With the weather turning warmer and warmer, the joy of taking an outdoor run is here. Taking in the fresh spring air and hitting the pavement or trail has never felt more freeing. Before venturing out, though, be sure to think ‘safety first’ in order to enjoy those runs well into the summer and fall. Here are some important precautions to follow from Healthline.com*:
- Don’t wear headphones when running on roads. You need to be able to hear traffic around you and remain aware of your surroundings.
- Run against traffic.
- Follow all rules of the road. Look both ways before crossing a street.
- Run in well-lit, safe areas. Wear reflective gear in the early morning or evening hours.
- Bring water with you when you run, or run on a route with water available, so you can stay hydrated as you train.
- Carry identification with you when you run. Tell a friend, roommate, or family member where you’re going.
- Run with a family member or dog, when possible.
- Wear sunscreen when running outdoors.
- Run in loose, comfortable clothing and appropriate running shoes.
- Switch out your running shoes every 300 to 500 miles.
- Warm up before running and stretch afterward.
- Cross-train once or twice per week to mix up your routine and keep your muscles challenged.
Should you find yourself in the unfortunately position of having an injury, be sure to pay attention to your body. Rest and seek medical attention if necessary. The skilled physicians at Northeast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine are here to provide treatment and get you back out on the road. Find the office nearest to you at neosmteam.com/locations.