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Exercise is important. But you probably know that already. In fact, you might even know that experts recommend that the average person get at least thirty minutes of moderate exercise per day.


For many Americans, one of the easiest ways to reach this daily exercise minimum is by walking or jogging. Walking and jogging are both incredibly cheap and incredibly enjoyable. They require minimal equipment and can be done nearly anywhere.

But they can also be dangerous, especially in busy, fast-moving big cities. For instance, personal trainers in New York City are gaining in popularity as people seek to avoid traffic, noise and possible confrontations in the street.


Below are a few tips on how you can stay safe while walking and jogging in the city or anywhere else for that matter. Take these eight essentials to heart and your thirty minutes (or more) of exercise per day will be all the more effective.


1. Know Where You Are Going


While wandering around aimlessly is no doubt fun, it isn’t the safest way to go about walking and jogging. Having a plan and knowing where you are going before you set out will prevent you from getting lost and will keep you out of unsafe neighborhoods.


2. Tell Someone Where You Are Going


You should always tell someone where you are planning on going before you go walking or jogging. If anything happens while you are out, they will know where to find you.

3. Keep Your Phone on You


It is a very smart idea to keep your cellphone on your person at all times while walking or jogging. This is even true if you are exercising with a friend. A phone will allow you to call 911 in case of an emergency.


4. Put in an Emergency Contact


It is essential that you put an emergency contact number into your phone. This number can belong to one of your parents, a sibling, your spouse, or a close friend really anyone who lives nearby and cares about you. Labeling the number as emergency contact’ or ICE’ (in case of emergency) will alert emergency workers, who are trained to search for these numbers, on who to call in case you are in an accident.


5. Leave the Valuables at Home


You should absolutely never walk or jog with any valuables (other than your cellphone) on your person. Leave them at home. Valuables attract unwanted attention from criminals who might find a distracted jogger an easy target.


6. Stay Alert


On that same note, it is important to stay alert at all times while walking or jogging. Criminals and predators love to sneak up on people who have no idea what is going on. Be aware of your surroundings, especially other people, and consider leaving the earphones at home. They can cause you not to hear someone who is sneaking up on you with ill intent.


7. Carry Protection


It’s never a bad idea to take some sort of personal protection with you while you’re out of the house. When you’re walking or jogging, an extremely loud whistle a kind that could wake up the dead! is a great tool to keep handy. Mace or pepper spray while jogging and perhaps a walking stick while walking are also good items to consider.


8. Avoid Being Alone


Being alone is one of the most dangerous things that you can do while walking or jogging. This is especially true if you are out at night. Exercise with a buddy whenever possible. If you can’t, try and stick to daytime hours when a lot of people are out and about.


Walking and jogging are excellent ways to keep in shape. However, they both come with their fair share of dangers. By following the eight essential safety tips discussed above you will do loads to keep yourself safe and secure while you’re out getting fit.


Melissa Rudd is a self-confessed exercise guru. When she’s not jogging or doing Yoga, she’s writing about all things fitness and exercise on various blogs.

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