Stay safe: 9 must-have tips if you're going for a run or hike alone

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Do you like to hike hills alone or run off-road? Take care of your safety.

Do you often feel more relaxed while exercising when you are alone?

In today's fast-paced life, exercise has become vital to sustain health and well-being. Among the most popular forms of exercise are running and hiking, which offer many physical and psychological benefits. However, when we choose to exercise in solitude, there are additional safety challenges.

Here are nine ways you can keep yourself safe while exercising if you're alone.

Plan your route in advance

Before you go jogging or hiking, plan your route carefully. Choose well-marked routes and avoid unfamiliar or poorly lit areas. Check the weather forecast and be prepared for possible changes in weather conditions.

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Let someone know about your plan

Before you leave for your workout, let a family member or friend know your route and estimated time of return. That way, someone will always know where you are and can take action if you don't return on time.

Carry personal documents and contact information

Always carry ID and emergency contact information with you. This is especially important if you have an accident or need help.

Use tracking apps

Technology can be of great help in ensuring safety. Use tracking apps like Strava, MapMyRun or special security apps that allow you to monitor your location in real time and send notifications to your loved ones in case of problems.

Be visible

If you run or walk in the dark or in low light conditions, wear light-colored clothing and reflective tape. This will make you more visible to drivers and other road users.

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Carry basic first aid and survival tools

If you are going on longer hikes, always carry a basic first aid kit, a pocket knife, a flashlight and matches. These little things can save your life in case of an accident or unexpected events.

Pay attention to your surroundings

Always pay attention to your surroundings during exercise. Avoid using headphones that can reduce your perception of surrounding sounds, such as cars or calls for help. If you must listen to music, use only one earpiece or turn down the volume.

Follow your body and your feelings

If you feel tired, weak, or have unusual pain during exercise, stop immediately and seek help. Listen to your body and don't push yourself beyond your limits, as this can lead to serious injury.

Trust your instincts

If you feel that something is not right or that you are in danger during the exercise, trust your instincts. Move quickly to a safe area or get help. Your intuition is often your best ally.

Running and hiking are great ways to stay fit condition and mental health. However, safety is extremely important when practicing alone.

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