Safety Corner: Jogging Safety

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  • By Ron Davis
  • 82nd Training Wing Safety Office
With the temperatures beginning to warm up and days lasting a bit longer, more and more people will be out getting into shape by jogging.

But, there are some considerations each participant should look into before lacing up their shoes and hitting the pavement.

First, choose the right equipment. Runners need shoes that fit comfortably, with extra room for toes to allow for foot expansion when running. Contact the Health and Wellness Center for more information about running shoes and the proper fit.

Clothes should be roomy enough to let you move freely and should "breathe" (let moisture evaporate). Dress as lightly as possible in porous, light fabrics.

Joggers should also choose light-colored clothing and/or reflective material if running in darkness.

Second, know the rules of the road. When jogging with others on the roadway, run in single file. Use sidewalks where available and practical.

If jogging on a road, always jog facing traffic. Use extreme caution when crossing streets and at intersections. For those who choose to jog on base, Air Force Instruction 91-207, "The US Air Force Traffic Safety Program," and AFI 31-204, "Air Force Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision," prohibit the use of headphones while jogging on base streets.

Finally, when the weather is hot and humid, gradually build up distances over a five to seven-day period so your body can adjust. Run slowly and dress lightly. Jog during morning or evening hours when it's the coolest.

Don't forget to drink plenty of water before and during jogging, but don't drink too much.

Know the type of heat injuries - heat stroke, heat stress, heat exhaustion, etc. - and watch for the danger signs such as dizziness, nausea, throbbing head, etc. If you recognize these signs, stop running and get prompt medical attention.

Keep these tips in mind when you get ready to hit the pavement. The key to a great workout is a safe workout.