Safety while training outdoors - Fidelity ADT

South Africans love the outdoors and on May 1 thousands of South Africans took full advantage of the relaxation of the movement restrictions.

Under the level 4 guidelines, South Africans are allowed to walk, run or cycle within a 5km radius of their homes, between 6am and 9am.

“Here is an essential safety guide for those heading out to exercise during level 4,” says Mr Jade Hanning, Cape Town South district manager for Fidelity ADT:

  • Identification: Carry some form of identification on you, so that any bystanders will know who you are and who to contact in case of an emergency.  Most exercise gear has small pockets for this very reason
  • Mobile tracking: Find out from your security company if they offer a mobile tracking app which can be downloaded on your cellphone. This is an effective way of alerting emergency service providers when you need them while also giving them your accurate location, especially if you are running or hiking along a mountain path or in a forest. Remember of course that lockdown regulations may have some limitations on where you are allowed to run or train
  • Tell someone: Another good idea is to ensure someone you trust knows that you are headed out for a run or cycle, has an idea of the route you plan to take and when you should be returning. In this way, they can quickly raise the alarm if you do not return as planned.
  • Be visible: Wear reflective clothing to make sure you are visible to other road users. Run against traffic and cycle with traffic. This makes you even more visible to others. If you can, make use of pavements or any designated cycle tracks
  • Vary your routine: Changing up your route and training time makes it difficult for any would-be criminal to anticipate your movements. The change in scenery can also make the physical exertion more bearable
  • Charge your phone battery: Make sure your cellphone battery is fully charged so that you are able to call for help in case of an emergency. It is also important to save the correct emergency contact numbers on your phone so that you can quickly contact the police, your security company or your neighbourhood watch when you need them
  • Train with someone: It is always better to walk, run or cycle with a friend. Ensure you maintain the correct social distance at all times and wear a mask. Be aware of the lockdown regulations and any limitations that might be in place relating to groups training together at once.

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