Exercise Safety Tip: Change Up Your Route

I recently polled you guys about skipping workouts due to not feeling safe, and a few of you mentioned being worried that someone would attack you. I know it's a scary topic, but I want you to be safe, so it can't go unmentioned.


One way to avoid danger is by switching up your routes as well as the time you run. If you're always changing things around, those who you don't want to know exactly when you run and where won't. However, this also means that those who you do want to know your intended route and how long you intend on being gone for won't, so be sure to let someone know before heading out.

Plus, a little change adds variety to your workout, which is a great boredom buster for your mind and muscles.

Fit's Tip: I have a friend whose husband draws on a laminated map with a dry erase marker which route he is taking for his run along with the time. Since he is training for a marathon, she makes him do it in case she needs to hunt him down for an emergency at home, but this method could be used as a safety measure for him as well.

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