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Make safety part of your outdoor fitness plan

Thousands of people are using the warmer weather to train outdoors – whether for personal fitness goals, or to prepare for that next big marathon or cycle challenge. Whatever the driving motivation might be, it is important to be safe and to make personal safety part of your training regime.

Fidelity ADT encourages residents to follow this easy step-by-step guide in order to focus all your attention on your training:

1.       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. 

2.       Mobile tracking – Find out from your security company if they offer a mobile tracking app which can be downloaded on your cell phone. 

3.       Safety in numbers – We strongly discourage running or cycling alone. Rather join a group of people who can look out for your safety and also offer moral support along the way when muscle pain or cramps set in.

4.       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.

5.       Be visible - Wear reflective clothing to make sure you are visible to other road users. Run against traffic and cycle with traffic.

6.       Vary your routine – Changing up your route and training time makes it difficult for any would-be criminal to anticipate your movements.

7.       Charge your phone battery – Make sure your cell phone battery is fully charged so that you are able to call for help in case of an emergency.

Good luck for your fitness programme. We hope you reach the targets you have set yourself, whatever they may be.

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