course. Not only will it teach you how to defend yourself when you're grabbed, choked, threatened with a weapon, etc., it will instill confidence. An added bonus: Depending on your chosen method of self defense you could get a workout from the classes and you'll feel great as you unleash your inner "vampire slayer" (come on, who doesn't think that Buffy et al - the TV version - looked hot).* While out alone keep ID on you, carry very little cash and a cell phone for emergencies. Don't chat on your cell phone while walking down the street alone unless you're making extra effort to be aware. Attackers target people distracted by cell phones and headphones, and that music player you're carrying might attract muggers. This also goes for men walking alone. I keep reading about iPod muggings. Something like the Doberman might instill confidence, which in itself makes the user less of a target, but that's sort of a placebo affect. *I think I just hit on an idea for a fitsugar post: Comparing various forms of self defense using factors such as effectiveness, ease of learning, how long it takes to learn and how good of a workout it is. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, krav maga, Muay Thai and mixed martial arts are becoming more popular and there are women's only classes for many of these forms.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
Sounds scary, but good for you that you managed to get out of it... actually if you manage to get out of the guy's grab then running away is the best thing to do... I personnally do find quite a bit of safety in thinking that I am quite sure I run faster than the guy! :)
kelly1kanobee kelly1kanobee 9 years
What's to stop the guy from ripping the alarm off your wrist and pressing the "deactivate" button? This alarm offers nothing more than a false sense of security, which is even more dangerous than no alarm at all. I was attacked once and this alarm would not have helped because no one was around to help. I had to save myself by running extremely fast for an extremely long time. What would have helped is either pepper spray or, even better, not running alone in an area where people weren't around. It's too bad women have to worry about their safety. But a personal alarm is not going to help.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
kelly1kanobee, the alarn makes a very loud noise which often can be enough to discourage the person assaulting you and/or make other people aware of the situation. Pepperspray?? You know not all countries have such a lousy weapon law as the US, in my country you're not even allowed to carry pepper spray so this alrm could be a good alternative for us living here.
kelly1kanobee kelly1kanobee 9 years
Seriously, this is the worst idea ever. So let me get this straight. Someone grabs you, drags you off the path into the bushes, and you press an alarm on your wrist? And then what happens? Help magically arrives and tackles him and drags him off you? I'm sorry, an alarm is not going to help you if no one else is around. Which is when you're more likely to get attacked. First things first: pay attention. Don't wear a walkman. Don't try to be polite by not running away from people who look like they have the wrong intentions. Don't wait for people to approach you. Secondly: Save your money and invest in pepper spray. Pepper spray will put some serious harm on the guy and give you enough time to run away. Without having to wait for help to arrive. In this scenario: Someone grabs you. You use your other hand to spray him right in the face with burning liquid. He screams, lets you go, you run away. You use your cell phone to call 911 and the police arrive. It's not hard to spot the guy with the orange face who can't see. Also, having a large pit bull mix helps prevent attacks from ever occurring. No one has ever bothered me now that I have my large, ferocious-looking dog. It's like having your own personal bodyguard at all times. People just don't want to take a chance.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Wow, I really like this!!! Such a safe idea for all those outside runners :)
steen steen 9 years
I usually only ever have time to go jogging at night but I also live in Orlando, where the "nice" parts of town are few and far between --- and way out of my price range to boot! My husband doesn't like the idea of me jogging at night but he also won't match my pace to accompany me. (He has long legs so his stride is longer.) My only concern is that people wouldn't help even if the alarm were going off or if they'd just disregard it entirely. You'd be surprised at how withdrawn people can be!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I agree with EllaBella on this one.
sudenmorsian sudenmorsian 9 years
I would suggest asking some gorgeous guy to jog with you. Much merrier than with an alarm ;)
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
I hate that we women can't just go and do what we want without being worried for our safety! I am not sure I would go the point of buying a personal alarm but I think if it makes you feel safer so that you go ahead and do your workout instead of cancelling it because you feel unsafe outside your home, then you should definitely buy it.
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