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SAVE Yourself - Walking with Wingman



Walking is a wonderful way to relax. Today we chat about 4 (four) tips on how to walk safely and how to SAVE yourself from harm. SAVE = Safety, Awareness, Visibility and Enjoyment.


Safety

  • Ensure someone knows where you are going and when to expect you to return. You can use a variety of apps that can alert someone in case of emergency.

  • Carry identification. You can use your phone or something as simple as a Road ID bracelet.

Awareness

  • Be aware of your surroundings. You want to make sure that you can hear someone coming up behind you or the "on your left" call out from a passing runner or cyclist.

  • If you are listening to music, consider wearing your earphones in just one ear.

  • Use newer audio devices like the Aeropex from Shokz. You can enjoy your podcast or music while remaining in contact with the world around you.

Visibility

  • Make sure you can see where you are going. I love the SLONIK Rechargeable Headlamp Flashlight. It is BRIGHT. I am sure I blind small animals during my morning run, but it allows me to see the path and reduce my risk of a misstep.

  • Make sure others can see you. I wear my Freetrain vest to hold my phone, but its reflective features provide an additional level of safety. In cooler weather I will also wear my Proviz vest or jacket. Freetrain also has small lights that are great to attach to your clothing. They help to ensure you can be seen but also light the path in front of you.

  • I love my Pro Compression tights and my bright orange Nikes. I didn't purchase them with visibility in mind, but they do serve the purpose. Plus, everyone smiles at my happy socks!

Enjoy

  • Enjoy your walk. 5 minutes is a wonderful way to start your day or end your day. Or even to take 5 minutes for fresh air on a break at work. Movement is medicine for the body and soul.


Are you enjoying these walks? Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Until next week, be well.



References


None of these links are affiliate links. All the gear referenced in this post I purchased myself and have been using for more than a year.

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