by Lexi Petronis
CN Digital Studio There are times when I feel especially adventurous during my daily runs, so I take different slightly routes to mix things up a bit. This isn't always successful though.
In fact, sometimes it's just stupid. Yesterday I rediscovered an overgrown path that is clearly almost never used--except at least once, when somebody apparently decided to dispose of a big loop of barbed wire in the middle of the path. A big loop of barbed wire that somebody else--me--didn't see, and stepped right into, ending up with bloody scratches all over the places. And because pieces of metal hanging around in the great outdoors are prime spots for tetanus, I decided to play it safe and get a tetanus shot (it's been a while since I had my last booster).
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All of this is to say: Exercising outdoors is great for your body (and your mood!), but it's important to be safe when you're doing it. So here are a few ways of doing just that:
Don't head to remote spots. Not only may there be overgrown vegetation, unclear pathways, and things like--I don't know--barbed wire, there's also the chance of encountering an animal or person you would rather not. Stick to well-lit areas, familiar routes, and parks with people in them.
If you wear headphones, don't blast the music. It's really important to be aware of your surroundings and hear traffic, dogs, people, and anything else that will keep you alert.
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Take your phone with you. Even if it's annoying to tote, or you're trying to be tech-free. If an emergency happens, you'll be so glad you have it.
Run or walk facing traffic so you can see any cars that are approaching.
Know when it's just too hot to exercise outside. The risk of muscle cramps and heat exhaustion gets higher as the temperature climbs above 90 degrees. Wait until it cools down, wear light-color clothing that breathes, take more breaks, try to stay in the shade. And stay hydrated!
What safety tips would you add to this list?
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by Lexi Petronis