While enjoying these warmer days, running and walking are a popular form of exercise. Seems more people have chosen these activities as a way to stay fit and get in shape. It's healthy, good for you and an inexpensive way to maintain a regular exercise regimen. Here are a few suggestions to help you stay safe in the process.
-If walking or running alone, always tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
-Carry a cellular phone and ID with you.
-Don't wear expensive jewelry or carry cash.
-Wear reflective material so motorists can see you easily at dusk or night.
-Run or walk with a partner or dog.
-Don't wear headsets so you can hear approaching traffic.
-Walk or run in familiar areas, know which businesses or stores are open.
-Avoid poorly lit areas at night.
-Run clear of parked cars or bushes and run against traffic so you can see approaching cars.
-Be careful if anyone in a car asks you for directions. Keep at least a full arm's length from the car.
-Watch the road, especially at night. Wet or icy spots are considerably harder to see in the dark.
Stay Alert! Sometimes runners and walkers get lulled into a "zone" where they are so focused on their exercise that they lose track of what's going on around them. This can make you more vulnerable to accident or injury. Walk or run with confidence and purpose.