One of the most important things to consider when jogging is your clothing, especially the type of shoes you wear.
You want something that is comfortable and that is specifically for running or jogging. You can also choose cross trainers if you desire, but it is better to have something with cushioning such as the Nike Air and similar shoes.
The cushioning in the shoes will help prevent any hard landing on your feet as well as allowing airflow through your feet to prevent damage to the feet, knees and legs. If you have to make sacrifices due to budgetary concerns do not do it with your shoes.
The shoes are the most important part of your jogging clothing when it comes to preventing injury.
Tip: Always check the weather. The night before you run, you should make it a point to check the weather for the following day. This can allow you to prepare for the next day’s weather, whether it is going to be hot or cold. If it is hot, one of the things you can do is to fill up your water jug halfway, and put it inside the freezer. The next day, pour some water into it, just before heading out.
Wearing the right gear to suit the weather conditions.
Your outer clothing is also important because you do not want to be too cold or too warm. In the warmer months, you can certainly choose shorts and a short sleeve or sleeveless top or shirt.
If you are jogging during the daylight hours to protect your skin from the sun with sun block that has an SPF of at least 15. You also want to wear a sun hat or cap that protects your head and prevents heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Tip: Be wary of the sun.When you are running on midday, you should take note that it may be the time when the sun shine’s at its brightest. In other words, you may get exposed to intense hit, which can get you easily dehydrated. Thus, aside from wearing sunscreen, you should also wear a hat. Additionally, don’t forget to properly hydrate yourself by drinking lots of water.
During colder months, you will want to choose, either sweat pants or track pants. Never go out jogging wearing short sleeves when it is cold outside.
You may feel you will stay warm because of your exercise but the reality is that the sweat from your body mingling with the cold air makes a perfect environment for illness.
Tip: Running during winter. Running on midday during winter time is actually a good idea, since it may not be too cold at that time of the day. However, you may still need to wear layers of winter dress. Aside from that, you should also wear a winter hat, and topping it with a headband, so that you will be able to cover your ears.
If you are going jogging during a time when there is likely to be a severe change in temperature you may want to take along a light jacket and tie it around your waist while you are jogging.
In the event the temperature drops substantially you will be able to put your jacket on and shield yourself from the cold.
Keep your valuables out of sight.
Use a waist pack to carry any money or keys you need rather than attempting to carry even a small purse that a mugger can easily take. Better yet, put your money and keys in your pocket where they are out of view from people.
The less opportunity you provide for criminal acts the least likely you are to become a victim.