MAKE sure you carry your cell phone with you while jogging with ICE (in case of emergency) numbers stored in it. Take an ID card with you (like your driving license). Also carry some money in case you need to take a cab back due to some injury or exhaustion, or if you need to buy a sports drink or medication. You can get a “jogger’s belt” so that you can secure these objects in it without you having to carry it in your pockets.
A few more tips on safety while jogging are as below:
Avoid running on tracks that are uninhabited, especially when it’s dark.
It’s best not to respond to hecklers, and ignore them, but if they try to get close to you make sure you give them a strict warning, in a strident tone, to back off. There is a law against bullying, and eve teasing, and hence hecklers can be reported to the cops.
Always wear bright (or white) upper garments or even reflective tracks when you are running with low visibility.
Carry a bottle of water with you (at least a 500 ml one).
Make sure your family/friends are aware of the time you go out for jogging, and the route that you frequent.
Avoid wearing head phones while jogging on roads or crowded streets because you might miss hearing a warning from behind, or even miss out on a honk from a car. It’s best to be on full alert while running on roads, instead of being lost in music (of-course it’s totally okay to listen to music while running on a treadmill or running on an open beach).
Trust your instincts while running, avoid a route if something inside you feels uncomfortable about it and don’t over-strain yourself before your body is ready for it.
Stay in a positive mood and enjoy the run instead of looking at it as a “chore” to be completed. The more positive you are in your mind the more comfortable your running experience will be as a whole.
The initial 2 or 3 weeks is usually the toughest for jogging beginners because this is the duration in which the body is getting adapted and the mind is getting acquainted with the routine. You might feel like giving up, or feel uncomfortable during this period, but just keep at it while also taking care not to over strain yourself. Within the first month your body will feel like a running machine and from there on its fitness will keep building more fitness, it becomes a positive cycle.
Hopefully you got some useful insights from this post; I would appreciate comments from you on your experience with jogging and how it has helped in your fitness journey.
So until then, happy jogging!