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Check out the following seven tips to stay out of harm’s way when out exercising.

There has been a lot of news and opinions recently circling around the death of runner Eliza Fletcher. She was out for a morning run when she was abducted and then days later found dead. Fletcher’s death has led to a lot of debates on women’s safety and victim shaming. Women exercisers are feeling more vulnerable, scared, and cautious. Unfortunately, the world we live in cannot become a safer place overnight and it will take years of change to battle the issues that are being brought up. So how can women exercising outside feel safer now? Read on to learn some tips to stay safe.

1. Exercise with a Friend or Group

Safety in numbers. Consider exercising with a friend or group. This helps deter any possible attackers.

2. Switch Up Your Route or Time

If you always take the same route at the same time people are going to notice. This could be noticed by someone who is looking to do you harm. Instead, switch up your route or the time of day you are running. Always let your family or a close friend know where and when you will be out exercising.

3. Bring Your Dog

If you have a dog, try to bring them with you. They will probably enjoy the exercise and will help scare away any attackers.

4. Bring Your Phone

Always bring your phone with you and have tracking on so that your loved ones can find you. If something does happen to you, use your phone to call and notify someone of what happened.

5. Stay Alert

Always be aware of your surroundings. Don’t travel into areas that you are unfamiliar with. You can always drive your route beforehand so that you can check out your surroundings. Pay attention to anyone who is around or any suspicious activity.

6. Carry a Whistle

Carrying a whistle or alarm and using it if you feel uncomfortable may be a good option depending on where you will be so that you can either scare an attacker off or alert others. This can also be useful in case of an animal attack.

7. Carry a Weapon

You should carry something you can use as a weapon in case of an attack. A weapon could be pepper spray, brass knuckles, a knife, or a gun. There are several options on the market depending on your preferences and the laws in your area.