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Running Safety 101 | AFC Urgent Care Baytown

Running SafetyNow that the weather is warming up, the team at AFC Urgent Care Baytown doesn’t blame you for wanting to take your run from the treadmill to the outdoors. However, while enjoying the sunshine and fresh air during your run, make sure you are also paying attention to your surroundings.

Ways to Stay Safe During a Run

Running is not only a wonderful cardio workout, but it can also help you to destress after a long, chaotic day. Whether you’re taking a run through your neighborhood or taking advantage of the running trails in the Baytown area, you want to make sure you pay attention to your surroundings and avoid distractions to help keep you safe on your jog.

First things first, wear the right gear. Especially if you’re an early morning person or evening runner, you want to make sure you wear reflective clothing so drivers are able to clearly see you. Also, don’t run with but against traffic so that you can both hear and see cars headed your way while on your run.

Second, while listening to music can help keep you motivated while running, as well as keep you company if running alone, if both ears are listening to music, then you are unable to hear the sounds around you, such as other joggers, bikers, cars, etc. If you need to have music during your run and don’t want to go without, then make sure your volume is low enough so that you can still hear the sounds around you and try to only use one earbud instead of two.

Take your cell phone with you, in case of emergency. You never know when you might run into an issue that causes you to need a ride, such as an ankle sprain, rough weather, etc. Also, while most runs are free from danger, you can never be too careful. Therefore, you want your phone handy should you suspect that someone is following you while you’re running.

Before you begin any new exercise routine, make sure you speak to a physician at AFC Urgent Care Baytown who can perform a wellness check to make sure your health is up for a new workout.