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9 Tips for exercising safely outside this winter

Yes, winter is knocking on the door. Daylight hours are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder and wetter in some regions. For those who still enjoy exercising outdoors, here are a few simple steps you can follow to stay safe while you work on your summer body.

“Whether you’re just focusing on basic fitness or have longer-term training goals, you can train with ease if you remember a few basic personal safety tips,” says Charnel Hattingh, group head of communications and marketing at Fidelity ServicesGroup.

Despite the change of season, many people still exercise outside, but according to Hattingh this unfortunately also means that opportunistic criminal elements are also still on the move.

“Perhaps one of the best pieces of advice we can give is to never train outside alone, especially when it’s dark. Make sure you use familiar routes and that there are other people around, so you are never alone,” says Hattingh.

She shared some top tips for any outdoor winter training enthusiast:

• Always tell someone where you are going and what time you will return
• Try to vary your route so that your routine is not obvious to criminals
• If you have valuables with you, they must be hidden. It is not advisable to go out without a mobile phone
• Bring your ID, medical information and emergency contact details
• Stay alert by not talking on your phone. Leave the headphones at home so you can hear someone approaching you from behind
• Wear brightly colored clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night
• Always be aware of your surroundings. If you notice someone suspicious on your route, take a detour to avoid him or her
• Don’t be distracted by strangers asking for help or directions. Even the most innocent couples in a car can be armed robbers
• Be aware that you will be followed home. If you think you are being followed, call your private security company to report it and ask them to meet you at the gate

“Be aware of crime trends in your area that are shared on WhatsApp groups and always report incidents or suspicious persons to the police or your security company. Good luck with your training efforts.”