Ever since track coach Bill Bowerman and heart specialist W.E. Harris penned the book titled “Jogging” in 1967, people across the United States have been putting one foot in front of the other and exercising their way to fitness. Jogging is still one of the most widespread forms of exercise, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down. If you are a jogger, or you have a loved one who is, then you need to know 10 ways joggers can increase their safety.
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Joggers should face the traffic at all times. You should also obey all the other “rules of the road” when you’re out for a run. Use crosswalks when you need to cross a street, comply with pedestrian signals and make sure all traffic has come to a complete stop before you attempt to cross a street.
They developed a tremendous track record with military and law enforcement use. Next time you see a police officer look at his utility belt or ask him why he carries a pepper spray and some kind of stun device. He’ll tell you that they’re very effective in subduing criminals without resorting to deadly force.
Get attention. If an assailant is relying on darkness for cover, illuminating the area with a flashlight–possibly attracting the attention of someone nearby–might be enough of a deterrent to discourage further pursuit. Again, use yelling or a personal alarm to create as much of a ruckus as possible.
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Keeping fit, being active both physically and mentally can help protect us as we age. No matter the age, carrying some type of small, easy to use self defense weapon will also remind us to be aware of our surroundings.