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Video:Safety Tips for Running

with Sara Fox

Need some basic safety tips for running? Here, we'll show you the do's and don'ts for running.See Transcript

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Transcript:Safety Tips for Running

Hi, I'm Sara Fox, here for About.com, and today I'm going to give you some safety tips for running, using information from About.com's Running and Jogging site.

Basic Safety Tips for Running

While running is an effective workout, it can be dangerous if you don't take a few simple precautions. Consider the following: First and foremost, use common sense while out for your run. Do a safety check before you leave, double-knotting your shoe laces and making sure that you're familiar with your route. Let someone know that you'll be out for a run and about how long it should take. Once you leave, make sure that you're running off the street or against traffic, and keep an eye out for cracks or other impediments on your running surface.

Additional Safety Tips for Running

Next, make sure that you're visible, especially to drivers. Get in the habit of wearing white or bright colored clothing, and if you're running early in the morning, at dusk, or at night, wear reflective gear. A reflective vest, or even some strips of tape on your shirt can help drivers to better see you. No matter how safe you feel, don't run alone at night. There's always safety in numbers, so if night is your preferred time to get out for a run, find a buddy or join a running group. Whether it's your driver's license or an ID tag, always have identification on you. It's also a good idea to bring along your insurance card in case you're injured, and have an emergency contact number on your person as well. Additionally, carry a small amount of cash or your ATM card with you. Among other things, an old injury might flare up, in which case you'll need bus fare for a safe ride home.

More Safety Tips for Running

Finally, limit your distractions while running outdoors. While it may seem impossible, it's really best to leave your iPod or MP3 player at home, so you have full use of all your senses, hearing included. Oncoming cars, unleashed dogs, and cyclists are just a few of the potential threats you need to be aware of, all of which could be missed if you have music blaring in your ears. Outdoor running is a refreshing change of pace, but must be undertaken with a cautious attitude. By following a few safety guidelines and using your better judgment, you can enjoy your run and make it home in one piece.

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