Some useful tips to help you run safely and ensure you get the maximum enjoyment out of your runs.
Let someone know where you are going and take a phone. To give yourself and others the peace of mind of knowing where you’ll be and that you’re easily contactable.
Wear reflective or high-vis gear and/or carry lights. This is especially important during dark mornings and evenings.
Listening to music when near roads can present a safety risk, if you do choose to listen to music when running, use bone-conduction headphones. Potentially preventing accidents caused by traditional headphones and earbuds that block out sounds, runners can enjoy their music and still hear everything around them – including traffic, emergency vehicles and other warning noises.
Stay Hydrated. Make sure you are well hydrated before you head out on a run, for longer runs it is a good idea to carry water with you.
Alter your route. Have a few routes that you run so you are not always running the same course. This will also help stop you becoming bored with your run.
Don’t forget to warm up and cool down. This gives your muscles, bones and joints a chance to loosen up, which in turn will reduce strains and pains, while gradually bringing up your heart rate. It’s also just as important to cool down and stretch after a run.
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