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How to Jog Safely at Night

April 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 208

Jogging is a favorite of women when it comes to physical fitness. This is because it provides a cardio workout and it also helps in relieving stress. This is why a lot of women jog at night. They come home stressed from the day's work and jogging through the nearest park can easily solve that. Besides, nighttime is the most convenient time for them to jog.

Unfortunately, a lot of these women are getting victimized while jogging at night. It's easy to see why this is the case. Fortunately, it's also very easy to fix this dilemma. Here are some tips on how to jog safely at night:

1. Avoid jogging in dimly lit areas.

While jogging through the park is relaxing, it's very unsafe. There are no more people around you and parks are usually dimly lit at night. Besides, parks provide a lot of cover like trees and bushes. It's also a known fact that a lot of criminals seek refuge from the law in parks.

Just avoid dimly lit areas in general. It's better to jog around your block. Just make sure to jog along the sidewalk towards oncoming traffic so you can be safe from cars.

2. Avoid listening to music while jogging.

It's very relaxing to listen to music while jogging. However, it's easy to get lost in your thoughts while listening to Adele. While jogging at night, it's a good idea to stay alert with whatever's happening in your surroundings. How can you hear rustling in the bushes if you're listening to music?

It's also safer if you can hear cars around you. This is why it's never a good idea to listen to music while jogging along the sidewalk even if it's daytime.

3. Use jogging tracks.

If you really must jog in parks and the likes, stay in jogging tracks. Don't be tempted to jog through the woods because that presents a lot of potential problems.

· You can get lost.

· You can get injured because of low-lying branches and protruding tree roots.

· You can attract criminals.

In addition, there's a good chance that you'll be jogging with other people if you're going to use jogging tracks.

4. Jog with someone.

Ask someone to jog with you. It can be your partner or a friend. This way, you won't be that attractive of a target.

5. Carry self-defense gadgets.

There are a lot of personal gadgets that you can use for self-defense like personal alarms, stun guns and pepper sprays. These gadgets can help you defend yourself.

Follow these tips and you can jog safely at night.

Rocco Sarracino is married and living with his wife and family in Helendale, CA. He is a martial arts instructor and self-defense expert with over 30 years experience teaching individuals and businesses to be more aware and protected from crime. He is the founder of Family Safe Defense; http://FamilySafeDefense.com

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