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Exercise Safety Tip: Keep Your Emergency Contact Info on You

I recently polled you guys about skipping workouts due to not feeling safe and after looking at all your responses, I wanted to make sure to share a few safety tips that I use while exercising outside.

It's always good to be prepared for the worst just in case something happens to you while you're working out outdoors. A good idea is to make sure you have your emergency contact information with you at all times. My husband likes to stick his business card with his emergency information written on the back inside his shoe or slipped into his iPod case. A friend of mine always writes her emergency information on the inside of the sole of her running shoes with a permanent marker for the times when she runs outdoors.

Do you have your own tricks for keeping your emergency contact information on you while exercising? Share them in the comments section below.


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JessBear JessBear 9 years
You know, Wal-Mart has dog-tag machines (for actual dogs, that is). Not the most fashionable solution, but if someone is very budget conscious, or worried about going running before their "Road ID" comes in the mail, it would work in a pinch. Or just write on yourself in marker. Hey, it would work! :-)
silver4 silver4 9 years
As an EMT, I want to point out that the likelihood of a rescuer noticing information written on the sole of the show is extremely small. We are trained to look for tags on the neck and wrists; a "Road ID" on the shoe would probably stand out, but there's no guarantee. Especially when cycling, shoes often come off during accidents. Not our first priority to retrieve them. We are also trained NOT to go through people's pockets or wallets; a safety and liability issue for us. That said, a very very good idea to invest in a dog tag or bracelet.
emg emg 9 years
About one month ago I fractured my leg 10 miles into a 20 mile run. Needless to say, I was 10 miles away from home and unable to walk. Sitting on the jogging path exploring my options for either getting home or to a hospital made me realize how stupid it was to leave on such a long run with only gu-packs and an ipod. I eventually crawled my way to a train, convinced the driver to waive my fee and made it home. I now carry my cellphone, medical id card and a taxi voucher. This experience has inticed me to invest in an iphone - combining my music and communication devices.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
i have seriously been meaning to get a road id and this post just inspired me. i just ordered myeslf one in pink. it's going to make me feel way better!! :)
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I'm getting a dog tag now. I'm always out cycling around and about town and the number of near misses I've had doesn't bear thinking about! I usually do have my phone with me but what if it got smashed up too? I need to prepare better than this.
econinsf econinsf 9 years
A friend of mine is an EMT and he said that a girl was in an accident and the rescuers contacted Apple with her ipod number and they were able to identify her that way. Make sure you register you ipod.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
My friend's boyfriend was a cyclist. When he was hit and killed he was wearing a dog tag she had gotten him in case of an emergency. :-( The police used the information on the tag to contact her. I think dog tags are a great idea when riding, running, or walking by yourself or even in a group. You may fall behind or pull too far ahead and never know what gets you. But I would prefer something that wouldn't be able to fall off or be yanked off. Information in a shoe can be lost if a shoe is knocked off. Same for a dog tag. The only other solution I can think of is the microchips (like they do for pets) but that's kind of going to the extreme. I think the best bet is to carry the emergency info contact and keep aware of our surroundings as we exercise, even though in some cases, things are just out of our control.
Subie Subie 9 years
It's not the cheapest solution, but for about $20.00, you can purchase a Road ID, which is a little stainless steel plate with all of your important emergency information. It comes in wrist-band, ankle-band, dog tags, and shoe pouch form. I wear mine even at the gym. I just moved to a new town and still don't really know anyone at the new gym, and this kind of thing is something every athlete should have wherever they work out! The website is and you can order them online.
motherhelen motherhelen 9 years
I used some craft stuff that I have called, Shrinky Dink, and wrote my name, address, and phone number on it in permanent marker. I also punched two holes near the top corners. I baked the plastic according to the directions to shrink it and then it was small enough to attach to the outside of my my shoelace using some wire. It makes me feel a little safer to have my information available if I had a health problem during an outdoor workout.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
VERY good idea :)
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
In the UK a spam email went around telling everybody to put "ICE" numbers in their phones. In Case of Emergency numbers. Then if you were found the rescuer would know who to call first. The spam email said that the ambulance service had requested this. A few weeks later though it turned out to be spam but I thought it was a REALLY good idea. I have to confess that when I go out running I tend not to have any information on me at all but I'll carry a business card from now on!!
adelka adelka 9 years
I think I'll try writing my info in my shoe. Good idea. As of now, I have nothing at all with me when I run/hike/bike except my ipod and car key. Not good.
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