Music is a nice addition to your runs, but here’s how to make it safe.
You can’t hear as well with headphones, but there are steps you can take to improve safety, says Todd Williams, a two-time Olympic runner in the 1990s who now puts on RunSafer clinics at running stores across the U.S.
A few examples include:
1. Run well off to the side of a road or bike path.
2. Run against traffic so you can see oncoming cars, bicyclists and pedestrians.
3. Turn off the music when you’re running through busy intersections or in high-traffic areas.
“In general, wear brightly colored clothing, keep the volume low and try to be more aware of your surroundings,” Williams says. “Anything you can do to lower your risk of danger, the better.”