Active Jogging- Safety Briefing
Jogging is a very safe activity enjoyed by many people of all different ages in a wide variety of different places. However, there are a few safety tips to help ensure you stay fit and well, you don't want any injuries slowing you down.
Also, it is important to stay happy and motivated with your sport so you'll keep doing it and look forward to your next jog rather than dreading it!
- Wear light, breathable clothing. In cooler conditions add extra layers but remove them if you feel yourself getting hot
- Wear a hat to keep the sun off your face and neck
- Don't wipe sweat away, it is there to do a job of evaporating which will help cool your skin
- Avoid running at the hottest times of day where possible
Physical exertion can generate a lot of heat in your body, so depending on the weather you'll need control that heat.
STAY WELL HYDRATED
- Drink plenty of clear, non-alcoholic fluids before, during and after jogging
- Avoid getting too hot which will make you sweat more
- If you have been sweating a lot consider dirnking a special rehydration drink with electrolytes
- Reduce caffeine intake- caffeine is known to increase urination
Dehydration can make you feel unwell, put you at higher risk of injury and put a downer on your performance
- Wear bright clothing during the day and during darkness
- Wear reflective clothing or reflective straps/patches during darkness
- Carry/wear a white torch in front of you, and a red torch behind you- particularly if jogging on roads
- During darkness, jog on the same side of the road as cars- remember those torches!
- Stick to well lit routes, street lighted areas or day times jogs where practical
Jogging on roads, pavements or even in parks and countryside has its dangers make sure others can see you
- Rest as often and for as long as you like- overworked muscles are more liable to injury
- Gently warm up cold muscles and joints and stretch well before heading off
- Be mindful of your stride and how hard your feet hit the floor- adjust to step more gently if possible
- Watch out for slippery or uneven surfaces that could send you tumbling!
- Don't aggrevate existing injuries, let them heal first, and seek expert medical advice.
Any sport can risk injury, but most are easily avoided with a few tips
Professional Training: Nothing can compare to professional training delivered by qualified trainers who can carefully guide you through how to safely learn and practice the required techniques in a controlled environment.
Medical Advice: Before taking part in a new sport or activity you should consult your doctor or other healthcare worker to identify any potential risks to your wellbeing. This is particularly important if you are pregnant, elderly, suffered previous injuries, suffering from a long term medical condition, or disabled. Whilst these conditions do not preclude you from taking part in most activities, getting advise can help you adapt to suit your individual needs.