Use Your Head, Not Your Headphones

With the weather getting warmer, more and more people can be seen walking or jogging or biking outdoors. Unfortunately, many who enjoy exercising in the great outdoors aren’t listening to birds chirping or the wind rustling.

They are listening to their headphones.

And that can be dangerous. Runner’s World points out you have a much better chance of hearing that car barreling down on you or that dog chasing after you when you leave the headphones at home.

Running against traffic and wearing bright colors also help.

Leave Your Headphones at Home

In urban areas, headphone use is even more of a risk. One study found that injuries among pedestrians wearing headphones tripled between 2004 and 2011, with most accidents occurring in urban areas.

The warnings make sense. Stepping off the curb in the city is dangerous enough. When you add something that both distracts you and blunts one of your senses, it’s obviously going to increase that danger significantly.

So, yes, get out and exercise. But leave the headphones at home, or limit them to the treadmill at the gym. Can’t part with your beloved buds? Then, at least lower the volume so you can hear what’s going on around you out of doors. Or compromise and use only one earbud.

Tips For Safely Exercising Outside

Pay attention. It is easy to get into the “zone” while exercising, but make sure you stay aware of where you are, who is around you, and where you are going. Distracted people can become targets of criminals.

Make yourself visible. Always make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street, even if you’re in the crosswalk and have the right of way. If you know you’re going to be exercising at night, invest in reflective gear.

Sarah RebackEducation, University LifeJune 3, 20160 commentsBe aware, Public Safety.

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